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Wanderlust Travel Blog of the Year ’13
The cold, bleak British winter can begin to bring even the most cheerful of us down. We’ve all been there – sat in the office when the rain starts to trickle down the window we begin to drift away again, dreaming about that holiday in the sun. Luckily we’re at hand to help make those dreams a reality as we take you through three of the best locations to top up that tan. Whether it’s a good old-fashioned bit rest and recuperation you’re after, or discovering a whole new culture, then we’ve got just the trips for you.
The Chinese city of Macau has been growing from strength to strength since it left Portuguese rule back in 1999. It has become one of the world’s richest cities, and much of this is down to tourism. Ladbrokes have come up with a guide to Macau and suggest bon viveurs from all corners of the globe are drawn here to enjoy the extravagance that the city has to offer – most notably its casinos. Don’t be put off by the billionaires though, this city provides something for everyone, regardless of your budget. The bulk of the casinos are situated on the Macau Peninsula with the remainder on Taipa Island. As the worlds largest gaming hub the city caters for both novice and veteran betters. Macau has a lot more than just great casinos on offer, you can learn all about city’s rich Chinese and Portuguese heritage. Two of its most popular attractions are the A-Ma Temple and the Ruins of St. Paul’s. For you adrenaline junkies out there why not try a free fall from the 1000ft high Macau Tower. The weather in the winter months is around the 20 degrees territory so it’s a great time to head out there and explore this fantastic city.
Situated on the south eastern tip of the United States, Miami is one of the most popular tourist destinations in America. The weather here is famed for being marvellous all year round, but it’s actually the winter months that are deemed the best due to its low precipitation. It’s for this reason that much of the city’s best events take place between the months of November and March. Notorious for its happening nightlife, Miami plays host to the Miami Winter Music Conference, one of the biggest events in electronic music calendar. Thousands of ravers from across the world travel to watch some of the worlds most famous electronic music artists perform live. The city is also famous for its many successful sports teams, non-bigger than NFL team the Miami Dolphins, so why not take in a truly American experience while basing in the sunshine.
Though often overlooked in favour of neighbouring Brazil, Argentina provides tourists with a truly unique South American experience. Its most tourist friend city is its capital and most populated city, Buenos Aries. One must that any food lover simply has to tick of their bucket list is to visit on of the city’s legendary meat markets down by the docks. There you can sample a steak sandwich that is almost worth the airfare alone. The weather in the early months of the year is beautiful and a great way to enjoy this is to visit the Reserva Ecológica Costanera Sur on the outskirts of the city. A haven for nature lovers, you can see a wide variety of different animal species.
So there you go, break up the winter months and put a little sunshine back into your life.