Winter can be a gloomy time of year, so it’s time to get the thinking cap on and plan a winter break that will chase the blues away! Winter is off-peak season in many locations, so it’s a great time to take advantage of reduced rates for accommodation and attractions.
Taking a winter holiday is actually good for you – not only does a getaway make you feel better, it helps you to manage stress, improves your sleep patterns and of course can do wonders for your relationship.
When you’re on holiday you tend to eat foods that you wouldn’t normally eat at home – and variety is the spice of life as the saying goes. According to nutritionists, this often leads to an increase in the amount of fruit and vegetables you eat each day, providing your body with valuable vitamins and minerals – just another reason why you should be thinking about that mid winter break now!
The best value holidays are usually the ones that you book ahead, but if you haven’t booked yet don’t despair - there are still plenty of options for boredom-busting last minute holidays at home and overseas.
If snow makes you glow and you’re sold on the cold then take a look at the Ski Travel Company for loads of ski package deals, including 5 nights in a fully self contained four-share apartment in Jindabyne from just $215 per person and 2 nights in a Falls Creek deluxe lodge with breakfast, lift passes and over-snow transfers from $573 per person. Or if you prefer to head offshore, check out the 7 days stay, drive and ski in New Zealand’s stunning Queenstown from $945 per person.
Another site that’s great for a last minute winter getaway is Need it Now, which offers rooms at hotels, motels, apartments, resorts, B&B's and lodges around Australia and New Zealand at discounts of up to 50%. You can even earn pillowPOINTS for each stay, which can be redeemed against future bookings. Subscribe to their newsletter to find out about all the latest deals.
If you need to get some sunshine into your winter break, Need it Now have plenty of affordable, sunny holiday options, including a week in Port Douglas for $1,425, a week in Darwin for $1,099, and loads of options for 7 nights on the Gold Coast for under $1,000.
Although you might not always be able to book on short notice, it’s also a good idea to keep an eye on what’s happening on the travel deal websites such as these:
Luxury Escapes, where you’ll find deals that offer up to 70% off luxury escapes within Australia and around the world.
Island Escapes, where you can find some great deals on holidays to Fiji, the Cook Islands, Vanuatu, Samoa and Thailand.
Scoopon, where you’ll find deals on accommodation, flights, cruises and tours. You can search for the latest deals by destination, rating and duration – so if you need a quick getaway for just a few nights, you’ll be able to see your options at the click of your mouse.
It’s never been easier or more cost effective to take a winter break, so now’s the time to let your fingers do the walking and check out some fantastic deals. Think you can’t afford to take a break? Yes you can - simply check out our flexible mini-loans to find out how easy it is to enjoy that well-deserved winter holiday. Once your application is approved, we can usually get a payment into your bank account within 24 hours — so you can start investigating all your holiday options now!