Sun or Snow? Decisions, Decisions…

Those of us who budget for one holiday a year may find it difficult to decide between an annual sunshine break and hitting the slopes. Cheap skiing holidays can make a welcome winter break, but making it through summer without getting away can be tough.

Many people go for skiing as it gives them the opportunity to be active on holiday. But summer sunshine breaks needn’t be all about lazing on a sunlounger by the pool.

There are plenty of great activity holidays to choose from, where you can learn or develop a skill. Activity sailing holidays are a popular choice, as are beachclub holidays involving other watersports such as windsurfing, snorkelling or kayaking.

Serious sailors will love to take the stern for a week or two, and can choose between itinerary ‘flotilla’ trips which are sailed as part of an instructor led fleet, or a ‘bareboat’ charter option which allows the freedom to sail when and wherever they please. Of course, for self-sail, you must have plenty of sailing experience, as must at least one other adult on the boat.

If you’re not quite at that level of expertise, you could instead choose a one week learn to sail holiday, so that you’ll be confident in your yachting skills for next year. These breaks are suitable for complete beginners and result in the completion of an introduction to yachting course which leads to the RYA National Sailing Certificate for Keelboats.

On the other hand, perhaps you prefer your water to be of the frozen variety. Skiing and snowboarding holidays are the choice of many, as the opportunity to experience fresh white powder in spectacular mountain settings simply cannot be emulated or compared.

Whether you decide to go for sun or snow this year, make sure that your choice of resort has the facilities and amenities to suit your level of skill in your chosen sport. That way, you can get more out of your holiday than just a week’s break. You can develop and improve your skills, and perhaps even learn new ones.


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