Got the winter blues?
That’s easy to fix…
Simply pack your bags, pick the month that you’re currently in from the list below, and book yourself a getaway to the corresponding destination.
Although the weather in Mexico varies quite significantly between each region, January is usually the driest month across the entire country, making it a great time to visit. The temperature in January is still warm, but not unbearably hot, and you also won’t need to deal with the hoards of tourists that flock to Mexico later in the year.
Wondering where in Mexico you should go?
Here are some of the country’s best spots:
- Jalisco – home to tequila and mariachi
- Cozumel – this island is home to some of the best diving spots in all of Mexico
- Coyoacán – located in Mexico City, this district is wonderfully bohemian in nature, with cobblestone streets, numerous sidewalk cafes and plenty of art
- Puebla – this historic city is famous for its colonial architecture, culinary heritage and traditional pottery
If you need a skincare fix while you’re away, you will find an OROGOLD store in each of the Mexican locations listed above.
Located on the southwestern coast of India, Goa, for a long time, used to be a Portuguese colony, giving this state an intoxicating blend of Indian and Portuguese heritage. Goa is famous for its sun, sand and sea, along with its incredible seafood and its love for spirituality.
With so many new luxury hotels and villas now operating all over the state, Goa is a great place to go for a relaxing, indulgent vacation.
Because December and January tend to be pretty busy in Goa, but March is when the waters become rougher and the temperatures more humid, making February the ideal month to visit.
If you haven’t yet visited Dubai, make this the year you do so. Dubai really is unlike anywhere else in the world – its futuristic architecture, unbelievably large shopping malls, and general opulence and glamor really need to be experienced.
Venture further afield for everything from camel safaris to camping under the stars, giving you an authentic taste of life in the desert.
Dubai experiences warm temperatures throughout the year, with November to April being its winter months. While this may be the case, this is still the best time to visit the city, with the weather being comfortably warm and dry.
Ok, so Thailand in April can get pretty hot, even uncomfortably so.
So, why the recommendation?
Because April also happens to be the month of Thai New Year, as well as the Songkran festival, which marks the beginning of the summer season. Otherwise known as the national water fight, the festival runs for five days across the country, and features friendly water fights along with plenty of street parties.
If this doesn’t sound like your type of thing, there are many other places in Thailand where you can head to in April for some rest and relaxation. Try Railay for some truly epic beaches, which you can only reach via a 20 minute boat ride from Krabi, or, if you would prefer tropical yoga and Buddhist temples, head to Koh Samui.
With Peru’s rainy season ending in March, and the busy tourist season beginning in June, May is the perfect time of year to visit.
Most visit Peru for its awe-inspiring natural features, with the Amazon rainforest being a must-see for all visitors. This part of the rainforest is believed to be the most prolific and diverse section, and is also one of the most bio-diverse parts of the world.
Peru is also where you will find the ancient Incan city of Machu Picchu, another area well worth a visit. If you are feeling adventurous, give the Inca Trail a try – this four-day hike is famed for being one of the finest trails on the entire planet.
Greece’s summer season begins in June, meaning that you are likely to experience peak tourist rates when booking your trip, but the overall experience will be more than worth it. The capital of Greece, as well as the heart of Ancient Greece, Athens has an amazing history behind it, with the city dotted with numerous 5th century landmarks that are open for public exploration. The most famous would be the Parthenon, a former temple dedicated to the Greek goddess Athena.
In addition to checking out all of the historic architecture around the city, you will find plenty of other things to do in Athens too, such as:
- Visiting the National Gardens, featuring 16 hectares of landscaped grounds along with a small zoo
- Checking out the Varvakios Agora, a food market featuring local vendors from around the country
- Hiking to the top of Lycabettus Hill, one of Athens’ highest peaks
- Touring some of the city’s museums, including the National Museum of Contemporary Art in Athens and the Museum of Cycladic Art
- Watching a movie at Cine Paris, one of the city’s 90 outdoor film venues
July: New York
If you want to experience the summer months in one of the most important cities in the world, then head to New York in July. Yes, the temperatures can sometimes get a little too warm, but the thunderstorms that you will experience will also help to cool you back down. However, usually, the New York in July is comfortably balmy, making it a pleasure to explore the city’s many sights.
Even if you have never been to New York before, you are probably well aware of some of its major attractions. Everything from the Empire State Building to the Statue of Liberty to the Brooklyn Bridge are famous world-over, but, no matter how many times you may have seen these landmarks in the movies, there is nothing quite like experiencing them for yourself.
