The biggest city in New Zealand is king of North Island – which is a busy metropolis that stands in contradiction to the concept that this place, which has established by the Lord Of The Rings films, is more than just bucolic countryside and rolling hills. Visitors can watch the All Blacks rugby icons at Eden Park, take a ferry over to Waiheke Island for amazing wineries, or dine in a chic restaurant on Viaduct Basin.
2. Costa Rica
The size of Costa Rica makes it the perfect holiday destination to explore its colourful towns, beaches, and forests. Embody the ‘pura vida’ lifestyle of the country to the fullest with a fun family adventure that allows you to live a good life, and discover diverse ecosystems, beachside lodges, canopy walks, and national parks.
Peru is full of opportunities for adventure, from the foodie capital of Lima to the stunning scenery of Cusco and the Sacred Valley. Take a trip to the highest navigable lake in the world with Lake Titicaca holidays, this is home to many communities and a sight not to be missed.
4. Cape Town
Although South Africa might seem to be a far-flung option for any quest in search of access to winter sun, Cape Town does score convenience points for lack in time difference (GMT+2) with the UK and refusing to drop under 20C degrees in the European winter. You definitely have a winner when you throw in all of the beauty, rising Table Mountain – combined with the Cape Peninsula prettiness (the Camps Bay beaches, and oceanside towns such as Fish Hoek and Muizenberg).
The idea of “beginning to look like Christmas” in Florida does take a twist, where Santa needs to steer his sleigh through temperatures that rarely drop under 20C degrees. The festive season also takes on a specific spin in Orlando, where the major theme parks – including Universal Orlando and Disney World – try to give their best impression of “real” winter through a carnival of boy wizards, talking mice, repentant Scrooges, artificial snow and plenty of merriment to go around.
Spain is a glorious and proven summer haven at the time when the rest of Europe has been lost to rain and wind. Temperatures, cooled by ocean breezes, hover at about 24C. There are plenty of Costas in the country. In Catalonia up north, you will discover the rugged Costa Dorada and Costa Brava. Down the coast a bit further are the white-sand beaches of Costa Blanca. Curving around the southern edge of Spain are the sun-soaked areas of Costa de la Luz, Costa del Sol, and Costa de Almeria.
Western Australia’s fabled capital sizzles while Europe is shivering – from perfect 25C and 10 hours worth of sun on a daily basis in November, to a heat blitz reaching the high 20s Celsius during December, January, and February. Perth is an amazing city for surf sessions or relaxed afternoons on places like Scarborough Beach and Cottesloe Beach – or a great starting point for trips further away.
The third largest island of the Caribbean has been a very familiar option for quite some time for British tourists, with Ocho Rios and Montego Bay resort areas lighting up the north coast with a sweep of elegant resorts – and in the west Negril, beginning at Seven Mile Beach at sunset. Like most other Caribbean Countries, the temperatures are usually around the upper twenties, with December through April bringing dry days following the hurricane season of June through November.
Dismissed at times as merely a stopping-off point on longer journey, this intriguing city-sate is more than merely a place for changing plane. Signs of past British colonial days are clearly evident in Singapore (where one of the essentials is the Singapore Sling cocktail). However, it also loudly shouts its vibrant 21st century vibe with the Gardens by the Bay futuristic flora, and shopping malls gleaming on Orchard Road’s long retail avenue.