Planning Your Winter Holiday? Follow These Steps

One of the perks of planning your holiday earlier is not only cheaper plane tickets, but also the additional promotions offered by airlines. (Reuters Photo/Michael Dalder)

By : Jakarta Globe | on 1:31 PM August 01, 2017
Category : Special Updates

It is still months away from your holiday, but it is never too early to plan it because the more you delay, the higher your travel expenses will be. Besides, everyone knows that for Indonesians, applying for a visa can take a while, so it's better to do it early.

As residents of a tropical country, it is typical to want to go to the Northern hemisphere for your yearend or turn-of-the-year holiday to see the snow in winter. Spending Christmas and New Year's surrounded by chilly weather will be a memorable moment for your family. Here are some tips to make your holiday even better:

1. Pick a destination with awesome winter events

You may already have a destination in mind, but to make your holiday more fulfilling, keep an open mind for now and browse for destinations with winter events.

Canada, for instance, offers a variety of winter festivals, such as Winterlude in Ottawa, the Niagara Falls Winter Festival of Lights in Ontario, and the Quebec Winter Festival in Quebec City.

If you are heading to the Netherlands, spend New Year's Eve at the Amsterdam Light Festival as well as the New Year's Dive – though be careful of the chilly waters. Otherwise the Hogmanay NYE celebration in Edinburgh, Scotland, is also a popular choice.

East Asia is also glowing in winter, especially with the world-famous Sapporo Festival in Japan. Others, such as the Hwacheaon Sancheoneo Ice Festival in South Korea and the Harbin Ice Festival in China are also worth a visit.

2. Do not buy too many coats here to avoid excess baggage

Winter coats are obviously part of your necessities, not only because of the weather, but also for your attractive Instagram feed. There are an increasing number of stores selling cute winter jackets in Indonesia – from high-end brands that can cost you a fortune, to thrift shops that can get you a good bargain.

Either way, do not be impulsive and buy many here. You know how heavy a winter coat can be, so bringing too many may result in you having to pay for excess baggage. Packing one is enough. If you need more, there is plenty of fashionable stuff where you are going, at lower prices of course.

3. Make use of a good promo

One of the perks of planning your holiday earlier is not only cheaper plane tickets, but also the additional promotions offered by airlines. Speaking of which, you are just in time to get some good deals because Hong Kong-based carrier Cathay Pacific is going to hold its travel fair.

Go to Central Park Mall in West Jakarta, Paris Van Java in Bandung, West Java, or Pakuwon Mall in Surabaya, East Java, on Aug. 3-6 and the Cathay Pacific Travel Fair will be there as the genie for your wanderlust wishes.

Enjoy exclusive fares to many destinations with benefits ranging from cashbacks, free travel bags, to zero-percent installments for payments using HSBC credit cards.

In addition, if Hong Kong is one of your destinations, the airline has partnered with Hong Kong Disneyland, Ngong Ping 360, Ocean Park and Cruise Center to prepare special holiday packages for you.

Read more about the fair and get ready to trot the globe with Cathay Pacific.

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