Key Holiday Dates for 2014
If you are working on your holiday plans for 2014 with an eye on a cheap holiday, there are some key dates to keep in mind.
The first, if you have kids, or are travelling with children, are the all-important term dates. This year, schools close at Christmas from 24 December and re-open on 7th January 2014. February half-term is another opportunity to get away, from Monday 18th to Friday 22nd. Easter in 2014 starts on Thursday 28th, and your Easter break can run through until the 15th April.
These dates will also be of interest to those who are able to do their holiday travelling during term-time, usually a good time to pick up a travel bargain as demand drops.
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Here’s a full calendar to help you plan*:
February Half Term 2014: 18th February - 22nd February 2014
Easter break 2014: 28 March 2014
May Half Term 2014: 23 May - 31 May 2014
Summer break 2014: 24 July 2014
Christmas Break 2014 - 2015: 20 December 2012 - 7 January 2015
*Dates might vary between schools. Scottish schools will have different dates in many cases.
If you are travelling solo and are looking to visit places in Asia and Australia, our northern hemisphere winter will be the time to go. Down-under, that’s when it’s the southern hemisphere’s summer; time for BBQs, beaches and tons of other outdoor fun. If you are going to the Far East, our winter is a great time to be there weather wise, mostly avoiding extreme heat and the dreaded monsoon downpours. Our autumn and winter is also a good time to do some African game watching in places where there is no rain, so it’s easier to find the wildlife at waterholes. In South Africa, the schools (and the workforce) go back by mid-January so you can find yourself with the beach all to yourself, and some great value for money into the bargain.
Travelling with friends to a great city like New York or Las Vegas for a long weekend usually works best (and cheapest) outside of the main summer holiday periods. So, keep your eye out for cheap holiday offers running in spring or autumn. These are the so-called ‘shoulder months’, before and after the busiest times of the year. Airlines, hotels and car hire companies will offer have some great deals to extend their season as much as possible.
In general, whatever time of the year you are heading off, the best way to travel cheaply in 2014
is to be as flexible as possible. Travel at less popular times, on less popular days of the week. Maybe consider flying to a secondary airport too. And, of course, keep watching netflights.com for cheap holiday deals to make your 2014 holiday a really memorable one.