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Top Trips Around the World to Take in Winter

Whether you want winter sun or a chilled getaway, these adventurous trips know how to gauge the temperature.
Nick Dauk
22 Mar 2022
There are two kinds of people in the world: those who love the cold and those who hate it. Good news: we have exclusive trips with winter departures no matter which group you’re in. Embrace the sharp edge of the season with wild expeditions around Scotland’s mountain resorts and Iceland’s ice-packed hinterland. Alternatively, run away for some winter sun in Mexico or Sri Lanka, where the only ice you’ll see is in your cocktail. Whichever you choose, these small-group adventures won’t keep you frozen in place for the winter.
1 . Escape to Iceland’s Frozen Wilderness

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.

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2 . La Vida Local in Mexico City

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.

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3 . Treasure Island: Ancient Temples & Wildlife Encounters in Sri Lanka

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.

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4 . Life's a Beach: the Best of Southern Thailand

Island-hop around Southern Thailand on our 10-day exclusive trip. No need for heavy jackets or winter boots here – it’s perfect weather for hitting the beaches around Phuket and Koh Yao Yai. Highlights of the itinerary include staying in a raft house on Khao Sok Lake, kayaking through mangrove forests, and a five-hour boat cruise that involves snorkel stops and a sunset barbecue.

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Additional reporting was contributed by Richard Collett and Maja Proescholdt.