Does it feel like summer is moving too fast? Travel, like summer, is all about savoring the moment. Don’t worry. There is definitely still time to get away to places near and far. This month, we visit Japan, go on a family cruise to the Caribbean, and share why private jet charters are on the rise.
Erika Reategui and Fernando Gonzalez
Whether you love cold weather or loathe it, the winter months are the best time to visit some special destinations around the world. Here is a head start to begin your planning.
Visiting Antarctica is a voyage of discovery, a safari on ice. During this period, longer days offer great lighting for photos. There will be plenty to photograph from whale watching to penguin chicks emerging to icebergs shaping the landscape. Vessels all have expedition specialists on wildlife, history, and geology to make the most of your adventure.
Exotic Southeast Asia has always been an alluring destination. Ancient temples, beaches, culture, shopping, welcoming people, and top class resorts (including our Wonderwall Point Yamu by COMO) are a handful of reasons why.
Patagonia is famous for its high strong winds. However during Northern Hemisphere winter, skies are calm and ideal for visitors. Adventurers will revel in scenic national parks, glaciers and shimmering emerald lakes. Spend the day spotting wild horses, penguins, and seals, and enjoy evenings filled with hearty barbecues and amazing wine pairings at some of the most stunning resorts in South America.
UAE + the Maldives
With top-of-the-line national airlines, both Dubai and Abu Dhabi, make excellent cosmopolitan hubs to hop over to the Maldives, some of the most beautiful islands in the world. The Maldives are surrounded by lagoons, and with just one hotel per island, they offer a choice of idyllic accommodations for family fun or a romantic rendezvous. The winter months are dry season with plenty of sunshine and warm weather. (Our Wonderwall properties include Taj Dubai and Maalifushi by COMO).
January and February are the warmest months in New Zealand. The North Island is famous for its South Pacific culture, geysers and volcanoes. The South Island boasts glorious snowcapped mountains, glaciers, wine country, farm stays (our Wonderwall, Annandale) Milford Sound and the famous Milford Trek.
And for those who want to keep flying time to a minimum, the Caribbean offers some of the most amazing stretches of beaches anywhere. Upscale resorts are plentiful in this region which includes over 7,000 islands.