For a lot of people, travel in December is the only time of year available. Full-time jobs, schooling and year-round commitments can restrict your availability to see the world. The one problem is, that the holiday season is the busiest time of year to travel.
No matter where you plan on visiting in December, it’s the time of year where schools are out, people are shopping and the whole world gets a little crazier.
Here are some holiday travel tips to help you make travel in December that little bit less stressful.
Avoid the Popular Locations
Deciding where to travel in December should require a little more thought. There are certain locations around the world that attract thousands and thousands of people every year due to the Christmas events, festive vibes and popular attractions they possess.
If you’re looking for a calming place to have a vacation, however, these may not be the places to travel too. Popular locations such as inner cities, well-known towns and tourist-y spots will be incredibly busy and sometimes chaotic.
Thinking outside of the box may land you in a location that is relaxing, enjoyable and far less busy. If you’re not looking for anything too festive, warmer climates really are the ideal locations.
Travelling mid-week is something you should always aim to do. Not only are mid-week flights far less busy, but they’re always significantly cheaper too. You could save yourself a few hundred dollars just by moving your flight a day or two. It’s definitely worth it, especially when you’re already spending so much on Christmas gifts; having some extra money certainly never goes astray.
Maybe even try using a site with a Flexible Dates option. These sites will show you the cheapest days, times and airline options around your designated date. Try these: Cheap Flights Finder or Skyscanner (This one will not only show you options for flexible dates, but also for the cheapest locations too).
During the holiday season, most flights are full no matter the destination. But flying mid-week is definitely the best bet for a calmer, cheaper and more relaxed experience.
Fly in the Early Morning or Late at Night
Early mornings and late nights are the best times to fly. Daytime flights are far more expensive due it being prime time, and also because of the large number of people travelling around the world who are on a tight schedule.
It may not be an ideal time of day to be getting on an aeroplane, but it’s definitely the most cost-effective. The convenient flights are the ones that will drain your bank.
Book well in Advance
The most important holiday travel tip is to book as far in advance as possible. In other cases, booking flights is recommended around 6 weeks before departure date, but in December that is not the case. If you’re travelling close to Christmas day, it will be merely impossible to find a flight if you leave it until the last minute.
It’s the busiest time of year for travel, so you don’t want to be caught without a flight to your yearly holiday, to your family vacay or to your special Christmas lunch. Be safe, and book early.
Steer clear of the Tourist Attractions
Tourist attractions at this time of year are chaotic.
When kids aren’t in school or studying, this is the time where they’re out in force. It can be incredibly busy, especially when trying to find a carpark, place to eat or a spot to rest your feet.
It’s definitely do-able, but more than likely far from enjoyable (Unless you like the madness of course).
Be prepared to Spend $$. No matter where you are
Yep. December is an expensive month of the year.
Prices for hotels, flights and general admission tickets will rise as the peak season begins. It really doesn’t matter where you are, what you’re doing or who you’re with. It’s going to cost more than at any other time of year.
Maybe try a Road Trip, Remote Location or Camping holiday
The ideal locations for a relaxing holiday during the festive season is somewhere a little out of the ordinary.
If you’re looking for somewhere to escape the madness, maybe a road trip, visit a remote location, camping or even Glamping??? If you’re deciding where to travel in December – or even January – try somewhere that’s a little less typical.
Escaping the crowds may not be everyone’s cup of tea, but it’s certainly the cheapest, most relaxing and less chaotic option.
Your turn ~ Where is your favourite holiday location in December?
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