Sometimes it seems as if there are can be few more depressing sights than the British countryside in the grips of winter. Severe flooding can transform straightforward road journeys into life threatening events, not to mention cause untold damage to property. High winds can rip entire roofs from buildings. In higher locations snowdrifts maroon entire communities from the outside world. It is no wonder that many people yearn for sunnier climes. A terrific way of countering the seasonal blues is to consider holiday-making south of the equator, where winter time is an entirely different proposition. From South Africa to the Antipodes, the months from October through to March are associated with long days of glorious sunshine. Because tourists drawn to these locations are treading a well-worn path, travel agents can offer a variety of getaways to choose from. The best way to seek out one of these holidays is to go online and study the diverse range of breaks on offer. Many websites are offering enticing deals to travellers at this time of year. Because people tend to feel settled during the festive season, viewing the inclement weather as an unavoidable inconvenience, the whole business of heading elsewhere can sometimes seem like too much trouble. However, with many cheap flights to Australia and New Zealand being offered, the turn of the year is actually the best time to venture further afield for your entertainment. Celebrating the New Year was once seen as something that was particularly enjoyed in places like Scotland; indeed, travellers from all over the world gravitate to this part of the UK because of its terrific party reputation. But in recent times, the Antipodes has become an equally strong magnet for young partygoers and enthusiastic revellers, many of whom congregate on Australia’s Gold Coast in order to be amongst the first inhabitants of the planet to celebrate the dawn of the New Year.
In the modern age, air travel is a highly competitive business. Various airlines find themselves having to entice customers in different ways. Because of this, the deals on offer are constantly being updated. Going online and browsing rival websites will give you a snapshot of what is available at any particular time. The air fares are liable to change regularly, so it is worthwhile checking a cross-section of these sites to compare what is on offer. If you are intending travelling to Australia, you should consider your itinerary well in advance. Most of the country’s large cities, from Sydney and Melbourne to Brisbane are located on the east coast. Cairns is situated to the north-east, forming a gateway to idyllic water-sports, and sea-life safaris to the fabulous wonders of the Great Barrier Reef. Perth, lying on the west coast, is a beautiful location; but it is sometimes overlooked in favour of the Pacific-facing cities. Because of this, travelling to this neck of the woods is usually slightly more expensive.
No matter which part of Australia you are tempted to visit, the range of activities on offer is second to none. It is an obvious advantage that Australians share the same language as UK citizens; indeed, many are direct descendants. They are renowned for their hospitality and gregarious nature. Because of this, one of the most rewarding ways to stay in Australia is to seek out any of its charming bed and breakfast locations. Here you are guaranteed to be pampered by friendly natives, while you enjoy inexpensive accommodation, at the hands of experienced hoteliers who will ensure your stay is comfortable and memorable. There are interesting sites to be seen throughout the urban areas, not least the numerous art galleries in this culturally rich and diverse nation. If you are going to travel to the other side of the world, another obvious temptation is to venture further inland to take advantage of the scenery on offer. Australia has everything from mangrove swamps to wondrous marine environments. Choosing cheap flights to this part of the world can bring you to some awesome and jaw-dropping landscapes. Snorkelling or swimming on Australia’s Pacific Coast will immerse you in a fabulous environment, where you will be surrounded by fish of every possible colour in the rainbow. You can watch as lugubrious turtles drift by, or become mesmerised by the shoals of beautiful tropical fish which have made their home amongst shipwrecks and coral reefs. After all that activity during the day, what better way to relax than enjoying the sumptuous delights of a barbecue on the beach?