Winter is a great season and everyone looks for trips with loved ones, time off from work and the daily grind. Well, you too can certainly plan a sneak escape from it all this winter! Wish to beat those winter blues? How about a fantastic holiday! As the days are shorter and darker, taking a quick winter sun break becomes a must but choosing where to go for the sizzling winter sun is still an intimidating decision. Selecting a perfect warm destination to bid goodbye to dark days and chilling temperatures is the real big task. We’ve tried to take the efforts for you.
Here’s a brief rundown of a few best destinations across the globe that could be just ideal for your winter vacation 2016!
- The Canary Islands, Cape Verde
This is quite like a secret paradise! The Canaries has 10 main islands which are scattered all along the coast of Senegal. Miles and miles of creamy white beaches definitely lure you. To add to the delight, you can simply enjoy a dip in the warm, clear emerald waters. Just sit back to relax on some beach, and gather plenty of sunshine!
- Sharm Al Sheikh, Egypt
Such an unusual destination! Right? Egypt has a magnificent historical and cultural background. But that’s not all this place has! It has more than historical treasures – miles of warm water beaches, excellent diving sites, fishing areas, and what not. Avoid summer crowds in sunny places and let the sun work out on your tan!
- Lapland, Arctic Circle
Lapland, fondly known as the Santa Claus’ homeland, is a lovely vacation destination during winter. Tucked away in the northernmost Finland and deep inside the Arctic Circle, Lapland is no less than a book stuffed with fairytales. Long stretched forests that are snow dusted and super cozy log cabins that seem too pretty make your holiday with your kids memorable. The best thing here in Lapland is that you’ll see more reindeer than people. You can be adventurous with some winter sports and be a part of a few exciting festive winter activities!
- The Exotic Caribbean
The Caribbean is the land of exotic beauty. It makes a perfect destination for a winter sun holiday and relaxation. The daytime temperature typically remains well above 200C so you can sit and relax under a palm tree in Antigua or cruise around Barbados. Reach the peak of pleasure and relaxation at a spa resort in St Lucia. Pristine beaches, serene sea waters, amazing tropical flora, charming holiday resorts, and beachfront royal boutique hotels make the Caribbean a blissful relaxing escape from the rest of the world.
- Dubai, UAE
Dubai is no doubt one of the top holiday spots in the world. This ultra-modern city is set upon miles of shining golden sand and offers the best of luxury to everyone who visits. Everything in Dubai is spectacular and luxurious including its skyscrapers, hotels, and shopping malls. In winter, the weather is just perfect for holidaying. Wander around the modern and the old city, eat at the best restaurants and street food joints, shop in huge malls as well as traditional souks, and visit the most desirable structures and mysterious museums! Apart from all this, there are a few must do things including the best desert safari in Dubai. Desert safaris, especially overnight camping is an unforgettable experience to cherish for the rest of your life.
- Abu Dhabi, UAE
Abu Dhabi, popular for its culture and more luxurious than Dubai, makes an ideal holiday destination in winter. Unlike Dubai, Abu Dhabi offers more true luxury and less of glitz & glam. The typical Middle East character of this city is worth admiring and it bridges between the Western and the Eastern worlds. Marvellous beaches, world class adventures sports, magnificent world-class museums, shopping malls, impeccable restaurants, and what not; Abu Dhabi is worth checking out!
You’ve no doubt heard of Walt Disney World, Busch Gardens, and Universal Studios? Yes, Florida is the place! A superb destination stuffed with a plethora of natural and manmade attractions, Florida makes a wonderful vacation destination and has a lot more to offer its visitors – Orlando, the famous Seven Mile Bridge, fascinating amusement parks, lakes, waterways, stunning coastline, forests, fantastic hotels, great shopping spots, virgin beaches, gorgeous coral reefs, exciting water sports, rocking night life, and top notch tourist facilities.
- Reykjavík, Iceland
In spite of being one of the coldest spots across the Europe, Reykjavík in Iceland has plenty of natural hot water springs to warm you up! It’s a fantastic winter holiday place offering a plethora of winter sports, spectacular celebration festivals, geothermal swimming pools, and of course, those most sought after warm water springs.
- Prague, Czech Republic
If the both of you are seeking a super romantic, fairytale vacation this winter, Prague is that destination! Indulge in stunning architecture, pretty old town, snow-capped spires, and fascinating winding streets. The best thing about Prague is that it’s almost tourist free during the winter months. Wonderful restaurants and cozy cafes help you plan a few romantic evenings with the love of your life.
- Nagano, Japan
This former Winter Olympics host city is a lesser known vacation spot among tourists. Nagano is a fabulous base for adventure freaks who wish to explore ski resorts located nearby. After a hectic day on the snowy slopes, it’s quite worthwhile to enjoy in the natural hot water springs. A few of the sites you must cover include beautiful, snow-covered Buddhist temples and the Togakushi Minzoku-kan folklore museum where the ninjas were once trained.
Here’s the checklist you should keep handy while planning a winter vacation!
- Figure out what exactly you want from the vacation
- Set a firm budget for the tour
- Do your research properly – places to see, eat, and stay at
- Sort out all your clothes that you must pack for the tour and confirm if it fits within the luggage allowance
- Confirm your transportation
- Check out what holiday extras you can manage well in advance
- Get up-to-date with your passport and any visa that may be required
So, are you ready to fly somewhere sunny, hot, and too beautiful?
Book your favourite tour and start packing your bags!