The Perfect Winter Escape

04·07·16

With Winter now in full swing, we find ourselves dreaming of the perfect winter escape to get away from the chilly temperatures and rainy days. We have complied our top picks for locations where you can loose yourself in warm temperatures and face exciting new adventures every day. Say goodbye to winter, and hello to one of these beautiful locations.

Mozambique

Mozambique is a country in Southeast Africa, boarded by the Indian ocean. Speaking Portugese, the beautiful country is home to friendly locals and rich culture. With numerous white, sandy beaches, clear blue reefs and large expanses of turquoise water, the coastline and islands on Mozambique are known for their amazing beach holidays. The exotic country is the ideal holiday destination, with activities such as snorkelling, sun-set cruises, horse riding, dolphin and whale tours and scuba diving. While you are there, why don’t you visit…

Maputo – Known for being the hub of culture, serving up wonderful, fresh cuisine and retail theraphy with endless shops, ensuring you take home a treasure or two.

Benguerra Island – Home to a variety of animals, lush forests and exquisite landscapes, Benguerra is famous for its unspoiled beaches and remarkable scuba spots.

Bazaruto Island – An unexplored destination of great beauty, surrounded by turquoise water and fringed by idyllic beaches, the bewitching coral reefs and rare tropical fish make this the ultimate destination for the ocean-lover.

London

London is a tourist hot spot year round, but July is one of the best months to visit this busy and exciting city. Being summer, temperatures are on the rise and rain fall is lowering (however, this is London we are talking about, don’t leave your umbrella at home!). Besides the ideal temperatures, London is full of things to do in July. Other than the Wimbledon tournament and Buckingham Palace being open to the public, you can also attend the Wireless festival on the 8th – 10th of July with headlining acts including Calvin Harris, Chase & Status and the 1975; or you can attend the Lovebox Festival held on the 15th and 16th of July. Lovebox sees 50,000 people coming from all over to attend. Headlining acts this year include LCD Soundsystem, Major Lazer, Katy B and Diplo.

St. Lucia

Although June/July sees the end of the dry season and the start of the wet season, you don’t get as much rain as you’d expect, and the temperatures are amazing! Visiting in July means your dollar will go further as it isn’t their prime time, and it’s their festive season! St. Lucia in July offers an abundance of music, culture and food! The National Carnival runs from the 1st of June until the 21st of July and offers all the culture, costumes and music you can handle. St. Lucia is also known for it’s beauty in July. Rainforests are full of vibrant and colourful displays and the waterfalls and wildlife are in full bloom. Marigot Bay offers gorgeous shores and idyllic beaches, and has often been the backdrop for Hollywood films.

Corsica

Belonging to France, and rising in the Mediterranean between Provence and Tuscany lies the geographically diverse island of Corsica. There is so much to do and see on this beautiful island, you’ll never get the chance to be bored. Within half an hour, the landscape changes from glittering bays, stunning coastal cities and fabulous beaches to high peaks, breathtaking valleys, dense forests and charming hilltop villages. Take a stroll in the countryside or an overnight hike in the mountains, Corsica offers more than 100 peaks and scenic trails. The warm and crystal waters here are ideal for snorkeling, diving, boating, and windsurfing. The cuisine is irresistible, blending French specialties with Italian flavours. The curvy mountain roads, skirted by turquoise waters are not to be missed! With such warm weather, and with so much to offer, Corsica is the perfect escape from our winter weather!

Queenstown

If you don’t want to go to far from home, but want a holiday to look forward to this winter, then head to Queenstown. Beautiful all year round, Queenstown transforms in winter with snow covered mountains, green valleys and clear, blue days. It may be chilly, but the stunning views and breathtaking environment is worth the extra layer or two. Winter in Queenstown attracts snow-sport enthusiasts from around the world to enjoy some of New Zealand’s finest skiing and snowboarding. If snow sports aren’t in your holiday itinerary there’s a range of other adventures available. Keep your feet moving with a walking tour of art galleries, see jewelry makers at work, take an artist-hosted studio tour or see the stunning winter scenery with a day trip outside of Queenstown. Explore the National Parks of Mount Aspiring or Fiordland, enjoy the peacefulness of Glenorchy or an excursion to historic Arrowtown. You can even spend the day shopping in Queenstown’s compact CBD, with an array of different stores. Queenstown offers the perfect winter getaway!

Hawaii

With lots of sunshine and warm temperatures Hawaii is a serious contender when picking the best place to escape winter. July typically has the lowest amount of rainfall and some of the warmest temperatures, making it a perfect alternative to our winter. Hawaii boasts vibrant, colourful reefs perfect for snorkling, white sand, tropical beaches ready for you to relax on, with a fresh coconut in hand, and volcanoes galore, beckoning the adventurous spirits. Watch humpback whales in Maui, explore Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park or go face-to-face with Manta Rays on Hawaii Island, wander the Grand Canyon of the Pacific in Kauai,  or watch surfers take on monstrous waves in Oahu. The opportunities really are endless in this breathtaking location and it’s easy to see why Hawaii has become synonymous with paradise.