Top ideas for cheap Christmas holidays
Can't wait for the summer to roll around to take your next holiday? Christmas is traditionally the time of year when our finances are stretched to their maximum, and taking a holiday over the holidays may seem unrealistic.
However, there are some bargains to be had if you know where to look. We've rounded up some of our favourite destinations offering cheap Christmas holidays.
Turkey for Christmas?
Turkey is a year-round destination, but offers excellent value for money during low season. In December and January, hotels and guesthouses commonly drop their prices by up to 50%. Cheap flights to Turkey are widely available from airports right across the UK. Temperatures can touch on the chilly side (around 12C), but you'll still usually get at least five hours of sunshine a day. For festive themed cheap Christmas holidays with a difference, visit the birthplace of St Nicholas himself - Patara on Turkey's southern coast. Patara also offers beautiful beaches, plus fascinating historical sites like the Roman baths, basilica and houses.
Low season in the Canaries
Escape the gloomy British weather for some Canary sunshine! The Canaries offer year round sunshine, and December temperatures rarely drop below 16C. With the average temperature being around 21C, you can enjoy the warmth of the sun without the stifling heat that the summer months can bring. Low season also means that there will be less crowds, and hotels and tour operators will be vying for your attention. You're likely to be able to track down a bargain rate on hotels and guesthouses, and tours and activities are often reduced by up to 50%.
Tips to get a good deal on Christmas holidays
To ensure that you get the best possible deal on cheap Christmas holidays:
- Try to book in advance to lock in low airfares
- If you're after a last minute deal, check with your high street travel agent
- Always shop around and compare like-for-like on travel deals