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Where to travel in Winter 2018?

     

Ski season has started in the northern hemisphere with perfect weather conditions for skiers and snowboarders. Some people however try to escape the cold winter months and are looking for warmer areas. Whether you’re looking for a getaway with reliable winter sun or a ski break in the mountains; we’ve got you covered in this blog. You will find a summary of the best destinations to travel in December, January and February!

 

December

Where to go in Africa:

The dry season in Cape Verde, which lasts from November to July, can see some strong winds which makes it a great winter destination for kite surfers. Temperatures are around 20°C between December and March.

Calabar or Carnival in Nigeria colours the streets attracting thousands of tourists and is seen as “Africa’s biggest street party”. The Carnival begins Dec, 1 and lasts until Dec, 31.

Holiday season starts in South Africa and there are so many good reasons to travel here in December but the good weather (it’s never too hot), amazing food and wine and incredible nature, especially in Cape Town must be our top-3. Don’t miss your chance to visit Table Mountain, one of the new nature wonders of the world! Besides, if you travel from Europe, you don’t even have to worry about jet lag by the time you’re home as there’s only one hour of difference. Further up the coast lies KwaZulu-Natal which is known for its more exotic beaches as well as game reserves and mountains.  

 

Calabar Festival in Nigeria, pic by midnigeria.com

 

Where to go in Europe:

Many European cities host charming Christmas fairs, like Berlin and Aachen in Germany, Vienna in Austria, Prague in Czech Republic and Zagreb in Croatia.

If you want to celebrate Christmas and New Year’s Eve on the slopes, then you better head to the Swiss Alps for reliable early powder, like Saas Fee and Zermatt.  

 

Christmas Market in Berlin, Germany

 

Where to go in North America:

For winter sports, head to Colorado or Vermont where you’ll already find some snow in December.

As of the end of December, San Antonio in Texas lights up in a dazzling display.

Christmas period in New York is truly magical but know that prices are reaching their peak! Book your accommodation well in advance. 

Southern California is mild in winter so why not relax on one of San Diego’s lovely beaches and combine it with a stay in Palm Springs.

The Alaska Railroad connecting Anchorage and Fairbanks operates year-round but winter is amazing to discover the outdoors from the warmth of the train.

December is a popular month to travel to Mexico, when the weather is generally warm and dry across the country.

Alaska Railroad, pic by Nationalgeographic.com

 

Where to go in Central America & the Caribbean:

The hurricane season in the Caribbean has officially ended which makes it a great destination to spend Christmas.

Jamaica has tropical weather all year round but the best time to visit, is from November to mid-December, when the island already has beautiful weather and hotel and flight deals are easier to find.

Beaches can get crowded in the Bahamas as of mid-December so if you’re looking for some cheaper rates, think about the beginning of the month.

Guadeloupe and Martinique (with direct flights from Paris) are great alternatives for Europeans who want to spend Christmas in the Caribbean without worrying about passport issues.

 

La Plage de la Pointe Marin, Martinique

 

Where to go in South America:

In December and January everything is green in Guatemala after the rains and the sky is clear.

December is ideal to discover the variety of Brazil. It’s the best time to visit the Amazon now that rivers are low and trails have better access. You can easily combine it with a few days on the beaches of Rio or nearby Ilha Grande or Buzios.

The start of the dry season makes Colombia an interesting destination. Weather remains warm along the Caribbean coast and in Medellin throughout the entire year but in the highlands, nights are getting warmer.

Chile is a very extensive country so weather varies according to the area but October to March is a good time to travel to Patagonia in the south of Chile. You should definitely combine it with a visit to Santiago and the Atacama desert.

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Pic by Hilton.

 

Where to go in Oceania:

Summer is the peak tourist season in New Zealand. You’ll get cooler temperatures the more south you go so be prepared.

Australia is entering its summer season so it’s the ideal time to go surfing, swimming or to spot koalas. Kick off the new year in Sydney with one of the greatest firework displays in the world.

Winter season is a great time to visit the white sand beaches in Dubai. Temperatures are very pleasant and the sun shines practically all the time.

Dry season in Philippines (from November to April) makes it a perfect spot for unwinding on its many pristine beaches.

The lowlands in Laos have nice daytime temperatures and the countryside is green and lush after the rains. In the highlands, however, it remains very cold especially in the night with temperatures dropping to zero.

The cold season in Bangladesh, which spreads from October to February, is probably the best time to explore the country, when the weather is dry and fresh.

