When the winters in the Northern hemisphere seem to drag on forever, many people decide it’s the right time to visit warmer and sunnier climes to recharge their batteries. These are some of the best locations to visit when you’re feeling down.
1. The Seychelles
The Seychelles are home to 115 different islands which lie in the ocean off of Africa’s east coast. The beautiful sandy beaches are generally unspoiled and un-crowded. This is an excellent destination for a variety of water sports such as windsurfing, fishing, sailing, and scuba diving. The Aldabra Atoll reaches for just over 20 miles and you’ll be able to see some amazing, huge land tortoises in the middle of the colorful tidal lagoon.
There are many reasons to visit Madagascar with its wonderful tropical climate being one of them. Another reason is the spectacular wildlife that can be seen there and nowhere else such as the 100 different species of long-tailed Lemurs. One of the best places to get a close-up look at them is the World Heritage site of Tsingy de Bemaraha, which is Madagascar’s biggest reserve.
3. Morocco, Africa
You don’t have to worry about snow in the fascinating northern African nation of Morocco as it’s filled with sand dunes, palm trees, and a host of exotic dishes. Of course, it’s also home to the famous city of Casablanca, which is where the Hassan II Mosque, the country’s largest, is located. The mosque has a 689-foot minaret and overlooks the warm blue waters of the Atlantic Ocean. Morocco also offers a rich history and some wonderful customs and traditions.
4. Costa Rica
Colorful Costa Rica is filled with exotic rain forests and some amazing wildlife. When walking through the forests you may stumble upon howler monkeys, iguanas, and an assortment of brightly colored parrots up in the coconut palm trees. You’ll also be able to enjoy both the Caribbean Sea and the Pacific Ocean for your beach combing and water sport needs. In addition you can explore the majestic Arenal volcano and the Monteverde cloud forest.
5. Kerala, India
The state of Kerala is known as one of India’s most popular sites with tourists. It’s filled with tropical greenery, lagoons, national parks, and sandy beaches. In fact, the National Geographic Traveler magazine has named it as one of the planet’s 10 best paradises. Kerala is also known as the birthplace of ayurveda, which is a traditional medicine system that was created way back in about 600 B.C. There are still close to 100 ayurveda medicine centers in Kerala.
The exotic south Pacific nation of Fiji is made up of 333 islands that are stretched out across the ocean. It’s an ideal location to enjoy water sports such as scuba diving, surfing, kayaking, and white water rafting. You can also swim with the manta rays in the crystal clear Pacific waters. You can also live like a castaway in a beach hut here or live it up in a world-class five-star resort.
The South American nation of Peru is an ideal place to visit if you’d like to soak in the warm weather and explore the mighty Amazon River. If you opt for a river cruise you’ll come across a colorful assortment of creatures such as jaguars, pink dolphins, primates, and otters. There are also thousands of species of birds, butterflies, and orchids in this splendid country. The history and culture is rich and the food is among the best in the continent.
The exciting Asian nation of Vietnam offers dozens of white and red sandy beaches. If you head over to Ha Long Bay, you’ll some across thousands of small islands and limestone monoliths. It’s also an ideal location for snorkeling as there are 200 species of colorful fish in the local waters. Some of the islands contain fascinating caves and others are home to floating fishing villages.