It’s still summer (even if it doesn’t always feel that way in 2019), but soon the days will shorten, fog, rain and cold will come. While some are already thinking about where to go on their ski holidays, non-skiers are looking for tropical variety.
Here are our Top 5 of the best winter destinations for swimming holidays:
Ecuador: One of the last insider tips in the world. Beside Pacific coasts, jungle landscapes and a 6’000-er (nevertheless, nevertheless, the Chimborazo) there is here the coolest railway route of South America. The zigzag route along the rock with the train to the mountain Nariz del Diablo (“Devil’s Nose”)! And the whole thing can be done without any mass tourism.
Laos is a still untouched and pristine country in Southeast Asia, offering many unforgettable treasures and experiences for Asia lovers. In the “Land of Millions of Elephants” you will discover the Mekong Falls near Pakse, the old royal capital Luang Prabang or the capital of Laos, Vientiane. This mysterious land of quiet tones, impressive temples, monasteries and pagodas. For nature lovers, the atmosphere of the mountain and river landscapes is paradisiacal.
Oman has a thousand facets, many that no one should expect. In addition to desert expeditions, camel caravans and souks, Oman also offers lonely sandy beaches and cliffs on the Arabian Sea, diving safaris and kitesurfing on huge coral reefs. In the canyons there are turquoise blue pools surrounded by a magnificent palm landscape. This is exactly what you can expect on a trip to Oman, but of course also desert expeditions, camel caravans, mountain hikes and the colourful hustle and bustle in the Arab souks.
In Sri Lanka you are welcomed by an average annual temperature of 29 degrees Celsius, elephants, leopards, crocodiles and monkeys, Buddhist temples, lush green mountains and tea plantations, paradisiacal sandy beaches, thousands of palms, a species-rich underwater world and the warm hospitality of the Sri Lankans. The beautiful yoga and Ayurveda retreats, whether combined with a beach holiday or in the beautiful mountains of the island, are simply fantastic. Relax and recharge your batteries – nowhere else in Sri Lanka can you do that as well as nowhere else.
Namibia in the southwest of Africa can be travelled all year round – comfortably and safely. With 300 sunny days you can get to know the highlights of this country individually with a rental car, a camper or in a travel group:
Camping in the Kalahari, hiking in the quiver tree forest, marveling at the Fish River Canyon, climbing the mountains around Aus, dune surfing in the Namib Desert and Sossusvlei and of course safari in the Etosha National Park. Get infected by the Africa fever!