Great holiday destinations for winter sun

by Rianne Ojeh on 05 August 2014, 11:08AM


As another rain sodden British winter approaches far too quickly for comfort and temperatures start to drop, it’s perfectly natural to yearn for a little sun-drenched relief. When it feels like you haven’t seen blue skies – or the sight of your own bare legs – for months, there’s only one solution. It’s either jet off, or be content to freeze your toes and the tip of your nose off. There are a million and one things to love about life in Great Britain, but its winters aren’t one of them. They’re wet, cold and blustery – harsh enough to drive even the hardiest among us into the arms of the holiday providers.   

It’s easy to get excited about planning an overseas holiday in the summer. The days are longer, the deals are plentiful and the high street is well stocked with swimsuits, beach towels and flip flops in colours you never even knew existed. You can afford to take the time to really plan your trip, to savour all of the details. In winter, things are a little different – the vast majority of people are craving sun, sea and sand and they haven’t got the time or the energy to wait around for it. If they’re clever, they talk to the experts at Travelbag.

With more than thirty-five years of experience in the package holiday industry, there’s no better place to turn. If it’s our job to give you a holiday worth shouting about, it’s your job to get out there and make the most of the world. We asked our team of expert consultants to list their favourite end of year destinations, and here is what they came up with – this is the Travelbag guide to getting your dose of fun in the sun this winter.


Catch Some Rays in the Maldives
As far as breathtakingly beautiful beaches go, it’s hard to beat the Maldives. This series of dainty coral reefs and tropical archipelagos sit right in the middle of the Indian Ocean, so you’re guaranteed a scorcher of a trip. There are countless beaches to choose from here – some are world class resorts, complete with five star hotels and swanky seafront cocktail bars, whilst others, like those on the Laamu Atoll, are perfect for holidaymakers who want to get close to nature. In the Maldives, life moves at a pleasing pace so feel free to lie back, catch some rays and forget that you don’t live here all year round.  


Discover an Underwater World in Australia
There’s a very good reason why millions of people continue to put snorkelling in the Great Barrier Reef right at the top of their bucket lists. It sits alongside bungee jumping in New Zealand, backpacking across South East Asia and spotting your first wild lion in Kenya, as one of those things that you’ve just got to do before you die. Well, with a helping hand from the experts at Travelbag, making your dreams a reality is easier than you think. We offer package holidays to Queensland and the Great Barrier Reef that suit all budgets, so what are you waiting for? The flight is a long one – we can’t lie about that – but there’s nowhere more worth it than sunny Australia. 


Find a New You in India
It’s extremely difficult, impossible even, to pin down somewhere as diverse as India. Should you visit world famous attractions, like the Taj Mahal? Should you seek spiritual fulfilment in places like Ekambaranathar Temple or on the banks of the Ganges? You might be more interested in the wildlife or the food than you are the temples. In India, it barely matters – everything that you could ever want is at your fingertips. We recommend taking in as much of the local culture as possible, but also making time for a bit of a pampering session in one of the country’s many spas and holistic retreats. You can’t visit the most peaceful place on earth and not treat yourself to a traditional Ayurveda massage now, can you?


Take a Temple Tour in Bali
In terms of both natural beauty and spiritual fulfilment, the little island of Bali is a real godsend. It’s quite literally filled to the brim with holy temples, ancient ruins and spitting volcanic wonders. For anybody desperate to discover what real adventure feels like, we can’t recommend Bali enough. At Travelbag, we offer intrepid holidaymakers the chance to embark on an eight or thirteen day tour around the most famous of the Indonesian islands. You can take things as fast or as slow as you like – for some, heaven is a quiet beach and an ice cold beer, for others, it’s a trek up a mountain to catch the sunset.


Avoid the crowds in Sunny Florida
If you’re looking for something a little more conventional, there are opportunities aplenty across the pond. Whilst it’s not strictly traditional to visit the sunshine state during the winter, it means that you’ll avoid the crowds and bag yourself a great deal. During the final months of the year, it’s not unusual to see temperatures in and around Orlando reach the seventies – no matter what time you choose to jet off, you’re bound to enjoy beautiful weather. For obvious reasons, Orlando is a superb choice for those with children – Disneyland Florida is open all year round and it puts on its most spectacular shows in the months leading up to Christmas making your visit extra magical.

For help and advice on organising the perfect winter holiday, or for more information on the range of destinations that we fly to, click here – or call our experts direct today on 0845 543 6615. At Travelbag, we’re dedicated to making your next holiday an experience to remember. 

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