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Winter holidays – useful thoughts and tips

Woohoo! You’ve been working hard all year, a slave to your job, be that mothering children (and husband!) or running global mega corporation, it is time for a winter holiday.

Depending on whether you are Helios (the Sun god) or Chione (the Snow goddess) or just plain old Bear Grylls, your holiday destination will be hot & sunny, cold & snowy or uncomfortable. Ok, that is a little simplified, but near enough true.

The good news for you Bear Grylls types though, is that you shouldn’t need much advance planning; the ticket sales for camping in a lizard infested swamp are pretty slow this year.

For all you others, you will fall in to one of two camps; you booked the holiday so long ago that you’ve nearly forgotten about it or you’ve yet to book it, why rush? You’re not going for another 30 hours.

Both plans CAN have advantages, equally, both can leave you wishing that just once, you’d listened to your other half.

(A friend works for an airline, she only ever goes standby; virtually no cost to fly anywhere offset by the fact that it took her 4 days to get home from her holiday).

Whether you are indeed a sun worshipping lounger lizard or a snowboarding hipster, a small amount of planning can be your saviour.

Plenty of internet sites are offering winter holiday deals; money off, reduced accommodation prices, all inclusive packages, 2 for 1 and all those special marketing ploys. Regardless of whether it is just marketing, generally speaking, it does work out a little cheaper to book a few months in advance.

General thoughts and tips for your holiday:

Is your passport up to date?

Prices have absolutely skyrocketed for passports. More so if you need one in a hurry, don’t be caught out. £177 for the ‘premium’ service and you still need to book(£187 for frequent travellers with more pages in it)!

What about your travel insurance?

Always have a shop around for travel insurance; the big insurance companies are finally cottoning on that it is easily and cheaply arranged online, their prices are coming down and service / cover is going up.

Most preferred winter sun holidays for 2020/2021?

1. Top destination to get some sun during the winter are the Canary islands - Tenerife, Fuerteventura, Lanzarote and Gran Canaria are sure to welcome you with warm weather with the average for this period of 20℃.

2. Mexico - an average temperature of 30℃ during that time of the year. Cancun is usually dry so you will have a lovely holiday in one of the many resorts there.

3. Florida -you can enjoy DisneyWorld at a normal temperature - 20℃ average. It is not usually a first choice for many so you may get a good price.

4. Dubai - it's a preferable time to visit Dubai in the winter as in the summer the temperature averages between 40-50℃. During the winter you will enjoy 20-25℃ with stunning views from skyscrappers, good shopping in one of the many malls and great desert activities.

5. Cyprus gets sunshine for 340 days each year so it's definitely a warm and nice place to consider to get some winter sun.

Most preferred winter ski holidays for 2020/2021?

If you are more traditional and think that winter is for skiing and summer is for enjoying the beach then we have selected the following destinations for you:

1. Austria - There are many chalets waiting for you there with saunas, self-catering or all inclusive - many options and affordable prices.

2. France - short flights, huge choice of resorts and great skiing - this is what France has in store for you.

3. Bulgaria - well known for great value for money deals and good skiing.

4. Switzerland - skiing, snowboarding and great hospitality.

5. Finland - great for first timers with wide slopes.


You may be in your holiday hi-jinx mood, but spare a thought for the airport staff, especially the ones that control the important bits; they are not generally known for their terrific sense of humour and any mention of illegal, explosive devices (whilst it may be the first time that day that YOU’VE heard it) will not be met all the receptively.

Don’t forget friends and family when at Duty Free; if they aren’t lucky enough to be going on holiday, give them a little winter cheer!

Finally, have a great holiday, we are ‘weljel’.

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