Escape Winter Part 2 – The Best Warm Weather Getaways

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I had so many beautiful suggestions for this collaborative post from my fellow bloggers that I had to split it in two. My second suggestion for where to escape winter is Chile. I have been there at the end of last year (I’m very excited to start a new series about South America very soon) and it was the perfect destination to get away from the cold and windy United Kingdom. I have spent the New Year’s Eve in Valparaiso, watching the most amazing fireworks display I have ever seen in my life. And what’s better then spending New Year’s day on the beach, at 35 degrees, getting to know the Pacific Ocean?

 

– Erin Faherty

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My favorite escape from the winter woes is St. Thomas in the U.S. Virgin Islands. It is especially easy from the east coast of the United States and just a four-hour flight from NYC. The beaches on St. Thomas are some of the most beautiful I’ve ever seen and Magen’s Bay is continuously recognized as one of the best beaches in the world. St. John is a ferry ride away where you can visit Trunk Bay and go to the many fun bars in town.

Back on St Thomas, Duffy’s Love Shack, a bar in a parking lot, is one of my favorite places in the world, but I wouldn’t recommend the lobster. The Caribbean sun is especially tough on skin that’s been covered up with down coats and hats, so make sure you wear more sunscreen than you think you need. Make sure you wake up for the sunrise at least one of the mornings you are there, or better yet, stay up until sunrise after a night out. A bonus of visiting the U.S.V.I. is that the islands themselves are one of the 59 U.S. National Parks, if you’re trying to visit all of them like I am.

 

– Justine

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If you’re looking to escape winter, then one of the best places to travel to is Hawaii. With the weather being warm all year around, it’s the perfect destination to relax, unwind and forget your winter blues (and the rain)!

Hawaii really does have something for everyone. If you’re into hiking, take a wander into the jungle-like landscapes or hike Mauna Kea mountain. If you’re an adventurer, consider getting close to active volcanoes in the Volcano National Park. If you’re a beach-goer … well, Hawaii has tons of white, sandy beaches just calling out for you to relax on them.

If you’re going to consider making Hawaii your next vacation spot, then my best advice would be to take advantage of the islands being so close together and make sure you see as much as you can in the time you have. There are so many wonders in Hawaii – from Buddhist temples, to volcano craters, to viewing the Milky Way with the naked eye. It really is a stunning country and a perfect spot to escape winter…

 

– Cory Varga

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When my best friend asked me how to escape winter this year, my answer was “You have to explore the Seychelles!”

With a year-round temperature of around 30 degrees, it’s easy to see why so many sun seekers pick the Seychelles as the perfect getaway. The Seychelles is an archipelago with a multitude of islands, each being a unique paradise. The Seychelles aren’t known just for their fantastic temperatures, but for their beaches, tropical trails and secluded, most romantic spots. The Seychelles is a honeymoon destination, where couples from all around the world come to celebrate their love, on some of the most pristine, white sandy beaches on the planet. Lined with lush vegetation and dotted with granite boulders, it’s difficult to resist taking your camera out to snap a picture of what I call the most photogenic archipelago I’ve ever seen.

Victoria is the smallest capital in the world, located on Mahe, and a wonderful place to get an introduction to the local cuisine, traditions and cultures. To better explore the Seychelles, I recommend sailing from island to island, as each bears a unique feature. Whilst Mahe is the best place for hikes, trails and local culture, La Digue is a chilled out place, with parties on the beach and laid back tourists and locals alike. Praslin was my favourite because it is home to Vallee de Mai, a UNESCO Heritage Site where you can enjoy a truly exotic nature walk and spot the elusive Black Parrot. For my winter escapade, I couldn’t imagine a better place to forget about the cold, than to spend yet another month exploring the beautiful Seychelles.

 

– Manon van Schagen

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Jordan is a country that is familiar to some people and scares the hell out of others, simply because, well, it’s a country in the Middle East after all. So, that must be scary. Well, it is not. Jordan is a country that has so many things to offer, like Petra and Wadi Rum, but it is also a perfect country to escape the winter cold.

