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Feel the heat this winter

As the cold and ice start to set in, it can often be challenging to find an ideal location for a summery getaway in the depths of winter. With freezing winds and forecasts of snow ever-present, it’s no surprise that many of us want to flee to warmer climes, to relax and frolic in temperatures higher than single digits.

There are still a few places relatively close to home that get a good amount of ‘winter sun’, so you don’t necessarily have to travel to the other side of the world, but this is a great opportunity to expand your travel horizons if you can.

The Flexicover Team have shortlisted a few great destinations for you to get away and take a well-deserved break this holiday season!

La Gomera, Canary Islands

This Spanish island off the coast of Africa is the second smallest of the seven main islands of this archipelago and really lets you revel in being outdoors amongst the fabulous landscape. In particular, don’t miss a visit to the volcano! Enjoy the wilderness by trekking, cycling or hiking, including around its highest peak, Garajonay. Garajonay National Park, the jewel of the Canaries’ natural heritage, was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1986. And with its ideal location, this warm island maintains an average temperature of 20°C all year round.

Approximate time from London: 3.5hrs

Hurghada, Egypt

This exciting holiday destination, located on the western side of Egypt’s Red Sea Riviera, is perfect for a winter break abroad. With warm temperatures all year round and a great place for relaxation, it’s no surprise that Hurghada is a destination for tourists from all around the world, giving it a very international feel! With available activities including jeep safari, diving, sandy beaches and much more, there should be something for everyone to enjoy. And if you fancy a day exploring, then a trip to Luxor or Cairo would definitely suit!

Approximate time from London: 5hrs

Musandam, Oman

This fabulous region at the north-eastern tip of the Arabian Peninsula is perfect for a relaxing winter break away. Often referred to as the ‘fjords of Arabia,’ Musandam boasts crystal clear waters and is overlooked by the magnificent Hajar mountain range. The scenery is simply breathtaking! The sea is popular with divers and canoeists alike and the local marine life is plentiful with over 900 species of fish to marvel at. For absolute luxury, stay at the Six Senses Zighy Bay Hotel; with its view of the dramatic mountains on one side and a sandy beach on the other, it is an amazing way to unwind!

Approximate time from London: &hrs

Zanzibar, Tanzania

Zanzibar’s exotic name draws in many winter escapees every year and to no surprise… This island off the east coast of Africa has a fantastic mix of coral beaches, wonderful wildlife and a rich history too! A great destination for some winter sun, there is much to see and do in Zanzibar. Explore the World Heritage Site of Stone Town and its alleyways, visit some of the islands nearby that are virtually deserted or relax, read and sleep on one of the gorgeous beaches in front of a turquoise sea. Don’t miss a visit to the Jozani Forest for nature trails and spotting monkeys!

Approximate time from London: 11hrs


Vietnam, in south-east Asia, is becoming an increasingly popular winter sun destination for Brits! With a great coastline, national parks, mountains and delicious cuisine, it’s hard to go wrong here. With a mix of Indian and Hindu cultures in the south and Chinese connections more apparent in the north, this country has a fabulous mix of cultures waiting to be explored. There will be something for everyone, whether it’s trekking and exploring through the untouched countryside and island hideaways or relaxing on the beaches and islands, the choice is yours!

Approximate time from London: 12hrs

Wherever you decide to travel for some wintery fun, Flexicover Direct, the travel insurance specialists, are committed to providing the highest level of protection to ensure that you are safe and secure, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year when away.

If you are travelling soon, have a great trip!