Let’s face it—not many people really like winter. It makes noses red and runny, hands cracked and dry, and on particularly cold days it can turn your feet blue. Blue! Feet aren’t supposed to be blue.
If winter is not your friend and you’re itching (literally, your hands are so dry and itchy!) to chase the sun, below are our top destinations where your nose won’t run, your hands will be soft, and your feet will be a lovely shade of human colour.
Cali, as the locals call it, is a great destination to escape the winter blues. The Golden Sate is the place to be for the best surf and mostly year-round sunshine! You’re spoilt for choice when it comes to a prime spot of golden sands to relax on, as well as loads of cool local art galleries and boutiques to browse.
Puerto Rico is another wonderfully warm destination to escape to, and all you need is your Latino dancing shoes and a bikini (or budgie smugglers). Enjoy the pristine Caribbean beaches and sumptuous American food whilst soaking up some Spanish colonial history. Walk through the winding streets of Old San Juan or take a visit to El Yunque National Forest – the commonwealth’s tropical diamond that teems with noisy wildlife and jungle waterfalls. Oh, and don’t forget to try an authentic Pina Colada—Puerto Rico is famous for them after all.
Nha Trang, Vietnam
Nha Trang, the capital of Vietnam and only a hop, skip and a jump away from Australia, is a vibrant city dotted with tropical islands and sweeping crescent beaches. They’ve got cheap beer and plenty of tasty pho noodle soup. The best part? A holiday guaranteed not to break the bank. If you’re a keen surfer, there are plenty of waves to catch, or if you’re a cultural junkie, you can check out some of Vietnam’s oldest temples.
As soon as you arrive in Marrakech you’ll notice something very unique about the city: there is no predictability or sense of direction. However, in this vibrant town, you’re better off without them. Wander through the narrow alleyways and bright souks (markets) in the city’s Medina district. You’ll find plenty of sunshine to soak in and a plethora of delectable foods to be eaten.
If an international escape is not on your radar, perhaps something closer to home will do the trick. The Whitsunday Islands in Queensland enjoy an eternal summer, and winter is arguably the best time to visit. With the water at its clearest, it’s perfect for snorkelers and scuba divers. Take a day trip to Whitehaven Beach, home to the world’s whitest sand, or dive off the coast of Hook Island, the place where the oldest Aboriginal archaeological sites are found on the East coast of Australia.
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