With the holidays approaching, many decide to venture abroad to find escape from the hustle and bustle or the mundane. But, traveling to a place during winter can get a bit tricky, so you’ll want to do your research before you buy your tickets. Here are a few amazing places to consider when planning your international journey.
Mallorca, Spain. Mallorca is actually the largest of Spain’s Balearic Islands, featuring white-sand beaches encircling the entire island. While any time of the year is a good time to venture to Mallorca, the best time is late January to February when the millions of almond blossom trees bloom and cover the island in a magical layer of pink and white. When you’ve had your fill of taking in the site of the almond blossoms, venture to Alcudia Old Town or take a boat tour to get the view of the entire island.
Pernik, Bulgaria. If you’re looking to go some place really different and culturally rich, take a look at Pernik, especially at the end of January when the Surva XXIII International Festival of Masquerade Games. Jam-packed with primal masks, drums, fire stunts, chanting, and music, this festival is meant to banish evil spirits and start anew in the new year. If you can’t make the festival, the city also features some amazing landscape views. Visit the Krakra Fortress and take a walk around the grounds or see the Giginski Monastery for an afternoon.
Phu Quoc, Vietnam. This heart-shaped island located in the Gulf of Thailand has managed to fend off development and maintain it’s amazing beaches and greenery. Venture here any time between December and March for a beautiful and warm getaway. While you’re there, visit the national park protected by the government, or just station yourself on a piece of beach real estate and relax yourself into oblivion.
Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia. Sunny coasts and rain forest are what draw people to the second largest city in Queensland. If you choose to take a holiday here, you will not be want to anything to do. Head over to Snapper Rocks to watch world-renowned surfers hit the waves. Then venture inland for a bite to eat at any of the countless and delicious restaurants. But, at night, make sure you head to visit the Natural Bridge cave in Springbrook National Park where glowworms can be seen with their bioluminescence light show.
Santa Margherita Ligure, Italy. Ever hear of the beautiful Portofino of the Liguria Riviera? When Santa Margherita is its just as captivating and cheaper sister. This is definitely the destination for you if you’re looking to relax and lounge around while still venturing out a bit to stroll down the many picturesque streets of this rocky inlet on the Gult of Tigullio. Start a day here off by walking past the shiny yachts moored in the harbor, then tour the terraces of the 16th century Villa Durazzo, followed by a hike along the mountain road to Portofino for lunch or dinner.