For those of us in the chilly northern hemisphere, the days might just be getting a little longer, but it is still cold enough to warrant dreaming of sunnier skies and warmer climates. If you are willing to travel over the equator to the Southern Hemisphere, there are plenty of holiday spots in which you can get some winter sun - but with half of the globe to explore, it can be hard to know where to start!
Here, we have narrowed down three of our favourite Southern Hemisphere locations - where will this winter take you?
Accessed from the gateway that is the capital city of Jakarta, Indonesia is made up of some 17,000 islands, making for the perfect beach retreat. Sitting just ...
While some travellers prefer to just dip their toes in a country's culture, others prefer to dive in head first – and for these people, nothing presents a greater opportunity to immerse themselves than that of a festival.
Across the globe this February, there is an entire world of festivals taking place. And as various nations celebrate their unique traditions in a multitude of ways, there has never been a better time to see the world through the eyes of another culture.
Looking to enjoy one of the last great Pagan celebrations and fill up on delicious Russian pancakes at the same time? It is probably worth heading to Moscow this February and enjoying this year's Maslenitsa ...
A city that only recently came into being, Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar's capital, is a monument to smart central planning and lavish architecture. The city is a true wonder – a place to explore Myanmar's natural delights, enjoy a taste of luxury, and appreciate the country's combination of tradition and modernity.
Visiting Nay Pyi Taw
Located around 200 miles north of Yangon, Nay Pyi Taw can be reached by road, rail or air, although most international visitors will usually arrive through the gates of the city's international airport. Flights are served by all of Myanmar's domestic carriers – visitors are able to fly daily from the country's most populous city, Yangon (also known as Rangoon), or ...
What makes a city romantic? Is it the landmarks, the architecture, the culture, or something undefinable? Everybody thinks of Paris as the capital of love, but there are many more destinations for a romantic break.
This Valentine's Day, why not take your loved one to one of these cities for a special celebration?
Nestled on the banks of the River Danube, the Hungarian capital is a paradise of beautiful architecture that is all the more stunning in the winter, when its parks and spires are covered in a light dusting of snow. Go for a skate on its enormous open-air ice rink, and then what better excuse for you and your partner to spend some quality time warming up in Budapest's ...
Many couples have their own rituals for Valentine's Day, from dining out in a well-loved restaurant to visiting the place where they first met. But how is this annual celebration of love observed around the world? From Europe to Africa, here are some of the globe's most intriguing Valentine's Day traditions.
As one of the biggest cocoa producers in the world, it is no surprise that chocolate plays a bigger role than usual in Ghanaians' Valentine's Day celebrations. In fact, the day was renamed National Chocolate Day in 2007 – and while lovebirds still find time for romance on February 14th, even the lonely-hearted can get on board with the appreciation of chocolate.
The capital of Ghana is a fascinating destination. A mix of new and old, shopping and entertainment, culture and cuisine await in a lively, bustling city where music fills the streets and the locals congregate at enormous open-air markets for their weekly shop. Whether it is your first time in Accra or not, there's always something new to discover: read on for our pick of the city's best.
Most visitors fly into Accra via Kotoka International Airport, conveniently located quite centrally in the city. There are daily flights to London Heathrow operated by British Airways, as well as numerous regular connections with other countries in West Africa. To travel to your hotel ...
If you are planning on hitting the slopes for the first time this ski season, it is a good idea to prepare yourself for the trip. There will be plenty of beautiful mountain scenery and a lot of après-ski fun to look forward to while you are away, but to make sure you are well prepared for a graceful decent off the piste, have a read through our top tips for first time skiers.
With winter sports, there is more than just your itinerary to prepare before you go. Skiing requires a certain level of fitness, so a little while before you go, make sure you strengthen your legs. As a beginner, you will spend a lot of time with your knees bent and your skis in a pointing position, so ...
Why Gozo is different: Left so impressed by Gozo when he visited in 1866, the British artist and author Edward Lear (1812 – 1888) made up the words ‘pomskizillious’ and ‘gromphibberous’ to describe the magnificence of the island.
Gozo, the sister island of Malta, is considered to be the unspoilt beauty of the Mediterranean. More rural and calm, the island hides a variety of stunning landscapes, history and activities to experience. Less than 6 km (3.7 mi) away by ferry from Malta, it has conserved its heritage and cultural identity throughout the centuries. It is one of the world’s top diving destinations, attracting nature lovers and sports enthusiasts every year. Popular for its ...
Celebrated by around 1.6 billion people across the world each year, Chinese New Year is one of the most electric, exhilarating annual festivals on Earth. It is a time when Chinese families come together and enjoy spending time with one another, exchanging gifts, feasting, and having a well-earned moment of relaxation.
Interesting, vibrant and warming, Chinese New Year and the accompanying Spring Festival together make up one the world's most exciting festive periods, and for good reason. Taking place on the 8th of February, what can visitors to China expect from the ancient nation's most famous celebration?
A legendary festival
According to Chinese myth, the New Year celebrations were ...
Straddling the banks of the Bosphorus, Turkey's capital is a modern, energetic city, but one where the past is never far away. With endless opportunities for sightseeing and a wealth of shopping opportunities, Istanbul has fascinated visitors for centuries.
Istanbul is situated on a narrow land bridge, with the Black Sea on one side and the Marmara on the other. Many visitors arrive by plane at Istanbul Atatürk Airport, which is located 20km west of the city centre, then take a taxi, the metro or the half-hourly express bus service into the city.
The city's second major airport, Sabiha Gökçen International, is another option for arrivals, it is further away at roughly ...