20 December 2018 by Anna Staford
With winter upon us, what better time to think about where you can shed the stresses of the festive frenzy, long dark nights and grey skies. Why not spend a while and take a browse, source some worldwide travel insurance and escape those winter blues by booking a winter sun holiday?
Stuck for ideas? Take a look at some of our 10 favourites below:
Morocco on the edge of the Sahara desert, it’s warm all winter and remains one of the most popular winter holiday destinations in the world. Visit the picture perfect ‘Blue City’ of Chefchaouen in the Rif Mountains, or Fez and feel like you’ve stepped back into biblical times. Take in a hectic bazaar and taste a traditional melt-in-the-mouth lamb and apricot Moroccan tagine, capped off with a sip of delicious mint tea.
In the Canary Islands, known as ‘the island of eternal spring’. Temperatures typically sit comfortably in the mid-20s in winter, with clear skies part of the package. With stunning sandy beaches, waterparks, restaurants, and plenty of nature trails, there’s more than enough to keep everyone happy during your break.
If Tenerife isn’t quite right for you, why not check out the other Canary Islands too, with a cruise? Globelink Travel Insurance covers cruises as standard on all policies, so you can visit all seven and know you’re secure. With national parks, white sandy beaches, turquoise waters, and extremely friendly locals, this is the dream holiday destination.
Egypt is home to one of the world’s seven wonders, so if you get chance, be sure to check out the great pyramids. There is plenty to do besides, like sampling one of the luxury hotels and tasting some authentic Egyptian cuisine.
Thailand is one of the world’s most popular tourist destinations, especially in the winter. Our winter coincides with Thailand’s dry season, so hot temperatures and dry weather is almost guaranteed. Whether snorkelling off perfect white sand beaches off ‘Nail’ Island (made famous by James Bond 1974 movie, Man With The Golden Gun), or exploring Chiang Mai or the Palaces of Bankok, or simply relaxing on the beach, Thailand never disappoints.
If you imagine the ultimate tropical paradise, the Maldives will still far exceed your wildest expectations. White sands, crystal clear sea water, palm trees, blue skies, hot temperatures, luxury hotels and the most hospitable locals you could imagine, the Maldives could be your personal piece of heaven for a week or two.
Sri Lanka was formerly known as Ceylon. Located just south of India, this island nation is unspoilt and affordable in the process. The island has everything from hilly landscapes to tropical beaches. It is an ancient land steeped in history, plus they do an awesome cup of tea as well.
Vietnam is perhaps slightly less obvious when it comes to winter sun holiday destinations but in reality, it is a truly stunning country. While reminders of the Vietnam conflict are never far away, Vietnam is naturally beautiful. With its amazing colonial architecture, ancient temples, infamous paddy fields, and stunning Ha Long Bay, Vietnam has something for everyone, including some world renowned cuisine.
Cambodia is situated in South-Eastern Asia. Bordered by Thailand, Laos, and Vietnam, it is a land of lush green countryside, mountainous terrain, stunning coastlines, and the most tranquil beaches you can ever imagine. Slightly off the beaten track, it offers some amazing temples and temple ruins at Ankor Wat and Bayon, and with less crowds than you may find in other countries in the region.
The Seychelles is a hugely popular winter holiday destination, and we can see why. With coral reefs, hot sunshine, beautiful beaches, rare wildlife, and heaps to do to pass the time, the Seychelles is a real holiday gem not to be missed.
And that draws our list of winter sun holiday destinations to a close. There are plenty more to choose from, like Rio, Bali, the Caribbean, so hopefully you will get some inspiration for a holiday of a lifetime. Wherever you chose, visit the FCO website www.gov.uk/travelaware for up to date information on what your location has in store for you. And whatever else you leave behind, remember to buy reliable travel insurance. Globelink www.globelink.co.uk gets you covered up to age 89, with free Cruise cover and 50 Pre-Existing Medical Conditions covered as standard, including high blood pressure, diabetes, gastric reflux, hypertension and more.