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1. Posted by hennaonthetrek (Respected Member 370 posts) 36w Star this if you like it!

Hey everyone! :)

I wanted to start an hypothetical conversation about travel destinations because I am currently suffering from an nasty travel fever..Or if to be honest, it's quite wholetime temperature but this time of the year it is more intense than in summertime :)

In the place I work it is difficult for me to get more than an week off during the winter.

I am living in Finland.
And before you say anything about winter..This winter there has been almost non snow, strong winds and lot of rains, rain as in water or sleet, but not snow.

So my question is this, if you were me, where would you go if you were seeking refuge from the rain and awful weather?

2. Posted by Sander (Moderator 5487 posts) 36w Star this if you like it!

The cities of Andalucia have been a constant hit for me to escape dreary winter weather like that. Sevilla, Granada, Cadiz, .... The Alzacar, the Alhambra, the old Jewish quarters - it's all gorgeous! And then for variety there's Ronda and the pueblos blancos of the Sierra de Grazalema for variety. (And lots of less touristy places like Arcos de la Frontera that hold quite a bit of interest in their own right - though winter is very much low season, so you don't need to worry about places being too touristy anyway.) Lots to see and do, with a very high chance of sunny 20+ days (not guaranteed, but frequent), and of course fresh orange juice everywhere.

3. Posted by leics2 (Travel Guru 1514 posts) 36w Star this if you like it!

I've been to Andalusia at this time of year and would certainly go again, though Granada (being higher) can be cold, wet (it absolutely poured on one of my days) and even snowy.

But I'd rather base myself in Sorrento and spend my time exploring Pompeii, Herculaneum, Oplontis, Naples etc etc without the hordes of other visitors & tour groups which appear at other times of year.

I once visited in very early February and it was wonderful. For me, from the UK, the daytime was t-shirt weather (apart from one rainy day) but perhaps the best bit was arriving at Pompeii at 8.30am and having the whole site pretty much to myself for a couple of hours. A hugely atmospheric experience... :-)

[ Edit: Edited on 12-Jan-2020, 10:28 GMT by leics2 ]

4. Posted by greatgrandmaR (Travel Guru 1787 posts) 36w Star this if you like it!

For me, the most awful weather would include both cold freezing rain and also hot and muggy. Or even really really hot even without humidity.

It is easiest to escape the freezing rain than it is to get away from hot sweaty weather. You might be able to go up to Maine or Canada (or Finland), but there are no guarantees.

After we retired (Bob in 1999 and me in 2000) we spent the next 7 or 8 years going south for the winter, either on our boat or driving, or on a cruise. Down to FLorida, the Bahamas, the Caribbean or even down to South America where our summer is their winter. And we still do tend to travel in the fall, winter or early spring.

You've already gotten advice for Europe.

If I were you and lived in Finland, I might go to Iceland (which is a place I have always wanted to visit and they have hot springs) or to Bermuda (one of my favorite places to go). Bermuda is expensive but February is as much of an off season as they have. If I was going to pick a place in the Caribbean to go, I'd look at Barbados.

5. Posted by hennaonthetrek (Respected Member 370 posts) 36w Star this if you like it!

I have thought about Arab Emirates or Jordan but I haven't enjoyed the sells tactics in countries I have visited which had similar culture so so far that is under the thinking cap so to speak

Sander, I have visited Ronda and Zahara de la Sierra, on October and then the weather was hot! Tourist were present too, but it is still the season, I think :) And am not opposed to visiting again!

leics2, I haven't visited South of Italy, have always wanted to see Pompei. I can (with jeaulousy) imagine the atmosphere you had! Tourist wise shoulder/non season sound perfect for me!

Rosalie, I don't mind the cold so much but the rain and wind I don't like. If cold, you can just put more/warmer clothes on but if it rains or wind you can't do nothing about it Normally I bike to work (16 km/ 10 miles there and back) and this winter I have been going by car too many times doe to the weather...Frustrating bike headwind of 10 ms/h or 19 knots) in a rain
Iceland has been on my "bucket list" too for some time now! It close enough but thinking about the cost has somehow always made me re-think going..Looking aurora borealis at the spa would be something!
Caribbean is too far for just week long holiday I think but "it" too are on my list :)

6. Posted by leics2 (Travel Guru 1514 posts) 36w Star this if you like it!

>I haven't visited South of Italy, have always wanted to see Pompei.

