Folk beating winter chill by booking exotic holidays

Staff at The Co-operative Travel, Halifax, from the left, Michelle Crabtree, David Ogden and Gemma Croft.
Staff at The Co-operative Travel, Halifax, from the left, Michelle Crabtree, David Ogden and Gemma Croft.

There’s no better way to beat those winter blues than booking a holiday in sunnier climes.

Everyone wants something to look forward to after shivering through the last few weeks in chilly Calderdale and sun-seekers across the district are doing just that with travel agents reporting a busy month for bookings.

While many customers have opted for a classic European city break, others have chosen to fly further afield, with long-haul destinations including New Zealand, Australia and Thailand becoming increasingly popular.

Vicky Allinson, sales consultant at the Co-operative Travel, Princess Street, Halifax, said: “We have been quite busy and it’s getting busier.

“There have been bookings for far and away holidays and to destinations like Turkey, Greece and the Canary Islands - the places you would usually expect.”

Caron Lewandowski, of Pure Travel, Russell Street, Halifax, added: “We have been really busy and it is the main booking month.

“People are spending a lot and we seem to be booking more of the long-haul holidays to places like Australia, New Zealand and Thailand.”

And as the month goes by, even more people are expected to flock to travel agents to book an eagerly-anticipated sunshine break.

Paul Eastwood, of Althams Travel, Russell Street, Halifax, said: “It’s been really busy - it started at Christmas and it has been building up since then. It’s not reached a peak yet and the next couple of weeks will be even busier. People are going for all-inclusive deals, but there has been a real mix between cruises, long haul and European breaks.”

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Adrian Tinker said his favourite destination is Los Gigantes, Tenerife, because of its spectacular scenery and peaceful atmosphere.

Paul Addy opted for New Zealand, because of its “stunning scenery and really lovely people.”

And Linda Walton said she can’t wait until June to visit sin city itself, Las Vegas in USA.