Winter isn’t just for ski holidays. In fact, it could be the perfect time for escaping to the beach. Here are just a few reasons to go away in winter rather waiting until summer to get your vacation in.
Many places are still hot
There are lots of places to catch some winter heat. The likes of the Caribbean, South East Asia and Central America are hot all year round. Then there’s the entire southern hemisphere, which is currently in it’s summer as we’re having our winter. Those wanting a European holiday may struggle a little bit more – the likes of the Canary Islands are your safest bet.
Your body is craving the sun
A mixture of cloudy weather and reduced sunlight hours makes it harder for us to get our healthy dose of vitamin D from the sun. Many of us that work 9 to 5 jobs may not see the sun at all during the week. Vitamin D is important for our skin’s health. It’s also been linked to good mental health – too little vitamin D can lead to seasonal affective disorder and make many people depressed. A trip to a sunny location in winter could be just what your body and mind needs.
With less demand in winter, holiday companies often slash their prices to try and get more customers. You can save a lot of money on flights and hotels in winter as a result. Not only that, but you may be able to find deals on holiday items such as swimwear. Christmas is usually a little costlier, as people may be flying home to see family or spending the festive period on vacation. However, January through to March is always a lot cheaper. If you want to plan a budget holiday, save up for this period of the year rather than saving up for summer.
It’s less crowded
Less demand also results in many attractions and resorts being less crowded. This could mean not having to fight for a sunbed in the morning or not having to queue for hours to get on a theme park ride or being able to take a clear photo of a famous landmark or natural wonder without other people blocking the way with their selfie sticks and tablets. All in all, winter could be great for getting more done with your holiday. You’ll also have a more peaceful stay as there won’t be as many people crowded around the pool.
There are less pests around
In winter, you may not have to worry about pests like wasps and ants as much. These bugs generally only come out in the summer after long heatwaves. This could make eating out in the evenings a whole lot more relaxing as you’re not having to constantly swat away wasps or keep sugary snacks contained from ants.
There are still things going on in winter
The biggest downside of going away in winter is that certain facilities may be closed. Whilst some resorts and hotels are open all year round, restaurants and theme parks may be closed in certain areas. You may not get famous DJs touring the party islands and certain tours may not be operating.
That said, this is very much dependent on where you go. You’re always going to be able to enjoy the theme parks in Florida, just as there will always be restaurants to go to in Barcelona.
Besides there may be other things that you can only take advantage of in winter. February is carnival season in many Catholic countries, which can be a great experience. There may also be special Valentines attractions on running all the way throughout February. Visiting at the beginning of January may even allow you to experience some of the late festive cheer without having to pay full price as you might over the Christmas period.