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Dying to go somewhere warm?
Cold winter months got you feeling gloomy? Today we have a list of the best tropical travel destinations to soak up the sun, explore, marvel at astonishing views and relax during winter!
Check them out!
Trinidad e Tobago
The capital of Trinidad, Port of Spain, is buzzing with markets and shops, and about 30 minutes down the North Coast Road is the world-famous Maracas Bay. This northern bay protects a fine white beach with lush palm trees and is considered one of the most beautiful beaches on the island. It is here that you can taste Trinidad’s local dishes.
Tobago is well-known for its breathtaking beaches. Here tourists can go bird-watching or ocean diving in absolute tranquility. A popular destination point is Nylon Pool, an oceanic pool with a coral bottom and clear water, located off Pigeon Point and only reachable by boat. Nylon Pool is near the Buccoo Reef, an area rich in coral reef, declared a protected area since 1962 by Princess Margareth of England.
The largest island of the Netherlands Antilles, known for its hilly landscapes, is an island called Curacao. This island is located right off the Venezuelan coast, between Aruba and Bonaire, and, on a clear day, can be seen with the naked eye. Its vegetation is rather poor, given the little rainy weather; there are many cacti that reach up to 6 meters in height and trees, called Divi-Divi. The waters of this island are rich in fish and the coral reef is spectacular. Particularly renowned is the south-east coast, where coral reef rises from the seabed.
Cas Abou is a beach layered with fine white sand and a calm, clean sea. Grote Knip is considered the most beautiful beach on the entire island, with a large white sandy shore, surrounded by cliffs.
Waya, with vast white beaches, is perfect for diving, Ghost Hill, an imposing rock with many caves inside, a destination for unmissable excursions if you are in Fiji, and Likuliku Bay, also called the sunset beach, where at sunset the crystals of sand change colors. If you are interested in wild nature, you can choose Turtle Island or the Mamanuca Islands.
Moving away, we arrive in Polynesia, the land where Tahiti stands out for its nature and its beautiful women. The largest island in French Polynesia has been represented in a thousand different ways by Paul Gauguin, who lived here in the last part of his life. Even Tahiti is a volcanic island like Fiji, but its beaches are, on the contrary, mostly black and it is not completely flat.
Its main peaks, Orohena and Aroai, easily exceed 2000 meters, allowing excursions in the mountains and giving enchanting landscapes, although many claims that the most beautiful islands are Moorea and Bora Bora. Although not being considered as the most beautiful island, Tahiti still has many beaches that deserve to be visited, both for snorkeling and relaxing in the sun, like that of Point Venus, part of the Bay of Matavai or Mahana Park, where you can snorkel and admire the coral reef.
Hopefully this has given you an idea of where to vacation the next time you find yourself stuck in winter gloom. There are numerous tropical islands that offer plenty of tourist attractions and activities, whether you’re the adventurous type looking
Stay Happy & Positive During Winter
The winter season is often not all holiday cheer, especially for the estimated 10-20% of adults who suffer from symptoms of seasonal affective disorder (SAD). Those who suffer from debilitating cases of SAD may benefit from speaking with a psychologist, but for those of us with mild symptoms, self-care can help.
To ward off a case of the winter blues, try these tips to stay happy during the gloomy winter season.
Or for those of us who aren’t afraid to brave the cold, try winter sports, like skiing, ice skating, and yes, even running in the snow.
Even if you choose not to participate in winter sports, seeing some amount of sunlight is essential for our body’s production of vitamin D. This vitamin is essential in protecting the health of our bones. Moreover, light is closely linked to mood, and lack of light is thought to be one of the triggers of SAD. For those who live in an area of the world that doesn’t see much daylight during the winter, it may help to invest in a light box, which mimics natural outdoor light to aid in improving mood.
Eat Hearty, Healthy Foods
To prevent sugar crashes, eat hearty, healthy foods to sustain us. Warm bowls, such as fruit- and nut-filled steel cut oats or butternut squash and quinoa bowls with roasted vegetables, can keep us full enough to prevent overconsumption of holiday treats. When we are craving a seasonal treat, hot chocolate can be a healthy indulgence that may boost our mood when made sugar-free with pure cocoa powder or melted dark chocolate (70% cacao content or higher).
Even when it’s impossible to leave the home, technology can aid in social activity by allowing us to FaceTime friends and family around the world.
The quiet of the post-holiday winter months may be an ideal time to invest in a creative hobby. Whether it’s painting, writing, playing an instrument, knitting winter sweaters, or baking healthy treats, being creative can boost our moods. Depending on the hobby, our creativity may even be an outlet to make gifts for others, and the practice of being generous can also boost our happiness.
Along with each holiday season comes opportunities to volunteer in our communities that don’t have to stop after Christmas ends. Volunteering can quickly boost our moods in addition to making us feel more socially engaged.
Research shows that among 2,705 adults who volunteered, 79% reported reductions in stress levels and 93% reported improvements in mood. Food pantries, schools, senior centers, and public libraries are all examples of community locations that may readily take volunteers.
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