05 Dec The Best Long-Haul Getaways in January
Need a break from the soul-sapping drudgery of the British winter? Starting to forget what the sun actually looks like? Help is just at hand – within just a few hours, you could find yourself basking on golden beaches, catching the rays beneath tropical palms and enjoying a cocktail (or three) while working up an enviously deep tan. Read on to discover the best long-haul getaways awaiting you this January – and start packing.
Soaking up some winter sun doesn’t mean having to trek to the other side of the world. One of the Canary Islands, Lanzarote is a surprisingly short flight from the UK, and with comfortably temperate weather all through the winter months, is great for those who don’t fancy baking under a scorching sun but still want to work on their tan. With stunning volcanic landscapes, a vibrant nightlife and family-friendly atmosphere, Lanzarote is an ideal choice for a last-minute escape.
Romance, atmosphere, cigars, Cadillacs and cocktails – a perfect summary of Cuba. Historic architecture with traditional colonial-style and 1950s signage gives Havana extra charm by day, while at night the streets hum with the sound of samba beats from its bustling cocktail bars. Cuba also boasts some of the most unspoilt beaches in the world – with the most popular, Varadero offering 20 kms of uninterrupted soft white sand to laze around on, while the more energetic can take to horseback to explore the beautiful beachside landscape.
Make like Lawrence of Arabia with a winter escape to the gem of North Africa, Morocco. This richly cultured country captures every extreme and caters to virtually all tastes. Trek across the endless sand dunes on a traditional camel caravan, or amp up the adrenaline in a dune buggy. Relax in style along bright, turquoise waters and white beaches, then enjoy a glittering night out, decked in old-school glamour, beneath the stars, in one of Marrakech’s luxurious boutique rooftop bars.
As the heart of Mexican tourism, Cancun serves up a dream getaway package, offering everything from calm, crystalline waters and pristine beaches to breathtaking history lessons with a journey through ancient Mayan civilisations and adrenaline-fuelled adventures. Laze in luxury on its stretches of golden beaches and indulge in the exquisitely fresh local cuisine, take an unforgettable swim with wild dolphins in the warm ocean waters, or head into the heart of the verdant jungle – ripping through the air on a zip wire.
Don’t forget to leave home without taking care of those annoying little essentials to keep you safe and comfortable throughout your long-haul getaway. Loose comfy clothes, a hydrating facial spray and an extra pillow will all make the long flight go smoothly, while cheap holiday insurance, emergency contact numbers and a basic first aid kit are definite must-haves for the suitcase, alongside tanning lotion and designer shades! Check out http://www.thomascook.com/