A skiing holiday can be a great way to stay active during the Christmas break and enjoy time with family and friends. Of course, if you’re not the sporty type, there are plenty of other activities at ski resorts from sleigh rides to the delicious après-ski which mean you can enjoy the snowy surroundings without taking on the steep ski runs.
Christmas on the slops
Ski season starts around June in Australia, but for a winter skiing experience, there are resorts across the US and Europe that offer the perfect backdrop to your Christmas celebrations. From the magnificent Alps in Europe to the snowy peaks of Colorado in the US – or why not give the mountains of Scotland a try, and take a train that follows the same route as the Hogwarts Express to the Highlands, a perfect start to a holiday for any Harry Potter fan.
If you’ve been thinking about investing in a property overseas so you can make regular trips, it doesn’t have to be a hassle to manage. Many resorts include lock-and-go apartments which allow you to enjoy the benefits of a home away from home, and rent it out to other holidaymakers when you’re not there. These apartments have the advantage of being managed, which means you don’t have to organise local cleaners or janitorial services, and you know that your property is secure. A management office will also make it easier to rent out the property for brief periods via sites such as Air BNB.
Investing with family and friends
One option to make this more affordable is to invest with family and friends - this spreads the cost, and while it does decrease the amount of time you have available to you if you all take turns, it does also give you the perfect reason to all get together at least once a year. Whether you buy with family or friends or go it alone, make sure you establish all the costs at the outset – managed properties will have regular maintenance fees, so you may want to agree to the split at the outset or include these in your budget.
Managing the cost of an overseas property
Another aspect to consider is the cost of a currency payment for the property. From the initial deposit to property, mortgage and maintenance payments, the amount you spend can vary depending on the exchange rate. Whether you’re drawn to the Alps or Aspen, working with a specialist provider will give you access to expert guidance and a range of tools. You can even set up automated payments to save you time, and these allow you to set the amount of currency you’re sending, the amount leaving your account or both if you want to be clear about your budget.
Christmas in a winter wonderland
If you’re looking for an adventure this Christmas, why not head to a ski resort for a great festive experience with activities for all the family and consider whether you’d like a home away from home in a snowy location. Wherever you travel this Christmas, just don’t forget to let Santa Claus know your forwarding address so that your presents arrive under the tree for the perfect Christmas morning.