It’s never too late to book a winter break. Whether you’re struggling with the winter weather and are looking for some sun, or you’re looking to embrace this time of year and do something that’s cosy and seasonal, there are plenty of late winter trips ideal for the more mature traveller.
Warm Winter Sun
1. South Africa
January average temperature: Cape Town 26°C
For a truly unforgettable experience, look no further than the jewel of the southern hemisphere – South Africa. Whether you’re after a relaxing retreat, beautiful beaches, or an exciting safari adventure, the culturally diverse country of South Africa has it all. With a variety of vastly different geographical and topographical locations, you could be driving along the lusciously green garden route or the mountainous Drakensberg Mountains.
A perfect holiday during the dark cold winter months, January is the height of South Africa’s summer. With it being such a huge landscape temperatures can vary, so always check locally for specific weather conditions.
2. Thailand – Southern Beaches
January average temperature: 27°C
Whilst it’s often been the desired destination of young backpackers, for the spritely amongst us there’s nowhere better than majestic beaches of Thailand. The popular resort of Phuket resembles a bustling Mediterranean hot spot, but Krabi and the Phi Phi islands are altogether more distinctive, even if they’re just as popular. Also, don’t forget the islands of Koh Samui, Koh Phangan and Koh Tao; perfect for sun seekers, keen walkers, budding Scuba divers, and anyone who is looking for a slice of paradise during our late winter.
January average temperature: Rio de Janeiro 27°C
With 2014 and 2016 set to be defining years for Brazil, given their hosting of the both the FIFA Football World Cup and The Olympic Games, respectively, now is the best time to visit this fascinating country. From sun-drenched beaches to dense rainforest and mountainous peaks, Brazil boasts an incredibly diverse landscape, as well as an economy on the up. As such, it’s getting a great deal costlier to travel here, and with two of the largest sporting events to take place over the next two years, it’s only going to get more popular. Take it all in before it gets too crowded, because this is one beautiful place to experience.
Cosy City Breaks
If the summer sun isn’t your thing, ‘Czech out’ (we couldn’t resist) the vibrant cultural and historical city of Prague, in the Czech Republic. You’ll be forgiven for thinking that Prague is just known for its beer and pubs, but there is much, much more to see. Hrad Castle is a popular attraction for its fairy-tale setting. Next door is the gorgeous St. Vitus’s Cathedral and if you manage to scale the 287 steps of the South Tower, you’ll see stunning views of this enigmatic city. There are plenty of hidden gems to discover as you walk along the cobblestone streets. Perfect for wining, dining and shopping – it certainly is a perfect winter city break.
A festive wonderland during the winter months, Vienna is packed full of history and culture, making it an ideal winter location. There’s breath-taking architecture of the State Opera and Stephansdom, as well the Ringstrasse. This city has many stories to tell, with its numerous historical figures, interesting heritage and beautiful buildings. Perfect to eat, see and do; Vienna is a must for any budding winter holiday makers.
6. New York
It goes without saying, but New York is one of the greatest cities in the world; and the cold winter months are the perfect time to see the city that never sleeps in action – it’s almost magical. Start your morning with a warm coffee and a hot bagel in one of New York’s many legendary coffee shops. Take a romantic walk in central park, shop until you drop in the city’s famous shopping destinations and make sure you take in all the landmarks; the Empire State Building, Times Square, Statue of Liberty, 5th Avenue, the Rockefeller Centre, the 9/11 memorial, and much more. Oh, and don’t forget to hail a cab.
Wonderful Winter Cruises
7. Caribbean Cruise
The most popular cruise area in the world, the Caribbean is visited all year round by cruise-goers in search of family-fun activities and sizzling sun, especially during our colder months. Take in the famous ports of Antigua, Barbados, St. Kitts, St Lucia and many more. Whether it’s gorgeous beaches, fine cuisine or a bit of culture is what you’re after, a cruise around the Caribbean has exactly what you need – including much better weather than the UK.
Price: Circa £1,000 pp
8. Mediterranean Cruise
Get away from the cold and wet of Britain, and take in the Mediterranean’s premier spots whilst they are less crowded. From the bustling cities of Barcelona and Marseille to the cultural and historical meccas of Malaga and Civitavecchia (Rome), there’s plenty to see and do on a cruise of the Med. With prices being a great deal cheaper than Caribbean cruises, this is the perfect option for anyone looking to get away this season.
Price: Circa £500 pp
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