For those of us living in the northern hemisphere, winter is well and truly here. The nights are colder and in many places, the winter sun is down by around 5pm and many of us have missed the chance for a proper summer this year at home.
If you are looking for a way to escape the winter weather this season and find pastures new: we have some ideas for places you can go to catch some rays and enjoy the sun.
Here are some of the best places for some winter sun that are south of the equator:
If you are looking for an amazing beach holiday where you can wear your Jetpilot rash shirt and enjoy the sunshine – Australia is the place to be. With stunning beaches, amazing cities and beautiful natural landscapes, this is a southern paradise and one which will make you never want to go back home.
Whether you choose Sydney, Perth or the outback – you’ll have lots of chances for adventure and you’ll be able to get a lovely tan.
If you have been to Australia before and are looking for something a little different, why not visit its cousin across the water? New Zealand is a country with stunning natural landscapes with rolling hills aplenty, and there are places for sunbathing as well as skiing.
Visit the Shire from Lord of the Rings and enjoy the magical wonder of this part of the world. It is a place that everyone should visit at least once in their lifetime.
Brazil is a stunning, vibrant place to visit. If you want a tropical paradise which is full of culture and amazing foods you need to spend winter in Brazil this year. Brazil is known for its stunning landscapes and lively towns and cities, and these friendly people party more than almost anyone in the world. For a winter and Christmas filled with festivals and fun, Brazil is the best place to be.
Everyone always dreams of visiting Hawaii – and it is no surprise why. This set of islands beneath the United States is one of the most enigmatic and mysterious places on earth and attracts many people every year.
In winter this place is still like a summer postcard and you’ll be able to enjoy a coconut on the beach, hula dancing, and a stunning culture. Make sure to visit the active volcanoes during your stay and see nature at work with your own eyes. Far away from the groggy weather at home, this will feel like entering a whole new world.
For a vibrant and luxurious trip away this winter, Thailand is a very good place to visit. Thailand is a stunning country and it has many unique features. Thailand is like the ultimate exotic paradise for you to enjoy this winter.
Indonesia not only has beautiful scenery but also has Buddhist temples that allow you to enjoy a whole different culture. Of course, you can’t forget the tourism hotspot of Indonesia – Bali.
But why not explore a little deeper and visit Java and try the most expensive coffee in the world, or enjoy a trip along the country’s idyllic rivers. For an experience far removed from the dreary weather, it’s well worth exploring.
South Africa is a place which is often not given enough credit – but this beautiful land is well worth a mention. To enjoy hot weather, bustling cities, and amazing wildlife – South Africa is absolutely the place for you to be. Enjoy walks out in the plains and maybe even catch a glimpse of giraffes, zebras or hippos!
India is one of the most culturally rich places on earth, and it is also one of the hottest places. If you are looking to get away from cold weather and rainy days, then India is the spot.
As well as enjoying the beautiful landscapes of this country you’ll be able to experience the true magnitude of architecture on display as well as the culture first hand. And of course, who could mention this country without talking about the PHENOMENAL food on offer.
We hope you like our choices for winter getaways. Have you been to any of the aforementioned spots to escape the winter blues?
Let us know your favourite winter sun spots in the comments below!