If the cold weather is getting too much for you, maybe it’s time to book yourself a getaway. Luckily, there are a number of tropical destinations you can escape to—and you don’t need to break the bank in the process.
You can bag yourself a genuine taste of paradise for much less than you think if you stick to places that are still developing their tourist infrastructure. So let’s take a look at the best hotspots to visit when you can’t take the cold any longer.
There’s no such thing as winter in Indonesia, and the stunning island of Bali is a favourite of travellers looking for an affordable taste of the tropics. However, Bali is just one of over 17,000 islands in this nation and other key hotspots include Lombok, the Gili Islands and Komodo.
Indonesia’s national slogan is “Unity in Diversity,” which gives you an idea of the cultural variety you can find across this stretch of Southeast Asia. With six major religions, you can explore the Hindu culture of Bali, Buddhism across Java and the largest Muslim population in the world. Island-hopping takes you from the plush green of the jungle to tropical islands in a matter of hours.
Aside from the incredible landmarks awaiting visitors to Egypt, a key reason so many people flock to Cairo and surrounding areas is the weather. With barely any rainfall in the winter months and t-shirt-worthy temperatures year-round, you can escape the cold back home and swap it for some of the greatest manmade landmarks in the world.
However, Egypt has a lot more to offer than The Great Pyramids, and Cairo makes an ideal romantic getaway during the winter. There’s also plenty going on for the kids if you want to make it a family holiday, while seasoned travellers will always have Egypt on their list of destinations.
The Caribbean has to make any winter hotspots list—not only for its tropical climate, but also for the range of cultures you’ll find across its islands. From the idyllic palm trees of Barbados to Mardi Gras in Trinidad, the Caribbean is a hub of cultural variety across more than 20 nations.
The Bahamas, Dominican Republic, Jamaica and Cuba are just to name a few of the countries in close proximity. You’ll find each comes with its own unique culture, many with strong French and Dutch influence, but they all have one thing in common: Incredible weather.
Thailand is another top destination for winter warmth in Southeast Asia and luxury costs a lot less in the part of the world. From bustling cities to tranquil villages, Thailand is a visual feast of natural beauty and ancient, diverse cultures. Meanwhile, the tropical islands surrounding its coastline are some of the most beautiful you will find in the world.
Thailand is a premium destination for every taste, rich in both culture and adventure. Ancient ruins and temples are scattered across the country and you’ll find scenic landscape in abundance. For those who prefer a walk on the wilder side there are highly acclaimed diving spots, surfing destinations and a wealth of other activities to get the adrenaline pumping. And, of course, Thailand has a thriving nightlife in many parts of the country—such as its famous full moon parties.
Sri Lanka is a sun-kissed island at the foot of India’s southern coast – both rich in natural beauty and culture. Year round sun and a good exchange rate make this one of the best holiday destinations, whatever time of the year. The wildlife in Sri Lanka is something else, with elephants, leopards and bears to name a few of the inhabitants on this island. While a total of eight UNESCO World Heritage Sites preserve some of the country’s greatest natural and manmade wonders.
There is no shortage of traditional culture, with a gentle mix of sleepy villages, old ruins and modern customs in Sri Lanka. North of Kandy you’ll find the Cultural Triangle with some of the country’s most important landmarks. The remains of Polonnaruwa, the rock citadel of Sigiriya and the cave temples of Mihintale are major attractions. While the abandoned cities of Yapahuwa and Panduwas Nuwara are simply awe inspiring.
Don’t let budget stop you from escaping Britain’s gloom. There are plenty of wallet-friendly spots to relax and kick off your tan!