Wishing for warm weather? Here’s where to experience summer in winter

Vantage Travel Team December 1, 2017

For many of us, the approach of the holidays means that winter’s chill is around the bend — and we remember the warmth of summer with a wistful smile.  Of course, our friends in the Southern Hemisphere are just starting to enjoy the pleasures of summer — so why not consider a journey to the bottom half of the globe? Escape the winter by traveling to where it’s summer by joining us on one of these traveler favorites:

Australia & New Zealand: An Adventure Down Under
This region offers a dizzying variety of travel experiences: the Sydney Opera House, the Great Barrier Reef, the Southern Alps, the fascinating Aboriginal and Maori cultures, and so much more. And at this time of year, it is both balmy and beautiful in these lands down under — a perfect time to enjoy the region’s charms. 

Summer highlight The Great Barrier Reef: Enjoy a full-day excursion to the less-visited outer reef, with a marine biologist presentation as well as swimming, snorkeling, or perhaps a viewing from an underwater observatory.

Best of Africa: South Africa, Zimbabwe & Botswana
There is nothing like the thrill of a safari, and this popular adventure takes you to some of the most exciting wildlife destinations on the continent. In addition to seeking out a fascinating array of creatures — including the famed Big Five — you’ll experience the culture and natural beauty of this region during the sunny summer months.  Consider adding the Cape Town extension, where you can enjoy one of the world’s most beautiful cities and sip fine vintages in the legendary Cape Winelands. 

Summer highlight: In the warm summer air, embark on a delightful cruise along the Zambezi before enjoying a candlelit bush dinner under a blanket of stars. 

South America Adventure: Chile, Argentina & Uruguay
Experience the blend of fascinating culture, delicious cuisine, awe-inspiring beauty, and passionate music of three different countries on one remarkable trip. Journey there at this time of year and you’ll experience the summer sun while others are in the midst of winter doldrums.

Summer highlight: Explore a working estancia (ranch), including taking a carriage ride around the property, interacting with real gauchos (cowboys), and enjoying traditional barbecue.

Legendary Machu Picchu & the Galapagos Islands
Combine Machu Picchu with a Galapagos cruise aboard a luxury expedition vessel while soaking up the warmth of summer. The weather will no doubt enhance your experience as you marvel at the eye-popping beauty here, discover the unique cultures, explore five incredible UNESCO World Heritage Sites, and more.

Summer highlight: Enjoy more warm-weather hiking and snorkeling opportunities as you discover the incredible wildlife of Isabela, Fernandina, Floreana, and Santa Cruz Islands.