When it comes to the winter months, and the weather is cold and the nights are long, it can be a dull time of the year. T-shirts and shorts are traded in for thick coats and woolly hats, and it’s just a matter of when you catch the annual sniffle. If, like many, you have plans to chase the sun in the winter, then you want to make it somewhere exotic. Luckily, I have compiled a list of my five favourite winter holiday destinations.
Number one on my list of places to head to in search of summer sun is Dubai, somewhat unsurprisingly, as the city has fast become one of the most desired holiday destinations for travellers. The winter months are actually the best time of the year to travel to Dubai, otherwise the blaring heat can be too much for tourists that are not used to the heat.
In December, temperatures reach highs of 27°C, which when compared to highs of 45°C in the middle of summer, isn’t that bad. Do not forget that Dubai is a very cultural place in the world, and visitors will do well to familiarise themselves with the culture and follow best practices.
If a slice of the East is what you are looking for this winter, then Bangkok provides a unique holiday that you will never forget. Thailand is a big favourite amongst university students taking gap years, as well as the neighbouring Myanmar (Burma), which is currently accepting donations following outbreaks of violence.
The tourist season in Bangkok runs from November through to March, when the weather is cool and at its driest (although you should still pack a raincoat) before the summer heat kicks in. With temperatures between 31°C and 21°C, you will find yourself in a comfortable climate.
Rio de Janeiro
Ah, Rio, home to one of the most famous beaches in the world, the Copacabana Beach. In recent years, the city has played host to some of the biggest events in the world, including the FIFA World Cup and Olympic Games in 2014 and 2016 respectively.
The Brazilian city is known for its festivals and December is no different, with the Mardi Gras extravaganza in full swing. This sees the religious city, which is overlooked by the famous statue of Jesus Christ, taken over by Samba dancing and rhythms.
Of course Barbados was going to feature on this list, how could it not? The shining light of the Caribbean has been the go-to holiday destination for Brits for years, and it is easy to see why.
Unlike most other countries, the temperatures in Barbados tend not to vary too much all year round. You can generally expect to find a temperature ranging between 26°C and 30°C when you set foot off the plane, meaning that Santa Claus certainly does not need his big thick coat when he makes his annual December visit!
Australia is not the destination you set off to on a whim by any stretch of the imagination. To make the most of what is, for many, a once in a lifetime trip, you should plan at least a year in advance. Even if the outback is not in your sights for this year, that doesn’t mean that next year shouldn’t be when you eventually head down under.
The average temperature in Sydney in December is 26°C. Your friends and family will be very jealous of you when you share your holiday snaps on social media with the famous Sydney Opera House in the background.