The country is usually warm all year long and while during summer it won’t be fun, with temperatures of 40 degrees Celsius being normal, winter will be a bit nicer. The area around the country’s capital, Amman, can even get quite chilly when December comes around since it’s located in the North of the country. However, if you go to the south, to Aqaba, you will definitely be able to enjoy the sunshine and temperatures around 20 degrees Celsius. But be aware that it will get a bit more chilly at night, as most places do when there’s a desert closeby.

Not too bad if it’s -10 back home right? That’s exactly what I thought. It gets better. Impossible? Well, what if I told you that Aqaba is located at the Gulf of Aqaba which later flows into the Red sea. And that equals perfect diving spots. So assuming you’re booking a flight ticket right now, there are some final things to say here. Have a blast, eat mansaf (a local dish), visit Petra and don’t step on the coral.

 

– Jess Mizzi

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What better way to escape the winter blues than by heading straight to summer! That’s what is in store when you head south across the equator to sunny Sydney. Spend your days on the beach and the balmy evenings soaking up the festival atmosphere.

Australia is famous for its stunning coastline and Sydney certainly has its fair share! To the east of the city you can hit the golden sand of Bondi Beach. From there it is a beautiful walk around the sandstone cliff tops to nearby Bronte. Feel like heading north? The cheapest harbour cruise around is the Manly Ferry. Departing from Circular Quay you will have spectacular views from the Harbour Bridge to the Opera House. In Manly you can shop til you drop on the Corso, rent a bike and ride up to North Head, grab a surf board and hit the waves or snorkel in the marine reserve around Shelley Beach.

Summer is time to party for Sydneysiders. The festive season kicks off with Christmas, shows the world how to party for New Years and follows it up with Australia Day on January 26th. There are fireworks galore and plenty of places to soak up the atmosphere. My top picks are with a glass of wine overlooking the Opera House and Bridge at Opera Bar (http://operabar.com.au ) and by the water at Darling Harbour.

The best way to really appreciate the beauty of Sydney in summer is to get up high. You can hit up a rooftop bar like the Glenmore (http://theglenmore.com.au ) in the Rocks, go to the top of Sydney Tower (https://www.sydneytowereye.com.au ), climb the Sydney Harbour Bridge (http://bridgeclimb.com) or my favourite, take a scenic flight in a seaplane (http://sydneybyseaplane.com )!

 

– Natalie Vereen-Davis

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One of the Out Islands and the largest of the 700 islands in the Bahamas, Andros is an unspoiled and nearly unknown gem. With only 6,000 residents spread out across the island, there’s little chance to running into large tour groups like you would on the more populous Grand Bahama Island or New Providence. There are miles of deserted beach and crystal clear waters for snorkeling or scuba diving. Head to the northernmost tip of Andros to look for the original Captain Morgan’s treasure at Morgan’s Bluff, or visit Red Bays, the village that the world forgot for over 100 years. Near Fresh Creek, you should take a tour of the Androsia Fabric Factory, where you can learn about the local art of batiking and buy some of the colorful designs. Scattered throughout the island are blue holes, which are perfect for an afternoon swim; Church’s is a popular spot, and, at a 1/2 mile wide, is one of the biggest. Don’t forget to spend a leisurely evening eating some freshly caught conch at a local restaurant!

As with the rest of the Bahamas, the forecast in Andros is typically sunny with an average yearly temperature of 76F (24.9C). To get there, you’ll need to grab a seat on a plane from Fort Lauderdale, Florida, or take a ferry from Nassau.

 

– Anja

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If you need to escape the winter, you should definitely do that in Tenerife – quickly you will realize it will be one of the best decisions you ever made. Not just that it is always sunny (there is a reason it is called “the island of forever spring”), but it is one very budget-friendly destination.

Low-cost airlines like Ryanair fly to this Canary Island a couple of times a day, and you can find some great deals (for example, we flew from Brussels to Tenerife South airport for just 30 euros) and lodging is affordable too (our amazing apartment in 4 star hotel Santa Barbara Golf and Ocean Club was 250 euros for 7 nights).

