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Winter holidays

With the weather taking a turn for the worse and the days getting shorter, winter is the ideal time to plan your next holiday. And whether you’re escaping somewhere warmer, hitting the ski slopes or exploring a new city, a winter break can be a great way to get you through until the sun reappears.

If you need a bit more convincing, our ten reasons for a winter holiday should help persuade you.

  • 1. There’s something to suit everyone:

    With so many destinations to choose from, selecting your favourite is all part of the fun. While some people crave a relaxing beach holiday, winter’s also a great time to try something a bit different. What about a cruise around several countries? An activity-based trip? Or how about exploring a new city?

    Here’s a few of our favourites:

    For sun-worshippers:
    • The Canary Islands
    • The Gambia
    • Abu Dhabi
    For activity-lovers:
    • Greenland
    • Finland
    • Canada
    For sea-farers:
    • Australian cruise
    • Norwegian cruise
    • Southeast Asian cruise
  • 2. The ski slopes are waiting:
    From first-timers skiers to seasoned pros, hitting the slopes is the ideal way to spend a week or two in winter. Depending on where you go, the season runs from early December to mid-March. If you go early on, Canada and the US are a better bet but come February, Europe has some of the best snow. And if you decide that hurtling down a hill really isn’t for you? Well, there’s always plenty of après-ski socialising to be found.
  • 3. The best way to beat the winter blues:
    Blue Monday – the last Monday in January – is officially the most depressing day of the year. Post Christmas boredom, bad weather and failed resolutions all contribute to this miserable day. So this year, why not beat the winter blues with a holiday? Small amounts of exposure to sunshine can help increase vitamin D levels, boost your mood and improve your health – is there a better excuse for a break?
  • 4. Avoid the crowds in Europe’s cities:
    Even if it’s just for a long weekend, winter is the perfect time for a city break. Out of peak season, many hotels and attractions are offer lower rates or cheaper tickets. In most European cities, the cooler weather also means less crowds - making sightseeing easier and much more enjoyable.
  • 5. Enjoy popular destinations all to yourself:
    If your ideal holiday involves you, a deserted beach and an ice-cold cocktail then winter is the season for you. Head to some of the world’s most popular destinations in winter and you’ll find empty beaches and quiet towns ready to explore at your leisure.
  • 6. Some places are just made for the winter:
    If you like to go somewhere with a bit more atmosphere, certain destinations are actually better visited during our winter. Think bustling German Christmas markets, vibrant Egyptian bazaars or celebrating New Year in Sydney with thousands of other revellers.
  • 7. See the New Year somewhere new:
    Let’s face it, New Year’s Eve is usually a let-down. It’s busy, expensive and the post-party headache gets worse every year. Going on holiday over New Year is a great way to combine a relaxing break with the chance to experience the celebrations in a new place. Our favourites? Austria, New York and Sydney are not to be missed.
  • 8. Escape before the snow hits:
    With the average winter temperature in the UK a chilly 5°C, it’s yet another reason to jet off somewhere warmer. Recent winters have been some of the coldest on record, with snow and storms causing chaos up and down the country. Why not get away from it all this year and head somewhere you know the sun’s shining?
  • 9. You could even save money!
    Winter can actually be a much cheaper time to travel. Avoiding the peak months of July and August means you’ll benefit from cheaper flights and hotels. Keep an eye out online and on your local high street as many tour operators will run offers to entice you in. And if you go over Christmas you might even avoid having to buy presents!
  • 10. Treat yourself and unwind in style:
    Once the clock goes back, the summer seems a long time ago and the months before Christmas can be a busy time for many. So once the festivities are out the way, reward yourself with a relaxing break. Holidays are a great way to spend quality time with friends and family, recharge our batteries or escape from the daily grind.

How can John Lewis Travel Insurance help?

Wherever you choose to go for your winter holiday, one must-have is good quality travel insurance. John Lewis Travel Insurance combines great value with a reassuringly high level of cover to protect you from the unexpected if things don’t quite go to plan.

To protect your winter holiday, we offer optional sports equipment cover with up to £10 million Emergency Medical Cover for things like skiing accidents.

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