Develop an appetite for foreign culture this winter
As the nights begin to draw in, the realisation that we are now in the dying throes of summer and facing colder days and darker nights is somewhat sobering.
Some people have it in them to embrace the cooler temperatures, but others, myself among them, feel the need to get away from the long nights and bitter cold; and what better justification could there be for experiencing a spot of culture in one of these three warm winter destinations.
Mexico holidays are often near the top of the list when it comes to winter break destinations, the appeal ranges from the simple pleasure of lounging on a white sandy beach around the famous resort of Cancun, to exploring the country’s rich cultural heritage.
One such attraction is the incredible Mayan site of Chichen Itza, which is within a day’s trip of all the major Mexican beach resorts. The journey is well worth it: the city’s rich heritage and importance in the Mayan civilisation is clearly evident in the site's vast temples and huge pyramids. For those keen on Mayan history, smaller sites at Uxmal and Tulum are also well within reach of the coast.
Each resort offers its own particular attractions as well, such as the nature reserves around Puerta Vallarta, the famous beaches of Acapulco, diving off the Palancar Reef and the picturesque resort of Cozumel.
Thailand holidays are popular for many reasons. The all-round warm climate makes it an ideal destination anytime of year and the numerous tourist hotspots, incredible river boat markets, beautiful landscapes and secluded tropical beaches have perennial appeal.
But Thailand is much more than beautiful beaches and the hustle and bustle of Bangkok, you can truly experience the culture of this amazing country by heading north to trek amongst rice paddies, go bamboo rafting or engage with elephants. You can even experience a taste of the old ways of life in a visit to one of the hill tribes in the north of the country.
Each of the three destinations listed offers an outstanding cultural experience for the visitor; a chance to live a way of life so different from our own, in beautiful surroundings and at excellent prices.
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In recent years, the number of people enjoying Dubai holidays has increased considerably. The reason? The area has been developed with the wishes and aspirations of the tourist very much in mind.
Dubai is synonymous with opulence, grandeur and extravagance, and that is as important a part of its identity as its rich cultural heritage. No expense has been spared in producing a holiday destination that is truly unique. From dune-buggy adventures in the desert to splashing around in huge waterparks, there’s plenty for active travellers to do, while visitors searching out some relaxation will be impressed by sites like Jumeirah Beach, with its incredible luxury hotel towering above.Speaking of towers, the world’s tallest building, the Burj Khalifa is well worth a visit as is the incredible man-made Palm Island, The World and Deira are as astonishing to look at as they are feats of technical engineering.
With direct flights from several major UK airports, Dubai is a convenient winter destination as well as a luxury one.