The heating is on. There’s a thicker duvet on the bed. Leaving the house in the morning is a sharp shock to the system. Winter is definitely here. (ok – maybe not officially) but it’s cold. Chuck in a winter cough and it’s hard not to wish to be warm again.
So, whether you’re thinking about next year’s adventure, or just want to escape for a while, here are five fabulous holiday ideas to ward off those winter chills…
Eco-Friendly Costa Rica: tree-lined topical beaches, lush rainforests, natural adventure playgrounds, smoking volcanoes, spectacular wildlife… with this action-packed eco-adventure you’ll be jumping into the sea, white water rafting down wild rivers or chilling by idyllic rainforest pools to cool off!
Self-Drive Namibia: climb into your fully-equipped 4×4 and set off across this fascinating country on a self-drive voyage of discovery. Gravel and tarmac roads take you through the vastness of the Namib Desert, the looming sand dunes of the Sossusvlei, the charming seaside town of Swakopmund and the excitement of seeing the Big 5 in Etosha.
Cycling in Oman: Burn off your festive over-indulgence with some adrenalin-raising cycling through Oman’s dramatic landscapes. Pedal your way past cool-water wadis, ancient forts and beautiful hill top villages. Feel the burn as you hike through the Jebel Akhdar mountain range for an unforgettable view, and explore the buzzing city of Muscat.
Authentic Japan: Hop on board Japan’s uber-efficient bullet train and explore this fascinating country at your own speed. This cultural tour will see you donning a kimono and sipping tea in a traditional ceremony, bathing in natural hot springs, exploring vibrant night markets and cooking traditional Japanese food. Along the way you’ll see beautiful Snow Monkeys, catch glimpses of iconic Mount Fuji and stay in welcoming Ryokans.
Sri Lanka and the Maldives: Combine Sri Lanka’s culture, colourful cities and historic sites with the white-sand beaches of the Maldives. Over the course of 15 days, you will banish the winter blues with a tour of Sri Lanka’s most famous sites. Climb the steps up to the rock fortress at Sigiriya, explore capital Colombo, see the temples at Kandy and keep your eyes peeled for elephants, leopards, bears and crocodiles in Yala National Park. Finish your trip on a beautiful island paradise and spend your days soaking up the sun, snorkelling, dolphin spotting and island hopping.