If you want to get away from the cold weather this Christmas, whether you’re planning to celebrate the holiday itself or not, there will be many different options available. This is especially true if you’re planning your trip this early in the year.

However, a large range of options can also be seen as a negative. How can you choose the best destination, or the best kind of trip to book, when you’re overwhelmed by choices? To help you make the right decision, we have some tips on finding the best deals and booking the best Christmas breaks when you have somewhere warm in mind.

Research the climate

This may sound obvious, but people who don’t travel too often might forget how much seasonal weather conditions can vary around the world at any given time. During our winter, many countries in the southern hemisphere will be experiencing summer, while countries closer to the equator will have hotter weather all year round. However, our summers are not comparable to those in most of the world, and you will want to avoid rainy seasons or unbearable heat, so do your research.

Prepare for costs to go up

It doesn’t matter whether Christmas is widely celebrated in the country you intend to visit, the prices will still increase around December when it comes to accommodation and flights. The reason for this is that demand is high around the world, with so many people travelling for various reasons, including western tourists looking for a sunny getaway. Don’t assume that somewhere will be cheap just because the local culture doesn’t traditionally celebrate Christmas.

Book early

This time of year is great for booking flights and hotels around the world in December, provided the tickets are available. For some trips you might need to wait a little longer to get everything booked, but since demand is high everywhere, bookings will probably be open if you start checking. You’ll be likely to get better prices now than if you wait until autumn to book everything. It is possible to get last minute deals, but it’s not likely that you will get exactly what you want.