Considering so much of Iceland is frozen wilderness, winter is as good a time as any to explore the Land of Fire and Ice. From black volcanic beaches to stunning glacial fields, you’ll spend five days getting to know this amazing landscape. In the evenings, share shots of “Black Death” with your small group of fellow travellers – toasting the brennivín is more likely to lift your spirits than its nickname suggests.
There’s nothing quite like a winter holiday in Scotland, and you can get a taste of it on this four-day trip. You’ll maximise your time around Glencoe Mountain Resort, departing only to visit a Highland chocolatier and make some new furry friends. As Siberian huskies whisk you through the Scottish Highlands on a sled with a cold wind cutting through to your bones, the warm, fuzzy glow you feel will thaw out any frostbite.
Feel the whisper of winter’s arrival, respond with a firm “no thank you”, and instead flock south for this Mexico holiday. Five days in the sun will supply you with the Vitamin D you need – plus a few other essentials your body craves, such as tequila and tacos. Worship the sun and moon atop Teotihuacan’s pyramids, then cheer on the lucha libre wrestlers in a mezcal-induced haze. By the time the week – and sobriety – catch up with you, you’ll be ready to return to hibernation.
Work up a sweat in Sri Lanka on this 12-day adventure. Starting in Colombo, you’ll make your way around the country, trading the tourist traps in favour of a more authentic experience. Inhaling the aroma of a private spice garden and touring a tea estate pair well with a delicious cooking class in the cultural capital, Kandy. Abseiling the Sandun Ella waterfall and navigating the whitewater rapids in Kitulgala may prompt more perspiration – perhaps making you long for the cold embrace of winter’s chill.