And there are so many things to see and do in Tenerife – you cannot afford not to see volcano Teide, still very much active (latest eruption occurred in 1909); visit the capital city of the island – Santa Cruz – and while there, do visit Auditoro de Tenerife (Opera House), the port, enjoy the view at Torres de Santa Cruz, twin towers (the tallest in Spain), walk through the Parque Garcia Sanabria… If you enjoy water games (and who doesn’t?!?), visit the Siam Park and if you want to explore the world around you, visit Loro Parque – majority of the hotels offer discount tickets for both parks. Southern part of the island is warmer, while the waves on the north side are significantly stronger and this side of the island is typically main traction for surfers (lodging on the north side is also more affordable). The most popular destination for tourists is Playa de ls Americas, with very urban feels and busy nightlife. Majority of beaches have black sand (as this is a volcanic island), and majority of tourists favor Playa de las Teresitas – a beach with gold sand (brought in from Sahara). There is a reason why Tenerife is low cost paradise – everything there is way cheaper than what we’re used to! Breakfast is anywhere between 2 to 5 Euro, and most restaurants offer bundle options for 3 meals at the price of 7 to 9 Euro. Coffee and soft drinks can be purchased for 1-2 Euro, and beer prices range from 1-3 Euro.

 

– Maja Martinez

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When you think of spending your holidays in Mexico, tropical beaches, sun and margaritas first come to mind. But today, I want to you to meet Oaxaca de Juarez, a colorful colonial town in federal state of Oaxaca. Located in the south of the country and with day temperatures around 20°C during the winter, Oaxaca offers a perfect winter escape to anyone looking for a city vacation.

Oaxaca is known as a Mexican state with the richest indigenous culture, a state where mezcal is produced and a state with the best food in the whole country! Choose Oaxaca de Juarez as your base while exploring this fantastic city and its interesting surroundings.

If exploring pyramids is on your bucket list, head to Monte Alban, historical complex just 20 minutes out of the city. You can visit a mezcal factory and try as many as you can (special recommendations goes to delicious “cremas de mezcal”, my favorite is the apple one), buy unique local souvenirs called alebrijes or even learn how to make them.

If you are a fan of Mexican cuisine, Oaxaca is a perfect place to attend a cooking class. Try all seven kinds of mole, taste traditional tlayudas and grab few grasshoppers for a snack if you feel brave. Oaxaca has it all; even if you desire to spend some days on the beach – the coast is only 6 hours away.

 

– Taiss Nowrouzi

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Not only can you escape winter when visiting Koh Lanta, Thailand, but you can escape the crowds as well. This is an island that can really make you feel like a castaway but in a good way.

While most visitors to Thailand are familiar with and may even choose to vacation in Phuket or Koh Phi Phi, they wouldn’t be on our list of recommended places to have a relaxing and warm holiday. Koh Lanta offers far more in the way of natural beauty as well as a peaceful ambiance that’s sure to get you feeling loose and refreshed.

Located on the Southwest coast of Thailand in the Krabi Province, Koh Lanta provides visitors with some beautiful beaches lined by the Andaman Sea that are typically quiet and uncongested, even at the peak of the tourist season. Finding secluded accommodations is an easy task with the abundance of budget to luxury hotels. However, those that want the extra feeling of isolation should look for places down at the southern-most tip, near the Mu Ko Lanta National Park.

With a plethora of activities ranging from, sunbathing, swimming in infinite pools, hiking, and visiting caves and waterfalls, the only thing that can possibly keep you from getting active is that mojito in your hand as you lounge on the beach. But seriously, though, one can get some genuine tranquility on this island.

Be sure to take advantage of the snorkeling tours offered here if you get a chance. The snorkeling is top notch, and you can find great tour operators at very reasonable prices. Depending on which tour you choose, you can enjoy a fast-boat to Koh Rok, snorkel at a few enchanting locations, and enjoy a delicious Thai Lunch followed by some fun in the sun on an uninhabited island!

 

– Carol Guttery

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What are your high priorities for a winter escape? If you want warm water, warm weather and water sports, then Bonaire is for you.

