In need of some sun, sand, and warmer temperatures? Beat the winter blues by traveling to one of these warmer destinations over the next few months. You can trade in your skis for a surfboard and your snowshoes for hiking boots while you explore these countries near or south of the equator.
Parts of Australia boasts temperatures in the 70s and 80s during December and January. Sydney, with its lively culture and nightlife, is a perfect getaway. Rock climbers will delight in the numerous indoor gyms, sandstone cliffs along the coast, and choice lines in the Blue Mountains National Park (an hour away). Beach lovers and surfers will find the white sand soothing and ripe with adventure.
With mild temperatures in the 60s and 70s, New Zealand is lush and humid this time of year. While many visitors choose March, April, and May to see the fall leaves change, summertime (December, January, and February) is perfect for hikers and climbers. If you stay on the North Island, check out the Coast-to-Coast Walkway for a relaxed day outing in Auckland. For those who want a “Lord of the Rings” experience, stay on the South Island, near Fiordland National Park. Just keep in mind that temperatures in southern NZ will be a little lower and typically hover in the 50s and 60s during the summertime.
Southern Chilean Patagonia
October through late February is typically the most popular time of year for hiking enthusiasts in Patagonia. Temperatures are typically in the 50s and 60s with less precipitation through late January. If you’re planning on visiting iconic Torres del Paine National Park, keep in mind that this is peak-season and tourists will be a‑plenty. If you can hold out until March or April, the crowds will lessen as temperatures start to drop into the 40s and 50s. The upside of going during March is that winds are milder than the spring and summer months in Patagonia.
Admittedly, it’s never balmy in Antarctica but temperatures typically stay in the 30s on the Peninsula during January making it the warmest month of the year. You’ll also get almost 20 hours of sunlight which means more time for playing. Consider a cruise to this otherworldly place, go whale-watching, kayaking, or visit a science research facility.
Warm, humid, and beachy. Bankok, Thailand sees a spike in tourism from November to March, when the temperatures are mild and monsoon season hasn’t set in. In April and May, temperatures are generally too hot to be comfortable, so you’ll want to avoid traveling during this time. The culture, food, and locals make Thailand a delight.
High 60s, 70s, and even 80s are the temperatures you’ll find in Dubai during January. The thriving metropolis boasts the tallest building in the world, a vibrant nightlife, and cultural events. For outdoor lovers, dune-bashing in dune buggies and ATVs is a blast, camel riding in the desert is not to be missed, and beach lovers will find their fill of paragliding and water skiing.