Something Different In Winter
If you're willing to go a bit more adventurous in the search for winter sun, why not check out Gambia? This tiny West African country is fast becoming a popular winter beach destination with a combination of equatorial temperatures and gorgeous coastline. More than that, it has a beautifully lush jungle interior with traditional villages and exotic wildlife to discover. Try the Abuko Nature Reserve to see crocodiles and birds or meet some monkeys in Bijilo Forest Park.
If you're seeking some winter sun in South East Asia, Vietnam can make a delightful alternative to Thailand. The Mekong River winds its way through breath-taking countryside, comprised of vast rice fields and jungle. See the stunning limestone islets of the UNESCO-listed Ha Long Bay. Or get in the middle of the action in the bustling city of Hanoi.
If you want something truely unique winter is the season for a stay in an ice hotel. Head to the north of Sweden and Norway, or even Romania, for the unique experience of spending a night in a frozen suite. With everything carved out of ice, from the bed to the art that decorates the maze of rooms, it's sure to be a magical experience that you'll never forget.