When you choose to go on holiday in winter, you have two options – you can splash out on an all-inclusive holiday somewhere hot and sunny (for example, go on a single parents holiday in Morocco), or you can embrace the cold and snow and have a magical winter wonderland experience.
Snowy winter holidays are hugely popular. They aren’t inferior to hot summer holidays – they just provide something a bit different. Landscapes take on a new aspect in autumn and winter, providing incredibly beautiful views. Children love winter holidays too, as they can play in the snow, skate on the ice and race along windswept beaches.
Your winter holiday can be…well, cold!
However, there’s no getting away from the fact that on a single parents winter holiday, either in the UK or in somewhere snowy like Lapland or Bulgaria, it’s going to be cold! Temperatures can drop really low, which can be uncomfortable and occasionally even dangerous if you aren’t properly prepared and dressed for the weather. Luckily, we live in an age where all kinds of woollies, thermally insulated and padded layers exist, so it isn’t difficult to stay warm. And once you’re warm, you can concentrate on having a great time!
Follow these tips to stay warm, toasty and safe:
• Pack lots of layers – they’re your best friends! The key to staying warm on a winter holiday is to layer on those clothes. Lots of layers provide plenty of insulation for your body, keeping the heat in and the cold out.
• Invest in the right gear. Whether you’re going skiing or sightseeing, you may need some specialist clothing and equipment – make sure you get everything you’re supposed to! Do some research, compare prices and get the best quality you can afford (it will last for longer that way, providing you with better value for money). You’ll regret it later on if you don’t.
• Footwear is king. Having the right footwear is arguably the most important thing you can do to prepare for your winter holiday. Having cold or wet feet is no fun at all, so wrap those tootsies up properly!
• Don’t forget your extremities. Your hands, feet, head and ears are likely to feel the cold the most, so don’t forget your woollies! Thermal insulating gloves and socks (as well as underwear) is always a good purchase.
• Plan your travel. If you’re travelling by road, you need to make sure your car is all ready and kitted out for winter (i.e. winter tyres, antifreeze). You should also make preparations just in case you break down, because you don’t want to be stuck in the cold without any heating or supplies. Flying to your destination should be no problem, but prepare for delays if using public transport.
Follow all of these tips, pack more than you think you’ll need and you’ll be the perfect temperature to enjoy your winter holiday.