“Here Comes the Sun…”
After Heralding the Angels and a Silent Night, many people are tempted to hum a little of the Beatles’ Here’s Comes the Sun and see the New Year as the perfect time to start planning their next holiday.
The majority of travel agents advise that if you want to guarantee a particular area or specific accommodation then then the earlier you make that booking the better. Whilst some people enjoy the uncertainty of a last-minute deal this can be fraught with obstacles and often-as-not low-cost carriers’ flights will generally be expensive and rarely discounted.
It is best to confirm flights as early as possible; if you know the dates you would like to travel then commit in advance, book as soon as the flights go on sale – especially for long-haul destinations such as Australia, New Zealand and Asia.
This is particularly true if you want to travel January to March to enjoy the southern hemisphere’s summer season. Air fare sales generally do offer some good incentives, as long as you make sure taxes and charges are included and, because fares tend to rise the nearer you get to the departure date, it is worth snapping them up. It is recommended to sign up to distribution lists on airline websites and also use the ‘price tracker’ email notifications that are offered by many travel sites.
The lowest fares for travel to the Antipodes is in May and June – their winter months are often like a good Spring day in the UK!.
Similarly, it is more economical to travel to the Caribbean between May and September as this is when the hotels have the best special offers and airfares are at their cheapest. There may be tropical showers at this time of the year – but it will still be hotter and sunnier than the UK.
If the USA is your must-see holiday destination then January and February are considered the peak season for booking long-haul flights as most airlines launch special offers. September through to March (other than the festive period) are considered the off-season months but it is best to book for this period as early on in the year as possible (January-February), as the major airlines release their special offer fares then. The rule of thumb when it comes to the USA is the nearer the departure date, the higher the airfare.
If you just want to get away and experience something different after the indulgence of Christmas, then a European City Break could fit the bill – with the best prices on offer from January until the end of March – basically until the weather starts to improve! However, business travel drops off in August and is therefore a good time for city break deals in the UK and continental Europe.
Whenever you decide to travel, just remember to book your Park, Stay and Fly package at Springwood at the same time. We offer secure Gatwick holiday parking at unbeatable prices PLUS FREE 24 Hour Airport Transfers.
When you arrive at Springwood you simply pull into our car park at the front of the property and that’s it, your holiday can start straight away.