So, if you’re like me, you’ll more than likely not be the biggest fan of winter. There’s not a lot of sun, a lot of rain, a lot of cold weather and in some instances, there’s a lot of snow and frost. Now, winter is a season that is made up of a lot of things I don’t particularly love such as the things mentioned above but, fear not, fellow travellers! I’ve created a little list of some of my favourite winter sun destinations so that if you’re looking to get away this winter, this may give you some inspiration.
I’ve tried to cover as many bases as I can in this list in terms of the different types of getaways you all may be looking for so there’s affordability, luxury and a few other bits and bobs chucked in there for you to consider. You never know what may inspire your next trip so I’ve tried not to be too selective in this list. Anyhow, here goes!
- Lazarote, Canary Islands
So, this one that’s more than affordable (depending on your situation) and is within 4 hours of the UK. Lanzarote is the 4th biggest of the Canary Islands and there’s multiple options depending on your finances. If you’ve got a bit of cash to spend, there’s a growing number of luxury properties and resorts on Lanzarote so if you’re looking for some extravagance, you won’t be short of choice here.
On the other hand, if you’re looking for somewhere that is a bit more affordable, won’t cost you the earth and you’re not too fussy then there’s tonnes of deals available in the resort areas of the island such as Playa Blanca and Cost Teguise.
- Seychelles, East Africa
So, this is one that is pricey but I did say I would be including various options. So, if you’ve got a bit of cash to spend, then this one may be up for you, especially if you love winter sun as the average winter temperature in the Seychelles is 28°C with around 6/7 hours of sunshine every day.
If you like exploring, you’ve got plenty of options too. This place is great for beaches, reefs and jungle and, it’s claimed that the island of Praslin was the real site of the Garden of Eden where reminders of sin are aplenty. Praslin and the neighbouring island of Curieuse are the only places in the world where Coco de Mer palms grow naturally and the Coco de Mer nuts and plants all belong to the government, you need a license to export each nut and it’s also illegal to taste them. So, if this sounds like somewhere that would be right up your street, then get booking!
- Las Vegas to Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah
This is another trip that won’t come cheap and doesn’t necessarily guarantee winter sun. Well, you’ll likely get some winter sun but it won’t be particularly warm and certainly won’t be the kind of holiday you go on looking to chill out and relax. This is something I’m planning on doing for my next trip but the planning and preparation for a road trip across America is expensive and time consuming, I need to get a car and ensure that it’s fit to go on such a journey, things like winter tyres are a must, it’ll need to checked over by a local mechanic before I go too, I don’t want to risk it breaking down mid-journey.
This trip will absolutely be worth any cost or time put into planning and prep. If you take the Interstate 15 northeast from Vegas and stop off at Zion National Park, you’re looking at around a 240-mile-long trip. As you start your trip from the Vegas desert to the cliffs of Zion and then on to Bryce’s 8,000-foot elevation, you can be sure to some of nature’s stunning beauty. As you hit Bryce, a drive along the 18-mile scenic stretch of Main Park Road will take you up to Rainbow Point, the highest elevation in the park and you can expect the views to be phenomenal. If this sounds like it’ll be up your street, there’s some great sites to help you plan your trip packed with hints and tips.
- Sharm-el Sheikh, Egypt
Now, this is another one that is in the more affordable bracket but it is likely considered a bit of a risky destination at the minute what with everything that’s going on in the world but this is a handy link to keep your eye on for updates about travel to and from Egypt. This doesn’t mean that you should overlook the resort as it’s a beautiful place and winter is the ideal time to go and visit as you will avoid the searing heat of the summer sun.
If this is something that you’d like to take advantage of, it’s likely you could get a good deal about now and you certainly won’t be short of things to do upon visiting Egypt. With plenty of scuba diving and snorkelling options available in the various coral reefs, you’ll be amazed at what there is to do and see. Of course, there’s the Pyramids too. They’re not exactly close to the resort but there’s plenty of day trips available so that you can get out there and see them.