Best Last Minute Christmas Breaks

With the weather turning and temperatures dropping, many people are understandably day-dreaming about escaping dreary Britain for a much needed change of scene. If you’re one of those people it is not too late to book a last minute winter break, whether you’re yearning for the slopes, need to get some shopping done but can’t bear Oxford Street, or simply want some winter sun; we have a destination to get you inspired.

Best for…Christmas Shopping:  Dublin, Ireland

Just a short journey from the UK, Dublin is a great change of scene for anyone in serious need of retail therapy. Every year the main shopping streets are illuminated with millions of twinkling lights, and the shops create breath-taking Christmas displays in their windows. If you’re looking for something a little quainter, head to the annual Christmas market in the Custom House Quarter for mulled wine and hand-made gifts.

Best for…Winter Sun: Thai Islands, Thailand

Thailand isn’t just a young backpacker’s paradise, it is also a superb winter sun destination for all travellers – think white sand beaches, rustic beach huts, palm trees, colourful boats and turquoise seas. There are dozens of islands to choose from all of which offer something different, from the amazing spas in Koh Samui to the relazed atmosphere and endless beaches of Koh Lanta.

Best For…Winter Sports: Vancouver, Canada

We recently ran a poll asking our customers where their dream winter sports destination would be, and the overwhelming majority said Canada, especially Vancouver. However, if you’re on a budget and less worried about natural snow, the Alps are always a good choice for beautiful scenery and great pistes – just make sure you do plenty of reach on your chosen resort before you book, to ensure there are slopes to suit your ability.

Best for…New Year: New York, USA

A night out for New Year’s Eve can easily be the biggest let down of the year – expensive drinks, overcharging and a long queue for cabs home. Instead, why don’t you make 2017 the best New Year’s ever by going to the mecca of all celebrations – New York. Watch the ball drop in Times Square, watch the amazing fireworks display and attend one of the hundreds of concerts and parties taking place throughout the city.

Best for…City Break: Reykjavik, Iceland

If you’re looking for a city break with a difference, then Reykjavik is the place for you. Iceland has so many diverse and stunning landscapes just waiting to be explored, from rolling hills and waterfalls to snowy mountains and ice blue lakes – not forgetting the natural geysers, volcanoes and hot springs. Reykjavik itself is a fantastic city and a great hub for exploring, so wrap up warm and discover the snowy wonderland that is Iceland in December. By day drink warm coco in one of the many quaint coffee shops, go husky sledding, learn about the yule lads and swim in the beautiful Blue Lagoon, then by night hunt the Northern Lights.

 

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