It’s that time of year again. I see mostly darkness as the days are so short and I want to live inside a duvet. Usually I try to escape the British winter by heading off somewhere far away and exciting, but this year I’m staying to ride out the cold. That doesn’t stop me reminiscing on years gone by and planning my escape for future years. Travel can be a great cure for the winter blues.
A couple of weeks ago Slightly Astray shared some travel inspiration with her South East Asian Bucket List. Little did she know that as I sat in my chilly study in the north of England, this post would fill me with the warmth of wanderlust. I’ve started day-dreaming about all the beautiful places I’ve been during previous cold month escapes. And secretly searching for information on those I’d like to go in the future.
This is the first year for a while that I’ve stayed the whole winter in the UK. It’s not going to be easy, but I want to keep exploring the world closer to home for now. So, to take my mind off my icy cold feet, I thought I’d share the best places I’ve been to before during these months. Oh and some of the inspiration I’ve come up with for future years of course – let me know if you have any other suggestions!
All these destinations are perfect for visiting between November and March – the months it is cold and dark in the UK.
My Top 5 UK winter destinations
Last year, I had an excellent 3 weeks exploring South to North Vietnam. It would be my top recommendation for anyone looking for somewhere to travel to in January.
In 2014, I spent the end of January and beginning of February cruising and snorkelling the Caribbean sea in Belize.
I was in Siem Reap, Cambodia for a big temple fix just before Christmas 2014. It’s a touristy city, so they were getting in the festive mood and it’s always funny to see snowy Christmas scenes when you’re travelling in a hot place!
This is a popular destination amongst many travellers, but a favourite place for me was the Corn islands. Think silky-white sand, fresh coconuts and bright blue Caribbean sea… and all at a budget price. A perfect winter escape for February.
OK, I admit it’s not as cheap if you don’t have a best friend living there but I was lucky to visit Australia on my way to Singapore from Chile in November 2014. Perth has an incredible climate year round – even their winters are warm (compared to the UK!). It’s a really cool city to hang out in. Urban chic combined with stunning natural beauty.
Top 5 winter destinations on my bucket list
My wanderlust list just continues to get longer and longer, but these are top of the list right now for the next few years!
Ideally I want to go here in February/ March time for Whale watching. But also for exciting train rides, tea, vegetarian curry (for breakfast), wild elephants and friendly locals.
UK’s winter isn’t Cuba’s hottest time of year, but still pretty warm for us! I want to go here for dancing, culture, old cars, buildings and Spanish speaking!
I want to go here for the wildlife – Orangutans, Monkeys and Turtles! (See Slightly Astray’s post for gorgeous proboscis monkeys!)
November time would be perfect for me to escape the start of winter to visit this country of breath-taking landscapes and quirky wildlife. It’s a bit pricier than I usually travel, but I’ll find a way to go on a budget!
Probably because I’m addicted to gazing at the Caribbean sea and for it’s colourful wildlife – Tobago has been on my list for several years. I’d love to experience a carnival here, and get back in the water for some snorkelling! (Will I have the guts to dive this time…?)
Do you like to be at home or away for winter where you are? Where would you add to my list?
This post is part of the Wanderful Wednesday Link-up!