Well, the clocks went back last weekend and we’re officially in winter mode here in the UK. This new season traditionally turns the thoughts of the average Brit as to when and where the next dose of sunshine can be had, because we all know that we won’t be seeing too much of it in the UK until next June!
International travel will be uppermost in the minds of Solid Steel’s musicians next week as we have been invited to perform at the World Travel Market exhibition at the ExCeL in London. We will be playing on the stand of the Barbados tourist board and it will be our privilege to promote the charms of arguably the most successful tourist island in the Caribbean.
So when do the British like to travel to the Caribbean? Most opt for the winter months when the tropical weather offers the greatest contrast to what we face at home. Some people even prefer a Christmas holiday in the Caribbean sooner than a Christmas in Blighty. Companies like CaribbeanJourney.com (the picture above is courtesy of their site) specialise in these vacations. However, if you are considering a Caribbean break yourself for Christmas, you’d better start booking now….for 2014! Availability for the best hotels and the lowest airline fares is extremely limited and booking in advance is not only essential but also saves you money because the earlier you book, the better the airline rates available. It’s not that there is no longer any possibility for cruising, island hopping or booking a beach hotel for Christmas 2013, but prices will now be at a premium that only the most wealthy among us can afford.
Me? I’m going nowhere. Solid Steel will be busy throughout the Christmas season playing for a lot of hard-working people who, like us, can’t afford a Caribbean Christmas this year. If you take a look at our Christmas YouTube video playlist, I hope you’ll agree that if you can’t have Christmas in the Caribbean it would be best to at least have Solid Steel bring some of the sound of the Caribbean to your traditional Christmas in the UK!