How we saved for a summer holiday at Christmas*

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There is no doubt that snow is pretty. It makes everything around it look pretty. But the truth is it’s bloody cold, it make your shoes and socks wet and it’s actually a damn right nuisance.

So it’s no wonder that whilst I’m buying Christmas presents I’m daydreaming about jet setting away on holiday to some exotic country, with sandy beaches and lots of cocktails.

But with Christmas literally round the corner, it seems near enough impossible to be able to book a holiday ready for when the sun puts his hat on again.

What nobody tells you though is that now is the perfect time to plan and book your next holiday. But why?


I’ve always been told that waiting till the Christmas and New Year period to book a holiday is ideal. This is because the prices drop.

The travel companies know that we’re all a little bit skint in December so they lower the prices with us in mind.

When Paul and I broke dour holiday to Ibiza we saw the price drop from our £1,000 per person to around the £700 mark.

This meant that not only did we saving on the overall price but we were able put the money we were saving towards our spending money.


The main thing that really helped us book our holiday in advance was the chance to pay for the deposit then and there, but have till the Summer to pay the rest of it off.

If you shop around you’ll find that a lot more travel companies are also offering low deposit schemes. This is even cheaper than a normal deposit meaning that you’ve got longer to get the money together to pay it all off.

Holiday Gems is a great example if this, and perfect for students and young adults who might not have a couple hundred in their savings for a deposit.

Their deposits start from £25pp on a flight and hotel deal, which is ideal when booking a get away in December and you’re strapped for cash.


Once you get Christmas out the way and you’ve got a good amount of time (depending on when you’ve booked your holiday for) to save up.

What we found best was figuring out what we had left to pay, divide it by the number of months we had left to pay it, then hey presto you’ve got your monthly target.

If you’re lucky then you’ll also have that Christmas bonus and gift money to start off your savings, giving you that extra bit of motivation.


When Paul and I were saving up for our trip to Ibiza we had to think a lot more about what we were spending our money on.

This meant saying no to our weekend takeaways and trips to the cinema, and yes to home cooked meals and a night in with a DVD.

If you keep the end goal in mind then it will make saving a lot easier, and it will all be worth it once you’re packing your suitcase.

Just because you haven’t got a grand or two saved up already doesn’t mean that you can’t afford to treat yourself to a holiday. With a decent savings plan and schemes like low deposits then you’ll be heading away in no time.

If you’re really strapped for cash then think about a small-scale holiday. Maybe a long weekend away somewhere, or a city break. Opt for one week or 10 days instead of 14. All of these will help you to reduce the cost and save more money.

This is exactly what Paul and I are doing come 2018, a few short breaks instead of one long one.

Are you planning on going away in 2018? I’d love to know where you’re planning on visiting and what you’re doing to save the pennies.

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© Emmi Bowles

This is sponsored by Holiday Gems, but all opinions and words are my own.






  1. December 18, 2017 / 12:36 pm

    I’m going to Ohio to see 2 friends I made from running a book blog and hopefully a holiday to Korea but thats not finalised yet 🙂

    • December 18, 2017 / 12:40 pm

      I’d love to go further afield like this

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