Winter has well and truly arrived in Europe, bringing its annual dose of snow, sniffles and slippers. When was the last time you left the house without a hat, scarf and gloves? Do you remember the feeling of sunshine on your skin? The best remedy to treat this winter gloom is to jump on a plane and head to the Southern Hemisphere where our winter is their summer.
Here we talk about some of our favourite destinations to visit when you’re craving some winter sun.
Australia’s summer begins at the start of December, so how about celebrating Christmas and New Year down under? There are a number of events to look out for such as the annual 630 nautical mile Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race, which takes place every Boxing Day.
It doesn’t get any more Aussie than Australia Day on 26 January; celebrations include historical ceremonies, awards, parties and fireworks.
Whether you want to check out the Great Barrier Reef, Ayers Rock or just relax on the beach, make sure that you take out some travel insurance before you depart so that you’re guarantee a hassle-free trip. Travel Insurance is extremely important when you’re so far from home, especially with all of Australia’s extreme sports and dangerous creepy crawlies.
Australia Day video:
Thailand is an extremely popular destination to visit for some winter sunshine. After a night at one of its renowned beach parties you’ll wonder what all the fuss is about when it comes to Christmas and New Year in the UK.
There are a wide range of festivals and parties that take place in Thailand, which give holidaymakers the chance to forget all about the cold back home.
Loi Krathong, which is roughly translated as ‘Floating Decoration’, usually takes place in November on the full moon of the 12th month in the traditional Thai lunar calendar. In addition to floating water decorations and Thai lanterns, there is often a firework display.
Make sure you take out the correct travel insurance when visiting Thailand to remove the stress of getting injured, losing something or having delayed or even cancelled flights.
Thai sunset video:
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With all of its vibrancy, light and liveliness, Brazil is about as far away from the cold winters of the UK as you can get. There’s nowhere to celebrate New Year’s Eve like Copacabana beach in Rio de Janeiro. If you’re planning to join the thousands of revellers in the traditional carnival celebrations then remember to pack an all-white outfit – or you’ll stand out from the crowd.
Brazil is sports mad at the moment and, in addition to the upcoming World Cup and Olympics, Brazil hosts an annual Grand Prix in the spring – sounds better than dodging the April showers in the UK, right?
It’s even more important to have good travel insurance when you’re travelling outside of the EU so make sure you arrange yours well before you travel to Brazil.
Copacabana beach video: