Summer has always been the preferred choice for holidays, not only because of the weather but because the summer holidays are longer. In recent years, winter has been making a come back as people realize that the rates for winter are much lower.

My personal preference has always been summer but for the past few years I have come around to the benefits of winter. Snuggling up to the fire with a book and a cosy blanket can be the best stress reliever.

Here we look at a few pros and cons of each.


Pros: There are typically fewer tourists during the winter season, but there are a few things to consider. If the holiday destination of your choice has winter activities, chances are that it might be more attractive to other tourists.  You might enjoy a discounted rate for winter holidays in South Africa, as it is considered off peak season.

Cons: Travelling is one of the major hurdles when choosing winter as the season for your holiday. You travel to and from your destination might be delayed this could also be a safety concern if you have chronic ailments which might need emergency medical attention.


Pros: Obviously the lovely weather is a big plus, sitting by the beach and drinking cocktails is always a winner. There should not be many travels delays in comparison to winter and you don’t have to pack as much.

Cons: Warmer weather might suit most, but for some the heat might be unbearable. There’s only so much you can cool off in a pool or with a cool drink, ultimately you might need to seek cooler temperatures indoors with the help of air conditioning which defeats the purpose of enjoying the outdoors.

Ultimately they each have their own advantages and disadvantages. It all depends on your personal preference and your budget. If you research your destination and plan ahead, you shouldn’t have to worry about anything.