Winter is slowly creeping up on us, and whilst some of us can’t wait to be in our cosy jumpers by the fire, others are mourning the end of summer and the sunshine. But which one are you? And where, oh where, should you visit in order to get that vitamin D, or to embrace the winter season? On The Go Tours have analysed a total of 40 best destinations you can visit to soak up the sun – or if you’re a winter lover, to visit some beautiful snowy and cold climates.
The best places to escape winter with average temperatures in winter of 28°C, is Langkawi, Malaysia which tops the list as the best place to escape colder climates this winter – you’ll really feel like you’re escaping the UK too, with a transfer time from London of 15 hours and 25 minutes, Following closely behind, the Seychelles, Caribbean island St Lucia, Sri Lanka and Phuket, Thailand, are also some of the best places in the world to escape a UK winter, with average temperatures of 27°C.
Looking for an escape slightly closer to home? Then why not head to the Canary Islands to visit destinations such as Lanzarote (17th), Gran Canaria (18th) and Tenerife (19th), where transfer times are a mere 4-4.5 hours. The Canary Islands maintain an average temperature of 17-19°C over winter, making it significantly warmer than the 4°C average for UK in the winter months.
But if you can’t wait to be all wrapped up and wandering through thick blankets of snow, then head to the Hakkoda Mountains in Japan for a winters break. The volcanic mountain range, which is covered in snow during winter, has average temperatures of a bitter -10°C , and is often scattered with hundreds of snowboarders and skiers in the winter seasons.
Looking for slightly warmer climates for your snowy escape? Alpeniglu, Austria and Hotel of Ice, Romania, both have average winter temperatures of 0-1°C, and both offer a unique way to stay in the snow. The Hotel of Ice in Romania, is rebuilt every year using four-feet long ice ‘bricks’, offering guests the opportunity to stay in one of its 12 cosy rooms for the night. Similarly, igloo village Alpeniglu, in Austria, offers visitors the opportunity to sleep in igloos for the night, ensuring you’ll get a real snow fix.
Want a quick winter break fix? Then why not travel the 1 hours 25 minutes transfer time (from London) up to Cairngorms National Park, Scotland, with average winter temperatures of an icy -5°C. The National Park is home to the highest mountains in the UK, with many ‘Snow Roads’ and trails to explore.
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