Bonaire is located in the Caribbean Dutch Antilles and is part of the island chain which also includes Aruba and Curaçao (the ABCs). The island has a very healthy reef and rocky shoreline which makes it perfect for shore diving and snorkeling. And the windy eastern side of the island is a great spot for windsurfing.

Any vacation is a good vacation if you are lucky enough to spot an endangered species and you can do that in Bonaire. They have a population of both green and hawksbill turtles that are easily spotted from one of the forty snorkel spots on the island.

They do have beaches there and you can lay around on them if you wish. But Bonaire is best done as an active vacation. Because the reef is so easily accessible from shore, you can do two dives or snorkels per day and still have time for land based sightseeing. The island is small and it doesn’t take more than 30 minutes to get anywhere from the main town of Kralendijk. You can explore Bonaire’s colonial past, visit the donkey sanctuary, taste some locally distilled spirits and go kayaking in the mangroves.

Then get back to your hotel, grab a cold beer and sit down to watch the sunset.

 

Which destination is your favorite winter escape?

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88 Comments

  1. hawai! of course is in the wish list. thanks for the list, it is very informative and tempting. need to pack bags soon. Aloha and happy summers.

  2. I love that list has a little something for each part of the world. I currently live in Spain, so Tenerife is so very closeby for a weekend away. Just a quick plane ride!

  3. These are all must go to destinations! I love going to the beach and just basking in the sun. Seychelles has always been a dream for me!

  4. Lovely list! I loved Southeast Asia so much, i decided to stay put here. Sun and rain all year round with access to some terrific beaches and dive spots. Thailand, Philippines, Indonesia, Malaysia 🙂

  5. These warm weather getaways have me daydreaming of a more tropical climate. Right now, it’s around 25 degrees outside here in New England. I’m counting down the days until my cruise to Mexico in a few months. The Bahamas look absolutely beautiful. I’ve always wanted to go!

  6. So many fantastic options, I would like to visit them in exactly that row 🙂
    My personal favourite would be Jordan, Manon van Schagen since this is somehow super exotic and fascinating for me. Seychellen also look fantastic – some kind of real paradise…
    Bahamas, Thailand and Tenerife I have seen and can totally agree – perfect for Winter escape.

  7. hey,

    That’s a wonderful compilation of warm places to visit. Your pictures are fab too.

    Thanks for sharing this post.

  8. Oh, your post comes at the best moment. We had a cold winter here in Romania and I was so looking forward for some warm destinations. Andros Island looks amazing, I would really love to go there some day.

  9. My husband and I are leaving for Mexico in just a few days and I can’t wait to feel the sun on my shoulders! I’m so glad to see Hawaii on your list .. it’s high on the top of the places we’d love to visit

  10. I just returned from St. Croix, close to Erin’s St. Thomas, and it was magnificent. Loved having my sun and fun, while people back home were shivering and dealing with snow & ice.

  11. Looking out across a freezing and smoggy Chinese skyline, this post really does make me long for warmer chimes! Certainly, I have recently returned from Thailand during which time I visited Koh Lanta and you are 100% right, it is much better than Koh Phi Phi which is just overrun with tourists now, while the snorkling is much more preserved too. Some great picks here and definitely an article that will have people checking their holiday dates

  12. I generally spend winter in Asia or South America. Though my first 2 away from Europe were New Zealand and Sydney. I was lucky enough to spend NYE at Sydney Harbour watching the fireworks, that was an amazing experience. Out of the past 5 winters I have only spent one in the UK!! I would love to go to some of the Caribbean Islands too in winter they look so beautiful. Not sure I could do a cold winter again!!

  13. I am fortunate enough to live in Australia- well deserved place to be after surviving in the UK for the last 16 years! I am surprised how beautiful Tenerife is. I have never thought much of it but now would definitely like to check flight prices to get there once I’m back in Europe. Thanks for sharing

  14. I have been to Magens Bay, St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands. I paid $4 as an entrance fee last 2015. I enjoyed the beach because it is huge. I walked the length of it. There are many beaches on the island but I picked this one. I saw cruise ships like NCL and RCCL. I would love to come back.

