With the end of the year fast approaching, it could only mean one thing – it’s almost time for a winter escape (even though the season doesn’t technically start for a few more weeks). It’s never to early to start planning for such an endeavour that can give you a glimmer of hope in the darkest time of the year.
If you’ve been to a resort during the winter you know why it’s time to get excited. Getting outside in the sun, tossing back a few drinks and being pampered is just what the doctor ordered when it comes to curing those winter blahs. If you’ve never taken part in this seasonal rite of passage, this is the perfect opportunity to do so – make it your New Year’s Resolution if you have to.
The big questions, aside from how are you going to pay for it (let the credit card companies worry about that!), are generally where and when to go. Most people tend to wait until after all Christmas and other family celebratory obligations are complete before taking off for the thing they are really looking forward to. Or maybe you’re one of those people who can’t stand another ugly Christmas sweater or glass of egg nog and are finally making the plunge to skip Christmas by spending it on the beach in the sun. In that case, you better get planning!
The truth is, right around Christmas and New Years is the most expensive time of year to travel so avoid it if you can. Sure, there are always exceptions and you may be able to find a wicked deal on an unpopular route for a steal of a vacation, but generally speaking, hold off until the new year. Crazily enough, if you have some time off just before the holidays, quite often you can find outrageous deals on flights or packages because pretty much nobody travels during this time. Everything from European getaways to all inclusive resorts are on the table if you can squeeze it in.
While many of the amazing travel deals won’t really start going on sale until January or later, it’s not a bad idea to at least get an idea of what your budget is and where you are thinking of going/what time period. Traditionally, anything around the spring break window for post-secondary students is a bad choice and the same goes for March Break for K-12 students. If you’re a teacher, you’re limited by your options so keep an eye on any deal you can find, but be prepared to pay a little more.
Everyone else can do what they want – the world is their oyster. If you’ve never done an all inclusive resort before, think about making this your year to kick back and relax with a delicious drink on the beach. Luxury like you can’t imagine awaits you in the Caribbean, South Pacific or many other fantastic destinations. Many flight routes open up during this time with expanded flight options due to the volume, so while it’s likely to be crowded, you are likely to have a wealth of options when it comes to where to stay and what’s included.