This summer lots of people decided to stay home instead of going on a holiday abroad. Not strange of course, but it kind of make you miss the beach, the sun and the whole athmosphere.
I’m one of the people that stayed home, but I’m really looking forward to the fall or winter months where hopefully travelling would become a bit more like we used to.
As this is the first time I will be going on a sun holiday during this period, I’m not quite sure where to go. Let’s find the best destinations together!
Sun destinations in the winter months
If I go somewhere during the autumn or winter months, it must be nice and warm. At least sunny and much warmer than at home.
We have done this once, a couple of years ago went to Cape Verde in the fall. The weather was great, really warm, but the ocean was quite rough and besides staying on the resort there was not much we could do.
My in-laws, who are go to the sun every winter, swear by Greece or the Canary Islands. There it is about 20 degrees Celsius during the day in winter. In the evening and at night it can cool down considerably. Then take a cardigan or thin jacket with you when you go out.
In Turkey, it is a bit cooler during those months, between 15 and 19 degrees. There I expected it to be a bit warmer in the winter months, but it is only slightly warmer than here in The Netherlands. You learn something new every day, right?
Where it is still wonderfully sunny in the winter is Dubai. Around 20 degrees with peaks of 25. So nice and warm!
You can of course also look a little further from home. The Antilles, for example, still have an average temperature of 30 degrees in the winter months. Do you really want to catch up on summer holidays then that is the place! (although it won’t be cheap I’m afraid, certainly not during the Christmas holidays)
Skiing means soaking up sun
If you have never been on a skiing holiday, this might sound a bit crazy. You go to a cold climate to sit in the sun?
We are avid skiers. Being active in the open air and then enjoying a schnitzel with a beer in the evening. Before that, just enjoy the après-ski and the day was a success.
But now that sun. There is a lot of it on any skiing destination. Especially when you are high up on the mountains above the clouds.
Then imagine that you are sitting on a terrace. Add a warm meal, enjoyable music in the background and the lovely sun. Often I come back from a skiing holiday more tanned than after a summer break.
The only difference is that you are not actually lying in the sun and that it’s mostly your face getting a tan. However, last year we were able to sit in our t-shirts in the sun and still not getting cold.
What does it cost to go to the sun this winter?
When we went to Cape Verde it costs us next to nothing. For a few hundred euros we stayed all-inclusive in a resort. Fully cared for and plenty of sun.
This year I am afraid that it will be slightly different. On the one hand, I think they are raising prices as there will be more demand for sun destinations this fall and winter. On the other hand, it could also be that prices are actually lowered.
The largest group of people that usually travel to sun destinations during the winter months are also the people who are in the Covid19 risk group. To be honest, I’m not quite sure if they would take the risk of travelling without a vaccine being available.
That’s why I expect it to be very affordable outside of the Christmas holidays. The Christmas holidays will be a lot more expensive.
But again, that’s what I think will happen. Unfortunately I don’t have a crystal ball.
Where are you going this fall/winter?