Rob Westworth is a seasoned travel blogger who’s currently writing from his long winter retreat on the mild shores of Paros, Greece.
When it comes to the winter, a lot of people wish they could get away from the cold weather, the stress of their job, or even just have a short break. So why don’t they?
While some tend to ignore their desires to get away from it all due to issues such as cost or childcare, late holidays can be affordable, accessible and lead to destinations that you might not have even considered during the summer.
On top of that, many holiday companies and hotels consider the winter as their ‘off-season’ and so they often drop their prices to encourage people to book. So, if you need to get away, where should you choose?
Known for its beaches, Goa, located in west India, actually offers travellers a very different view of the Indian cub continent, due to its 400 year history as a Portuguese settlement. The influence of the Portuguese settlers can be found in many places, but its most notable in the cuisine, which combines Indian spice and warmth with Portuguese flavours and styles.
Head to Goa between October and March; be sure to visit the beautiful and very rare olive Ridley Turtles on Morjim Beach, and if you travel in February, don’t miss out on the infamous Goa Carnival Festival which is one of the highlights of the local calendar.
One of the most popular destinations for travellers of all ages, Thailand offers travellers great weather, better food and even more spectacular sights. While some people prefer to travel there in the summer, the winter actually offers more for your money, and slightly milder weather.
Head to Thailand in November after the rainy season (July – October) to experience the cooler weather bustle and noise of Khaosan Road in Bangkok or if you’d prefer some peace and quiet, then travel to the quieter, but very beautiful regions of Phuket and Koh Samui for relaxation and beaches, or to the mountains of Chiang Mai to visit ancient temples and go on an elephant ride or two!
Although Hawaii has long been recognised as an island paradise, due to its beaches and impressive scenery, this group of islands represent the final state in the US, and offer a number of sites for travellers to visit and appreciate. Travel to Hawaii from December, but keep an eye on the weather forecast, as it has been known to get very rainy on the islands late in the season.
Try to escape the very tourist-orientated towns of Waikiki Beach and Honolulu, and head to the quieter parts of the island for a more realistic idea of the islands. Travel by bus and try visiting Oahu’s nature reserve, Hanauma Bay, and spend a day snorkelling there, or the Polynesian Cultural Centre on Oahu’s north coast to get a better understanding of local cultures and traditions.
Remember, late holidays don’t have to be a dream, they can be a reality too! So, where do you want to go?