Winters can be a drag. Especially after the holidays. With the New Year and Christmas celebrations way behind us, here come the never-ending months of January and February, with freezing cold temperatures and really expensive electricity bills. But it doesn’t have to be like this. Instead of waiting for it to pass and counting the days until summer comes along, why not book a trip and enjoy some winter sun?
According to The Guardian, psychologists at The University of Michigan found that pleasant weather improves mood, memory and creativity. So why wouldn’t you want to escape winter for a little while and enjoy some winter sun? Chances are you’ll return feeling refreshed, more productive, and even with a cheeky tan! To help you choose your next adventure, take a look at our best 7 winter sun destinations below.
1. Tenerife, Spain.
Tenerife is a very popular sun destination all year round, especially if you are looking to have some fun and enjoy the bustling party vibe of the island. With the average temperature at 20 degrees in February, you are bound to enjoy some winter sun. Tenerife is also known as having some of the best clubs in Europe on Playa de las Americas, where parties last ‘til dawn. What’s more, if you decide to go on a boat ride, you might get lucky and spot a whale in its natural habitat or if you feel like doing something a little more active where you can get stuck in, you can always try a new water sport, like diving, surfing or kayaking!
Besides being one of the sunniest places in the world, Malta is also known for its rich and impressive culture. While you’re here you can visit the Ggantija Temples that are thought to have stood since 3, 000 BC or delve into the Ghar Dalam Cave, a 145m long cave where you can learn about Malta’s prehistoric history. Before leaving, don’t forget to enjoy a memorable boat tour of the Blue Grotto, on the south coast, that is famous all over the world for its crystal-clear waters and for the unique atmosphere it provides.
3. Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
Dubai isn’t one of the best winter sun destinations for no reason, with the average temperature in February being a scorching 26 degrees! Holidays in Dubai are a unique mixture of stunningly beautiful beaches and breath-taking skyscrapers. This is one of the world’s most renowned location for its slice of luxury when it comes to shopping and dining, so make sure you don’t leave it without having a shopping spree or a fine-dining experience in one of their beautiful restaurants. If you feel brave enough, you can make your way up Burj Khalifa, the tallest skyscraper in the world, where you can enjoy amazing sights and enjoy the sensation of feeling on top of the world!
4. Florida, USA.
Florida is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the USA, particularly when it comes to family vacations. It is also an impressive average temperature of 23 degrees in February. Florida has plenty of wonderful beaches such as Key West or South Beach which all host numerous attractions that can be fun no matter how old you are. And yes, you can’t go to Florida without visiting Walt Disney World and Universal Studios! However, after you get tired of the rollercoasters and the cartoon characters, you can pay a visit to the Salvador Dali museum or to Ernest Hemingway’s home to learn more about these impressive personalities, their lives and bask in their amazing work.
5. Koh Samui, Thailand.
Probably the best Thai island, Koh Samui is a great destination for anyone who wants to enjoy a beach holiday off-season and take the time to relax for a couple of days in the sun. While you’re here you can take advantage of the beautiful sights and long hours of the day to take a walk along the beach. A wonderful place to book a hotel on this island is Bophut Beach, due to its high number of luxury beach resorts where you can benefit from a first-class spa. However, if you decide on this destination, you must take advantage of Thailand’s vibrant yoga community and get in a few classes. You should be expecting a life-changing experience if you opt for one of the leading yoga retreats in Koh Samui!
6. Male, The Maldives.
Male is the bustling capital of the Maldives, an island nation in the Indian Ocean. Besides the wonderful weather, this city has a reputation for its beautiful mosques and colourful buildings, which gives it a unique atmosphere. While you are here, take a look at the numerous tourist attractions in the area, such as The Islamic Centre and The National Museum, located in Sultan park. Another thing that should definitely not be missed is Majeedhee Magu, a street packed with restaurants and shops that can satisfy any taste while giving you some really interesting cultural insights!
7. Barbados, Caribbean Island.
Barbados is a true holiday paradise if you are looking for some of the best beaches in the world, on what is probably the most popular Caribbean island. Not only will you have the chance to enjoy the sun, sea, sand, and the vibrant nightlife that Barbados has to offer, but you can also explore the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Bridgetown. Even more, another interesting tourist attraction in this destination is Harrison’s Cave. Here you can take a look at all the caverns, waterfalls and rock formations, while on a pleasant tram ride!
All these places are great if you’re looking for a warm destination to brighten up your winter months. And this is actually a great time to travel too! According to The Guardian, “Most scheduled airlines hold at least one major sale in a year”, and it just so happens that it is usually in either January or February! Among them we can count Air New Zealand, Virgin Atlantic or Singapore Airlines which can offer some good deals on long-distance flights in certain periods of time.
So, what are you waiting for? Stop getting bogged down by the English winter and instead pack your suitcase, point to a sunny location on the map, take your friends or family with you, and fly away today!