There you go then...that's your plan for next Jan/Feb/early March! Base yourself in Sorrento and have wonderful time exploring Naples & the Roman sites using the Circumvesuviana commuter train and visiting the Amalfi Coast using the regular local bus! :-)

>I haven't enjoyed the sells tactics in countries I have visited which had similar culture

Jordan has superb historical sites & sights, wonderful landscapes and very friendly peope but can be chilly, wet or even snowy in the winter months.

I spent 10 days touring Jordan in late December/early January (Amman, Dead Sea, Madaba, Mt Nebo, Petra (2 days), Little Petra, Wadi Rum, Aquaba, 'Desert Castles'). It was t-shirt + light fleece weather in the early mornings and after the sun set though sunny every day, with just one rainy evening...but a friend who has just visited had a couple of days of light snow and some very chilly temperatures.

I didn't experience any of the 'sales tactics' to which you refer (and which I have experienced elsewhere) so please don't let that thought put you off. Although I normally travel independently I chose to take an organised small-group tour of Jordan, partly because of potential written language issues (English is widely spoken) but mostly because there is simply so much to see. I wanted to cram in as much as I possibly could. The tour allowed me plenty of time to explore by myself so I got a good 'feel' for the 'sales tactics' etc. :-)

[ Edit: Edited on 12-Jan-2020, 18:18 GMT by leics2 ]

7. Posted by greatgrandmaR (Travel Guru 1787 posts) 36w Star this if you like it!

Bermuda is a good place to bike - it's pretty flat, and there is a 21 mile bike trail which goes the whole length of the islands. But the flight time is probably too much for a weekend. Although if you went to London first it's only about a 8 hour flight. Ditto Barbados - about 9 hours from London.

Have you considered Cornwall or some place in the southern UK? We were there in March and the weather was good. My daughter said we would have cold and rain but we didn't.

8. Posted by hennaonthetrek (Respected Member 370 posts) 36w Star this if you like it!

Rosalie, I think it is 15+ hour flight from here to the Caribbean, depends on where there you are going. Too long for me for less than 2 week holiday. We visited Thailand couple of years back and the time difference had an enough effect on me even in the two week holiday that I think more than 6-7 hour is maximum for me for week-long trip.. :) Even if biking in Barbados sounds perfect!
I have thinked about England, Scotland and Ireland too but it is difficult enough to persuade my travel companion to go there during the summer. He too is worried about the rain

leics2, we, my travel companion and me I mean, have the mind to visit Petra someday! So it is nice to hear that I wouldn't need to worry about too keen sellspersons. Another thing I founded irritating is the bar/restaurant "door-boys". How you are suppose to choose an restaurant if someone is as good as carrying you in their restaurant as soon as you even glance the menu? Did you had any experience in "those" when you were there? :)

9. Posted by leics2 (Travel Guru 1514 posts) 36w Star this if you like it!

>Did you had any experience in "those" when you were there?

I (solo late middle-aged female wandering alone) didn't experience any hassle in Petra or from 'bar boys' etc elsewhere in Jordan. When I was sitting down for a rest in Petra I was offered a 'taxi' several times (i.e. camel/donkey) but I just smiled, said I'd already got a taxi & tapped my legs (which caused much hilarity amongst the camel/donkey lads). I found Jordan much more relaxed than e.g. the 'touristy' parts of Istanbul.

I almost always travel alone (and, given my age, gender and very small size, am an obvious easy target) so I've developed the ability to say a firm-but-pleasant 'No, thank you' (usually in the appropriate language and often accompanied by a dismissive gesture) in a way that seems to get the message across! :-)

10. Posted by hennaonthetrek (Respected Member 370 posts) 36w Star this if you like it!

Quoting leics2

I almost always travel alone (and, given my age, gender and very small size, am an obvious easy target) so I've developed the ability to say a firm-but-pleasant 'No, thank you' (usually in the appropriate language and often accompanied by a dismissive gesture) in a way that seems to get the message across! :-)

Actually I do that too, but it get little bit old to repeat same sentence dozens of times per day don't you think?

Quoting leics2

said I'd already got a taxi & tapped my legs (which caused much hilarity amongst the camel/donkey lads).

I caused some hilarity to one lady who worked in clothing store in Tunis. I had learned couple of sentences in arab and when I went in to the shop I greeted the lady in arab who immediately started to talk to me in the same language. Which I didn't understood, I had only learned couple of frases, so I told her, again in arab "Sorry but I don't speak arab", she looked at me a while before she started laughing and told me that the little what I did speak was so good that she tought that of course I would know how to speak more