There are two types of people in this world. Those who love winter and those who love winter sun. If you agree with the latter, you just might be interested… There’s no need to hang around for the bitter cold and the sluggish, grey days when you can escape on a winter sun holiday.
We’ve got the low down on how to plan the perfect winter sun trip, so you’ll never have to face the cold again!
Clear your calendar
First things first, a winter sun holiday means you’ll be travelling during the winter months. Between November and February is when you’ll want to get away from the cold, so make sure you save some time-off for this period.
Pick a destination (a warm one)
The good news is that there are loads of holiday hotspots which pride themselves on being a winter sun specialty. From far flung, exotic locations to nearby sunny havens. It all depends on your budget, how far you want to travel and the temperature you’re hoping for. Ideally, you’ll want somewhere right by the beach which means you’ll have plenty of options whether it’s the Caribbean or Europe.
The Algarve, Portugal
Temperature: highs of 21° in November
Journey time: approximately 2 hours 35 minutes
The Algarve is one of Portugal’s hottest regions. Although it’s not the hottest winter sun getaway you can get, it’s the perfect choice for travellers who prefer cool and pleasant conditions instead. Plus, it doesn’t take too long to get to Portugal from the UK and you’ll no doubt find loads of cheap deals on flights and accommodation. Also, you’ll have a lovely choice of holiday destinations within the Algarve, such as the lively Albufeira or peaceful Lagos.
Great for: blissful sunshine, sandy beaches, rugged coastline views, golf and tasty Portuguese cuisine.
Temperature: highs of 23° in November
Journey time: approximately 4 hours 10 minutes
The Canaries are a top pick for year-round sunshine, which makes it a popular winter sun destination. Plus, you’ve got choice! Between Tenerife, Lanzarote, Gran Canaria and Fuerteventura, they each have their own perks but if there’s one thing they have in common… it’s the sunshine! Bask in all its glory on Tenerife’s and Lanzarote’s unique black sand beaches. Soak up the majestic views of the Maspalomas sand dunes on Gran Canaria or try your hand at windsurfing on the water sports utopia of Fuerteventura.
Great for: volcanic landscapes, natural parks, variety of beaches, exhilarating watersports and picturesque rural towns.
Temperature: highs of 25° in November
Journey time: approximately 9 hours
The USA is a well-rounded destination, but when you’re looking for a sunny winter break, Florida is where you want to go. It isn’t called the Sunshine State for no reason! Simply put, Florida is jam-packed full of fun and thrilling activities but it offers laid-back moments as well. Whether you just want to lap up the waves in Miami’s South Beach or cruise down the palm-lined Ocean Drive, Miami is perfect for a glamorous beach/city vibe. On the other hand, Orlando is popular among families or even couples and groups of friends (who are big kids at heart!) thanks to Disneyland and its unforgettable parks.
Great for: Disneyland holidays, stunning beaches, intriguing cultures, outdoor activities and exciting nightlife.
Temperature: highs of 28° in December
Journey time: approximately 10 hours 10 minutes
For an extra added dose of tropical, choose everyone’s favourite Mexican resort. Cancun has a life of its own which constantly appeals to beach bums, party goers and those who love a bit of culture too. If you’re dreaming of escaping the cold with hot sun and ice cold cocktails, all whilst lounging on the beach – Mexico is for you! Expect massive all inclusive resorts offering the best in facilities and service, alongside sugary white-sand beaches and ancient Mayan temples. The centre of Cancun offers loads of action-packed fun in the form of shops, restaurants and pumping nightclubs. But more peaceful days out include Tulum (packed with Mayan highlights) or the beach paradise of Isla de Mujeres.
Great for: crystal-clear waters, large beautiful beaches, exciting nightlife, tantalising tequila and Mayan treasures.
Temperature: highs of 32° in February
Journey time: 13 hours 50 minutes
Thailand is an Asian paradise, especially when it comes to a winter sun holiday. The winter months are hot, as it is throughout the year, meaning there’s plenty of sunshine to go around. Phuket in particular has beautiful turquoise waters alongside sandy shores which boast a sense of seclusion – check out Hua Hin! Food market stalls line the streets, offering you a taste of Thailand. But if you’re wondering what the nightlife is like, Bangla Road and its establishments are as energetic as ever. Thailand also has beautiful sights in the form of Bhuddist temples and green, natural, outdoor wonders.
Great for: secluded beaches, lively nightlife, friendly locals, buzzing food markets and idyllic sights.
Book your flight and hotel
Winter sun holidays can be affordable, believe it or not! Once you’re travelling outside of the usual Christmas and New Year holidays, you’ll find that flights and hotel rates have most likely dropped. November is perhaps the cheapest time to fly during the winter months, but depending on the destination, December, January and February also have cheap winter sun deals. Finding the perfect hotel isn’t hard either. loveholidays has lots of choice to suit your budget and standards. Fancy a family-friendly all inclusive resort? An adults only romantic couples hotel? Or even something cheap and cheerful with your friends? We’ve got you covered.
Pack your bags
Once your winter sun getaway has been booked, it’s time to prep and plan! That includes packing your bags. Nobody enjoys it, but just think, you’ll soon be on a plane jetting off to an exotic spot! Swap cosy hats and mittens for loose summer clothes and flip flops. Who would’ve thought you can dress like this in the winter?
And that’s it! You’ll be well on your way towards enjoying your winter sun escape. Easy, affordable and just what you’ve dreamed of.