Part-Time Travel – Hot Winter Destinations

For a lot of people in the Northern hemisphere, the chill of winter is really setting in. I asked some top travel bloggers to recommend their favourite hot winter destinations. Escape for a part-time break to hotter climates by going to these great places.

Chris Backe from One Weird GlobeSouthern Thailand

Ao Nam Mao, Southern Thailand

Ao Nam Mao, Southern Thailand

Southern Thailand has plenty of those beautiful, idyllic beaches plenty of people escape to in order to avoid the cold and snow. While living in Southern Thailand, I found my own little beach that my wife and I almost always had to ourselves.
Ao Nam Mao is in-between the Southern Thailand city of Krabi and the popular beach Ao Nang. The road to arrive is a bit hidden, but once you’ve arrived you have scenes like these. The rocks and random flotsam that washes ashore mean you’ll want to watch your step, but you’ll be the only people around.
Take in some beautiful sunsets and a wonderful place to see the stars – but do bring a flashlight if visiting after the sun goes down.
Anna Phipps from Global Gallivanting Goa, India
Goa Beach

Goa Beach

Goa in India makes a perfect escape from the cold. Tropical Goa has over 100 km of coastline and offers something for everyone – from laidback and quirky beaches popular with hippies and backpackers to luxury resorts and all night beach parties to mellow yoga retreats and deserted sands. North Goa is generally busier than South Goa so head North if you want to party and South if you just want to relax. As well as great beaches, fiery fish curries, the unique charm of the colourful Indian culture, lively nightlife and funky markets, Goa is also an amazingly affordable destination. It’s easy to find a hotel room for only $7 and a meal in a beachfront shack for only $3 and many people escape to Goa for the whole winter season.
Danielle Desir from The Thought Card Barbados


Barbados is an excellent vacation destination to escape cold winters. From coast to coast, Barbados is filled with white sandy beaches and crystal clear waters. There are tons of water sport activities to keep busy on the island, but my most memorable experience was sailing on an evening catamaran cruise. I swam with sea turtles, snorkeled and even explored underwater ship wrecks. The beautiful sunsets and tasty Bajan cuisine makes Barbados a great destination to embrace summer one last time.
Sharon Gourlay from Where’s SharonThe Philippines


The Philippines is an excellent destination to visit if you want to warm up over the winter months. In fact, this is the best time to visit this interesting country. The Philippines is full of interesting things to do, friendly people (who mostly speak at least some English) and is very budget friendly.
 The best part about the Philippines has to be its beaches and what you can find under the water. There is superb diving and snorkeling and you will find all water sports here. There is also the jungle to explore, old colonial cities and many festivals and interesting events. The Spanish influence in the Philippines makes this quite a different destination to explore than the rest of Asia. Island hop through this unique country and discover it for yourself.
Brianne Miers from A Traveling Life Puerto Rico
El Yunque, Puerto Rico

El Yunque, Puerto Rico

From beaches to waterfalls, mofongos to cervezas, and castles to casinos, Puerto Rico is a small island that packs a big punch. It won’t seem like winter when you are strolling the colorful streets of San Juan, sipping cocktails poolside and dancing the night away. And if you’re looking for adventure, you can take a hike in the only tropical rainforest in the U.S., El Yunque National Forest, or kayak in the Bioluminescent Bay, one of the most impressive in the world. The island is also convenient – for U.S. travelers, it’s a quick flight from the east coast, and the currency is the U.S. dollar. English is also widely spoken.
Michael Miszczak from Just A PackCaye Caulker, Belize
Caye Caulker, Belize

Caye Caulker, Belize

Caye Caulker is a tranquil paradise in Belize that is quickly making a name for itself as one of the top island destinations for budget travel in the Caribbean.The vibe on this rustic island is completely laid back and relaxed in true “island life” fashion. There are very few major structures on Caye Caulker, and almost no motorized vehicles, other than those used for official business. So relax in the sun, go snorkeling or diving, kite surf, or simply lounge around with a book and a cold drink. Whatever you do obey the unofficial Caye Caulker motto and “go slow”.
Will Hatton from The Broke Backpacker Venezuela


The Northern Hemisphere isn’t exactly the most pleasant place to spend winter (unless you like not seeing the sun for months on end). My favourite wintertime remedy? Venezuela. From sprawling beaches empty of tourists, to wild jungles without a path to be seen, this is the place for every explorer. To make it even more appealing, there’s the fact that Venezuela is seldom visited by other travelers, many people being put off by the less than favorable depictions from the mainstream media. Whatever the political situation, the people are amazing, always wishing to lend a helping hand, and the scenery is ridiculously gorgeous and diverse. This is definitely a bad ass spot to escape the winter blues!
Hannah and Adam from Getting StampedJamaica


