We all have daydreams during the winter. The nights draw in and we stare out of our office window wishing we could be somewhere else. Perhaps sat on a beach, the sun shining down, a cocktail in hand and a backdrop of palm trees swaying in the gentle sea breeze. Or maybe you’re desperate to get into the Christmas spirit and enjoy the bright lights of the city.
A trip to a land far and away is always an unforgettable holiday and in the winter it’s made that little more special by the fantastic events going on. Here’s our ultimate shortlist of winter destinations which suit every type of holidaymaker.
With temperatures of 27°C during the winter months, Cancun is the long haul destination to kick back, relax, and swap the sleet and snow for sunshine.
The city is hugely popular with tourists thanks to its glorious beaches and fabulous restaurants and night spots. That’s not to mention the huge amounts of history just a stone’s throw away making a Cancun holiday perfect for all.
Away from the five star resorts and all things glamour is Las Ruinas del Rey, an ancient Mayan civilisation which is ideal for exploring before walking down to Playa Delfines to spend the afternoon with sand between your toes.
A little further afield lies Chichen Itza, one of the New 7 Wonders of the World which welcomes over a million tourists every year, many of whom come from Cancun.
Dubai is the capital city of opulence and if you really want to treat yourself, then the Middle Eastern destination is certainly for you. The city has the world’s only seven-star hotel in the Burj Al Arab and a plethora of designer shops in the malls which are one of its main draws.
Despite being a predominantly Muslim nation, there is plenty of festive cheer around too with the malls filled to the brim with decorations and window displays. One of the best things about visiting however is the weather.
Average highs reach around 24°C, it’s the perfect place to feed the body and soul with a number of luxury spas across the city, whilst being fed is also a highlight with a mouth-watering eatery in almost every hotel and on almost every street corner.
You’ve seen enough movies to see how New York looks in the winter. It’s a magical city with a real festive cheer about it from the huge tree at the Rockefeller to the big NYE switch on in Times Square, and then well into the New Year with NY Fashion Week and Chinese New Year.
Most people have dreams of visiting the Big Apple no matter what time of the year, but the winter months really are like no other. The huge department stores have January sales which are unbeatable, and that’s on top of all the unforgettable sites you can enjoy all year round.
If you’re feeling adventurous in the city, head out to the likes of Coney Island, where the sea breeze is so crisp, and the New York Aquarium wows both adults and children alike.
Sydney is one of the most incredible city’s on the planet and whilst we are all fed up of the January weather, the wind, and the rain, the Australian city is at the height of summer.
Cricket season in full flow and the surf perfect on Bondi Beach, and whilst we are all tucking into hearty broths and warming lasagnes, the Aussies are out on the beach putting another shrimp on the barbie.
It’s the perfect escape from the winter and with Sydney brimming with places to explore from the famous Opera House to Taronga Zoo, not to mention all the glorious bars and restaurants it’ll feel like a real treat.
For those looking for a real adventure this winter, then a Kenyan safari is most certainly an adventure.
The vast savannahs and snow-topped mountains are truly stunning, and planning a safari trip is the ultimate trip for all the family. Discover the likes of giraffes, elephants, and black rhinos in their natural habitats, creating moments that will last a lifetime.
The country is a truly beautiful place and nowhere on earth will allow you to escape day-to-day life as much as here.