5 Places to Travel in Winter

January 10, 2012 by

Asia, Guest Bloggers, Middle East & Africa, South & Central America

Editor’s Note: This post is from Diana Edelman, a travel writer and PR professional. Her popular blog, d travels ’round, shares entertaining stories from her travels, along with travel tips and photos from all over the world. Follow her on Twitter and Facebook for travel stories, news and more.

Just because most of America is in a deep freeze (or at least not shorts weather), doesn’t mean the rest of the world is experiencing the same. Thankfully, there are plenty of places enjoying summer whilst we pack on the layers and bundle up to face winter’s wrath.

During the Northern Hemisphere’s winter, many other places are enjoying some gorgeous weather, free from the rainy seasons, monsoons and sweltering heat, so now is the time to head to one of these exotic locales to enjoy some sun, blue skies and less clothes. A lot less clothes.

Thailand

Whether you’re in the mood for some city living in Bangkok or up north in Chiang Mai, or want to relax on the pristine beaches in the south, the weather is pure bliss from January through March. With average temps ranging from the high 70s to high 80s, the likelihood of having the perfect weather day is just about 100 percent.

phang nga bay

Thailand is the perfect remedy for winter blues

Not sure where to go? For a true holiday, head to either the Andaman Coast or Gulf of Thailand. Both of these regions feature blue water, white sand and sunshine. The tourist hot spots are Phuket and Pattaya. If you don’t want to share your little spot on the sand with others, try the less popular (but equally beautiful) islands like Koh Samet, Phi Phi Island or Koh Chang.

Kenya

Another hot spot is Kenya this winter. Temps here average between 70s and 90s, with the hottest months being in February and March. While there are plenty of resorts to relax at, safaris are the name of the game. In fact, the beginning of the Wildebeest Migration runs from January through March where more than 500,000 new wildebeests are born.

Take time to visit the Maasai Mara National Reserve to see the “Big Five” on a safari – elephants, lions, buffalo, rhinos, leopards – at the most famous wildlife safari area. There are plenty of ways to experience the wildlife in Kenya, whether you want to fly over in an airplane, drive, camp, go on a safari adventure, or enjoy a different perspective from a hot air balloon. And, when you are amply safari-ed out, head to some of the nomadic communities in the country to learn about culture and life in Kenya.

Brazil

Yes, Carnival in Rio de Janeiro happens to fall in one of the most perfect times of year for a visit to Brazil (Feb. 18-21). Temps during this time are mid-80s and lend themselves perfectly to days and nights spent dancing, drinking and enjoying the vibrant culture and celebrations. But, there’s more.

With 4,600-plus miles of coastline, Brazil is a great spot to unwind and enjoy the summer weather during our winter. Hang out at Fernando de Noronha, 350 miles off of the coast, for diving and snorkeling. Or, check out Salvador, a vibrant and colorful coastal town where you can surf and swim in addition to explore local culture.

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Wear shorts and short sleeves this winter in Cambodia!

Cambodia

Like Thailand, Cambodia delights with temperatures in the 80s during this time of year. And, like Thailand, there is plenty to do. Head inland to Angkor Wat and check out the other-worldly temple, or learn about the country’s past with a visit to S-21 detention centre, a harsh reminder of the genocide that took place here.

There’s also the beaches, which are largely free from huge tourist enclaves. Dine on fresh fish and relish in the relatively untouched areas of the country’s three beach communities – Sihanoukville, Koh Kong and Kep – or head out to some islands for a private experience.

Maldives

This exotic and romantic country is the stuff dreams are made of. During the Northern Hemisphere’s winter is the best time to visit. In fact, in January, the air and water temperatures are nearly the same – both in the 80s. People visit this lush locale for relaxation and to unplug from the world.

And, it’s easy to do. There are more than 1,000 islands, many untouched, to explore. Plus, there is snorkeling and diving, which affords a glimpse into the colorful and whimsical underwater life of more than 1,000 species of fish. For adventurers, there is swimming and surfing (although most of the big waves come later in the year). When the beaches get old – if they ever do – head out to visit little fishing villages and visit the locals.

- Diana Edelman

Editor’s Note: This post is from Diana Edelman, a travel writer and PR professional. Her popular blog, d travels ’round, shares entertaining stories from her travels, along with travel tips and photos from all over the world. Follow her on Twitter and Facebook for travel stories, news and more.

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One Response to “5 Places to Travel in Winter”

  1. ATravelling Says:

    Why not Vietnam? USA has voted for Vietnam be the best destination to build your trip. :)

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