Rains have decreased in Thailand and temperatures are warming up. As long as you avoid the touristic resort areas, December is a perfect month for a holiday in Thailand.

Dry season in the Maldives (from December to April) also means the start of the peak season with good visibility and less humidity but higher rates.

 

Sydney’s New Year’s Eve Fireworks, pic by Sydney-nye.com

 

January

Where to go in Africa:

It’s dry season in East Africa and a great time to watch wildlife. Head to the Masai Mara National Reserve in Kenya or the Serengeti in Tanzania and enjoy the opportunity to see elephants, rhinos, lions and even wildebeests calving from late January to February.

As of mid-January school holidays in South Africa are finished resulting in lower fares and less crowds. There are so many good reasons to visit South Africa in January but the good weather (it’s never too hot), amazing food and wine and incredible nature, especially in Cape Town must be our top-3. Don’t miss your chance to visit Table Mountain, one of the new nature wonders of the world! Besides, if you travel from Europe, you don’t even have to worry about jet lag by the time you’re home as there’s only one hour of difference. Pamper yourself in this wonderful boutique hotel in Sea Point, Cape Town. 

The dry season in Cape Verde, which lasts from November to July, can see some strong winds which makes it a great winter destination for kite surfers. Temperatures are around 20°C between December and March.

Sunset at Table Mountain, Cape Town. Picture by tp.photo

 

Where to go in Europe:

Winter days in Europe can be cold, grey and short but for many people it’s the best time of the year to practice winter sports! Head to northern Europe for skiing and snowboarding and to watch the Northern Lights, especially in Scandinavia, Iceland and Greenland.

Europe’s mountain ranges (Alps, Dolomites, Pyrenees and Sierra Nevada) also offer plenty of winter activities and fun for the entire family.

Skiing in Serfaus, Austria

For an alternative city break with a fairytale character, choose Estonia’s capital, Tallinn.

Amsterdam is also great for a city trip but in January you’ll pay significantly less than in December. Looking for accommodation in Amsterdam? Check out these affordable hotels

 

Where to go in North America:

Head to Aspen or Vail in Colorado or Whistler in Canada for a great ski vacation but expect holiday crowds and higher prices. Winter also welcomes many winter sport lovers in Lake Tahoe, at the border of California and Nevada.

Southern California is mild in winter so why not relax at one of San Diego’s lovely beaches and combine it with a stay in Palm Springs.

The Alaska Railroad connecting Anchorage and Fairbanks operates year-round but winter is amazing to discover the outdoors from the warmth inside the train.

The weather on both the Atlantic and Pacific coast of Mexico is fantastic in January: hot but not too hot with barely any rainfall.

 

Where to go in Central America & the Caribbean:

The Caribbean has a pleasant climate year-round but the best time to visit is generally considered from December-April, when it’s slightly cooler, drier and less humid.

In Cuba you can expect dry and sunny days from December to March before the wet season begins in June.

Havana, Cuba at sunset

January is one of the driest months in Costa Rica (from December to about May) which makes it a great time to chill on the beach or watch and explore nature and wildlife.

Puerto Rico is a great alternative for Americans escaping the cold without the obligation of issuing a passport. It’s a popular destination for spring break so January is usually a bit calmer than February and March.

 

Where to go in South America:

Spend New Year’s Eve in Rio de Janeiro or Sao Paolo and continue your journey along Brazil’s incredible coast line. Go to Itacaré in Bahía for a surf/sun vacation with chill vibes. Buzios is only a three hours drive away from Rio and hosts some amazing luxury boutique hotels.

Isolated beach near Praia de Jeribucaçu, Itacaré, Brazil

It’s also a pleasant time to visit some of Ecuador’s colonial cities and for the more adventurous travelers, to hike the Andes. Combine it with a few days of relax on the Galapagos islands which enjoy calmer seas and warmer weather, although there’s a higher chance of rain.

Chile is a very extensive country so weather varies according to the area but October to March is a good time to travel to Patagonia in the south of Chile. You should definitely combine it with a visit to Santiago and the Atacama desert.

 

Where to go in Asia and Oceania:

This is probably the best time to visit some parts of southeast Asia as it’s dry season and still not as hot as in March-April. Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, Myanmar all have pleasant temperatures. Sri Lanka is great too, but avoid traveling to the northeast where the monsoon already has started.

Dry season in Philippines (from November to April) makes it a perfect spot for unwinding on its many pristine beaches.  

