November to early December is arguably the best time of year to travel.
The main reason for this is that peak summer holiday season has passed, so the various people in the travel industry have to drop the costs of flights, accommodation, and other travel deals to entice people to book holidays.
If you can afford it, this is the best time to get an amazing holiday deal at a fraction of the cost.
This article will help you get the most out of your pre-Christmas getaway, finding the perfect holiday for your needs.
Go on an Affordable Holiday of a Lifetime
Perhaps the best way to take advantage of off-peak travel prices is to book a holiday to that one location you’ve always dreamed about but could never afford.
There is a strong possibility that your dream holiday could be well over 50% cheaper than it would be between June and August.
If you have the savings, a pre-Christmas holiday could be the perfect opportunity to finally take that trip to America, Japan, or to Hong Kong (take your pick!).
Any of these trips are going to be expensive, but they will be significantly cheaper at this time of year.
Go Away on a City Break for Next to Nothing!
Another way to take advantage of off-peak prices is to look out for the cheapest possible city break (probably in Europe) and seize the opportunity as soon as possible.
Hotels, airlines, and travel agents hate for there to be empty rooms and empty airplane seats, so they offer incredible last-minute deals during the off-peak season.
If you’re open to visiting a city you hadn’t previously considered, you may be able go on holiday for an incredibly low price.
Do Your Christmas Shopping Abroad
Another amazing benefit of getting a very cheap holiday deal before Christmas is that you can do your Christmas shopping abroad.
The different shops, department stores, and markets in other cities all have their own flavour.
A city break allows you to have a lavish shopping experience, finding all kinds of things you’d never find at home.
If you’re the kind of person who loves finding the perfect gift for your loved ones, then a pre-Christmas shopping holiday might be for you.
Have a Second Summer
If you spent too much time working indoors this summer, you can use the much-lower travel prices as an opportunity to travel somewhere warm for a few days.
Anywhere closer to the equator will be warmer; places like Mexico and Egypt, for example, average around 25°C at this time of year, so you’ll definitely be able to find your second summer.
Take Some Time to Relax Before Christmas
Christmas is one of the most stressful times of year. It can be lovely, but it is incredibly busy and it sometimes asks too much of us.
This is why a short peaceful holiday in a warmer climate could be exactly what the doctor ordered. Relax by the pool in a resort and get caught up with your reading.
Just remember to protect yourself from the sun – even if it is technically winter wherever you are.
Use sun cream with an SPF of at least 30 and wear sunglasses or glasses with UV protection to guard against cataracts, eye cancer, and other nastiness.
If you’re getting caught up with your reading on holiday and need prescription lenses, the good news is that eyewear retailers’ off season is the same as the travel industry’s! Look out for the best deals on online retailers.
Red Hot Sunglasses, for example, offers free prescription lenses on its entire range of prescription designer glasses.
If you find a good deal on any website, save the page and compare it with other websites.
Book a Holiday Based Around Christmas Markets
Instead of getting away from the Christmas rush, you can use a cheap holiday as the perfect opportunity to go somewhere absolutely overflowing with Christmas cheer.
Most of the cities in Central Europe (Vienna, Berlin, Bruges, Hamburg, etc) have the best Christmas decorations and Christmas markets in the world.
A short city break in one of these cities will allow you to enjoy the festive cheer, drink some mulled drinks, and peruse the expansive ranges of hand-crafted goodies.
However you decide to make the most of off-season travel prices, we hope you have a brilliant trip and that this article has helped you work out the best pre-Christmas getaway for you.