Does the winter weather have you dreaming of your next holiday? You’re not alone – post-Christmas is the busiest period of the year to research and book holidays.
All that festive indulgence paired with extra time off from work gives us plenty of time to research and plan – or just daydream – about our next big holiday.
If you can spare a few moments amongst all the Christmas preparations and beat the rush, you’ll be rewarded. In December, rates are good and options plenty, but come January, you’re best to wait for a late deal; though it’s one of the quietest months to travel, it’s the busiest month of the year to book a getaway.
Booking in late November and early December offers the best chance of finding the holiday you want at a reasonable rate. Around this time of year there is the biggest choice for flights and accommodation at good prices and convenient times. If you prefer someone else to do the work for you, travel agents tend to be less busy during this pre-Christmas spell, meaning they’ll have plenty of time to hunt down the best deal for you.
Ready to be inspired? Here’s a few of our favourite big and small holiday ideas to get you started.
Camp in Yosemite
California’s Yosemite Park is one of the most famous national parks in the United States and a stunning destination for keen outdoorsmen. Visitors can camp and RV around the park and there are great trails for hiking plus plenty of other opportunities to get active with rock climbing, fishing and rafting.
Sample Sushi in Japan
Straddling a unique blend of old and new, Japan is a dynamic country with plenty to offer visitors. Start your adventure in the bustling city of Tokyo; the city has the highest number of 3-Michelin starred restaurants in the world. High speed trains link the city with other fascinating destinations, too. In less than three hours you can visit the heritage city of Kanazawa, one of the few cities that didn’t sustain considerable damage during the Second World War. There are traditional teahouses, a geisha community and even a samurai residence – perfect for exploring Japan’s old world charms.
Safari in Africa
Many of us dream of seeing the incredible wildlife and landscapes on the African continent. From South Africa to Kenya, there are few more unique travel experiences than staying in the wilderness and going on guided safari. You can choose luxury camping or more budget-friendly excursions to suit your tastes and your wallet – the best tour operators take care of everything from airport pickup to accommodation and food.
See the flowers bloom at Keukenhof
Famous around the world for its tulips, there are few places more beautiful than Holland in late spring. Just an hour outside Amsterdam, the Keukenhof flower festival in Lissie boasts 32 hectares of gardens and is home to more than seven million tulips, daffodils and hyacinths. Open from late March to mid-May, you can see the best of the flowers over a long weekend or plan a longer stay and take in the charms of Amsterdam and the quieter, though no less beautiful, city of Utrecht.
Where are you planning your holidays for 2016?