  15. Oh I can’t wait to read your stuff on Chile. Headed over the at the end of this year. Which will be the Australian Spring time. We’ll be stuck here in Australia over the winter. Though reading the above there’s quite a few places that I wish we could go to to escape the chilly Aussie winter. I agree with Cory re: Seychelles. Take me there now!

  16. We do not have winter here in Manila. But since my family moved to Canada, I totally get the “winter escape” thing. May I suggest Boracay, Palawan, or Cebu here in the Philippines for tour next winter escape? These are nice beaches 🙂

  17. Escaping the winter is hard but it’s a happy thing to do. Your photos show that it was indeed a happy and fun travel you had there! I just wish that we have winter here as well but being a tropical country, I don’t think it will ever happen. Great captures!

  18. I live in Europe and I dread winter… if you don’t ski all the time, it’s just such a pain in the neck to put up with snow, rain, wind, darkness and cold. Amazing places – I went to Jordan and loved it so much, now I’m thinking about visiting Lebanon and Sudan, also my dream is to visit Socotra but I’m not sure if it’s easy.
    I’ve also been to the Canaries and I think it’s the best place to visit in winter in Europe – it’s not hot and not too cold and perfect for hiking and admiring the volcanic landscapes – the beaches in the Canaries disappointed me a lot. It’s ironic – it’s one of Europe’s most popular beach destinations where beaches are not that nice at all, contrary to the interior of the islands 😉

  19. Hawaii and Seychelles look and sound just too perfect! 🙂 This winter I just accepted to stay in cold and snowy Finland. Earlier I have went to places like Miami and Spain to escape the cold and dark weather. California and Sydney are also on my to go list. Bali and Maldives would also be nice places to visit.

  20. I love the Japanese architecture in your Hawaii picture, but if I had to pick one spot it would be the Seychelles. Or Chile. Or any of them, really! Now I want to grab my swimsuit and hit the beach.

  21. I absolutely love Algarve and I would really like to go to Puerto Rico. Jordan looks like a lovely place, Hawaii too. The bucket list is so loooong 😀

  22. This is perfect timing as I sit on the train in the way to work in pouring rain. I second Hawaii! I have been at all times of the year and it’s never bad. I’d love to visit the Seychelles. Another one to add to my list ?

  23. These are all great suggestions! I am always ready to get away in the winter, even though I live in California. I need to read your posts on South America, I am heading to Peru soon!

  24. Fantastic places to escape the winter. Actually, I am sitting in Mexico right now, escaping the hard Berlin winter as well 😉 Definitely recommendable place to get out of that coldness! Inspiring post, thank you very much!

  25. I just got back from St. Thomas in February! The beach was beautiful and they sure know how to make a rum cocktail. Sydney is also a great destination and their New Years is indeed amazing. I would like to try some of these other destinations, especially Oaxaca, Bonaire, Seychelles, and…all of them!

  26. I live in Boston and we have extremely harsh winters. Though this year wasn’t so bad, I did take two escapes–one to Aruba and another to California.

    I will definitely add Hawaii and St Thomas to my list next winter. Thanks for sharing!

  27. I hate the winter blues!! Wouldn’t mind visiting any of the places you’ve listed, they all look amazing. Especially Hawaii and the Seychelles – so beautiful!! Enjoyed reading about Jordan, we’re intrigued and would like to pay it a visit. Thanks for the recommendations!

  28. I live in the U.K so my favourite winter destination (for some sun) is South Africa. It may be an overnight flight but there’s very little time difference so no jet lag! Plus, it’s such a beautiful country.

  29. Oh my god, I’m a traveler myself and almost all of those places are on my list except Bonaire and I thank you for that! Another awesome place saved in the books 🙂 I think on this list I’m gonna visit Koh Lanta first because there’s no visa needed! 😀

  30. There are some interesting destinations for a winter getaway here. The one which interested me most is Bonaire, because I’ve been to Aruba and Curacao, I have a strong desire to visit even more so after Carol mentioned there are rare Turtles you can spot there! I agree that Jordan is a good place to escape the winter, an added bonus is that it’s not too hot there in winter either so I would say it’s the best time to visit.