If you’re a first-time visitor to the city, the best way to begin exploring it is by signing up for a guided tour. Yes, this may seem a little cheesy at first, but this brief tour will take you to areas that you can then delve deeper into in your own time.
Does your skin not handle the heat too well?
Don’t worry, OROGOLD has several stores in New York, where you will be able to enjoy some product demonstrations, and even a VIP facial – anything your skin needs to be happy and healthy again.
August: Northern Spain
Some parts of Spain can seem stiflingly hot in August, with many areas pretty much shutting down at this time. Due to the heat and the inability to comfortably go about day-to-day activities, this is when most people take their annual leave, with some companies closing down for the entire month.
However, since the temperatures in the north of Spain are just about perfect in August, this area continues on as normal, making this month a great time to visit.
Not sure exactly where you should go?
Just about anywhere near to the Atlantic coastline will be ideal, such as:
- San Sebastian – if you consider yourself a foodie, this food-obsessed resort down will seem like paradise to you. Make sure that you give pintxo, the local version of tapas, a try
- Oviedo – famous for its medieval town and its 9th century Gothic cathedral, this historic city will teach you so much about the region’s past
- Santiago de Compostela – a small city with narrow, winding alleyways, quaint architecture and a rich sense of culture
If you want to avoid the crowds, then September is a great month to visit Croatia, since this is when the summer season is just about winding down. However, the temperatures are still warm, but make sure that you visit during the first half, rather than the second, of September.
Because, towards the end of the month, many of the seasonal attractions, including island bars and restaurants, begin to close down for the year.
Don’t know much about Croatia?
It is located in Southeast Europe, next to Slovenia, Hungary, Serbia and a couple of other countries. Unlike some of the other destinations on this list, Croatia may not seem like an immediately obvious place to visit, but this country really does have so much to offer.
Not only is it packed with stunning pebbled beaches, atmospheric Roman ruins, sprawling national parks and soaring peaks, but you will also find quirky museums, trendy cafes, and a fascinating culture.
Plus, if you happen to be a Game of Thrones fan, many parts of the country will instantly seem familiar to you, from the city of Dubrovnik to the Fortress of Klis.
For the best chances of dry weather, visit Hawaii in early October, when it is still pleasantly warm, but before the rainy season hits. Of course, the specific island you pick will influence your experience too – Big Island tends to be the driest, while Kauai experiences the most rainfall.
When people think of Hawaii, they imagine palm-lined beaches, lush vegetation and a unique culture – all of this could not be more true. The islands are synonymous with paradise, and there are few that would disagree.
Can’t decide which island to visit?
Try Maui, which is consistently ranked as the best island in the world. In addition to the island’s rich natural beauty and amazing cuisine, this is also where you will find an OROGOLD store that will cater to all of your skin’s tropical needs.
November: The Canary Islands
The Canary Islands are a Spanish archipelago that lies just off the coast of north-west Africa. There are eight main islands here, and several smaller ones, each dominated by their rugged, volcanic landscape.
Each island has a distinct personality to offer, with some of the most popular being:
- Tenerife – the largest of the islands, Tenerife is also the most developed, and is home to the second-largest Carnival in the world
- Fuerteventura – this island is one of the least-developed, with a desert-like landscape that makes wind-sports especially popular
- Gran Canaria – this round island is packed with so much biodiversity, making it perfect for those who enjoy exploring the great outdoors
Australia experiences their summer towards the end of the year, which is why many choose to visit during these months. Of course, the temperatures you experience will depend on where about in the country you choose to visit.
If you’re seeking out the hustle and bustle of city life, there are plenty of major cities to pick from, including Sydney, Melbourne, and Adelaide.
Of course, many prefer to experience Australia’s wilder side, with the Daintree Rainforest, which is around 180 million years old, never being a disappointment. Fraser Island, with its 75-mile long beach, is also popular, as are the white beaches on the Whitsunday Islands, which are located just off the famous Great Barrier Reef.
For those of you who prefer to relax by enjoying some fine wines, Australia has you covered there too, with this country producing some of the best wines in the world. Check out the Barossa Valley for some big-name vineyards, including Wolf Blass and Penfolds, or head to Margaret River for some truly exquisite reds.
If you’ve just about had enough of the winter cold now, then why not treat yourself to a warm getaway? These 12 destinations each have so much to offer, not only in terms of warm temperatures, but also history, culture, natural beauty, and everything else that makes a vacation truly memorable.