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Summer’s here… time to think of Christmas!

As you are deciding what to put on the BBQ it may seem crazy that you should be thinking about your holiday over Christmas, but if you do not want to be disappointed you should act now. This particularly applies to the following types of holiday, writes Experience Holidays in Hailsham.

Our winter is a particularly popular time to visit New Zealand – this is their summer, and generally offering the best weather to enjoy activities such as hiking, cycling and kayaking to name but a few. Some of the best accommodations (in our opinion) are the boutique hotels and small B&Bs – these book up well in advance so booking early is key.

Central and southern parts of Australia are great to visit during our winter (the northern part of the country will be in wet season) and offer almost endless possibilities for the self-driver with stunning scenery, interesting wildlife and a fascinating culture.

Skiing places both in Europe and further afield such as Canada and the United States do fill quickly especially during the school holidays and at the most popular resorts. If you want to learn a new sport such as dog sledding or snow mobiling then research now will get you to the right place and with the right provider.

Winter is one of the best times to go on safari in East and Southern Africa and many of the very best lodges and campsites are small and secluded. They fill very quickly, and your wildlife experience could be compromised if you wait until the last minute. Planning your itinerary ensures that you make the best of your time in Africa. Remember that the schools in the Southern hemisphere take their “summer” holidays over Christmas and into January.

With long winter nights in the far north of the northern hemisphere, there is a good chance of observing the phenomenon of Aurora Borealis (the northern lights). Alaska is fantastic for this, but if you prefer something a little closer to home, consider a trip to Iceland or perhaps a voyage on a Hurtigruten ship along the coast of Norway.

So, act now to avoid being disappointed later.

The Wealden Eye Magazine | November/December 2020 Issue
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