  31. Great to escape the world when it’s winter. I would love to go to the places you’ve mentioned. Ever if we don’t have winter here, we also have warm weather getaways here in the Philippines.

  32. This is perfect timing. I so tired of the cold weather. I just want to escape to any of these destinations for a little bit of warmth and relaxation. Outdoors of course!

  33. What a great list! I think Tenerife has the most appeal to me right now. I would love to go check out those beautiful waters and less-crowded towns. The things is…with the holidays we have in the winter, we rarely ever travel during the winter. We either have family visiting or we are recovering financially! I guess we’ll have to make some changes in the way we do winter!

  34. I was living in Sydney the past couple years where it barely got very cold – so no getaway was needed. Now I’m back in cold, snowy Ohio wishing I could transport simultaneously to each of these tropical getaways!

  35. When I was planning for my honemoon in december, I had to choose between Tanzania and Seychelles. Had to give the Island a miss but now I’m considering planning a trip there next winter. But then Tenerife and Koh Lanta also sound like a great option. I’m so confused after reading your post haha 🙂

  36. These locations look amazing especially Hawaii and Seychelles. I think almost anywhere in the middle east will also be great warm weather destinations.

  37. Wow, sign me up to any of them! Thailand would be amazing in winter, but then again so would Barbados. I kind of like to spend my winter breaks in the mountians though, I like it cold!

  38. Seychelles and Tenerife is HEAVEN. I saw one episode about Seychelles in Discovery Channel and I was blown away of how beautiful the place is. We have similar beaches here but its not as stunning as the ones in Seychelles. Truly a tropical paradise. Tenerife is something new in my eyes, I guess I must wander (the web) and check about this place. Looks interesting.

  39. I have such travel envy from this post! I have always wanted to visit Hawaii. Something about the hiking adventures and volcanoes mixed with the beachy, laid back vibes really intrigues me. I have also heard great things about Jordan! I think posts like this are so important for countries like Jordan to get some exposure to get people thinking differently about the country. Now, if only I had a Spring Break from work so I could visit these places! :p

  40. Thank you for sharing your escape from winter list. Lucky for us here in the tropics because we don’t have to escape winter, instead we crave for winter. 🙂 I hope you try and visit the Philippines too next time. Our country has so much to offer especially Palawan where snorkelling and diving is a must try and do. I’d love to visit Bahamas one day. Your photo of Bahamas had me daydreaming of a sunny day whilst wading in that cool clear waters.

  41. Beautiful destinations. Been to only some of them while many others are high on my bucket list. Particularly Seychelles – that one is my favorite

  42. Ok, I definitely go with the Seychelles – Cory Varga! White sand beaches, lush vegetation, hikes… you said everything I wanted to hear, so yeah… that’ll be the next winter destination (at least I hope so) 😉

  43. I have always wanted to visit Hawaii. It has happened for me as of now but I hope it works out well in future. Seychelles has picked up a lot amongst the tourists. I am looking forward to a trip there this year.

  44. All of these are gorgeous and perfect options for soaking up the sun and escaping the winter chill. Will be forwarding this link to a friend of mine, who is exploring similar options for the year end.

  45. Thank you for the suggestions. You really increase my longing to get some sunshine after a long cold winter here in Sweden. I have not yet been to any of these destinations, but have heard a lot of nice about several of them. We have for some time especially considered Jordan for a new trip. 🙂

  46. These all sound wonderful – how to just pick one? I’m longing for the sun and some hot weather, sitting over here in grey Berlin. Of course, usually we head to Australia if we want some good weather, because I’m from there, so Sydney would be my top pick ;-).

  47. Escaping from the winter…sounds fantastic! I hate winter, can’t wait for summer hahaha! I’ve never been to any of these destinations, but your post is so inspiring! I’d love to visit Hawaii and Tenerife one day, such marvelous places, perfect for winter escape!

  48. All wonderful suggestions with gorgeous photos! It will take me many winters to complete this list, but I don’t mind 🙂 Seychelles looks really nice, and I’d love to visit Thailand one day soon too!

