Escape the cold and winter weather

Free A Palm Tree between Houses on the Coast, Canary Islands Stock PhotoIf you want to escape the cold and winter weather in the new year, then see if you can book some great last-minute deals. Summer might have ended where you live, but in other places in the world, it may be continuing all year round. It could be a place in Europe or on the other end of the world. Here are a few of my suggestions.


  • Portugal: The Algarve region offers stunning beaches, charming towns, and delicious seafood. Budget-friendly options include hostels, campsites, and self-catered apartments. Consider Albufeira, or Salema for vibrant nightlife or quieter stretches of sand. Flights from London are frequent and affordable.
  • Canary Islands, Spain: These volcanic islands offer year-round sunshine, beautiful beaches, and diverse landscapes. Tenerife has vibrant resorts and Mount Teide, while Gran Canaria has stunning sand dunes and charming villages. You’ll find affordable flights and accommodation options, particularly outside peak season.
  • Bulgaria: The Bulgarian Black Sea coast boasts golden beaches, crystal-clear waters, and affordable prices. Sunny Beach is the lively party hub, while Nessebar offers charming old town vibes. Flights from London are often cheap, and you can find great deals on hotels.
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North Africa

  • Experience the exotic charm of North Africa in Agadir. Soak up the sunshine on long stretches of beach, explore the bustling souks, and enjoy delicious tagines. Budget-friendly options include riads (traditional homes) and guesthouses. Flights from London are readily available.
  • Tunisia: Djerba Island offers beautiful beaches, turquoise waters, and a relaxed atmosphere. The island is relatively inexpensive, with options for all budgets. Explore ancient ruins, go camel riding in the desert, or just unwind on the beach. Flights from London are frequent and affordable.

Further afield

  • Thailand: If you don’t mind a longer flight, Thailand offers incredible beaches, delicious food, and a vibrant culture. Consider the islands of Koh Lanta, Koh Phi Phi, or Koh Lipe for stunning scenery and affordable options. Flights from London are plentiful, and you can find budget-friendly hostels and bungalows.
  • Vietnam: Discover the charm of Vietnam with its beautiful beaches, bustling cities, and stunning rice paddies. Phu Quoc island offers pristine beaches and relaxed vibes, while Hoi An has quaint ancient towns and delicious street food. You could try Luang Prabang, in Laos. Flights from London are becoming increasingly affordable, and you can find budget-friendly accommodation options.

Tips for a budget-friendly beach break:

  • Travel in the shoulder seasons: Avoid peak tourist months and fly midweek for cheaper flights.
  • Consider alternative accommodation: Hostels, guesthouses, and self-catered apartments can be significantly cheaper than hotels.
  • Cook some meals yourself: Save money on eating out by buying groceries and preparing some meals in your accommodation.
  • Take advantage of free activities: Explore local towns, hike along scenic trails, or swim in the ocean – there are plenty of free ways to enjoy your beach vacation.
  • Compare prices: Research flights, accommodation, and activities to find the best deals.

Ultimately, the best destination for you will depend on your specific preferences and budget. However, these suggestions should give you a good starting point for planning your sunny beach escape. No matter where you choose, remember to bring your sunscreen, beach towel, and a sense of adventure! And lastly, don’t forget your travel insurance.


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