I know what you’re thinking, why am I talking about skiing when the temperatures are soaring in the UK? Well, we have been talking about holidays a lot in this house over the last few weeks and one of the things the boys would love to do is go skiing. As I have never been, I think it could be an amazing holiday experience. Skiing holidays can be expensive, so today I am sharing a guest post with some ideas for keeping costs down.
Every year, more than a million Britons head to Europe for an exhilarating ski holiday, which is only possible thanks to a rise in cheap ski holiday deals. However, despite competitively priced ski holidays now being a frequent sight both online and travel agents, there are a few things you need to do to make sure you get a ski holiday with all the trimmings without breaking the bank.
A few things to consider when looking for a cheap ski holiday include:
Be flexible with your dates
As with most types of travel, inflexibility with travel dates thanks to school holidays, for instance, can lead to you paying a higher price than normal for your holiday, which is why it’s important to be flexible and choose your dates carefully to secure a cheap ski holiday for you and your family. The ski season in Europe runs from mid-November to mid-April, giving you plenty of options for dates. To secure a cheap ski holiday, travel before Christmas or towards the end of January.
Book well in advance
Flexibility and advanced booking don’t often go hand-in-hand, however, if you can, try and book your ski holiday up to a year in advance to benefit from the best deals. Booking last-minute is also a good idea, however, usually only possible for couples or groups rather than family ski holidays.
Research the different resorts
Verbier and Tignes, for instance, are both popular ski destinations, however, with popularity comes expenditure. To secure a cheap ski holiday, consider under-the-radar destinations such as Bulgaria which has a brilliant, vibrant and enjoyable ski culture that is, most importantly, more affordable than its Swiss or French competitors. Although, if France is the dream, Flaine is an excellent choice that’s affordable and, if you’re willing to go further afield, Cervinia in Italy is fantastic. If you’d rather not stay in a hotel, try self-catering, however, keep in mind that a self-catered ski holiday outside a resort may mean paying hefty prices for access to the slopes. Also, don’t forget about transport (minibus hire).
Manage the whole trip yourself
Even though travel agents have some brilliant deals, you will find it cheaper to manage your ski holiday yourself. But keep in mind that booking and managing your ski holiday can be stressful and, of course, more time-consuming than booking with a travel agent. If you want to manage your holiday yourself, to secure the best price you will need to explore price comparison websites. Popular travel comparison sites include Skyscanner for low-cost flights, Last Minute for last-minute deals and accommodation, and Expedia for hotel price comparison. If you’re looking for a self-catered ski holiday, look to sites such as Airbnb and Homeaway for accommodation.
Now it’s up to you. Book a cheap ski holiday by travelling towards the end of January and visiting somewhere a little under the radar such a Bulgaria. However, always keep extra costs such as ski equipment hire, entry to ski resorts if self-catered, and your food expenses while away in mind.
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