Christmas is exhausting. The shopping, the planning and the travelling are enough to turn a person atheist, just to escape the craziness of the festive season. Yet, there are so many happy moments and memories made, that despite the drain of your physical and mental well-being, it all seems worth it. But once all the merriment has been enjoyed, why stop there. Don’t get caught by the New Year blues, escape the winter chill and treat yourself with these fantastic breaks that will invigorate the soul and get you in just the right mindset for the New Year.
Las Vegas Blowout
Exchange the craziness of Christmas for the madness of Las Vegas. With Temperatures in the mid 80’s, you can explore the Grand Canyon, lounge by the pool or simply hit the casinos and win back the all the money spent on Christmas. However, before you go, don’t forget to practice online at using the top slots sites.
Caribbean Golf Break
For golf lovers seeking sun, sand and sheer cliff faces, I recommend the Playa Grande golf resort in the Dominican Republic. This stunning golf course enjoys breathtaking beaches and 60-meter cliffs with a legendary Robert Trent Jones Sr. designed golf course at its centre. Playa Grande is a perfect mix of sky, earth, water and golf.
Canary Island Beach Break
Whilst most of Europe is caught in ice, wind and snow, the Canary Islands enjoy the year-round sun and warm weather. With flight times under the four-hour mark, this is an ideal escape that doesn’t break the bank. With a plethora of watersports, Island walks, and restaurants to enjoy your January Blues will be a thing of the past.
Moroccan Cultural Break
Marrakech is a city steeped in history, founded almost 1000 years ago on the edge of the Sahara. But shed any visions of dusty streets as Marrakech is bursting at the seams with an intense density of life and a modern entrepreneurialism. A stroll through the bustling streets will have you chatting with snake charmers and haggling with carpet salesmen over the price to pay for a real magic carpet. Whilst said carpet might not fly it will change colour due to the mohair and the 2 million stitches per cubic metre (you’ll get the full rundown from the salesman). January is a great time to visit Morocco, as the winter months are still fairly mild and tourist traffic is reduced considerably.
African Volunteer Work
After all of the commercialist BS of Christmas, why not cleanse the soul and spend some time helping those less fortunate than yourself. Whether you are looking after animals in South Africa or helping to bath babies in Kenya, two weeks volunteering will give you a whole new perspective to the year ahead and could change your life forever.
These are just a handful of ideas that can be taken and transplanted to any other country, you can enjoy a golf break 100 miles away or volunteer in the local community, all of these suggestions can help clear the mind and focus your efforts on the year ahead.