There comes a point when the wet and cold British weather is well and truly underway and it feels as though you haven't seen the sun in forever... there's only one thing left to do and that's to book a winter sun holiday! But with so many destinations to visit in the world it can be a hard decision choosing whether to travel Europe or Worldwide, therefore to give you a little help we've put together our top 8 favourite destinations to visit.
So where can you find glorious sunshine during December and January?
For some the tropical sunny islands of the Caribbean Sea and the Indian Ocean are perfect to visit all year round; whereas if you're planning on heading to the Southern Hemisphere, these places are at their sunniest when our winter season is as its coldest which makes them the ideal choice for a winter sun trip.
There are a variety of options to suit all tastes and budgets, from a whirlwind city break to a relaxing holiday on a sandy beach - the choice is yours!
A popular choice among backpackers and those heading out on a gap year, Australia offers something for everyone. Whether you're looking to snorkel and dive among the fish in the Great Barrier Reef, unleash your inner adrenaline junkie bungee jumping, or simply taking a stroll sightseeing in Sydney.
Combining bustling city life with wonderful white sandy beaches, Dubai really has it all. Temperatures in July can reach up to 41 degrees Celsius, therefore travelling in the winter months mean that you can still enjoy less extreme heat. January boasts the popular Dubai Shopping Festival brimmed with fireworks, fashion shows and discounts, so it's a great opportunity to grab a post-Christmas bargain.
Balearic Islands, Ibiza & Menorca
When we think of a holiday in Ibiza, the first thing that pops into the heads of many travellers is the renowned clubbing scene. However Ibiza offers so much more such as cool bars, hippy markets as well as plenty of family-friendly activities to keep the kids entertained. Menorca is also a popular choice if you're looking for winter sun but at a slower pace - brimming with history and legacy, enjoy your evenings spent in quaint candlelit restaurants beside white sands and turquoise sea.
The Caribbean is mainly regarded as an all-year-round destination and is famous for being an exotic location with glorious beaches and temperatures between 24 and 29 degrees Celsius throughout winter. Popular among both families and couples, why not relax on The Windward Islands or take a challenging walk around the Dominica hills, or spend your days in Barbuda lazing on secluded pink sands. It's the ideal escape whatever you're looking for.
The ideal destination for a winter sun break, without the long haul flight and added jet lag - bonus! The gorgeously diverse island of Cyprus is sure to hit the spot when it comes to sunshine and is a fantastic choice for travel this season. Winter season in Cyprus only lasts from December to January, however for those who are looking for sun but not a soaring heat this is the ideal getaway. Enjoy beautiful nature reserves, historical sightseeing and plenty of opportunities to explore.
Brimmed with ancient history consisting of Giza's pyramids and Tutankhamun's tomb make Egypt a holiday hotspot for tourists. White sandy beaches, hot spas, dolphin riding, diving and water sports combined with warm sunshine all year round make this the ultimate winter sun destination. Sharm El Sheikh remains a popular location for diving due to the coral reefs and densely populated marine life, however if you're looking for culture then head over to nearby Luxor and soak up the atmosphere in the bustling shops and colourful bazaars.
Whether you're looking to trek through rainforest, indulge in some market shopping or unwind on one of many luxurious beaches, you simply have to put Thailand at the top of your bucket list. Bangkok is the gateway to Thailand and offers a colourful and congested culture shock that you simply have to experience. Once you head Downtown you'll be met with a jarring mixture of ancient holy temples, street stalls and modern skyscrapers alongside a bombardment of smells, sights and sounds. If you're travelling with children, why not head over to the FantaSea Theme Park in Phuket or for those who want relaxation find a shady spot under a coconut tree on Long Beach and unwind.
A relatively small island but packed with heaps to do, the volcanic island of Malta is a fantastic destination to visit this season and is a short 3-4 hour plane ride away. Why not laze the day away relaxing on one of the warm rocks next to the crystal clear sea, or head towards the north of the island for some sand. The kids will love visiting Popeye Village, the set of the popular 1980 Disney film, as well as hiring a snorkel and exploring life underwater. From the ancient streets of Valletta, through to the wonderful fresh food, Malta offers something for everyone and certainly won't bust your budget in the process.
We hope that this blog has given you some inspiration on where to travel for some winter sun. Ensure that you also have travel insurance for your trip to protect yourself should anything go wrong. We all like to hope that we never need to use insurance, but it is an important element of booking a holiday. Let Alpha Travel Insurance join you on your winter sun holiday and have peace of mind that you and your family are fully protected.
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