Traditionally, it’s summertime that British tourists use to venture to different parts of the world and unwind. But there’s a great deal to be said for a winter holiday – especially if you’re travelling to certain places.
Let’s run through the upsides of travelling at this time of year.
If you’re travelling during winter, then you’re probably going to benefit from lower rates. Since fewer people are travelling at this time of year, demand for hotels, airlines, and attractions tends to be lower. Consequently, prices are lower, too. Book your airport transfers in advance, and get going.
Fewer people travelling also has a more direct benefit – you won’t have to spend as much time wading through your fellow tourists. You’ll spend less time queuing, you’ll be able to get into restaurants that might otherwise have been fully booked, and you won’t have the constant background stress that comes with having to navigate around dawdlers.
When the crowds are absent, in fact, you can often end up with a more authentic view of the location you’re visiting. This goes especially for tourist locations that are only busy for a few weeks out of the year, during midsummer.
If you only ever holiday during summer-time, then you might end up with a pretty limited picture of what a holiday can be. Some of Europe’s major tourist cities and landscapes are at their most spectacular when they’re covered in snow. Plus, all of those sun-drenched trips might just be getting a little bit stale. Okay, maybe not – but it’s still worth straying from the beaten path every now and again.
Some of the major cities in Europe do Christmas markets a lot more impressively than your local town centre. You might think of Bavaria, here – but obviously warmer, more Mediterranean cities will also throw the occasional Christmas market, and you’ve got a great chance of enjoying it.
If you’re travelling when everyone else isn’t, then you put yourself in a position where you can brag about it. It might seem like an extremely shallow reason to take a trip – but if your holiday pictures look vastly different to everyone else’s, then you’ll have something to talk about when you get back.
Escaping the Winter Blues
If you’re prone to bouts of seasonal depression, then it might be a good idea to escape to a sunnier climate for a few weeks, just to recharge.