Sometimes, winter feels like it never ends. With the cold weather and stress of the holidays combined, it can definitely take its toll. But it doesn’t always have to be this way. If you’ve ever thought about hopping on a plane and getting away during the winter months, consider embracing the culture of a foreign country while basking in the warm sunlight. We’ve put together a list of fifteen unique getaways that will leave you wanting more.
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Nicaragua & Costa Rica
Get up close and personal with the natural landscapes and wildlife of Nicaragua & Costa Rica. Experience the active volcanoes of Central America, or relax in one of their many natural thermal pools. Intrepid Travel has an amazing itinerary planned, with incredible opportunities to stay active on the stunning tropical vacation.
Guatemala & Beyond
This trip will take you to four different countries over the span of nine days. Experience black sand beaches, active volcanoes, Mayan ruins and jungles. You’ll be visiting Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador, and Nicaragua with Intrepid Travel, so prepare for long, adventurous days of travelling.
Enjoy yourself on a wildlife tour by boat, getting you as close as possible to some of the amazing sea life around the Galapagos Islands. There will be plenty of opportunities for snorkelling with animals and hiking along the beautiful landscapes across the Galapagos. Intrepid has an intimate itinerary planned for this adventure, and you’ll have minimal contact with other travellers on your trip.
Immerse yourself in luxury when you’re visiting Dubai. See the skyline, dominated by the world’s tallest building, the Burj Khalifa. Dubai is also well known for its incredible shopping. Take a walk through the Gold Seouk market or browse through the Dubai Mall. Whatever kind of trip you’re looking for, you can probably find it in Dubai.
Sri Lanka boasts gorgeous beaches, with plenty of incredible resorts to give you shelter during your stay. Visit beautiful waterfalls, tour through tea plantations, and get to know the local wildlife. Whether you want to relax or be adventurous, you’ll find plenty of amazing activities in Sri Lanka.
We guarantee you’ve never experienced Cuba like this before. With this Intrepid Travel vacation, you’ll be experiencing the true history and culture of Cuba. Take walks through Old Havana, visit beautiful Soroa, and even get a salsa lesson in. This vacation will leave you feeling relaxed, and hopefully with a newfound appreciation for Cuban culture.
Raft, Snorkel, & Kayak in Costa Rica
This trip is for those who need a taste of adventure this winter season. You’ll be snorkelling right alongside turtles, barracudas and reef sharks. Costa Rica is home to Tortuguero National Park, where you’ll have the chance to paddle your way through the water. Keep an eye out for lizards, monkeys, and even jaguars.
Coffee lovers rejoice! Learn how to roast the perfect blend of coffee as Intrepid takes you to a Colombian coffee plantation. You’ll also have the chance to learn about the culture and history of Bogota, the country’s capital. And when it’s all done, embrace the nightlife of Medellin.
When it’s winter here in Canada, it’s summer in New Zealand. If you’re looking for adventure, you’ll definitely find it here. Try your hand at kayaking or skydiving and get your adrenaline pumping. You can also take a guided Lord of the Rings tour and see where some of the iconic scenes were filmed.
Get to know the beautiful Spanish architecture, tour through wine country, go on a beautiful guided hike, or go horseback riding in Monsterrat. There’s more to do in Spain besides shopping, but if you’re looking to bask in the glory of international retail, you’ll definitely find that here.
Land of Belize
Experience some much-needed rest and relaxation in Belize. With sprawling beaches, lush jungles, and rich history, this trip has everything you need. You won’t be bored while adventuring through the Tikal ruins or swimming in the warm waters of the coast.
El Salvador Explorer
Take the road less travelled, by visiting El Salvador. El Tunco’s beachy vibe will have you feeling relaxed and ready to surf. Feast your eyes on the gorgeous nature reserves of Ahuachapan. This trip will finish in Guatemala’s capital, Antigua, where you’ll have the chance to experience lively local bars.
Mexico Real Food Adventure
This trip is highly recommended for all of you foodies. Mexico is home to some of the best culinary regions in the world. Enjoy fresh seafood on the beach, and go on a taco crawl through the streets of Mexico. There’s no shortage of authentic cuisine on this outing.
This one is for those of you that don’t mind the snow. The Swiss Alps are the ideal place to strap on your skis and get up close and personal with the mountains. After a day full of activity, relax in one of the many thermal pools that the Alps have to offer.
Best of Argentina & Brazil
Discover culture, nightlife, and beautiful sites on this South American trip. You’ll be able to visit Iguazu Falls from both the Brazilian and Argentinian side. Finish off your getaway in Rio de Janeiro, where you’ll be surrounded by dancing and music.
While the average winter break might include laying by the pool or hitting the slopes, Intrepid Travel has put together some alternative winter break options for sun-worshippers and snow aficionados alike. If you want to soak up some rays, why not do it in Costa Rica where you can raft down rapids in the Pacuare River (we apologize in advance for the life jacket tan). But if snow is your thing, you can choose to hang out with penguins on a polar expedition instead. No matter the weather, snow or sun, we’re forecasting a winter break that’s well out of the ordinary.