Our Winter is Their Summer: Warm Destinations to Hit Up Now

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.

New Zealand
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.

Bankok, Thai­land
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.

Dubai, UAE
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.