An increasing number of Brits are opting for staycations each year due, at least in part, to the spiralling costs of many overseas holidays.
From the cost of flights to hotels and all the incidental costs, many people are now foregoing the classic two weeks in the sun and are instead saving money and hassle by vacationing at home.
The costs of travel are typically highest at the most “practical” times of year – when most people head abroad. So, for example, the cost of visiting Europe at the height of the summer is likely to cost considerably more than the same holiday would outside of the school holidays. Prices often also leap around Easter, Christmas and school half terms.
Quite simply travel isn’t a fixed cost; it is controlled by the laws of supply and demand. The more people there are clamouring for a holiday at a specific time the higher the prices are likely to be.
However for people who have foregone an annual holiday due to the costs involved, the key to budget-friendly travel is heading away when interest is at its lowest. As a result of this lack of demand, savvy-shoppers will often succeed in locating an assortment of bargains.
Indeed, according to the Telegraph, November represents the best-value time of the year for travel. Half term is now over and the kids have gone back to school. Parents have headed back to work. Winter hasn’t yet set in properly; there hasn’t been enough rain and drizzle yet to dampen the spirits and encourage Brits to head off for some winter sun.
Best of all, we’re still some time away from Christmas, when prices often spike again. Many holiday-makers opt to head off over the festive period and for New Year. Whether it’s lying on a sun lounger in Mexico or skiing in the Alps, soon enough the holiday-makers will start to pack their suitcases ready for adventure.
Right now, however, there’s a lull. And this difficult period between half term and Christmas represents the very best-value time of year to head overseas. Even better, there are still many places around the world where reliable sunshine can be expected – even in November and early December.
Right now, for example, is one of the very best times to visit Central America. It’s the dry season, meaning very little rain yet pleasantly warm temperatures. It can also make wildlife-spotting easier as everything from iguanas to jaguars congregate around the few remaining water holes. All-inclusive resorts in Mexico, Costa Rica and their neighbours often offer exceptional value right now, before the “real” tourist season starts in the New Year.
Alternatively that British classic Tenerife is still enjoying temperatures of 20’C or more at this time of year. Best of all, though, you won’t find the island as over-crowded as it can be at peak times; instead you’ll be able to stretch out and enjoy the sun in peace.
If you do decide to jot off abroad between now and Christmas you’ll not only be able to save considerable money but you’ll also be able to think smugly about all your fellow countrymen back at home struggling to work in the cold and dark.