More Dundonians are jetting off for Christmas than ever before — with one travel agent reporting the highest number of last-minute winter holiday bookings in 35 years.
With the city being hit by regular sub-zero temperatures, it’s little wonder that so many people are booking deals for breaks in the sun.
Colin Ramsay, owner of Dundee-based travel agent Ramsay World Travel, said destinations such as the Canary Islands, the US and the Caribbean were proving firm favourites.
Mr Ramsay said: “We’re 32% up on late booking sales in the last two months compared with the same period last year.
“It has been the best year ever in the 35 years we have been in business.
“Destinations such as Tenerife, Portugal and Gran Canaria are incredibly popular.
“There has also been an increase in bookings for long-haul journeys, with a lot of travellers interested in Florida.”
Mr Ramsay said it was becoming more common for customers to book a two-week, two-centre trip — in which travellers split their time between two destinations.
He said: “Holidaymakers can be in Florida for Christmas and then go to Mexico for New Year.
“The Caribbean is also very popular as you are guaranteed nice weather there.”
But Mr Ramsay said the real surge has been in people choosing city breaks closer to home.
He said: “We have been booking hundreds and hundreds of short city break-type holidays this year.
“There has been a particular rise in trips to Christmas market destinations such as Germany.
“Eastern European destinations such as Krakow, Prague and Budapest have also seen a rise in popularity.
“The biggest increase in interest has been in our New Year mini-cruise, which takes people from Newcastle to Amsterdam.
“Amsterdam has a fantastic fireworks display to celebrate the New Year.
“Normally we book about 50-60 people on to the trip but this year we have booked about 360.
“We also get a lot of people just taking trips to Newcastle, York and London for a few days.”