The clocks go back in a couple of weeks, and as the nights draw in and the air gets cooler, it’s no wonder people’s minds turn to top winter sun destinations; the thought of hot sun on your skin, of a dip in a warm, crystal clear ocean, and a cold beer as the sun sets on another day in paradise.
Here at Not In The Guidebooks, we’ve put together a list of some of the very best winter sun destinations for what’s left of 2021 and looking ahead to 2022, so that you can enjoy that sense of true escapism from the damp, dark, chilly weather of the UK.
If there’s one place on earth that you can guarantee will be safe from the rain, you would think it would be the largest desert on earth. We offer a number of tours that take you to camp in the otherworldly Sahara desert and get you under the skin of authentic Moroccan culture, cuisine, and local life.
Throw in an average temperature in most of the country of 19 degrees in January, cloudless skies over the desert and camel treks through 22 degrees, and you can easily forget about de-icing the car or dodging the grit lorry back home.
Not only is Cambodia’s climate more pleasant than the UK’s in December and January, but it is also probably one of the nicest times of year to visit the country, which makes it the absolutely ideal winter sun destination. With little to none of the infamous afternoon rainstorms, clear blue skies and an average temperature of around 26 degrees, it’s the perfect weather or exploring, relaxing, and anything in between.
Whether you choose to soak up the winter sun on a white sand beach on a tropical island, or exploring the country’s cuisine, culture and local side on an all-encompassing tuk-tuk tour, Cambodia is a top winter sun destination.
When searching for winter sun, why not head somewhere where it isn’t winter? South of the equator and adrift in the Indian Ocean, the emerald jewel of Mauritius guarantees blazing sunshine and temperatures ranging from 25-30 degrees virtually the entire time so that it won’t be the boiler controls you reach for, but the air con.
Get off the beaten track in Mauritius and get to know the local side to this tropical paradise as you explore markets, meet residents, and figure out what makes the island tick. And of course, enjoy plenty of time basking in the warmth you know is somewhat lacking back home.
Another southern hemisphere location, the climate in Namibia may not be as pleasant as Mauritius, but you certainly can’t deny that a trip here would see you get a serious dose of winter sun. With temperatures touching a scorching 29 degrees in December, it’s a far cry from your cold-fingered commute on a frosty Christmas morning.
And with incredible itineraries spanning mountainous sand dunes, petrified forests, and many more otherworldly landscapes, a Not In The Guidebooks exploration can get you further off the beaten track than ever before this winter.