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Best winter destinations in the US

From a traveler’s point of view, there are two options to the thought of a long winter. Firstly is embracing the cold and look for an outstanding winter destination. The second option is following the warmth wherever it can be found. After having enough of the ice, you can’t be blamed for choosing the second option.  Travelers in the United States don’t have to leave in search of warmth. Here are some of the places you can find the sun in winter. 

 Palm Springs

This place has its own type of cold across the year. The encouraging bit, however, is that it is not the kind that you will experience elsewhere. You can still get dry cold from the desert during winter nights. The average highest temperature never falls below 70°F. Palm Springs is a perfect winter oasis with a variety of motels and modern rentals for those who want to have private pool parties. If you crave a little more activity, the Banana Museum and Joshua Tree National Park are a stone throw away.Therefore , this city is one of the best in the winter.

 Phoenix

Before the beginning of the baseball season, major league teams usually relocate to the Phoenix area to have their training. The weather at this destination is phenomenal. Phoenix on average receives sunshine for 299 days each year. In mid-summer when the temperature goes beyond 100°F you might wish there was less sun. The clear days during late winter are excellent for outdoor fun. If you don’t visit for some baseball action, you can enjoy the ‘Cactus League’. Visiting the Desert Botanical Gardens, you get to marvel at cactuses mingling with beautiful exhibitions of art. If that doesn’t make you tick, you can certainly take a walk and marvel at the Papago Park sandstone formations.  

The Everglades

Florida is famous for having the warmest winter temperatures in the United States. It is made of the warmest beaches, the warmest state and warmest city all put together. The Everglades is the warmest national park found on the outskirts of Hawaii. Besides, winter is a dry season in Florida which makes it one of the best periods for wildlife spotting. As marshes dry off, wildlife begins to congregate in smaller locations where they can find water. At the same time, migratory birds also move to Florida to seek warmth. As a result, the convergence of animals makes the season favorite for tourists to visit Florida. Driving to the south along Everglades Highway gets you to Flamingo. It is a wonderful place to spot manatees.

 

Best destinations when traveling with a camper van

 

Irrespective of the means you are using, traveling in a camper van is thrilling. It creates an atmosphere where you are not limited by a timetable. The only limit you will have are your ambitions. Most travelers choose the smooth routes of New Zealand, Australia, and North America. However, those who are willing to navigate on the potholed filled less traveled roads, end up with better rewards elsewhere. Irrespective of your preference, there are exciting destinations with open-road adventures perfect for travelers in camper vans.

Scotland

This is a perfect destination for all weather campers. The North Coast 500 cannot be compared to its counterparts in the United States. This is due to the route cutting through heather carpets in the beautiful highlands. The route connects between distilleries located in the middle of nowhere, fishing towns, and crumbling castles. It has campsites lined along the entire stretch incorporating Scotland’s highest highway, Bealach na Bà. When traveling to this destination, remember to bring your bathers as there are beautiful beaches there. However, you will only get to visit them if the weather behaves.

 California

Popularised by great movies, a trip to this destination in its own is a subgenre. There are so many road movies that have been produced in Hollywood making California a great choice for camper van travelers. The Golden state has numerous itineraries to offer travelers. The excitement begins at highway 101 to Death Valley. If you only need one road to travel, the Big Sur stretch on Route 1 is an ideal choice. The section has 143km stretch passing along the coast of California and is also lined with scenic campsites. It is the longest route in the US stretching along undeveloped shoreline.

East Coast Australia

For a long time now, road trippers have been drawn to the East Coast of Australia. Here, you will meet beautiful coral reefs, attractive beaches, and hedonistic towns. As a result, these provide the ideal environment for camper vans travelers. In Sydney, the blossoming used camper van market offers a reliable set for those seeking to acquire one. As you cruise on the road moving past the Opera House, the East Coast reveals its impressive offbeat islands and national parks.

In addition, it offers cities such as Surfers Paradise, Cairns, and Brisbane where hard partying is the norm. The beach is not all boisterous. There are options for quiet camping along the coast. Available also are several free sites which often offer public barbecue.

 

Traveling alone in South America

 

Traveling alone is very fulfilling. South America is a great destination for anyone who loves traveling especially solo travelers. The destination has various attractive features including vibrant cities, marvelous landscapes, rich culture, and exceptional cuisines. In short, there is so much to explore and inspire. But the thought of traveling solo can be daunting even among experienced travelers. The challenge begins with getting your way around a huge continent. Good planning, however, with these useful tips can enable you to get the most out of your trip.

 

Sociable dining

Take some time to attend a supper club where you can have conversations with other tourists and locals. Such clubs require some time to carry out some research to get to them. The local foods in a unique ambiance make the effort worth it. A hands-on and sociable introduction to such a culture can be through food tours. For instance, there is A Chef’s Tour in Bogota which takes travelers to multiple tastings across an array of restaurants. This tour offers guests a unique opportunity to sample everything.

 

Group activities

Another way of making the most out of your travel to South America is getting into group activities. There are various organized activities that will allow you to make friends while touring the local area. Examples of these organized group activities include a group of gauchos. This uses horses to traverse the scenic mountains in Patagonia. Afterward, they go for camping in a local station with traditional asado of the Argentine origin. Also, you don’t have to abandon your favorite activities for new ones. You can still engage in your hobbies such as running or yoga. Some of these group activities are free in certain cities. You only need to research about them through various resources online.

 

Get soaked in the culture

A solo traveler doesn’t need to miss out on the culture. You can get good treats from concert halls, dance houses, and local theatres. Different cities have such events on different days, but most will have them on Fridays and weekends. Another way of getting a new experience at South American destinations is by attending gigs. Each city has its unique scene of the local life. Check out for websites for listings of gigs across the continent.

 

Do you want to have some downtime? Take a solo visit to the movies. Cinemas are a major part of the social lives in Colombia for example. They have cozy screens and a selection of restaurants on different floors. These spots offer travelers with cutting edge films after marveling at modern art.