Do you dread the arrival of winter, with its chilling temperatures and dreary cloudy days? No matter how hard you try, are you just not a snow person? Luckily, there are tons of great destinations you can escape to, with plenty of sun to light up your winter months.
The Greek Islands are the perfect combination of culture, sunshine and luxury for your winter vacation. Check out the white sandy beaches stretching across the coastline, explore coastal caves and immerse in the laid-back local scene on the islands. Don’t miss the island of Santorini for the iconic blue-domed churches; it’s an overnight ferry from the mainland but totally worth it to make it there by gorgeous sunrise.
Winter is the best time to visit Barcelona, because it’s when the tourists depart and the locals reclaim the city. Though it is often sunny and clear skies during the winter, the temperatures can be very crisp and cool. Enjoy wonderful traditional Catalan foods during your stay and admire the incredible architecture around the city. Your low cost winter sun holidays are just a plane ticket away!
Visiting the Maldives in winter makes your holiday during the high season, which runs from December to April. These islands have just got the most picture-perfect paradise beaches and sunny skies to make you forget all about those winter blues back home! Splurge on a luxury resort and spa treatments as you gaze out at spectacular ocean views.
It feels like a constant summer in Thailand, so kick off your shoes under a palm tree and relax! Whether you’re looking for great food, exciting adventure sports, beaches, nightlife or all of the above, you’ll find it here along with some of the best weather during the winter. Head down to the islands for snorkeling or scuba diving in some of the world’s most gorgeous waters. Northern Thailand is your pick for trekking with elephants and exploring the jungle and temples.
To escape frigid weather and seek out the sun, travel to the place that offers the very best of shopping, beaches, nightlife and culture on a trip to Lisbon. This vibrant city combines the cosmopolitan feel of a big city with the laid-back Mediterranean atmosphere, making the perfect escape for a winter holiday. Experience the variety of Portugese food, explore the many museums and cathedrals and enjoy the lively traditions of a Portuguese Christmas and New Year.