Many of us live in areas that get rather frosty around the wintertime. And, while we love to ski, snowboard, and do all kinds of outdoor winter activities, some folks just can’t stand the cold. A lot of these “snowbirds” escape to the South for the winter in places like Florida, but some take it a step further. The “Endless Summer” isn’t just a surfing movie; for some, it’s a way of life. Here are four of the best places to visit to cure your winter blues and get a taste of year-round summertime.
The Galapagos Islands
In the Eastern Pacific Ocean, off the coast of Ecuador in South America, lies a group of islands that are still mostly untouched by modern civilization. The Galapagos are an animal, nature, and sightseeing mecca. Some of the most unique species in the world call the Galapagos home. You can also visit the Charles Darwin Research Station and see where the accomplished biologist and scientist was inspired to form his famous theory of evolution.
One of the most populous nations on the globe, much of Indonesia is third-world and not necessarily a great travel destination. However, it’s also an archipelago made up of over 18,000 islands. Get away from the mainland and enjoy your time in beautiful and scenic Bali, known for some of the best beaches and surfing in the world.
Most of Australia’s major metropolitan centers are along the continent’s southern coastline, so beach time is a must when visiting. Major cities like Melbourne and Sydney are also great for sightseeing, shopping, and events, while less popular travel destinations like Perth and Brisbane still give travelers plenty of opportunity for summer coastal fun in smaller, but still very authentic Australian cities full of sun, fun, and pristine beaches. So if you’re looking to extend your summer this winter, head to Australia and have a “g’day mate!”
Malaysia is a country with beautiful, natural resources and plenty of tourist opportunities. Visit gorgeous beaches and rain forests, ride an elephant, or go to the top of the KL Tower in the capital of Kuala Lumpur for one of the best views you’ll ever get of any city. The tower is posted on a hill and is 100 stories high. From the top, you can look down on skyscrapers, including the Petronas Twin Towers, one of the tallest office buildings in the world. You can also get a 360 degree view of the city, which is a melting pot of Malay, Chinese, Indian, and European influences.