When winter comes, lots of us start thinking about getting away and travelling to warmer climes. Or perhaps you prefer to head somewhere even colder than your home country to enjoy the snow? However you like to spend your winter holiday, it’s definitely true that travelling during this season can cost a lot of money. If you’re hoping to plan that amazing winter getaway but are afraid it’ll cost too much, you’ll be pleased to know that there are ways you can make your trip cheaper.
Book in advance
While it may be possible to snag a last-minute bargain, you’re more likely to get a better deal if you book your trip in advance. Many travel companies, airlines and hotels offer discount prices earlier on in the year to entice people to buy their holiday in advance, so if you want to save money, book as far in advance as possible.
Try to avoid peak times
Christmas and New Year tend to be the most expensive times to travel during the winter season, so if you can avoid them and travel in the shoulder periods instead, you will immediately save yourself lots of money.
Consider a package deal
Lots of package deals come up on offer in the run up to the winter season, such as ski, winter sun, and city break holidays. These packages include your flights and hotel, often at heavily discounted prices, so they’re a good option for those looking to make your winter holiday cheaper.
Travel early – or late
A big way of saving money on winter trips is to fly either early in the morning or late in the evening. These are the times when few travellers want to travel, so airlines try to persuade people to do so by lowering the prices. So if you don’t mind getting to your destination super early or late at night, opting for these cheaper flights can help save you money.
Consider if baggage fees are worth it
If you’re taking a quick city break, or even if you’re heading for a week’s winter sun, think about whether you need checked in baggage on your flight. Baggage fees can add lots of extra money to your flight ticket, so it may be worth downsizing your luggage for your trip. A golden rule of travel is ”Half the luggage and double the money’‘
Rent your equipment
For those of you who are taking ski trips this winter, you’ll know that taking your skis and other equipment on a flight can hike up your ticket price pretty quickly. Check with your destination to see if it would work out cheaper to rent equipment while you’re on holiday rather than take your own. You might feel more comfortable with your own equipment, but renting will mean you have more money to spend while you’re on vacation.
Taking a winter break doesn’t have to cost the earth. By following these tips, you may find that your winter holiday is cheaper than ever.