Where and when?

Top holiday destinations for the year's four seasons

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Ronnie McCluskey

Ronnie McCluskey
HomeAway travel expert

Canary IslandsWhen mulling over a holiday, the two-pronged question foremost in your mind will invariably be “where and when?”. The time of year you decide upon will be dependent on many factors - whether you crave sun or snow, when you can get time off work, at what time flights are cheapest or resorts busiest - while the destination will have to appeal to all parties making the trip. Luckily, we’ve compiled a guide designed to make your decision less onerous. City breaks, ski holidays, weekends in the sunshine: whatever floats your boat, there’s a tip in here for you.

For most, the best and cheapest option where accommodation is concerned is to rent a self-catering holiday apartment. Of course, if a cottage or condo is more to your taste, that’s not a problem. From villas in Spain and apartments in Milan to penthouses in London, you can choose from countless HomeAway Holiday Rentals to find your perfect abode.


Top holiday destinations for every season


Spring Spring

It’s during spring that many of us experience the first serious holiday pangs, and with the memory of a cold winter lingering in our minds, we begin firming up our plans for the rest of the year. But what if we want to jet out during spring itself? It depends what you’re after of course, though if you crave sun - but don’t wish to be burned to a crisp - spring is a great time to visit the Middle East and the Arabian Gulf. Elsewhere, the Aegean Coast of Turkey is yet to welcome hordes of tourists but still enjoys fantastic sunshine early in the season, and the same can be said of Sardinia, Malta and Crete; Lanzarote makes a great choice too. European cities come along in spring: catch a cheap flight to Amsterdam in time for Queen’s Day in late April, or take advantage of cheap accommodation in Warsaw, Prague or Berlin.

March ideas



Summer Summer

Ah, summer's endless possibilities. The Mediterranean is where it’s at for many Brits: every year we descend en masse on popular resorts like an army attired in thongs and jaunty straw hats. We all know the favourites: Ibiza, Mallorca, the south of France. You’ll get plenty of sunshine close to home, but what if you want to trade sun and sand for some snow? The Italian Alps offer excellent opportunities to hit the slopes, and the pistes are made more pleasant in the sunshine: moreover, the relative absence of crowds means beginners needn’t feel embarrassed by their pratfalls! Several high-altitude French glaciers are also open for business, with Les 2 Alpes perhaps the pick of the bunch. If you want to get out of Europe, Bermuda is breathtaking, while Fiji and Bali offer dynamic resorts and temperatures soaring towards 30°. Alternately, book a holiday apartment in Riga and spend a weekend touring its famous buildings and canals.



Autumn Autumn

By the time autumn rolls around, airlines have begun to slash their fares and there’s still plenty of sunshine to soak up across Europe. Bagging yourself a cheap trip to Northern Cyprus - where the days are balmy and evenings cool - is easier than ever, and the season really transforms the vineyards of Paphos into a crisp golden haven. Destinations such as Sicily, Puglia and Marrakech also remain pleasantly warm, offering an abundance of attractions, but if you really want to go long-haul, it’s springtime in South Africa: consequently, this is the best time to visit if you want to see national parks and go on safaris. Harvest festivals abound closer to home, and if you’ve had your fill of sun, you may wish instead to indulge in pastimes: there are film festivals in Spain and the UK, Oktoberfest in Germany, and no end of food festivals across France. Take your pick.

November ideas



Winter Winter

Whether you love or loathe the cold, the winter season is as good as any to take a holiday. If you’re not averse to a day-long flight, it’s summertime in Australia: Christmas on a beach in the Gold Coast, New Year’s Eve in Sydney - a ‘white Christmas’ will be the furthest thing from your mind. At the opposite end of the spectrum, a chalet in Finland or lodge in Norway promises snowflakes tumbling out of the sky as you enjoy a spot of dogsledding or cross-country skiing. You don’t need your passport to enjoy a pre-Christmas or post-New Year getaway, of course: cities such as Edinburgh and London are a hive of activity, strung with twinkling fairy lights and crowded with continental markets. Alternatively, step into your Wellingtons and a thermal jacket and enjoy a bracing hike through Cumbria’s network of walking trails. And if you crave exotic winter warmth? From Bermuda to Egypt, you’re spoiled for choice.

January ideas


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