5 Interesting Hot Spots In The Winter That Aren’t The Caribbean
As the cold weather settles in, many people start to plan for a warm travel destination. Even with the devastation that hit the Caribbean in previous years, there are still many islands in the Eastern Caribbean that are open for business. If you head to the Western Caribbean, you could explore Central America. But there are other interesting hot spots in the winter that are not in the Caribbean.
Spin the globe and you will find some great destinations around and south of the equator. When it is winter in the north, it is the sunny and warm in the south. Some of our favourite destinations to consider – Australia, Southeast Asia, islands in the Indian Ocean, South Africa and India. Each of these destinations are very different and offer great culture, natural beauty and great weather. Maybe this is the year to try something different in the winter?
1) Head To Australia
Australia is a very large country with much to offer. A city like Sydney provided us with great arts and entertainment. It was a short trip to explore natural beauties like the Blue Mountains or the beaches on the north coast.
When we wanted to explore the stunning underwater sight that is the Great Barrier Reef, we headed north to Cairns. There were many options to enjoy a swim, snorkelling or scuba diving on the Great Barrier Reef. Our day trip provide us with a taste test. If you want a longer experience, you can consider a live aboard boat.
If you want another option for hot spots in the winter, you could also plan a trip to New Zealand. That is still on our travel wish list!
2) Try Southeast Asia
Southeast Asia covers a wide range of options for hot spots in the winter. The island of Bali evokes images of long sand beaches. But it provides that and so much more. The rice fields and temples of Ubud were a great surprise when we visited. Temples on the water provided sunset delights and displays of local traditions.
Thailand is another option in SE Asia. We started our Thailand visit in Bangkok. This major metropolitan city was a visual delight as we explored the many temples and palaces. But Thailand also offers many different options for beach vacations. We spent a week on the beach in Krabi before we spent a weekend in Phuket. We wished we had visited the smaller islands around Koh Samui. A trip to the north of Thailand brought another dimension to a visit in Thailand.
We’d also been told to try and check out some of the other islands around Thailand as well, and apparently most of them can be easily traveled to from Bangkok.
If you want a major city with many things to do, consider a visit to Singapore. It may even be your gateway city into SE Asia. Singapore was so much more interesting than we expected. Major tourist attractions delighted us day and night. And of course, we had an original Singapore Sling!
SE Asia is one of the great hot spots in the winter. No matter what you are looking for, you will find it.
3) Find An Island In The Indian Ocean
If you are looking for a great luxurious beach escape, you will find several options in the Indian Ocean. We had two days in the Maldives and can’t wait to book a return trip. The water really is as blue as the pictures show. The over-water bungalows are a romantic dream come true. And if you venture under the water, the crystal clear waters will delight you.
The Seychelles is another popular destination in the Indian Ocean. We found small islands and friendly people. The beaches stretched for miles. And at times we had the beaches all to ourselves. The towns are small and picture perfect, snuggled under the mountains.
4) Travel South In Africa
Over the past few years of travel, we have been most pleasantly surprised by our travels to South Africa. The diversity of things to do and the stunning natural beauty will draw us back. In Richards Bay, we got the chance to look for the Big Five safari animals. In Durban, we found long stretches of sand beaches and family friendly attractions.
We spent 10 days in December in Cape Town. We explored the wine regions of Stellenbosch. A trip around the Cape showed us penguins and baboons. The gardens in Kirstenbosch were in bloom. And the natural beauty of the sea and mountains surrounded us wherever we travelled.
South Africa is one of our favourite hot spots in winter.
5) Sample The Diversity In India
Visit India and sample the diversity of this land. Start your trip in Mumbai to experience the fast-paced and crowded city life. Mumbai offered us a great view into the history of this country and its diverse religious roots.
We headed inland to Agra to see the Taj Mahal. We got to experience the beauty of the Taj Mahal at sunset and then again for sunrise. It is an experience not to be missed. But don’t pass on a visit to the Red Fort. This second major sight in Agra offered another view of the beauty that was everywhere in India.
For a change of pace, head to the small coastal towns in India. Here you will find beaches and small fishing villages. In Cochin, we loved the chance to see the Chinese Fishing Nets in action before we wandered in the local markets.
India is one of the hot spots in the winter that has so much diversity to offer.
Many Options For Hot Spots In The Winter
This is just a few of options for hot spots in winter that are not the Caribbean. You can find beaches for a lazy break. There are large cities with arts and entertainment. The culture in these destinations is varied, rich and colourful. There are so many options.
If you plan to travel before Christmas, you may even get an interesting display of holiday spirit. We are still not used to palm tree views at Christmas! And New Years in Dubai is a show like no other!
What is one of your favourite hot spots in the winter if you don’t go to the Caribbean? Or would you prefer a cold weather winter trip?
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