Holidays aren’t just a summer activity. Winter is a time of year where it’s easy to get a bit glum, particularly if you’re not getting enough sunshine. If you’re feeling a bit under the weather, then you can deal with it by booking the right winter break. But what does a great winter break look like, and what are the best reasons for booking one?
Why Go Away in Winter?
If you decide to go away to somewhere sunny during winter – whether it’s a tropical beach resort or an alpine ski chalet, then you’ll benefit from increased vitamin D. Exposure to sunlight will provoke your body into producing more Vitamin D, and thus it’ll be a health benefit, provided that you cover up with suntan lotion.
It’s also worth dwelling on the mental health benefits of a winter break. Cold weather and fewer daylight hours can trigger Seasonal Affective Disorder in a sizeable minority, and put a still larger one into a bad mood. Having a holiday to look forward to can help to make the season more bearable.
Where should I travel to?
Your choice of winter break will depend on your personal taste, and how much you’re missing sunshine. Then, of course, there’s your budget. If you want to embrace the season, you might consider a snowy holiday in Scandinavia, where you’ll be able to experience a husky-drawn sled-ride through a remote forest, culminating with the Northern Lights. If the fancy takes you, you could even sleep in a hotel made entirely from ice!
On the other hand, you might take the opposite approach, and head to somewhere where you’re guaranteed of sunshine. Why not take a city break to Marrakesh? Or a trip to the jungles of Costa Rica? The dose of sunshine you get there might be just the thing to bolster your spirits this winter.
Where should I fly from?
Your choice of airport will largely be dictated by what’s convenient. Your local airport might offer a reasonable deal on flights to the required destinations. But sometimes, it’s worth travelling further afield. You might find that you need to travel to get a flight to the destination you have in mind. Moreover, sometimes it’s cheaper to shop around, even after you’ve accounted for the cost of travel. Of the available UK airports, Gatwick is often the cheapest to fly from. It’s easily reachable, too. You can catch a train from London Victoria to Gatwick Airport and arrive within thirty minutes. Trains run constantly throughout the day, meaning that you’ll be able to reach even those early-morning flights without much trouble.