Are you thinking of going on a get-away over the festive season? You aren’t the only one. As great as all things Christmas related can be (it is after all, the most wonderful time of the year) it can nevertheless be a stressful time too.
From trawling the shops to try and find the perfect present for your loved ones, or trying to be the perfect Christmas dinner host accommodating everyone’s dietary needs, festivities can be tiring. That’s not even taking into account the fact that during the cold wintry season the sun goes down in the UK before 4pm, which can make you yearn for those long, warm summer evenings. Apparently, over 12 million of us end up feeling this way and book a winter holiday according to research by ABTA, the UK’s largest travel association.
When these statistics are broken down into categories, this equates to:
- Over 43% opting for a bit of winter sun when they select a holiday during the colder months
- City breaks take second position for the most popular type of holiday in winter, despite being the most popular option the rest of the year, with more people deciding to choose a winter sun holiday instead.
- 18% decide to go for a winter sports holiday, increasing in numbers year-on-year.
- The age category most likely to book a winter holiday is those aged between 25-34, making up just over a quarter of holidayers (27%) followed by those over the age of 65 at just under 24%
With all this in mind, you may be keen to take a winter holiday but are perhaps lacking in funds as a result of the inevitable Christmas spending. Well, look no further! In this guide, we’ve put together all the best ways you can save money this winter on a trip abroad.
One of the best ways holiday hunters could save money may well be choosing a package break, as well as being one of the best type of holidays to guarantee ultimate relaxation. Why? Well these sorts of holidays are all-inclusive after all! So, this means things like accommodation, food, drink, sports, gyms and pool access and entertainment are usually included in the price (though it is advised that you check the small print to see what your package break entails exactly).
It could be worth looking at price comparison sites such as travelsupermarket.com to see if you can find a bargain holiday, whilst saving time on searching for the best deals as the website does it on your behalf. Or, if you are looking for some fantastic last-minute deals for an all-inclusive holiday, how about checking out Thomas Cook, Club Med or lastminute.com?
Perhaps you aren’t too fussed about jetting off into the sun this winter, but would like to have a weekend getaway. Well, have you considered a cozy weekend break in a cottage or apartment in the UK? This may be the perfect option if you are on a budget too, by not having to factor in flights that can take up a huge portion of your holiday costs. Sounds right up your street? Well, take a nosy at some of the best TripAdvisor Rental properties the website has to offer to find the best place to fit your needs and your budget.
Have you ever considered house swapping as an option for jetting off on a winter holiday? If you are really feeling the pinch after the staggering cost of Christmas, it is definitely worth having a gander at what house swap options are available on the market. There are many websites to choose from, but some of the most trusted include homestay.com, which has hosts in more than 150 countries to choose from and over 50,000 homestays. The website also attempts to match hosts and guests with similar interests too, to make sure you both get the most out of your holiday.
Of course, there is also the option of looking at Couchsurfing.com. On here, you can search to stay in a property at no-cost with over 14 million locals signed up on the site, however the type of accommodation can widely differ – it may be staying on a couch, a spare room or more. It could be a fantastic option if you are looking to get an authentic travel experience, by staying with a local who may be willing to show you around the town or city.
Of course, a guide to saving money on a winter holiday would not be complete without mentioning Airbnb! Having experienced a huge boom in the last couple of years, with the company expecting to rack up over a 100 million stays by the end of 2017, considering Airbnb for your winter break is definitely an option to consider.
If you are looking for a unique home to stay in at a relatively low-cost, rather than staying at an expensive chain hotel, definitely have a look at the thousands of places to choose from on Airbnb. You can also save even more money on Airbnb by trying out these easy tips:
- You may be able to negotiate the price shown through the Special Offer service on the website, by pressing ‘Contact this host’ rather than going straight to ‘Request to book’. It may not necessarily work, but by contacting the host, and stating your dates, you may find they offer you a lower price than stated. This tends to be more successful if you are booking last-minute, or planning a longer-term stay.
- It is worth checking out prior to booking too that the room hasn’t been listed elsewhere for cheaper. Occasionally, the room can be more expensive on Airbnb than on the hostel website.
- See if there is a weekly or monthly discount offered for the room. You may actually find that booking more nights than you need can work out cheaper. This isn’t always a fail-safe option guaranteeing that you will save money, but if the city the accommodation is in levies a hotel tax on the host it could work out less expensive. It is always best to calculate costs beforehand to make sure that this will definitely be the case for you.
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