Top 5 Destinations in the Southern Hemisphere to Escape the Winter

Who doesn’t love taking off when the snow starts to fall to catch a little winter sun? While it may be cold and white where you are know, the Southern Hemisphere has plenty of sunny getaways to enjoy. Grab cheap tickets to one of these five destinations in the Southern Hemisphere to escape the cold this year. After all, why not make like the birds and head south for the winter?

1: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Rio de Janeiro

While you’re getting away from winter, why not live it up in this world-famous party city? Rio has something for everyone with an exotic location and plenty of fun. If you plan to be in the city during February, be sure to enjoy the annual Carnaval with all-night dancing, music, costumes and street parties. You can spend the rest of your time relaxing on the warm beaches watching the waves rolling in. Who needs the snow?

2: New Zealand

New Zealand’s sense of adventure is definitely infectious and you’ll find no shortage of things to do here on your “winter” getaway. Try your hand at surfing or hiking and be sure to take in the beautiful scenery. You can also book a guided tour complete with activities, although you want to book early because trips are in demand. Queenstown on Lake Wakatipu is especially popular during the “winter” with plenty to do, from horseback riding and bungy jumping to river rafting and nature walks.

3: Australia

Great Barrier Reef

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Much of Australia is simply full of both adventure and natural wonders. You can try bush-walking in Kakadu National Park or scuba diving in the Great Barrier Reef, which is the biggest reef system in the whole world. If you’re interested in scuba diving on your getaway, stay near Queensland, Australia and experience the country’s most beautiful and breathtaking tourist destination. You may also want to check out the Rolex Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race that takes place in late December. This 628 nautical mile race starts in Sydney Harbour and it’s definitely exciting to welcome back the crew. Sydney Harbour also has a huge New Year’s Eve festival if you plan to ring in the new year.

4: Chile

The Lake District of Chile is a popular destination in South America — particularly for tourists eager to get away from winter’s chill. You can go horseback riding around the magnificent lake, stop by the local marketplace to buy souveniers or take a relaxing fishing trip. The Lake District of Chile is one of the most picturesque places in the whole world and comprised of 12 lakes, 6 volcanoes, waterfalls, rushing rivers, lush green forests and natural hot springs. It’s also surrounded by the breathtaking and snowcapped Andes. Enjoy the sight of snow without the cold!

5: Tanzania


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Feel like doing something a little different for your winter getaway? Think about a trip to Tanzania, where you can venture onto the savannahs and experience untouched wildlife. This beautiful East African country has plenty of outdoor adventures for you to experience if you love nature, from swimming and diving with turtles near Zanzibar Island to jeep safaris to spot Africa’s Big Five. You may also want to visit Mount Kilimanjaro, the highest mountain peak on the continent. You’re sure to enjoy the warm weather and friendly people as well!

Bonus: Mauritius, a gorgeous island located in the Southern Hemisphere, is another great place to visit. Best At Mauritius – holidays in Mauritius offers more information.

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