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Top 10 Places to Escape Winter

Enough with winter already.

Seriously.

Top 10 Places to Escape the Winter

1.  Serengeti National Park, Tanzania

There is no better way to escape winter than to go on a safari. During the winter, the weather in Tanzania is dry and warm with cool nights- perfect safari weather.  Pack your binoculars, cameras, and Lion King soundtrack – this is going to change your life!Serengeti and Ngorongoro Crater - Elephant (12)-001

2.  Stone Town, Zanzibar

If you’re looking for an eclectic tropical vibe to warm up your winter, set your sights on Stone Town, Zanzibar.  Stone Town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site is dripping with history. Once the gateway for the slave and spice trade route – Stone Town has become a vibrant city full of friendly faces and beautiful places. Not only is the island of Zanzibar home to Stone Town, but also is the home to world famous white sandy beaches, colourful markets and the birth place of Freddy Mercury.

Stonetown

3. Koh Tao, Thailand

If white sandy beaches, fresh Thai food, tropical cocktails and scuba diving are your thing… Then Koh Tao, Thailand is where you need to park it for the long frosty winter. With single tank scuba dives starting at 20 USD and with hotel pricing averaging around 7 USD per night, this location cannot be beat for a budget retreat. polar vortex koh tao

4. Namib National Park, Namibia

Home to the oldest desert in the world, Namib National Park is hot hot hot.  With daytime temperatures averaging a dry 40 degrees Celsius, you’ll be warmed up in a hurry.  Take the day, or week, to explore the bright orange dunes- like no other place on earth!

Namibia Dunes 5. Simonstown – Western Cape, South Africa

Lying on the Cape Point Route and home to the African penguin colony, Boulder Beach is a MUST SEE.  With the permanent penguin colony numbers in the hundreds, you will have the opportunity to have intimate encounters with these flightless birds.  If birds aren’t your thing, you can participate in loads of other activities including: kayaking, fishing, golfing and beach-bumming.

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6. Angkor Wat – Siem Reap, Cambodia

Have you watched Indiana Jones and dreamed of being an explorer?  Wandering around the ancient temples of Angkor Wat (located just outside of Siem Reap) is about as close as you can get.  Located just a few hundred km away from Phnom Penh, Cambodia’s capital city – the small town of Siem Reap is a temple-junkie paradise.

Cambodia - Siem Reap - Temples (81)-001 7.  Chiang Mai, Thailand

Located a short drive away from Chiang Mai, Thailand are some of the world’s most beautiful jungles.  These jungles — once home to wild Elephants and Tigers have become home to banana plantations, awesome hiking trails and cultural experiences.  Winter? What winter? You’ll forget what winter even feels like once you start trekking through the humid hills of Thailand.  Don’t forget to bring your machete and insect repellent! polar vortex thailand trek

 8. Great Barrier Reef, Australia

The Great Barrier Reef, located off the coast of Queensland, Australia, is the world’s largest coral reef system, comprised of nearly 3,000 individual reefs – stretching an expansive 1,600 miles.  This is the ultimate diving holiday for diving enthusiasts.  With thousands of reefs to choose from- the sky is the limit.  The waters are warm and clear, perfect for exploring the deep.

Great Barrier Reef Fish9. Hoi An, Vietnam

A cute town located half-way between Saigon and Hanoi is the perfect place to escape the mountains of snow drifts outside of your door.  Hoi An, made famous by the Bachelor’s Juan Pablo, is home to the world famous Japanese bridge and to hundreds of custom tailors – waiting eagerly to make your perfect outfit.  The weather is perfect during this time of year, not too cool and not too hot.

polar vortex hoi an10. New Zealand

The world is perfect.  Want to know why?  Because when it is winter in the North Hemisphere, it is summer in the Southern Hemisphere.  Why not take your winter bitterness out on the island of New Zealand?  They’ll welcome you with open arms.  Golden rolling hills, jagged cliffs, blue glaciers, beautiful mountains and heards of sheep await.  polar vortez new zealand queenstown

So, where will you spend your holidays this winter?

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