As the temperature starts to drop in many parts of the Northern Hemisphere, it's not hard to understand why you would want to flee to warmer climates for the holidays. But the question is - where?
Well we've got you covered! Here are our top picks for warm-weather destinations:
1. COSTA RICA
If you're looking for beaches, rainforest, volcanos and waterfalls, look no further than Costa Rica. Surrounded by the Pacific Ocean to the west and the Caribbean Sea to the east, you'll undoubtedly find yourself enjoying the sunshine along either coast. And when you're ready to take a break from sunbathing there's an endless array of adrenaline-pumping activities (zip-lining, anyone??). The best time to go to Costa Rica is December to April. While this is peak tourist time and prices are a little higher, it's also the dry season and most currencies go a long way comparatively.
2. THE PHILIPPINES
Picture sunshine, white sand and beach parties.. Welcome to the Philippines! You can't go wrong with the picture-perfect white-sand beaches, coconut trees and slick resort villas of Boracay or Palawan. While any time is a good time to visit the country, January to May has the most consistent weather - not to mention you'll avoid typhoon season!
Probably best known as the #1 spring break destination, Mexico shouldn't be overlooked. If you decide to flee to Cancun or Cabo San Lucas, you'll be surrounded by amazing food and pristine beaches. Don't forget to leave the resort, though! The neighboring towns offer handmade crafts and unique sightseeing. The best time to go is between December and March, when the temperature is a consist low 80s°F (high 20s °C) and airlines and hotels offer great deals.
4. THE AMALFI COAST
Nestled on the coast of the Mediterranean, tucked away from the hustle and bustle of the Italian epicenters of Rome and Naples, the Amalfi Coast is a summer favorite among Europeans. With pampered beaches, great food and cute boutiques, you'll feel like you've wandered into a dream. While April to June is generally the most popular time to visit the Amalfi Coast, the winter season has a special appeal. There's less tourists during this time and prices drop significantly.
If you're looking for warmth as well as cultural emersion, Myanmar (Burma) is the place for you! This Southeast Asian jewel is scattered with beautiful temples, towering pagodas and breathtaking landscapes - not to mention, beautiful beaches and cheap transportation. That means you can do and see a lot even if your vacation isn't as long as you'd like it to be. The best time to visit Myanmar is between November and February, when the temperature is warm (but not too hot) and you won't have to worry about rain.