Winter Sun ….. The Options
Where to go if you want to have a burst of warmth in the middle of our winter? As always it all depends upon how long you have to spare and how much you want to spend.
Looking for the short break and not travelling too far then places like the Azores and Sharm el Sheihk, Egypt (still considered safe by the Foreign Office) will give you the best chance of sun and warmth. Other parts of the Mediterranean may be warm or even hot but there is a good chance of rain and cold snaps here as well.
For the mid distance travel you could be thinking of the Caribbean Islands – a perfect time to be going here. Do remember that some of the islands are very popular with the North American travellers who are also getting away from their winter. It is well worth looking at the options and perhaps considering one of the less popular destinations.
In this category, and for something completely different, the Middle East should be considered. Many of the countries here, such as Oman, have expanded what they can offer tourists – giving you a chance to explore their history, wildlife and beautiful sea life.
While discussing middle distance destinations, we would also mention that Kenya is still a wonderful winter destination. There have been plenty of reasons to avoid Kenya this year, but the Government there has acted swiftly to ensure tourists are well protected and most of the country should be considered safe. A mixture of safari and beach is always a great get away. By travelling a bit further to Tanzania you avoid the security risk of Kenya but have the same experiences on offer.
For those lucky clients that have more time to travel even further afield then the countries in the Southern Hemisphere are very much on the agenda. Do remember that in parts of these countries their summer (our winter) can be the rainy season making travelling very difficult – well worth chatting to someone about these areas. Many of our clients choose this time of the year to head to New Zealand and Australia with a short break on the flight to and/or from their destination. Wonderful destinations with spectacular beaches, activities and experiences but worth spending time to make the most of the places you choose to visit. These countries are huge and travelling between points can take a lot of time.
Finally Southern Africa remains a terrific winter destination. Some of the best wildlife experiences are to be had now and the beaches are welcoming after the rigours of a safari. Add in the fact that the Pound has remained strong against the Rand and there is very little time difference to UK time (less jetlag) making it a good place to put on your list.
Start planning now. Give us a call to discuss where you would like to go for your bespoke/tailor made winter sun break.
Tel: 01232 446550