CHRISTMAS is almost upon us and for many Australians the "will we go away or won't we?" dilemma looms.
And apart from being a notoriously expensive time to travel, especially for those with children, the high season over Christmas and new year also presents potential holidaymakers with a costly overhead on top of countless other Christmas expenses.
For the majority of the western world, the high season Christmas period seems to be the most obvious time to travel, aligning with holidays and school breaks, but Randall Deer of My Holiday Centre is alerting Australians to the significant savings associated with postponing a Christmas holiday until the new year; a trend travellers are warming to with "shoulder season" travel offering some significant advantages.
"While travelling during shoulder-seasons isn't a new concept, it is growing exponentially in the popularity ratings among value-conscious Australian travellers who have unearthed exceptional savings by delaying their Christmas vacation by a few weeks.
For those with the ability to postpone their annual leave or have children who are not yet bound by school holiday schedules - or if they are, happy to stretch them a little - this is the perfect alternative," Mr Deer said.
"At My Holiday Centre, we have developed our business model in alignment with this movement and specialise in offering valued-packed, inclusive holiday packages for those searching for an exceptional holiday experience in a selection of the most desirable destinations.
"Travelling in a window outside the popular high season period means we can negotiate competitive rates with our air and land partners due to the greater availability of hotel rooms and airline seats.
"It also allows us to bundle our packages with plenty of bonus extras - like transfers, Wine, Dine & Spa credits, complimentary activities and 'kids stay, play and eat for free' initiatives."
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