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Winter Sun Holidays

With winter fast approaching, the increasingly cold weather is enough to make many of us dream of sunnier destinations.

Believe it or not, sunny holidays aren’t just possible in the summer. There are some brilliant destinations out there for winter sun holidays and at prices to suit any budget.

In this latest blog, we’re talking all things winter sun, how you can get a great holiday at a fraction of the usual price – plus how you can save by having some solid travel insurance in place!

Winter holidays in the sun

Although the temperature is dropping drastically in the UK, there are many countries still experiencing warm weather. Some of these places are in Europe, meaning it only takes a short plane journey for you to escape to the sun.

We can’t blame you for wanting to swap raincoats and windy weather for sunglasses and a day by the pool!

Make sure to sort out all your essentials before you go – travel insurance being one of them!

Travel insurance can protect you in the event something happens on holiday you weren’t expecting like losing your luggage or passport.

With many brilliant policies to choose from, you can make sure you are well covered and can claim for any unexpected additional costs from your holiday.

Where to go for winter sun

There are some excellent destinations available for winter sun holidays, and often you will find them a lot cheaper now than they would be during peak holiday season.

Some countries you may want to consider for your next winter holiday include:

  • Lanzarote
  • The Canary Islands
  • Mexico
  • The Caribbean
  • Cyprus
  • Malta
  • Dubai

All the above offer higher temperatures with a range of pricing to suit any budget. If you want to splash out, Dubai or the Caribbean may be the right choice for you.

If a cheap and cheerful family holiday is more up your street, stay closer to home with Lanzarote or one of the Canary Island such as Tenerife.

Best winter sun destinations

The best destinations for winter sun holidays will depend on the type of holiday you want and how much you want to spend.

There are so many travel companies out there, from TUI, Virgin and Jet2 to lower priced comparison sites such as loveholidays or onthebeach. With so many options, you should be able to find a great deal no matter how much you want to spend.

If you want a relaxing holiday, Cyprus can offer warm temperatures and great beaches. Malta is brilliant for anyone wanting sunny days plus a dash of culture with a wide range of museums and galleries to explore.

If you’re feeling like a bigger adventure and some long-haul travel, Mexico might be the best choice for you. It is cooler now than in the summer when it may be a little too hot for some, while still offering days in the high 20 degrees.

Cheap winter sun holidays

Winter sun holidays can be just as good as travelling in the summer and at a fraction of the usual price.

Of course, staying closer to home will cut costs. Long haul travel will automatically be more expensive due to the higher costs of flights and longer journey.

Usually, you can find deals in Spain or the Canary Islands for extremely reasonable prices in the winter due to being out of peak holiday season.

Winter sun holiday destinations temperatures

Below we have some of the top winter sun holiday destinations plus their highest average temperatures, so you know what level of heat to expect.

  • Gran Canaria –17°C
  • Malta –17°C
  • Cyprus – 17°C
  • Lanzarote –21°C
  • Tenerife –21°C
  • Mexico – 24°C
  • Dubai – 26°C
  • Caribbean – 28°C

Other winter holidays

As fun as winter sun can be, you may prefer to take advantage of the experiences the colder winter months can bring.

You may seek out a city break seeing the Christmas Markets in Berlin or a ski holiday in the French Alps. Travel insurance can cover you no matter the destination, and be very beneficial in the case of a holiday involving winter sports. After having already budgeted for ski passes, lift passes and ski equipment, you don’t want to end up stuck with additional costs.

Winter sports travel insurance can protect you against things such as piste closure or medical costs if you were injured when skiing for example.

Winter travel insurance

Travel insurance can make a huge difference if something goes wrong on your holiday. If you lose your passport or are injured, you could be facing huge bills without an insurance policy in place.

Travel insurance is often very reasonably priced and can give you some peace of mind, knowing you are well covered if something unexpected happens.

Even if you have pre-existing conditions, there should still be a policy out there to suit your needs and protect you and your loved ones. You can take out standard travel insurance with single trip cover or annual multi trip cover depending on your preference.

Speak to our expert advisors to find out more about travel insurance and medical conditions. We are the UK’s #1 rated pre-existing medical conditions experts and know exactly where to go to find you great cover – no matter your age or medical history!

Useful resources

Gov.uk – Foreign travel advice

World Health Organization (WHO) – Coronavirus disease (Covid-19) travel advice

Gov.uk – Foreign travel insurance

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