GOT the holiday blues already?
Summer 2016 may be officially over but that doesn’t mean the holidays have to be over too. According to ABTA, the UK’s largest Travel Association, over 12 million people in the UK are planning a Winter holiday in the coming months.
Kath Coyne, who is now retired has spent many Winter months abroad in previous years, said:
“My late husband and I used to love escaping the Winter weather in England and spending our Christmas in Spain. Whilst we were there we liked to watch the procession on ‘Three Kings Day’ which takes place in January.”
Mrs Coyne added:
“You can have just as much fun on holiday at Winter time as you can in the Summer, there are plenty of activities and festivals going on.”
43 per cent of people going on holiday this Christmas are on the search for some Winter sun with a cheap price. Jessica Tennant, who works for Thomas Cook, said:
“The three cheapest holiday packages that we are offering right now are Cape Verde, Gambia, and the Canary Islands.”
1. Canary Islands from £182pp
Flight time: 4-5 hours
Temperature in December: 16°C – 22°C
2. Cape Verde from £250pp
Flight time: 32 hours
Temperate in December: 27°C
3. Gambia from £290pp
Flight time: 23 hours
Temperature in December: 31°C
Alternatively, here are some options for those who want to catch some rays but do not mind paying that little bit extra.
4. Florida from £626pp
Flight time: 12 hours and 13 minutes
Temperature in December: 16°C
5. Mexico from £726pp
Flight time: 14 hours and 35 minutes
Temperature in December: 21°C – 28°C
6. Jamaica from £1,052pp
Flight time: 14 hours and 15 minutes
Temperature in December: 22°C – 29°C
For those who are sick of the sun (which is hard to believe in Manchester), city breaks to Italy and Spain are also a popular option this Christmas with 35 per cent of those who went away last Winter choosing a city break as their holiday.
7. Barcelona from £222pp
Flight time: 2 hours and 20 minutes
Temperature in December: 11°C
8. Rome from £258pp
Flight time: 2 hours and 35 minutes
Temperature in December: 7°C – 10°C
Don’t really care about the sun but still want to have some fun? An activity holiday over Christmas could be the perfect choice for you. According to ABTA, 39 per cent of 16-24 year olds who are planning a Winter holiday are more likely to do a Winter sports one.
9. Ski Resorts:
France from £449pp
Flight time: 1 hour and 45 minutes
Temperature in December: 1°C – -4°C
Austria from £423pp
Flight time: 3 hours and 50 minutes
Temperature in December: 0°C – 3°C
10. Last but not least…Lapland! Fly to Finland from £460pp
Flight time: 5 hours and 25 minutes
Temperature in December: -3°C – -9°C
Whether you’re flying Manchester to Mexico or heading off to go and see reindeer in Lapland, there is a holiday destination for everyone this Christmas.
Visit www.thomascook.com for cheap deals and more information on the destinations above!