There’s nothing more miserable than winter. Actually, there is. Winter in the UK. When it’s raining and cold and grey and everyone’s grumpy. Bah humbug, indeed.
So what if we told you there was a way to escape the winter months? Not just for a few weeks, oh no. We can get you a round the world ticket that’s valid for 12 months, so you could enjoy a whole year of summery goodness, my friend.
Yep, with a bit of careful planning, and a helping hand from our Travel Experts, eternal sunshine could all be yours.
So pack your sunnies and slap on the sun cream – we’re going to show you just how you can enjoy 12 months of summer lovin’.
You're 365 sunsets away from a year-long summer
Making your escape
There’s no point fleeing the UK in our summer – hey, it can be nice, the sun even pops out occasionally.
No, wait until the days grow shorter and the nights grow long. Let’s settle on January. It’s the bleakest, most depressing month of the year after all. So next January, turn that frown upside down, and make it your gateway to sunshine.
Let the sun seeking commence.
Your year in sunshine
January: New Zealand
Touch down in Auckland slap bang in the heart of the Kiwi summer. There’s nowhere quite like New Zealand, and there’s certainly nowhere quite like New Zealand in the summer.
So grab a hop-on hop-off bus pass and hit the road! You’ll want to make the most of the weather, so grab one like The Full Monty, that will take you the length and breadth of the two islands in around 33 days.
Check out some of New Zealand’s amazing beaches, explore the Bay of Islands, swim with dolphins in Kaikoura… the list goes on! What a way to kick start your year-long summer.
Let the adventure Down Under commence! Fly into Melbourne and work your way up to Cairns get the most out of the weather.
The ultimate way to see Australia? In a campervan, of course! An overland trip through Australia is what it’s all about. Work your way up the east coast, grab an internal flight over to the west coast, and maybe even jump on a train or two. Check out our unmissable Australia experiences.
Your time in the Southern Hemisphere wouldn’t be complete without a jaunt to the home of eternal summer, Fiji.
Fiji, aka Paradise
Swim, snorkel, sunbathe and stroll along beaches until your heart’s content. Grab a Bula Pass to get unlimited island hopping around the hundreds of islands that make up this South Pacific paradise.
Time to board the plane and hot foot it over to Johannesburg. You’ll be landing in South Africa’s autumn, but don’t let that put you off – autumn here is not like autumn at home! In fact, this time of year offers some of the country’s best weather.
Why not join the Baz Bus and cruise your way along the coast down to Cape Town? And don’t forget to stop off at the Kruger National Park for some safari action.
If you want to see more of Africa, don’t fret! We’ve got loads of adventure tours that run for Cape Town aaalll over the continent.
For the ultimate experience, join the very aptly named Ultimate Africa tour. It’ll take you from Cape Town up to Nairobi, and include some awesome national parks, camping under the stars, beaches, and even gorilla tracking. A pretty awesome way to spend your April, right?
June: Trans Mongolian
Choo choo! All aboard the Vodkatrain. Travelling from Moscow, through Russia and Mongolia, all the way down to Beijing may not be your quintessential summer experience, but trust us, this one will make your trip. In fact, with more than 260 days of sunshine a year, Mongolia is quite rightly known as the Land of Blue Sky.
The Vodkatrain is our most popular Trans-Mongolian trip, and the only one that includes a stop in Russia’s beautiful St Petersburg. You’ll travel across two continents and seven time zones – more exciting than your average train journey, hey!
Time to board that plane again and head across the pond(s) to Canada. July is prime time for exploring this beautiful country. A great way to explore is with a hop-on hop-off bus pass – but, whatever you do, don’t miss the Canadian Rockies. We’ve got an awesome 11-day tour that will show you the best of the national parks, perfect to while away those summer days.
Cross the border into the good ol’ US of A. America is, obviously, a huuu-uuuge country, but in August you’ll find toasty climes throughout.
Head to the USA and hit the coast in California
Of course, August also mean school holidays, so it’s best to avoid places like Disneyland unless you want to be queuing for hours in the California sun.
The ultimate USA experience? It’s got to be a road trip. Hire a car and drive Route 66, from Chicago down to Los Angeles.
September/October: Latin America
It’s time to make your way down to Latin America. For the sunniest spots, stick to Central America in September – think Belize, Costa Rica and Mexico – before heading down to Brazil and Peru, where the it’ll still be a good time to take the mighty Inca Trail up to Machu Picchu.
November/December: Southeast Asia
The last leg of your eternal summer is approaching, but fear not, you’re definitely going to end on a high.
Fly into Bangkok, the gateway to Southeast Asia, and get ready to absorb all that this amazing region has to offer. If beaches are what you’re after, stick to the east coast of Thailand, where it will be drier than the gulf islands in the south, or overland it to Malaysia and soak up the rays on the west coast.
We love those summer nights (ah wella wella wella uh)
After you’ve had your fill of beach-time, our best-selling Indochina Discovery tour is the perfect way to get around and do some serious exploring, taking you through Cambodia, Vietnam and Laos. Watching the sun set over the Mekong in Luang Prabang might just be the perfect way to end your year-long summer. Sigh…