Winter is coming – let’s find you a way out of this one!
Those lovely hot summer days are behind us, and soon enough we’ll all be back to slapping on layers upon layers of clothing and having early nights in, as opposed to sun lotion and migrating between beer gardens.
On the bright side, there’s a huge selection of destinations to visit to help you make the most of winter. Whether you’re looking for somewhere where the sun continues to shine, the pool temperature remains swimmable and you don’t have to live among the White Walkers (excuse the Game of Thrones references), or you’d rather embrace the cold and have fun in the snow, there’s an option here for everyone!
Check out our top eco holiday choices for this winter, with options both near and far.
1. Costa Rica
There’s certainly no better way to beat the winter blues than taking a trip to a country ranked #1 on the ‘Happy Planet Index’. But that’s not all it has to offer – did you know that over 25% of the land is dedicated to conservation and wildlife?
So, whether you’re a beach seeker, thrill seeker, culture enthusiast, or you just want to see some sloths (don’t we all?), this trip makes room for all of it. Staying at five hotels and lodges, you will experience the most incredible attractions from every area that Costa Rica has to offer, with several days dedicated to what each of you love to do most.
Top tip: February is often a particularly good time to visit as it’s still the dry season, with temperatures at around 28°C, but it also marks the end of peak season, so the crowds have thinned out and the prices have fallen.
The only fine print here is “You’ll probably want to move here once you’ve been”.
Have you heard the saying ‘great things come in small packages’? Well, that is certainly the case when it comes to our Mini Montenegro Experience. Montenegro is home to astounding natural beauty, and is also bursting with fascinating history and culture.
This 5-day tour gives you the chance to explore the best of Montenegro, and you’ll visit some of the country’s most stunning locations and national parks. If you enjoy a bit of excitement while on holidays, you will also be able to participate in outdoor activities such as hiking, horse riding and white water rafting.
One for the families out there! If you’re looking for a holiday packed with adventure where your kids can learn about culture, uncover the beauty of nature and just generally feed on adventure, this trip certainly delivers.
One minute your family will be swimming with turtles, the next exploring ancient Mayan archaeological sites or glued to binoculars as you prowl the jungles looking for exotic birds.
To put it simply, it’s an experience your family will never forget!
Travelling from Delhi to Kathmandu, two national capitals and a journey jam-packed with culture and nature. This trip takes you through stunning palace tours, ancient riverside rituals, a national park known for its one-horned rhinos, and of course the best curry you’ve ever had. Just try not to be the big dog who lives to regret ordering the spiciest option on the menu!
We can’t have a winter destination list without mentioning Iceland. Stranded in the middle of the North Atlantic, this rugged island of incredible landscapes and adventurous activities is a must for nature and photography lovers out there.
After visiting Iceland twice, Eco Companion’s founder Max Sinclair personally put together this trip to ensure you visit the most incredible places the country has to offer, but also to give you the opportunity to explore a more pristine, untouched side of Iceland.
Hop aboard our ‘Super Jeeps’ and visit volcanos, ice-walk on glaciers, explore waterfalls, discover black sanded beaches and reach parts of Iceland no tourist alone can get to.
And of course a trip to Iceland wouldn’t be complete without a chance to see the Northern Lights dance across the sky, so we’ve made sure you have four different chances to see them! Did we mention a rooftop
There’s a reason why everyone keeps talking about Iceland – it’s because it’s bloody beautiful. The landscape is nothing short of mystical, and the scenery promises an endless series of snow-covered volcanoes, mountains and ice fields. With a rugged, “other-worldly” terrain, the Nordic icy views are like nothing you’ll see in the rest of the world.
Trust us, your Instagram following will thank you for your visit.
Speak to an Eco-Expert today and start planning your dream winter escape!
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