Is it time to heat up or cool down?

Our top destinations to enjoy the sun or the snow as the seasons change!

The weather in the Northern hemisphere is getting almost overwhelming, and the community member there find themselves thinking “how can I escape this…” Meanwhile, on the other side of the world, some members have to make a point to grab a jacket before leaving the house and wish they could be feeling the warmth.

The beautiful thing about being a part of the extended HomeExchange community is that you always have the option to “escape” whatever season you are currently experiencing. You can decide if you want to rest on the beach taking in the sun or by hitting the slopes and feeling the coolness of the snow. Whichever you choose, we have some options for you:

Croatia

If you are looking for sun and heat, this is an ideal destination. The crystal clear blue of the Adriatic will have you falling in love in no time. From the sea to the fairytale cities of as Dubrovnik or Split, or by taking an excursion to some of the Dalmatian Islands, and exchange here is sure to be an authentic adventure. If you like nature, you can discover its amazing National Parks, such as the Plitvice Lakes National Park, or if you fancy staying indoors, an exploration of Zagreb, its capital, will be a peaceful walk through history.

National Park, or if you fancy staying indoors, an exploration of Zagreb, its capital, will be a peaceful walk through history.

 

New Zealand

This gorgeous island should be a must visit for any traveler. The climate of the country offers a beautiful range no matter what time of year you visit due to the magnificent diversity of the landscape blending mountains and valleys. In broad terms, its winter occurs (between June and August) offer the perfect escape. While the south island is colder, it is ideal for snow sports lovers, so make sure to grab your snowboard and skis to enjoy the slopes.

Another perk of traveling during the winter months is that it will allow you to see a quieter New Zealand. With fewer tourists (there is usually more during the summer season from December to February) you’ll be able to enjoy more of the mystical landscape and, who knows, you may take in the wonder of seeing the aurora australis.

 

Italy

Italy is variety in its purest form. From cosmopolitan Milan and elegant Lake Como to coastal Calabria or the rolling hills of Tuscany to the romantic oasis of Venice or the grandeur of Florence. It’s a country that has it all. Of course, there is also Sicily with its magnificent beaches; it is a perfect family destination. Choose a specific region or enjoy a road trip and explore several locations, like a stop over in the eternal Rome. Between the history, the food, and the sun, you are sure to come home feeling warm with memories.

 

South Africa

Escape a heatwave and head down to encounter the breathtaking beauty of South Africa. Not only can you find some skiing, but it June to August is one of the best times of the year to go on a safari and discover some of the “Big Five” and other African animals. It is also an ideal time to hit the sea for whale watching. Perhaps your trip becomes a combination with your itinerary including of a safari in Kruger Park, and a visit of Johannesburg and Cape Town. You’d be hard pressed to find a more spectacular route to discover South Africa.

 

Greece

Everyone has dreamed on some occasion to relax on some Greek island, right? It may be time to make your dream come true and date that trip. Greece combines climate, history, gastronomy, incredible landscapes and dreamy beaches. Whatever your preference, you can find it in Greece. Travel through history in the Peloponnese, climb and be impressed in front of the Acropolis in Athens, go up to the North to the monasteries of Meteora, or let yourself be carried away by one of its beaches, not only in the islands.

 

Argentina

The expansiveness of Argentina adds another dimension to your travel. An exchange there allows you to decide what area on which you most want to focus. In winter, the south offers snow in places like Calafate (and its Perito Moreno glacier), Ushuaia (to visit the End of the World Lighthouse) or Bariloche. Bariloche, in fact, is a famous winter destination with ski slopes renowned among winter sports lovers. In fact, it is the time of year when the area is full of visitors looking to enjoy their slopes.

Other recommended places to visit in winter are Puerto Iguazú (and its famous Iguazú Falls, one of the seven natural wonders of the world) since the temperature is cooler during these months, your visit will be more comfortable than in summer when it can reach over 100ºF (50ºC).

 

So, which do you prefer? Are you looking for more fun in the sun or does some briskness sound like the perfect relief? We’d love for you to share your thoughts and, of course, add any other destinations to the list in the comments below.

 

 

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