It might only be October, but holidaymakers who intend on hiring a minibus in High Wycombe for their travel this Christmas have been urged to book their arrangements as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.
According to an article in The Guardian, it is not advisable to leave planning till the last minute, as this would risk expensive train and air fares “that would make even Santa think twice”.
The best time to book tickets is between six and 12 weeks beforehand for trains and some flights, although people travelling this Christmas might not want to leave it that late to finalise their plans.
Even those staying within the UK might consider flying instead of travelling by rail or coach, as low-cost airlines are offering inexpensive deals if booked ahead of time.
Flying to Edinburgh from Stanstead, for instance, currently costs £85 per person for Christmas week, while a LNER train ticket from London to the Scottish capital will set you back £120 return instead.
Similarly, flyers could travel from Bristol to Newcastle and back for £46 between Sunday December 23rd and December 29th. This is less expensive than a return train ticket between the two locations, which is currently £127.
Another alternative is to hire a coach to High Wycombe, sharing the cost of the journey between several people.
There are plenty of festive things to do in the area, whether you are visiting family or not. These include heading to Waddesdon Manor to look at its impressive pieces of art; taking in a show of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs at the Wycombe Swan theatre; and hopping on the Chinnor & Princes Risborough Railway for Santa’s Steam Special.