Longing for a winter vacation with no jacket required? It’s time to put away your snow boots and find your passport. Discover where to beat the winter blues and start making your own plans to get out of town.

Head South

Seasonal migrations aren’t just for the birds. Head south for the winter—that is, to the southern hemisphere—to escape the frigid weather at home.


Great weather and great wine: is there a better way to beat the winter blues? Autumn’s harvest season might be the most popular time to visit Mendoza, but this wine-lover’s dream destination is a great escape during the winter months too. The late-Spring and early-Summer season in Mendoza enjoys long days of sunshine and warmth. Take advantage of the weather on countryside biking and horseback riding excursions. Taste the Malbecs and Merlots of this wine-producing hot spot, and the delicious local food too.

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South Africa

You’ll catch summer in South Africa from December to February. It’s an excellent time to enjoy the cool breezes of the Cape, and the temperate year-round climate of the Garden Route region. To see the African bush at its greenest, February is one of the best times to go. Summer rains leave the landscape lush and green. Photographers will love the contrast between the verdant views and blue skies. Bring the whole family on our customized journey through the Cape coast and winelands, or inject a little Southern African Romance into your winter travels.

Grootbos - Where to Beat the Winter Blues - Ker & Downey

Warmer Weather

Find a destination that enjoys warmer weather year-round and heat things up without a fireplace.

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On the coast of France you’ll find a much milder climate, even in the winter. The cradle of Provence has more to offer than just ideal winter weather: its cuisine and culture are both simply dazzling. On Ker & Downey arrangements you’ll get exclusive access to sites like Cezanne’s painting studio, have chef-led farmer’s market visits, enjoy private wine tastings, and taste unforgettable dinners. A private boat trip to Château d’If and Calanques is the ultimate end on our suggested journey through French Style and Romance.

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Experience Cambodia in January before the sweltering season begins. Ker & Downey will keep you from seeing too many crowds while also seeing the best the country has to offer. Temple hop between Angkor’s great marvels for a few days, then spend the second half of your trip lazing about in tropical island isolation on our Cambodian Chic journey.

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Find A Beach

Soft sands and crashing waves will definitely banish all thoughts of winter’s chill. When it comes to where to beat the winter blues on the beach, these are two of our tops.


If the cold has you down, head to Colombia, where the days are warmed by plenty of sunshine. During the third week of January, the Cartagena Classical Music Festival draws musicians from all over the world to perform classical music pieces in the city’s most stunning plazas, churches, and theaters. Combine your stay in Cartagena with a few days spent island hopping in the Caribbean for a perfect mid-winter warm-up. Our 11-day Colonial Colombia suggested itinerary gives you both the history of colonial outposts, plus the island escapes of San Andres and Providencia Island. Try snorkeling in an underwater world of colorful corals and fish, and navigate the hidden bays of the UNESCO-protected biospheres on your own private boat.

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Zanzibar, Tanzania

Tanzania is one of the best places to travel in January. It’s calving season in the famed Serengeti, but the beautiful beaches of Zanzibar also beckon. See the best of both on our Tanzania Safari and Zanzibar Retreat suggested journey. Ending a safari on the white sands of Zanzibar is the perfect rejuvenating conclusion. Take in ample Indian Ocean views and explore the ultimate tropical maritime paradise. Balance your beachy days with spice market tours and cultural excursions that will teach you the tasty history of this famed spice island.

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Contact our experts to discuss where to beat the winter blues on your own winter escape. For more inspiring winter travel ideas, consider our suggestions for the best places to travel in December, January, and February.