Some people find the freezing winter idyll charming, but others shudder at the mere thought of it. If you belong to the second group, you should probably start considering going on the annual “summer” vacation in the middle of winter. This way, you can decrease the number of sub-zero days on your calendar and have a delightful adventure to remember. If the very thought of such an escapade makes you excited, here are eight sunny destinations to live it up this winter.
Mediterranean winters are usually mild in the north, but when you venture into the south-eastern corner of the sea to the picturesque islands like Cyprus, you’ll be faced with one of the warmest winters in this part of the world – at a pleasant 17 °C in February, you’ll enjoy enough sun to warm your back, yet it’ll be far from smoldering hot. After all, stark differences in temperature can put a lot of stress on your body, especially after you return home.
Now, if you want to go in the complete opposite direction when choosing your hot winter destination, try out the shores of Mozambique. This African country on the south-eastern end of the continent that stretches into the Indian Ocean and towards the shores of Madagascar is a gorgeous tropical dreamland of incredible beaches and pristine nature.
Morocco has always been one of the most favored winter travel locations in the world. It is probably due to the gleaming beaches that stretch towards the golden sunset and the incredible culture and vibrant cities and towns that dot its coastline. With pleasant January and February temperatures that circle around 20 °C, you can don the light clothing and sneakers and immerse yourself into the exploration of Morocco’s fascinating urban and natural surroundings.
Why would you waste your time in a traffic jam due to incessant snow when you can sunbathe on Jericoacoara beach in Brazil? It is a question for the ages, isn’t it? Brazil is an enormous country rich in natural beauty and picante gourmet food you’ll fall in love with. If you want to have a hot February adventure, head to the southern part of the country – in Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro, temperatures tend to get really hot, from 25 °C to 30 °C.
Tahiti is truly a gem of the South Pacific – one of the most popular hotspots of French Polynesia with mesmerizing volcanic mountain ranges and incredibly welcoming residents. This is the perfect place to visit during the winter months, as the island’s cities and the surrounding nature offer a plethora of interesting things to do in Tahiti.
Travelling to New Zealand is like going to the edge of the earth – amazing biosphere and incredible topography that served as the backdrop for the Middle Earth films look so astonishing, you’ll think it’s CGI. All the while, you will bask in the perfect summer temperatures that mostly land between 22 °C and 25 °C. Of course, New Zealand is far from small. The islands cover the territory of 267,710km² and the visit to the south island can be an adventure in and of itself.
Instead of going to India for your winter break, try the beautiful and exotic island of Sri Lanka. Its lush greenery and rich history will keep you occupied as you bask in the incredible temperatures that can go beyond 30 °C in winter months. This means you should probably purchase some sunscreen for this trip.
Canary Islands are not only a perfect winter destination – it is a lush tropical paradise all year round. The average temperature is the coveted perfection of around 25 °C, and there are a lot of islands to explore and trek across. La Gomera and Lanzarote are especially popular right now, so why not hop there for a winter getaway to find out why for yourself?
Why would you hide under a blanket on your plush sofa as the icy blizzard rages at your doorstep if you can run along the sandy beach in fluttery clothes as the sun warms your back and the irresistible scent of the sea fills your nostrils? With the ever-increasing number of packages tourist agencies have on offer, you can pick and choose where you’ll go for a hot summer vacation in the middle of winter and have the adventure of a lifetime.
Marie Nieves is a lifestyle blogger who loves unusual trips, gadgets and creative ideas. On her travels she likes to read poetry and prose and surf the Internet. Her favourite writer is Tracy Chevalier and she always carries one of her books in her bag. She spends most of her free time at home walking her Labrador Retriever named Max. She is an avid lover of photography who loves to talk about her experiences. You can find Marie on Facebook or follow her on Twitter and Pinterest