After the crowds of December have disappeared, January is the perfect month to explore the Gold Coast of Australia. Its main attractions are the beaches, including the world-renowned stretch at Surfers Paradise. It’s also a great time for snorkelling or scuba-diving in the Great Barrier Reef.

 

Banteay Srey, Angkor Wat, Cambodia

February

Where to go in Africa:

It’s dry season in East Africa and a great time to watch wildlife. Head to the Masai Mara National Reserve in Kenya or the Serengeti in Tanzania and enjoy the opportunity to see elephants, rhinos, lions and even wildebeests calving from late January to February. Spoil yourself at the luxury Four Seasons Safari Lodge Serengeti

While Senegal is tropical and hot all year long, February sees almost no rain and temperatures are very pleasant. Many of its beaches have turned into a surf spot and February is the best time to catch the waves.

The dry season in Cape Verde, which lasts from November to July, can see some strong winds which makes it a great winter destination for kite surfers. Temperatures are around 20°C between December and March.

As of mid-January school holidays in South Africa are over resulting in lower fares and less crowds. There are so many good reasons to visit South Africa in January but the good weather (it’s never too hot), amazing food and wine and incredible nature, especially in Cape Town must be our top-3. Don’t miss your chance to visit Table Mountain, one of the new nature wonders of the world! 

Maasai Mara National Reserve, Kenya

Where to go in Europe:

It’s Carnival time in Venice which makes it the very best and worst time to visit. If you’re looking for the quiet charms of the city, you might end up disappointed but if you dare to join the festivities, you’ll have a great time. Make sure to book your accommodation well in advance! 

Head to Northern Europe for skiing and snowboarding and to watch the Northern Lights, especially in Scandinavia, Iceland and Greenland.

Europe’s mountain ranges (Alps, Dolomites, Pyrenees and Sierra Nevada) also offer plenty of winter activities and fun for the entire family.

 

Venice Carnival, from Feb, 16 until Mar, 5 2018

Where to go to in North America:

Take advantage of the best skiing conditions at more affordable prices in the North American ski resorts. Colorado owns several world-renowned ski areas such as Aspen and Vail while the Canadian Rocky Mountains are home to some of America’s top ski resorts like Banff and Jackson Hole.

From late January until mid February, Quebec hosts its winter carnival. It can get very cold so dress properly to bear the cold.

Carnival time in New Orleans colours the streets as Mardi Gras kicks off in February.

 

Moraine Lake, Banff National Park, Canada

Where to go in Central America & the Caribbean:

February is one of the driest months in Costa Rica (from December to about May) which makes it a great time to chill on the beach or watch and explore nature and wildlife.

The Caribbean has an all-year-round pleasant climate but the best time to visit is generally considered from December-April, when it’s slightly cooler, drier and less humid.

In Cuba you can expect dry and sunny days from December to March before the wet season begins in June.

 

Wild nature in Costa Rica

Where to go in South America:

Brazil hosts its famous Carnival, an incredibly colourful event that attracts people from all over the world. If you want to experience Brazil’s biggest festival, especially in Rio de Janeiro, you should know that prices increase considerably and the earlier you start booking your accommodation, the better.

It’s also a pleasant time to visit some of Ecuador’s colonial cities and for the more adventurous travelers, hike the Andes. Combine it with a few days of relax on the Galapagos islands which enjoy calmer seas and warmer weather, although there’s a higher chance of rain.

Chile is a very extensive country so weather varies according to the area but October to March is a good time to travel to Patagonia in the south of Chile. You should definitely combine it with a visit to Santiago and the Atacama desert.

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

 

Where to go in Asia and Oceania:

This is probably the best time to visit some parts of southeast Asia as it’s dry season and still not as hot as in March-April. Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, Myanmar all have pleasant temperatures. Divers should head now to Koh Samui when visibility is high. Check out SALA Samui for a luxury stay at the beach. 

For a vitamin D boost, think about Goa and Kerala in India where the beaches empty out between now and the beginning of the monsoon season.

Dry season in Philippines (from November to April) makes it a perfect spot for unwinding on its many pristine beaches.  

Beaches on the south and west coast of Sri Lanka are dry, hot and sunny while the Northeastern coast is still affected by the monsoon.

It’s still a good time to explore the Gold Coast of Australia or to discover the bustling cities of Sydney and Melbourne. Its main attractions are the beaches, including the world-renowned stretch at Surfers Paradise. It’s also a great time for snorkeling or scuba-diving in the Great Barrier Reef.

 

Bondi beach, Sydney, Australia

 

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