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Warm Vacation Spots to Escape the Cold

Travel Team | Jun 13, 2024

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Winter may be in full swing, but that doesn't mean you have to stay cooped up at home with a blanket and a hot drink. Check out these three travel destinations that offer a haven for anyone looking to escape the cold:

1. Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Home to the world's tallest tower, the world's largest shopping mall and the world's biggest man-made marina, Dubai is a larger-than-life vacation destination that attracts travelers from all over the world. While you're there, be sure to check out:

  • Burj Khalifa – Enjoy breathtaking views from the tallest free-standing structure in the world. To get the full experience, travel to the 148th floor to take in the view from the world's highest observation deck.
  • Jumeirah Beach– One of Dubai's most popular beaches, Jumeirah beach has something for everyone, whether you're looking to indulge in some water sports, have fun with your kids or just relax and soak up the rays.
  • Dubai Mall – A paradise for shopping enthusiasts, the Dubai Mall offers 1,200 stores, an ice rink, aquarium, movie theater, kid-friendly attractions and more. Just be sure to grab one of the free maps!
  • Bastakiya Quarter – The city's historic district, Bastakiya Quarter is home to art galleries, cafes and cultural institutions that offer a quiet reprieve from bustling downtown Dubai.
  • Gold and Spice Souks– Dubai is famous for its thriving souks (bazaars). Located on opposite sides of Dubai Creek, the Gold Souk and the Spice Souk sell everything from gold, platinum and diamond jewelry to spices from around the world, such as saffron, cinnamon and ginger.

2. Phuket, Thailand

Phuket's white sand beaches and clear turquoise waters make it a favorite vacation spot for travelers who want to avoid the cold. An hour by plane from Bangkok, Phuket is an island paradise known for its rich culture and signature cuisine. While you're there, be sure to check out:

  • Big Buddha – This giant Buddha statue looks down on Phuket from the peak of Mount Nagakerd and offers visitors a one-of-a-kind view of Kata Bay, the Karon strand and the islands of Chalong Bay. The Big Buddha is open every day and free to visit.
  • Kata Noi Beach – Kata Noi is a family-friendly beach known for its peaceful atmosphere and tranquil waters. In the mood for more of a party vibe? Just head north to Patong Beach.
  • Wat Chalong – The colorful Wat Chalong is Phuket's biggest Buddhist temple. If you stop by at 5 p.m., you'll be able to witness the monks praying. Just remember, there's a strict dress code: To enter the temple you must take off your shoes, and women are expected to wear clothes that cover their shoulders and knees.
  • Spas – Visiting one of Phuket's hundreds of spas should be on every visitor's to-do list. They're renowned for their traditional Thai oil massages, aroma therapy and herbal treatments that you just can't find in the U.S.
  • Boat Tours – Phuket's boat tours are not to be missed. They offer something for everyone, whether you want to take in the beauty of the surrounding islands, snorkel or scuba dive in pristine waters, canoe, stand-up paddleboard or swim.

3. Serengeti National Park, Tanzania

Spanning 5,700 square miles in northern Tanzania, the magnificent Serengeti National Park is a dream come true for animal lovers. While exploring the park, you can find everything from elephants to hyenas, lions, giraffes, monkeys, zebras and more. While you're there, be sure to check out:

  • Balloon Safaris – Serengeti Balloon Safaris give visitors a bird's-eye view of all the park has to offer. The flights last about an hour and carry travelers across Central Serengeti, the Western Corridor and Southern Serengeti.
  • The Great Migration – One of the world's largest animal migrations, visitors can take in the Great Migration's millions of wildebeest, zebras, gazelles and other animals from December to June. The animals' location depends on the time of year, so if you're visiting in the winter you'll want to stay in the southern plains area of the park.
  • Retina Hippo Pool – If you want to see hippos, Retina Hippo Pool is the place to go. Located in Central Serengeti, the Retina Hippo Pool is home to about 200 hippos (not to mention some Nile crocodiles). Just keep in mind that the smell can be a little overwhelming!
  • Seronera River Valley – Covering a large part of Central Serengeti is the Seronera River Valley, where you can find elephants, giraffes, zebras and wildebeest, as well as predators like lions, cheetahs and hyenas. It's also one of the best places to spot some of the park's elusive leopards.
  • Naabi Hill – Naabi Hill acts as the park's main entrance and includes a walking trail that offers some of the best views of the Serengeti. The hill is home to an impressive pride of lions and also offers some of the best gift shops and stores in the area.

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