Alas, the end of summer is upon us, and if you are feeling depressed at the thought of dark mornings, cold nights, and an entire season of wrapping up warm, now is the perfect time to plan your Winter Holiday and banish those autumn blues.
When it comes to winter sun, it’s all happening below the equator where temperatures are already starting to rise. Southern Africa, South America, Australia, New Zealand, and the South Pacific are basking in sunshine during our winter months, and with long-haul flights cheaper than ever before, there has never been a better time to head below zero on a holiday of a lifetime.
So where will you go? Here are our Top 10 Winter Holiday Destinations for intrepid travellers who are looking for adventure…
Climb the Rwenzori Mountains, go gorilla trekking in Bwindi Impenetrable Rainforest, take a safari in Queen Elizabeth National Park, or take a MTB tour around Lake Mutanda, there are endless options for adventure in the Pearl of Africa!
Hike to the ‘Roof of Africa’ on a Mount Kilimanjaro Expedition before heading off on safari in neighbouring Ngorongoro Crater and the Serengeti. If you can stretch and extra few days, take a short flight to Zanzibar, the Spice Island, for some well-deserved R&R on the glorious white beaches of Nungwi.
- Western Australia
The perfect destination for outdoor adventures, Western Australia has it all. Go snorkelling in Ningaloo Reef, go ocean jet-boarding off Fremantle, or simply chill out in Margaret River with glass of Cabernet Sauvignon.
- Chile & Argentina
Take a double-destination holiday this winter visiting Chile and Argentina, where you can do as much or as little as you like. Learn to Tango in Buenos Aires, hike Aconcagua, explore Torres Del Pine National Park, or head to the magical Easter Islands to get up close and personal with Rapa Nui.
- Fiji Islands
Go island hoping in the Fiji Islands. It is not nearly as expensive as you might think, and if you love water-based activities, you will find your little piece of paradise right here.
- Bali, Indonesia
If you think Bali is just a beach destination, think again! Bali is a fabulous cycling destination too, and if you are looking for a sporty holiday that won’t break your travel budget, this Indonesian gem could be the perfect choice for you winter getaway.
- Peru & Bolivia
South America is one of the easiest places in the world to coordinate a double-destination holiday, so why not visit Peru and Bolivia on a holiday of a lifetime. You’ve left it too late to secure Inca Trail Permits, but you might still be lucky with the Lares Trail, so do some hiking before heading off to Lake Titicaca and the vibrant city of La Paz.
- New Zealand
With two great islands to choose from, you’ll be spoilt for choice in New Zealand! It’s a long way to go, but once you get there, you’ll realise every air-mile was well spent. Hiking, cycling, white-water rafting, bungee jumping, sailing, surfing, it’s all going on here!
Madagascar is still relatively new on the tourist trail, so if you are looking to escape the crowds and truly immerse yourself into nature, this is the place the do it. Visit some of the many national parks and the avenue of Baobabs, before heading to Miavana on Nosy Ankao for a 5 star eco-luxury experience.
- South Africa
South Africa remains one of the best value long-haul winter holiday destinations for European and American travellers, and your Pounds/Euros/Dollars will go a long way here. There is so much to see and do, you’ll need a well-planned itinerary, but Cape Town is a must, as is Kruger National Park!
Where are you going on holiday this winter? Drop us a line and let us know!