Hot Holidays vs. Cold Holidays
The cold autumnal weather has sparked an age old debate in the dealchecker office – where should you holiday in the winter? Embrace the cold with a winter holiday in an even colder country covered in snow, or jet well away from the cold white stuff to hit the beach.
We’ve outlined the case for both below. The question is – which do you prefer?
The Hot Holiday
Who wants to be cold anyway? We designed central heating so that we wouldn’t have to deal with the effects of cold weather, and now you want to actively seek that in your precious leisure time? Thanks but no thanks!
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Holidays should be hot, regardless of the time of year. Turkey holidays are a great European getaway for year-round sunshine, while the Mediterranean islands around Greece, Cyprus and the Balearics are fantastic destinations for winter sun holidays.
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The bonus with getting your sunshine in the winter is that the demand is usually less pressing than at the peak summer season, which means a greater availability of cheap flights and cheap accommodation. Hotel occupancy rates at beach resorts are always lower than in the summer, which allows for some excellent deals for the intrepid traveller seeking to strike a bargain.
The Cold Holiday
Leave the sunshine to the summer, winter holidays are all about snow – besides, who doesn’t like the idea of a traditional white Christmas?
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Winter holidays primarily mean snow sports, and ski holidays have shot up in popularity in the last 10 years. There is a huge variety in the places you can ski these days, with the Alps still providing some of the best resorts in the world but ski holidays to America and Canada proving increasingly popular. Then there are the up-and-coming Eastern European countries such as Bulgaria, Romania and Estonia, which all offer great value skiing at extremely cheap prices.
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For the non-skier, adventurous winter holidays can still be found in Alaska, Iceland and Norway, where you can see the Northern Lights. The Aurora Borealis is most frequently visible in winter and early spring, which means you will have to wrap up warm, but this is not a holiday you will be able to experience in the summer time.