With the long, dark evenings, the dreary skies and the interminable cold, for many it’s beginning to feel as if winter is dragging on forever. However, with spring around the corner, now’s the time to think about booking a refreshing spring or city break.
If it’s warmer climes you’re after, we’ve rounded up three of the best places to tempt you away from home for some uplifting spring sunshine.
Australia – for adventurers
Long haul timeshare favourite Australia’s varied landscape means there’s something for everyone to enjoy, whether you’re an urban explorer, sun worshipper or big sky adventurer. Our top picks are The Great Barrier Reef, although it’s worth travelling west to see the Ningaloo coral reef, which is normally a bit less crowded.
Meanwhile, western Australia is less crowded and home to some of the most beautiful natural environments in the world. It’s one of travel’s best-kept secrets and the ideal choice for a spring getaway.
Paris – for the romantics
Paris is one of the most beautiful cities in the world in the springtime and offers a choice of fractional and timeshare city apartments so you can discover the city for a few days but save on eating out by preparing meals “chez vous” if you’re on a bit of a tight budget. Take a stroll down the Champs-Elysees, wandering in and out of the very tempting patisseries and coffee shops, before exploring one of Paris’s famous museums (if you haven’t yet been, it has to be The Louvre!) then finish your day in Europe’s chicest city with a trip to the top of the Eiffel Tower at sunset for truly stunning views.
If your feet are tired from all that shopping, pause for a pavement lunch in the midday Parisian sunshine with a chilled glass of wine, or grab a gourmet sandwich and head to the nearest park.
South Africa – for adrenaline junkies
Whether you’re into sun, wine, sightseeing, scenic drives or animals, South Africa really and truly does have it all. The adrenaline junkies among us will love abseiling down Table Mountain, or even jumping aboard a raft down the choppy Doring River.
If R&R is more your thing, then unwind at a spa resort or stop off on the wine route at one of the many wineries South Africa is famous for. You could always split your trip into a city (Cape Town) and vineyard (prime wine areas are Stellenbosch and Franshoek) or even a once in a lifetime safari break if you want to make the most of this beautiful country. If you have timeshare points you want to use for a long haul, two week break to flee winter, South Africa, like Australia, is always a hard destination to beat and you won’t have to deal with scorching temperatures, just plenty of invigorating sun and temperatures in the 20’s.
Whatever whets your appetite, we promise that you’ll head home feeling fresher and more relaxed, not to mention more tanned, as the laid-back South Africans and the glorious sunshine work their magic.