Jamaica is our happy place, a place we would go to escape the never ending winters in Wisconsin. A place where we could count on 80+ degrees, sunny days, nonstop Bob Marley, turquoise waters, 7 miles of beach in Negril for daily walks, and nightly sunsets. Enjoy tasty rum punch, Red Stripe beer, finger licking good jerk chicken, meet smiling locals, and the never ending YA MON! We loved Jamaica so much it was where we decided to get married. We had everything we love about Jamaica incorporated into our wedding, walking down the island to steel drums, barefoot on the beach, sunset from cocktail hour with a red stripe in hand, and an all night party with a reggae band! Jamaica is the perfect winter escape.
Helena Blakemore from BabyfooteThe Maldives


The Maldives are a perfect destination, especially when the UK is suffering damp, grey winter, for white sandy beaches, peace and quiet, and amazing diving in crystal clear waters. Sunny and hot on land while warm and beautiful underwater, the Maldives is everything the UK is not during the winter months.
Now is always the best time to visit the paradise that is the Maldives because it is literally disappearing, and in our lifetime there will be less to visit than there used to be.
There are many islands to chose from, with a variety of activities and attractions, from Eco islands to party islands – there’s something for everyone in this destination.
Nic and Paul from The Roaming Renegades Egypt


Our favourite winter destination would have to be Egypt! It’s the perfect combination of warm sunny weather with fascinating historical sites. In the summer, Egypt can be a sweltering 40c in the shade and overrun with tourists, whereas in the winter months the temperature drops to the mid-20s and the crowds disperse! It’s already a great value destination for your budget in the summer, but come the winter those bargains get even sweeter! Instead of roasting away in the crowds you can stroll at your own pace around the unbelievable temples and majestic remnants of ancient Egypt…as well as work on your tan!

Victoria Dovaston from The Girl On the MoveMauritius



The exotic island of Mauritius, situated in the Indian Ocean, about two thousand kilometres off the coast of south-eastern Africa, is the perfect place for a winter getaway. Not only are you guaranteed warm sunshine and vast sandy beaches but there is also plenty to see and do, that is if you chose to venture outside the perimeters of your luxury hotel! From hiking through the Black River Gorges National Park amongst the lush tropical fauna, to visiting the elegant Château de Labourdonnais, or even to shopping in the island’s capital Port Louis, there is something to suit every traveller’s taste.

Carole Terwilliger Meyers from Berkeley and BeyondDubai
Mall of the Emirates in Dubai

Mall of the Emirates in Dubai

Want to get away from the cold?  Head to Dubai.  Due to its position near the Tropic of Cancer, it is usually warm and sunny and in the middle of winter averages 77 degrees.  Should you change your mind and wish you had gone somewhere you could ski, just head to the gargantuan Mall of the Emirates and its indoor ski resort, Ski Dubai, which is visible in several warm restaurants through huge windows.  After suiting up, you can ski (it actually has a 25-storey black-rated ski run!), snowboard, and toboggan.
What do you think of this list? Has it inspired you to go to a hot winter destination?


  • brimiers18 says:

    Great post & recommendations! Thanks for including my shout out to Puerto Rico!

  • Difficult to choose! What did u like most?

    • Kate says:

      I have been to Caye Caulker and it is very close to paradise. Anywhere with sunshine and beautiful scenery is good for me. Do you have a favourite?

  • Claudia says:

    So many places to pick. I still think that one of the best places to visit when it is winter in the Northern hemisphere is Nicaragua, though I would love to also visit Venezuela. In fact, Will is one of my heroes for having gone there despite the bad reputation!

  • Mar Pages says:

    Living in SEA I know that, in fact, winter is the best time of the year to visit all the countries except for Indonesia, Singapore and Malaysia which are in the rainy season. Philippines, Cambodia, Vietnam, Laos and all the rest are great for the season is warm but dry

  • So many great places to go when it’s cold and wet! I’d add in Antigua – lovely destination!

  • Megan says:

    An awesome list! My hot winter getaway was Puerto Rico last winter, and this year heading down to Cabo. Love a chance to enjoy a warm beach any time of the year.

  • What a great list of escapes! We are leaving the Wisconsin cold winter the first week of 2016, off to Mexico.

  • Holly says:

    I loved Dubai. Def a great place to go during the winter as it isn’t so hot. I would love to go to Goa!

  • There are some great places I’d like to visit, like Goa, and a return to Thailand and SE Asia is always fun. To be honest, though, I’m not much of a beach person and I love winter. It’s only when my husband is particularly persistent that we book travel to a warm climate during the winter.

  • Hugo Cura says:

    I actually quite like cold destinations and there some unique things you can only do at this time of the year!

    But.. I also like some nice warm ocean water. Preferably for diving.

    Out of all these beautiful places, I have to second that Egypt is a great destination for winter travel.

  • All of these look amazing, especially Belize. It’s been on my radar for awhile and I love the idea of going slow and relaxing.

  • carolcolborn says:

    I am glad the Philippines was included here! But, for us we are always in Phoenix, Arizona for the winter and, if we are not there, we are in Mazatlan, Mexico! Both are cheap to go to, transportation-wise, from the US!

  • Great list! And I’m also happy that Philippines is up on this list 😉 I think I’ve had enough of cold Christmas celebrations now and would love another kind of ‘White Christmas’ — on the beach! Haha.

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