  49. Wow. those are amazing places on your list! I should also recommend the Philippines, our country offers beautiful destinations too. Beach, mountains, historical places and friendly people 🙂

  50. Happy to know that Jordan and Hawai are on the list because I don’t like winters but definitely love these places. Will be planning a trip to these destinations soon!

  51. What a great weather conditions over there. The water is so blue and the beaches are gorgeous. I would love to take a plane right now and go there. Can you please arrange that hahah! I’m just joking, but wow, I would certainly love to visit this place once in my life. You totally convinced me.

  52. Hawaii is always been top of my list. but I am surprised with seeing the name Jordan. I would definitely would love to go there and experience . It looks amazing in your photos. Thanks for sharing this list. It’s fantastic 🙂

  53. St Thomas, from what I have read is easy to access for US citizens since they aren’t required for a passport. That destination is new for me but read a lot about it and realized it is a great place for relaxation and entertainment. Another place I admire is Bahamas, really beautiful.

  54. These places look so tempting to have a good time in winters. I usually don’t really plan winter vacation but I think it is really worth it as i love​winters.

  55. Hawaii, Jordan, Sydney the places you mentioned are amazing. Warm weather getaways at such beautiful locations is an incredible experience. I am going to tick off all these from my bucket list

  56. Is there anything better for a vacation than visiting some of the most beautiful warm destinations around the globe? I believe not. After many years of spending New Year’s Eve on snow, I am planning to visit one of these destinations. Can’t wait!

  57. A great compilation of warm places! Atlanta is not THAT cold, but of course I’m always up for a visit to any of these places. Thank you for sharing!

  58. Great suggestions again. Today it’s a nice and sunny day here. Love it. But I’d still love a winter getaway!
    I’ve heard a lot about the Seychelles. And it’s definitely on my list. It sounds like the perfect getaway. Sailing from island to island is just awesome. Would love that. Jordan is more new to me. Loved reading about it in your article. Perfect diving spots sounds great. A friend of mine might go working in Sydney for a while. If she does so, I’ll be sure to visit!! Your list is awesome. I know a lot of people who went to Tenerife. It’s really a must go!

  59. Such beautiful destinations. Surprisingly, I had not heard about many of these. Like Oxaca and Bonaire. I am not a summer person, and I like to visit beaches when it is not too hot there. But I can see, for people, who live in cold to freezing climate all through the year, you have compiled a wonderful list. I am sure they will love to take a break from the winter chills at one of these destinations

  60. Buddhist temples and their architectures have always been our favorite and Hawaii for that reason will definitely be on top of the list. And those shimmering white beaches of Bahamas and Seychelles are paradise who wouldn’t want to be lost in those azure waters. Jordan and Thailand have been on our list for a long time now. Definitely a great list of winter getaways.

  61. We really enjoyed going to Hawaii when we went there. We’ve already been there though so on to something new. We think from this list that Jordan stands out as being the most interesting winter getaway.

  62. It is all amazing destinations here; thanks for putting this list together! A few of these have been on my list for a while, but now I have even more to add. I think it’s time to cross a few off this year!

  63. All of these photos are beautiful and the thought of escaping summer is so appealing to me that I just want to slip into every one of these spots on a constant quest for sun and sand. Seychelles seems like the most appealing to me personally but they all look amazing! I am actually lucky enough to be in Sydney right now for a few days.

  64. This is a great list! I met a Couchsurfer and this is exactly what she does every time, she travels from place to palce to escape the cold! I hope though you have included the Philippines in your list 🙂

  65. I have read your Part 1 of this post and second too is also well collaborated and awesome like the first one. I have been to Koh Lanta and its ibeaches are awesome. Others places are on my to travel list and with each such article that list keeps on increasing. Thanks for writing this.

  66. Its a great list. Many of these destinations are on my list especially Jordan , Tenerife, and Hawaii . Every destination is simply stunning.

  67. This post makes me wish for summer to come faster!!! I’m currently in Canada where the weather is below 0 degrees….. Oh I how wish I could be on the beach in Hawaii right now! 😛 All of these places you listed sound so amazing.

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