Travel: Get Away for the Winter

Cruises are a popular getaway choice for many during the icy winter months, but when is the best time to go? Waiting until later in the winter season can be the better time to go as most people tend to go in December or January. Below we have listed the top five cruise locations to escape to.

The Caribbean and Bahamas are two of the most popular cruise getaway locations, especially during the winter months. With fun in the sun activities like snorkeling and racing around the sand dunes, it’s not hard to see why. Not to mention the much-needed warmth and sunshine.

During our winter months, it’s actually summer in the Galapagos. This is a great destination for snorkeling and wild sea life watching, especially during the months of December through February. If you wait until March for this trip, it is likely that you’ll get to see the hatching of baby green turtles and giant tortoises!

The winter is also a great time to visit the Mediterranean parts of Europe like Rome, Venice and Barcelona. During the winter, cruises are confined to this area, but on the plus side you can visit these hot spots and enjoy everything there is to do without a ton of people around. Another option for European cruises include the coastal Norwegian cruises, which guarantees sightings of the Northern Lights on any classic round trip, 12-night stay between October 1st and March 31st.

Like the Galapagos it’s also summer in Australia and New Zealand. If you’re looking for some beautiful weather to take advantage of, look no further. Cities on New Zealand’s South Island and along Australia’s eastern and southern edges feature some of the best weather of the year. There’s no shortage of things to do and places to see, whether you visit the hustle and bustle of Sydney or Melbourne or take in the natural beauty of New Zealand.

The Middle East and Southeast Asia offer both ocean and river cruises. During the winter months is the best time to visit these destinations with temperatures in the upper 70s to mid-80s. Ocean cruises to the Middle East stop at ports in Oman, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates. The Nile river cruises are also very popular during this time of year. Ocean cruises in Southeast Asia include ports like Malaysia, Thailand and Singapore, but if a river cruise sounds more appealing, you can sail down the Mekong in Vietnam or the Irrawaddy in Myanmar.

Spring Vacation!

For anyone wanting to get away this Spring, but not wanting to spend a small fortune to do so, check out Daytona Beach, Florida! Not only are there plenty of things to do, it’s at the top of the list for most affordable Spring getaway destinations and there’s no need for a passport!

Daytona Beach has many beach-front hotels that offer special Spring trip rates, which keeps you on budget and leaves you with more money for fun! As Daytona is a top choice for a Spring travel, many hotels have special daily events such as music and poolside contests during the months of March and April. If you plan to check out the night life, many of the major beach-front hotels offer FREE transportation to and from all the hot spots! If you don’t mind leaving the beach for a day, you can take a quick trip to Orlando and visit “The Happiest Place on Earth” or catch some thrills at Universal Studios Orlando.

Disney World is made up of a total of six parks – four theme parks and two water parks. Spend the day at your favorite park or get the Park Hopper ticket to make the most of your time. Walk through Cinderella’s castle, travel around the globe, become one with the animals and watch Hollywood come to life all in a single day! If you have time to spare, you can make a splash at Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon or Blizzard Beach!

If Universal Studios is more your speed, you can choose from two theme parks, Universal Studios Florida and Universal’s Islands of Adventure, or visit them both with a park-to-park ticket! Go on an adventure through many different worlds as you cast a spell at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, help your favorite super heroes defeat the villain and escape the sharp jaws of a T. Rex. Once you’ve had your fill of thrills, you can head back to Daytona to relax poolside or take a nice walk on the beach and feel the sand between your toes.
When you’re fully refreshed and on your way home, you can rest easy knowing that you made the most of your Spring vacation and can look forward to your next getaway!