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25 Nov

Bitterly Cold Winter Forecast – The Best Escapes

Snow covered letter boxWhere To Seek Out Some Sun This Winter

Why not be as unpredictable as the winter weather and plan a last minute holiday this season? Avoid the seasonal chill with our pick of the best winter sun destinations.

Another year is closing in, and with it comes reports of grim winter weather. Although it’s too soon to tell what this season will give us, the end results could still be cold and chilly, wet, and miserable! To make matters worse, TheGuardian has reported that the UK may run out of energy in January, resulting in a nationwide blackout. Why risk a cold winter when you can plan a last minute trip and seek out the sun. Here are some ideas and tips for last minute breaks, when you’ve picked your destination and dates remember to organise your single trip travel insurance.

Tips For Booking A Winter Sun Break

Money Saving Expert provide some great hints and tips to get you the best price on package holiday deals, including the process you should take when you shop.  They suggest starting off on the web, both to find the type of holiday you’re interested in and a benchmark price. Then see if the travel agents/brokers can beat their online deal on the phone, or which operator can beat it. You might be surprised at what you could save, even on cheap or last minute deals.

Many of the same things apply to booking winter breaks that would come up booking holidays any other time of year. Booking early, booking late, or avoiding UK and destination holiday dates, can all help secure a better deal. It’s always worth doing your research though – what may first appear to be a great deal, could in some countries mean accommodation in a low rated hotel, so make sure you are getting the best options possible for the price. If you are flexible on dates also consider travelling during the week instead of Friday or the weekend for better hotel and flight deals.

Where To Go?

The Canary Islands are a highly popular choice for winter sun seekers and it’s easy to see why. Year round good temperatures, great all-inclusive hotel deals, and of course each island has its own unique selling point. Fuerteventura is known for having some of the best beaches, then there’s Lanzorote’s volcano and Timanfaya National Park, Gran Canaria’s mountains, and the waterfalls of La Palma. You’ll find popular resorts packed full of bars, restaurants and nightlife, and more tranquil places to escape to, whichever island you choose.

Travel Further Afield

There are very convincing reasons for every winter sun option we’ve found that’s further afield than the canaries, but it all depends on what type of holiday you’re looking for. Are you a….

Adventurer/Backpacker – Then Thailand would be an ideal choice, it’s warm but not uncomfortably so, has some gorgeous white sandy beaches, varied cuisine, and the opportunity to go elephant trekking. The best time to travel and experience all the Thai culture has to offer, is between February and March.

Beach Bunny – Then head to one of the ultimate Caribbean beach destinations, the paradise that is Seven Mile Beach on Grand Cayman. Not only is it a Caribbean hotspot, it’s often ranked among the best beaches in the world. Seven miles of golden sand fronting clear and inviting waters, and it’s all open to the public. Enjoy the public beach bars, shallow snorkelling in the sea, and picnics in the shade, or visit some of the nearby attractions, such as Stingray City, The Cayman Turtle Farm, or Cayman’s capital Georgetown.

Escapists – For the ultimate mix of Robinson Crusoe escapism and 21st century creature comforts, the Maldives are the place to be. Many of the hotels in this archipelago are cited on their own mini tropical island paradise, and if you choose one of the bigger ones you’ll never be too short of something to do. Find eco-friendly luxury on Soneva Fushi, and enjoy the top rate food – some of which is grown in the hotel’s own garden. For a cheaper option try Meerufenfushi, a highly rated hotel and spa with stunning beaches and a golf driving range.

For more ideas, read our post Top Places To Escape For the Winter. There really is no reason to spend the whole winter moaning about the bitterly cold conditions in the UK – grab your passport and book a fortnight in paradise.