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Top Five Paradises to Chase Away the Winter Blues

26 Mar Top Five Paradises to Chase Away the Winter Blues

The weather at this time of year can be changeable at best and sometimes downright miserable. So if you prefer to retain a sunny disposition, you might want to pack your swimming costume and sunglasses and head out to one of these blissed out wonderlands.


Mexico has a whole host of beautiful and interesting places to visit this time of year.

The most well-known of these is Cancun, founded as a holiday resort in the 1970s, and home to some beautiful five-star hotels. If you feel like getting adventurous you can head out to for some of the stunning Mayan remains of Chichen Itza and Uxmal.

You can hit the clubs in Cabo San Lucas and dance the night away, though there is more to the area than late night drinking and raves. There are some very fine dining experiences and some interesting cultural and natural sites of interest as well.


Cat Ba Island, Vietnam

This is a stunning national park which is also the home of the UNESCO world heritage site Ha Long Bay. Cat Ba is the largest island in the park and there are many places for tourists to have fun at. For one, karaoke bars can offer you a lot of good time. But, if you are looking for a more natural experience, take a walk down the beach or a ride with a boat, navigate dense jungles and mountains with guides and see the amazing scenery. The food is great, the people are friendly and this is one of the best places to spend your getaway.


Southern Thailand

There’s a reason Southern Thailand has become such a well-established holiday destination.

Every year it attracts thousands of revellers for its full moon parties on the iconic Koh Samui. The area is rich with biodiversity, and if you’ve ever thought of getting a beautiful view of marine life this is, without a doubt, one of the best places to start. You can snorkel amongst clownfish and parrot fish and even get up close and personal with the beautiful whale sharks that are regularly found in its waters.

You’ll also find some beautiful temples such as Phuket’s Wat Chalong, or the Big Buddha sculpture of Koh Samui.


Perhentian Islands, Malaysia

These islands are on the east coast of Malaysia and the most laid back place you can find. It offers a peaceful atmosphere and relaxing places. “You can go around barefoot, enjoying the view while sipping on a cocktail on the sunset with the music playing in the background.

You will enjoy the sandy beaches, hidden coves where you can be completely alone, and clear waters where you can dive and observe the sea life,” comments Willia Hodges, a Lifestyle writer at Brit Student and Australia 2 write.


Canary Islands

The Canary Islands are often populated by holidaymakers throughout the year, with temperatures consistently pleasant.

You can hike up El Teide, the volcano on Tenerife, or scuba dive with sea turtles in its crystal clear waters. If that doesn’t seem appealing, you can engage in the thrilling nightlife of Playa de las Americas or visit Siam Water Park.

Fuerteventura offers some excellent opportunities to visit some rare birdlife on nearby Lobos Island, just a boat ride away, and take a stroll up the Montana de Tinyada and view its rock engravings.

Lanzarote is an excellent place to visit if you want to get a glimpse into the Earth’s distant past where you’ll traipse across Timanfaya National Park, a stunning volcanic landscape, or visit the intricate series of volcanic caves.


Havelock Island, Andaman Islands, India

This place is truly beautiful while still being low-key. It’s charming and offering a rustic life and a peaceful environment, perfect for unwinding and appreciating the better things in life. There is no big resorts or hotels, just pure and untouched nature.
You’ll be able to enjoy a peaceful scenery and great locals.



Florida is known the world over for its resorts: Disney World with the memorable parades and rides and Universal Studios which takes a glimpse behind the scenes at some of the worlds most iconic movies.

If that’s not something you are particularly into, there is so much more to see. You could take a dip in the Atlantic Ocean, or lounge on white sand beaches.

You can even take a ride out to meet some Florida’s most memorable residents in the Everglades, though you might want to watch your toes.



When one thinks of paradise, it is likely you will conjure up images of Hawaii, tiki print and grass skirts, gentle ukulele music playing as you doze in a hammock.

The good news is that the dream is real, and Hawaii really is that idyllic.

“You can go turtle spotting in Honolulu or visit some of its intriguing museums on the Pacific War. There is the iconic Diamond Head volcano, now thankfully dormant but nevertheless an interesting excursion for the amateur geologist” says Lisa Sutton, a Travel blogger at Writemyx and Next Coursework.

Or you could visit the main island and visit the Hawaii volcanos and view the lava flows (at a distance).

But of course the main attractions are beaches and if you’re sporting enough the excellent surf.


Jeju Island, South Korea

This island is also considered the Hawaii of South Korea. It’s a perfect place for couples, honeymooners but also single people and families – it’s one of the most favorite places among Koreans. Beaches stand out with grey and yellow sand meeting the shallow waters where you can swim. You can have a beer Downtown and enjoy one of the bars.


Martha Jameson works as a freelance writer at PhD Kingdom and Academic brits. Before she chose writing as her calling, she was a web designer and a manager. Martha’s main goals are to share her experience, motivation and knowledge with her readers at blogs such as Origin writings.












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