The sun is always shining. Somewhere. So what are you waiting for? Here are the best tips to booking your next sunny trip during winter.
When it comes to booking holidays, sometimes good deals do come to those who wait until the last minute, but it’s rare cautions Club Med Marketing Manager Australia and New Zealand, Marine Blanchetier.
“Winter is a very popular time for Australians to chase the sun, so it’s important to be prepared and book everything early to avoid missing out or having costs skyrocket,” she says.
“I can’t emphasise this enough: book early! Peak periods like school holidays are in high demand and the earlier you secure a spot the better.”
Marine suggests subscribing to email newsletters for major airlines and resorts to be the first to know when there are sales. Most companies open their flight sales one year before the date of travel, she says, so now is a good time to start researching for winter 2017.
Tempted? Here’s where to seek the sun in winter:
Why it’s sun-sational: It’s easy to get to from Australia and the weather is great almost all year round.
Best for: Families with children of all ages. “Bali is also great for a number of families travelling together,” adds Marine.
Prepare to try: Surfing, Yoga and dipping into the local culture. “Visit the beautiful green Balinese rice fields, discover important cultural landmarks, like the Temple of Tanah Lot, or enjoy an Indonesian folk dance show.”
Why it’s sun-sational: “The sun, surf and sights!”
Best for: Adventurous couples, families and singles.
Prepare to try: Water sports! Everything from windsurfing, to water skiing and wakeboarding is on offer. “In Cancun, you’re also close to ancient Mayan sites, like the impressive Chichen Itza or Tulum sites where you can learn about the Mayan civilisation.”
Why it’s sun-sational: The private islands of the Maldives are home to some of the most beautiful waters you’ll ever see, says Marine. “And the best part is, it’s pretty much your own turquoise playground!”
Best for: Couples and honeymooners, but families with teens can also have a great time, Marine assures.
Prepare to try: The Maldives is the perfect location to explore the amazing waters whether paddling, diving, snorkelling, or surfing with Club Med Kani offering education on coral and exploration outings to help rebuild it.
Why it's sun-sational: Don't have the time or money to jet off to exotic locations? Fortunately, there are spots within Australia that tend to retain that sunny, summer feel year round. For instance, Hamilton Island is generally still sunny in winter - and cheaper than the peak season!
Best for: Families, couples, even singles who want to spend a weekend at the beach.
Prepare to try: Soaking up some sun on the gorgeous white sand!
If these destinations don't tickle your fancy, take a look at these tips for tracking down the perfect location for you:
- Don’t be narrow-minded. Set your navigation far and wide and have a few locations in mind. This allows you to have more flexibility with deals, she says.
- Go against the current. “Choosing a destination that is either unheard of or is not the ‘hottest’ at the moment will allow you to find better deals than rushing for the new destination everyone is talking about,” Marine points out.
- Do not look for the cheapest trip but rather for the best value you can get within your budget, she advises. “Check out reviews to make sure the options you’ve selected are good ones and do not get blinded by a deal that seems too good to be true,” she says.
- If you’re traveling with kids, look for offers that account for them. For example, some resorts like Club Med offer free meals or accommodation for kids under a certain age. “Don’t forget to look for Kids Clubs with qualified staff too. The last thing you want to do is have to worry about your little ones on holiday!”
- Marine advises researching ‘where to go in June-September’ in Google to find tips on the best places to visit depending on your date of travel.
- “If you already have a few ideas of where you’d like to go, do comprehensive research on weather sites!” Marine suggests. Look into historic average temperatures, precipitation, and cloud cover for the destination you want to visit in order to avoid dire weather and disappointment.
- Similarly, check on swimming conditions. Sting ray season coincides with summer in some areas of Australia, so this is also a big factor if you don’t plan on taking a dip in full wetsuit and flippers!
- Learn where and when the monsoon or hurricane season is in tropical climates.