Whether it’s sun, beaches, skiing, entertainment, romance or a break with the kids, there’s a cheap break for everyone. Let your imagination run wild, and see what takes your fancy. In these difficult financial times we are all looking for a bargain, whether it’s in our local supermarket, buying a car, or booking a holiday.
Christmas is both a religious holiday and increasingly a secular holiday heavily influenced by local culture. As a result, Christmas traditions are as diverse as the world is diverse culturally.
Traditionally Christmas is seen as a time to spend with the family. However, more and more people prefer not to spend Christmas at home. There is no shortage of options for the Christmas break in Europe. It is important to plan your Christmas holiday in advance so that you are not disappointed. First you need to decide what sort of holiday you want. Are you looking for a traditional Christmas or do you want to experience something completely new? Do you want to go somewhere that is cold and where snow is likely? Or do you long for some warm weather as a complete contrast to the British winter? Do you want a holiday with plenty of activities or are you looking for a relaxing quiet time away from the bustle of the city?
If you would prefer to travel to somewhere warm for Christmas there are plenty of options. You can choose a luxurious hotel in the Caribbean or try somewhere a bit different such as Cuba or Costa Rica. Other great destinations for the Christmas holiday period are South Africa, Mexico, Argentina, Brazil, Australia, the Maldives, Thailand and Malaysia. It is best to book early and it is cheaper if you can depart before December 20-21. You don’t just have to consider countries that are predominantly Christian; the Red Sea Coast is another good destination although you need to book before the end of October. In fact the Muslim countries of the Middle East are becoming more popular with British travellers wanting to escape the excesses of Christmas at home. Some of the most popular destinations are Morocco, Tunisia, Egypt, Dubai and Oman. Turkey and Jordan are also rising in popularity.
Central Europe exudes music so it will come as no surprise that Christmas in Budapest features many concerts and performances of classic pieces from the great composers of the 18th and 19th century, often in venues that offer astounding examples of Baroque architecture.
Those enjoying a Christmas European city break to Prague or Budapest have the opportunity for a truly unique experience, not to mention the chance to pick up some great gifts for friends and family back home, without having to use the expensive Euro.
Although those wishing to get away from it all at Christmas without going too far from home can find any number of great festive trips in cities such as Berlin or Vienna, which offer just as many cultural and historic attractions as Prague or Budapest and can be just as memorable.