Top tips for winter holidays

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The two main factors in people’s vacation decision-making is how much money they can afford to spend and where their budget enables them to travel to.

Indeed, whilst the final destination will very much be dictated by fiscal matters, it’s worth remembering that travel prices are also affected by the seasons – so a third factor could also be introduced to the decision making process. So, when is the most cost-effective time to travel?

Well, this very much depends on the type of holiday you’re going on. As a general rule, summer is normally the most expensive time of year to travel, as this is when most countries have the best weather – and it’s also when millions of children are off school and at a loose end.

But not all holidays are about the sun. For example, if skiing is your thing, then the peak season will naturally be winter and, therefore, will be the most expensive time for any snow-sports holiday. Now, for a cheap ski holiday you would hardly want to travel in the summer for obvious reasons, but there is what’s known as the shoulder season – the period between low and high seasons.

Ski resorts tend to open around late November but generally don’t hit peak season until the Christmas period – so hitting the slopes in early to mid December or even much later in March or April is a good idea, though you’ll obviously need to check what the chances are for snow during your chosen period.

If you want a winter holiday involving sunshine, then there are plenty of destinations across the globe that enjoys year-round warm weather. Florida, for example, is known as The Sunshine State for this very reason and you are more or less guaranteed warm weather any time. In fact, you could even be better going in the winter months as hurricane season runs from June through November.

If your finances are central to your decision making process, then you may also want to consider a currency card over other methods of travelling with money, such as travellers’ cheques or even debit and credit cards.

Currency cards enable you to top up your card in your desired currency in advance of travelling, and they can be used at millions of ATMs across the globe, as well as in shops, restaurants and other venues. So in effect, you enjoy the same flexibility of standard debit or credit cards, but with fixed ATM fees amongst other key benefits.

So if you like to avoid peak season prices and pandemonium, a winter break could well be the answer. And whether you opt for a ski holiday in the shoulder season, or a beach holiday in a year-round warm climate, you’re well catered for.