As the clocks go back and the temperature drops, maybe you’re thinking of where to go for a Christmas holiday?
There are lots of reasons to go on a Christmas holiday. Want to escape the commercialism? Not sure you can handle the whole family hoo haa? Weather getting you down? Just plain old need a holiday…?
Well, don’t worry. There are great options for all budgets for some winter sun. Booking about now is advisable as Christmas getaway deals come out and get booked up pretty quick.
Having had a few winters in the sun (and the snow) these are our best recommendations for cheap Christmas holidays this year.
The Canary Islands
That old favourite the Canary Islands. Well, theres a reason they’re a favourite. The weather is routinely in the high teens or 20’s and you’re likely to have some sunny weather well into winter. The sea temperature too is usually very pleasant, usually around 20 degrees too. For most Europeans the Canary Islands are a standard winter sun destination.
Fancy surfing on Christmas day? Or climbing a volcano? Or even just sitting on the beach with a mojito? All of which is obviously also great instagram fodder to turn them green back home.
You’ll find great deals on packages to the Canary Islands at OnTheBeach from around £200 per person (yes, even around Christmas).
Thinking of somewhere a bit less obvious? Madeira is Portugals answer to the Canaries, although it is a bit further out into the Atlantic. This means the temperature is a slightly less mild than the Canary Islands but you can still relax on the beach and even take a dip in December. Expect average daily temperatures of around 18 degrees.
Madeira is a more hilly and lush landscape than the arid Spanish alternative, so you’ll find great opportunities for walking in the interior or exploring quaint towns. Of course you can surf, swim with dolphins, go whale watching, paragliding and all the other things you’d associate with a subtropical island.
You can check out deals to Madeira at Expedia for some great flight and hotel packages, from around £600 for a week including flights.
So the thought of sitting around eating loads of chocolate and watching old films literally makes you want to run away? As someone who has spent Christmas day white water rafting one year, sat on beaches on various others and hiking a mountain another, I can totally sympathise.
How about diving the Barrier Reef before heading back for a BBQ? Or sailing a boat around Sri Lanka? G Adventures are the premier adventure tour providers and are offering loads of interesting packages. Listen to your inner wanderer and take a look at their site. You’ll find something for everyone (hopefully for you!). Packages start at around £200 (in Europe) but can go all the way up to the thousands.
If you’re looking for a Christmas holiday with a difference, take a look at G Adventures.
Ski and snowboard packages are normally pretty affordable in December, especially as the snow has been unreliable for the past few years. If you’re not that bothered about beaching and the thought of an affordable ski holiday appeals then take a look at sites like Inghams and SkiTotal. Both of whom offer very affordable packages, all in from under £400.
Places like France, Italy and Austria are much more affordable out of season, plus you are pretty much guaranteed a white Christmas! What’s not to like?
The Indian beach destinations are great value, especially at Christmas. They’re a bit of a longer flight but you are pretty much guaranteed sun and warm seas. Yes, the flight costs a bit more than a trip to Lanzarote, but the savings you make when you get there are worth it.
A 5 star hotel in Goa will set you back around £50 a night and you can dine on fresh sea food every night for less than £5 per person.
Alternatively, take a look at TravelZoo for some great deals. Expect to pay upwards of £700-800 for most packages.
It is exotic and it isn’t that far away. It’s not very hot at this time of year but to escape all the rampant commercialism, Morocco is a great option. We wrote a whole article about Marrakech, which is a fascinating city. In fact, strangely enough, Morocco even features in our article about ski destinations
For really exotic, head to Kenya. It’s a 9 hour flight to Mombasa and you’ll be right beside beautiful azure seas and only a few hours from some of the best safari destinations on the planet. I actually spent the week running up to Christmas in Diani Beach (near Mombasa) one year and can highly recommend it.
On Last Minute there are currently deals from 11th-18th December 2017 for under £700 with flights and hotel, which is a steal. If you stay over Christmas the price goes up to over £1000, but have a look here.
For a 2 day safari around somewhere like Tsavo East, expect to pay around £300 which includes the guide, accommodation and entry to the game reserve. It will definitely be a Christmas holiday to remember!
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