The bleak mid-winter is aptly named; Christmas aside, winter in Britain is one of the most depressing and melancholic times of year. The long nights draw in rapidly as darkness seems to loom from the moment you wake up and an overall feeling of gloom seems to envelop the nation. On top of all this is the chaos frequently brought on by the adverse weather conditions coupled with frustratingly empty wallets come the end of the festive season.
Travelling during these months is often considerably cheaper in terms of both flights and reservations. Here are five suggestions of different stunning cultural and aesthetic adventures you may wish to embark on.
A Central American haven whose population’s vibrancy and sensational food is unrivalled anywhere in the world, Mexico has become an increasingly popular destination with backpackers and it’s easy to see why. Transport links to and from resorts such as Cancun are many and varied and from here on in you are free to set your own pace of adventure.
Historical gems lie in both Acapulco and Puerto Vallarta, while a visit to Cozumel will add an intriguing flavour of the Caribbean to your excursion with numerous exciting resorts and stunningly picturesque diving spots. Holidays to Mexico offer the chance of many unforgettable experiences.
2. The Caribbean
While other areas may carry a flavour of the Caribbean, to be honest there’s nothing that comes close to the real thing. Caribbean holidays are, quite simply, the ultimate in extravagance and luxury.
Barbados is of course the classic destination and its spot at the top of many dream adventure lists is well deserved. There is so much to see on these islands that boredom or repetition is simply impossible. White sands, crystal waters and perfect weather make for the trip of a lifetime.
3. Algarve, Portugal
The main point of a winter holiday is to enjoy a boost of some much needed vitamin D and, when it comes to chasing the sun, few places are as guaranteed to be successful as the Algarve region of Portugal.
The weather in this Iberian paradise is never anything worse than mild and any adverse conditions tend to come and go in the blink of an eye. Often, it is comfortably hot enough for sunbathing as though it’s the height of summer and the amazing range of lagoons will tempt and amaze committed divers and casual snorkelers alike.
For an adventure jam-packed with attractions, Dubai holidays should top your list. The infamous Middle Eastern region boasts a dazzling array of activities. Aquaventure Water Park in Atlantis is just one example of the adrenalin-filled excitement on offer.
Containing over 42 acres of slides, Aquaventure is notorious for its 98ft Leap of Faith, an unbelievable adventure that fires those brave enough through a transparent tunnel in the midst of a shark-infested lagoon. Also on offer in Dubai is sand skiing; the latest, greatest, and most definitely strangest, twist in the adrenalin junkie tale.
Jetting off to the Far East during the British winter offers the chance to explore possibly the most fascinating place in the world and the chance to do so at bargain prices. Emerald bay on the western Andaman coast possesses a selection of secluded and picturesque lagoons that, having been explored by kayak, will leave you breathless. What’s more, Phuket is the location for perhaps the ultimate New Year’s party.
Getting away and travelling on the adventure of a lifetime is the perfect way to not only keep the winter blues at bay, but to banish them altogether.