You’ve drooled over the online pics of those amazing once-in-a-lifetime destinations, only to have those dreams shattered by the shock of the price?
Well, it’s time to reconsider that Bucket List holiday, if you can be a little more flexible on when you leave.
New research just released by travel comparison site Booking.com reveals savings of up to 49% on the high season prices for the traveller who isn’t so fussed about dates.
Check out their tips below for saving a bundle in 2018.
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
So much to see and do in this vibrant South American playground; whether you’re strolling along Copacabana Beach, or embracing the legendary samba-infused nightlife. And don’t even get us started on the sights – you haven’t lived until you’ve seen the view from the city’s world-famous mountain-top sentinel, Christ the Redeemer. But, of course, all this gorgeousness doesn’t come cheap, especially if you go in the carnival month of January. So, travel during December for a 24% saving.
Where to stay: The exclusive Windsor Marapendi (above) boasts a luxurious beachfront location set in the lively Barra da Tijuca district. Spend your days lazing on the sun lounger whilst sipping a fruity cocktail and taking in the blissful sea views. Unwind at the hotel’s spa and then round off your day with tasty regional and international cuisine served at the on-site restaurant.
Auckland, New Zealand
Explore a fusion of cultures, cuisines and landscapes with a trip to Auckland. Travellers will be in awe of Auckland’s stunning natural beauty, from an extinct volcano, the pristine beaches in the West Coast, and the marine reserve at Goat Island, to the beautiful vineyards at Waiheke Island. The most expensive month to visit Auckland is March, so plan your trip for October and you’ll save 15%.
Where to stay: For a home away from home, opt for the trendy CBD Viaduct Harbour apartments and take in impressive views of the bustling harbour through floor-to-ceiling windows. The finest bars, restaurants and shops are all on your doorstep, with other nearby activities including whale and dolphin safaris, fishing charters and the iconic Sky Tower.
Discover the wonder of Kyoto and immerse yourself in traditional Japanese culture. Spot a traditionally dressed Geisha, visit a spiritual shrine or temple and be entranced by the stunning natural colours; blossom pink in spring and a rich red during autumn. The most expensive month to visit Kyoto is April so book your stay for June, which is 41% more affordable by comparison.
Where to stay: Kyoto is the very essence of bygone-era Japan, so it’s only right to book a stay at a traditional Ryokan. NAZUNA Kyoto Nijo-tei features traditional Japanese décor and furnishings, whilst providing modern amenities such as Wi-Fi and flat screen TVs. Take a stroll in the beautifully kept gardens and go for a dip in the traditional outdoor wooden bathtub.
Miami Beach, US
Known as America’s playground, there is truly no place on earth like Miami Beach. This Art Deco paradise is all about fun, sand and sea. Whether that be sipping beachside cocktails on South Beach, cruising on a jet ski across the emerald waters, to experiencing the hedonistic party scene Downtown. The most expensive month to visit Miami Beach is January, so drop by in September, and you’ll be 42% better off.
Where to stay: With an enviable beachfront location in the heart of South Beach, the luxurious Redbury South Beach (above) is a must for your Miami getaway. Go for a dip in the extravagant rooftop pool, tuck into tasty Mediterranean-inspired dishes at the on-site Cleo restaurant and take a trip to nearby Lincoln Road Mall to indulge in luxury shopping.
Saint Petersburg, Russia
Often referred to as Russia’s cultural hub, Saint Petersburg is the perfect city break for travellers looking to soak up the rich art and history. Take a trip to the Mariinsky Theatre for opera and ballet, or the State Russian Museum for art. Stroll along the historic canals and be in awe of the sheer grandeur and steep history of Russia’s imperial capital. The most expensive month to visit Saint Petersburg is June, so travel during April which is 49% more affordable by comparison.