New Year Holidays
A new style of New Year
As the clock ticks away the last few seconds of the year and you wait for the balloons to fall, the steamers to fly, and the opportunity for a quick kiss from a stranger, where would you rather be – packed in a pub in the depths of a British winter or on the beach under the twinkling stars on a Caribbean isle, rum punch in hand and a soft breeze blowing off the sea?
Taking a New Year holiday abroad is more popular than ever, and you don’t need go as far as the Caribbean to experience a totally different celebration. Plenty of European resorts now offer holidays over this period and can combine a New Year experience with a break from the winter blues at home.
A full festive fortnight
The opportunity to have a new experience ringing the chimes from old year to new is now becoming more popular than spending Christmas away from home, but can cause a few minor difficulties if a flight coincides with either of the main days of the celebrations, that is, Christmas Day and New Years Eve day. (There may be the possibility of cheaper flights on these days, but most people would prefer not to miss the celebrations.) Because of this, some holiday operators prefer to sell only two-week holidays, departing on the week prior to Christmas.
The weeks over Christmas and New Year now tend to be seen as peak period, with holidays selling at full rate, which means that offers and late deals might be a bit thin on the ground. It is worth having a look at all inclusive holidays over this festive time. It’s possible you may have to pay a bit more than you might at other times of the year, but if you take into account the enormous extra quantities of shopping you would usually do – not to mention the extra work preparing it or the boozy bash on New Years Eve, this type of holiday can be very economical. And there’s no washing up to do later!
Perhaps the best time of year to go somewhere hot
A beach holiday somewhere hot over Christmas or New Year is thought by many to be the best use of a limited number of annual days holiday from work. This is in part because the bank holidays over the New Year holiday period mean that less of an employee’s annual entitlement is used up.