With travelers looking towards a recovery, these holiday trips should fit the bill

From a festive family vacation to a solo need to get some winter sun, there’s simply no better time to get away than the colder months. When it’s cold and miserable at home, getting out and exploring the world is the ideal way to beat the winter blues, but knowing where to go can get very confusing. The good news is that you’re spoiled for choices. From European city getaways to sun-drenched beaches you’ll never want to leave, here are the hottest and most exciting destinations that are guaranteed to beat those January blues permanently. You might never want to come back home!

Take a Break in Berlin

It’s hard to beat a break in Berlin, and there’s no better time to visit than when the festive season is looming. The German Christmas Markets are a wonderful tradition and something that everyone should experience at least once. However, traipsing from the site of the Berlin Wall to the Brandenburg Gate can get very chilly, so remember to plan well for a vacation in cold weather. Wrap up warm and get ready to sample some amazing food and drink.

Be Brilliant in Barbados

If winter makes you feel down, then a long or short break on a Caribbean island is the cure you’ve been looking for. It’s not cheap to get there, and it can be expensive enough to stay that you might need to get a short term loan from Cash Lady, but Barbados is more than worth it.  Head to the capital, Bridgetown, or spend your time on some of the most stunning beaches in the world. Time spent in Barbados is time spent living in luxury, but there are plenty of sights to see too. The stalagmites in Harrison’s Cave are incredible and shouldn’t be missed.

Fascinating Iceland

If it’s not the wintry weather that you’re trying to get a break from, then you should always have a look at a trip to Iceland. Make no mistake, this is somewhere to head to over the winter if you want to know what winter looks and feels like. Time your trip to Iceland well, and there’s a good chance that you’ll get to spot the awe-inspiring Aurora Borealis! Even if you’re not there when the chances of seeing the Northern Lights are high, you can instead spend your time relaxing in hot volcanic springs and enjoying the stunning mountain-scapes.

Escape to Oz

It’s a big place so you’ll have to plan your trip well, but there’s something special about a winter trip to Australia. The land down under is famous for being easy to trek around, and you certainly won’t run out beaches to relax on, historical sites to visit, or city shopping options. Website australiantraveller.com has even compiled a list of the most romantic Australian destinations in the winter if you’re traveling as a couple. You certainly won’t have to wrap up warm. Instead, pack your shorts and sunglasses (and plenty of sunscreens) and forget about the winter altogether.

Winter getaways are worth splashing out on if you simply can’t cope with the thought of being stuck indoors over the festive season. No matter what month you head off and no matter your destination, make sure that you plan well. If you know what to expect, you will have a much better winter experience.