Already over winter and craving some heat? If you’d prefer your own moderately clad flesh to be roasting on the beach rather than a bunch of chestnuts on an open fire, have a look at this sun lover’s dozen of warm weather havens.
It’s a long haul flight from just about anywhere else but being down under means Aussies get summer when the Northern Hemisphere is suffering from the winter chill. Now’s a great time to visit Australia’s world famous beaches and world class cities.
Dubai is a luxury oasis of mind bogging proportions, with an average high of 75° F (23°C) this time of year.
It doesn’t get much more equatorial than Ecuador! Tropical rainforests, deserted beaches, some of the world’s most amazing scenery and even the Galapagos Islands await smart travelers heading to this small and friendly South American country.
With a dramatic and diverse landscape, a unique and vibrant culture – plenty of sunshine and an annual average temperature in the low 70s (Fahrenheit) – consider Ethiopia for an exotic escape from winter.
Orlando, the Keys, miles and miles of sandy beaches and hot Miami nightlife – it’s no wonder the sunshine state is the de facto winter retreat for so many snowbirds.
Alooooooha! Kick back, have a Mai Tai, get a lomi-lomi massage and watch the humpback whales breaching just off the coast. Winter? What’s that?
You could be jammin’ right now in the Caribbean sun to some excellent reggae on the beach.
Have an especially buoyant float in the Dead Sea, see the historic sites of Jerusalem or party like there’s no tomorrow is Tel Aviv.
Caribbean or Pacific? Mayan ruins or five-star resort? Why not a mix of all the above?
10. New Zealand
Ditto what was said about Australia … plus, we here there are hobbits dwelling in these hills.
11. Puerto Rico
Pina colados? Check. Palm trees? Check. Sultry salsa on the dancefloor? – ¡Si! Winter is a time to sizzle in this island paradise.
Rooftops swimming pools, extra spicy food and an amazing assortment of hotels and resorts make this vibrant city nation a super fun place for a balmy winter break.