27 November 2019
Can’t decide where to holiday this winter? Whether you’re looking for a snow-covered winter wonderland or a sun-drenched tropical escape, join us as we explore some of the best destinations to visit this wintertime.
Venture into the Alaskan wilderness for an awe-inspiring adventure. See how many of the nine species of whale you can spot, look out for moose in the scenic Kenai Fjords National Park, try your hand at ice fishing on frozen Caribou Lake or head to Denali Mountain, North America’s highest peak, where you can enjoy activities such as snowshoe hiking.
If the cooler climates aren't for you, then travel to the realms of South Africa. Tour the vineyards of the Franschhoek Wine Valley, soak up the sunshine on glorious stretches of sand such as idyllic Trafalgar Beach, delve into the nation’s past at Voortrekker Monument in Pretoria or see how many of the Big Five you can spot on a thrilling safari.
A country where elements of ancient tradition and modern adventure combine, there’s no destination quite like Japan. In the winter months, hit the slopes in popular ski resorts such as Niseko, sink into soothing ‘Onsen’ hot springs, explore ancient temples in Kyoto or visit Sapporo in February for the annual Snow Festival.
If you'd rather travel further afield, experience the great outback, the magnificent cities and world-famous beaches of Australia. From Sydney’s iconic Bondi Beach and the tropical Whitsunday Islands, to the sacred red monolith of Uluru and the world-famous Great Barrier Reef, the holiday of a lifetime awaits Down Under.
Lapland is the ultimate winter escape, with magic in every detail from sledge riding through the snow to visiting the elves’ workshop, and of course, meeting Santa Claus himself. If you’re lucky, you may even get to see the enchanting Northern Lights dance across the skies too.
Or perhaps your ideal winter getaway would be spent experiencing the relaxing vibes of Saint Lucia? With a lush tropical landscape, Saint Lucia makes for a gorgeous winter getaway where you can spend days sipping cocktails on white sandy beaches or snorkelling in the warm seas. There are also plenty of nature reserves and wildlife areas to discover, and adrenaline junkies can even try their hand at scaling the mighty Pitons mountains.
Home to some of the world’s best ski slopes, a trip to Aspen is a must for ski lovers. Covered in a dense blanket of snow between October and May, there are plenty of runs for all abilities to try out on the picturesque world-class slopes, and the après ski opportunities are endless with the resort’s lively scene.
If gliding through snowy mountains isn't your thing, escape the winter chill in blissful Antigua, where you can soak up the sun whilst relaxing by crystal blue waters. With 365 sandy beaches (one for each day of the year) and plenty of laidback beach bars to unwind in, you’ll be able to sip on a cooling cocktail rather than mulled wine. There are plenty of activities to enjoy too, from zip-lining through the verdant rainforest to hiking the diverse terrains.
To book your wonderful winter getaway, get in touch with your Travel Counsellor and take advantage of exclusive benefits, including full financial protection and a 24-hour duty office ready to support you before, during and even after your trip.