Garzon, Uruguay

Francis Mallmann has turned this little village into gastronomic destination for even the most seasoned foodies. The self-proclaimed ‘pirate chef’ has created a gorgeous place to stay with delectable food and wine. While you’re over there, be sure to make the trip to the gorgeous beach town of Punta del Este.

Antigua, Guatemala

Surrounded by three ancient volcanoes and imposing, tree-blanketed mountains, Antigua in southern Guatemala has both breath-taking views and a thriving cultural scene. Rarely does a city throb with so much activity, while this designated UNESCO World Heritage site is home to spectacular colonial architecture and countless culinary treats. A great option for travellers in search of something a little different.

Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka’s endless sights and opportunities mean you can’t fail to be enchanted. From the lush plains and temples in Sigiriya, to tea plantations and crystalline waterfalls in the mountainous town of Ella, whale-watching in Mirissa, surfing in Argugam Bay, traditional fishing villages in Trincomalee and Yala National Park, there’s something to suit whatever your travel whim may be.

Kerala, India

If you’re in need of some winter sun, India is a cheaper option than Thailand and Kerala a less obvious choice than somewhere like Goa. Begin your trip in the historic port of Kochi, in the atmospheric Mattancherry quarter famous for its spice bazaars. The gateway to the backwaters of Kerala, from Kochi take time out to explore the vast network of lakes, lagoons and canals on a traditional houseboat while soaking up village life.

Salzburg, Austria

The closest you’ll come to experiencing a fairytale, Salzburg is a tiny city filled with old castles and cathedrals, while it’s also the birthplace of Mozart. Drink mulled wine and buy traditional wooden gifts in the Christmas markets and take in the surrounding Alpine mountain scenery – you’ll be overjoyed at how few tourists there are. Vienna is also a lovely option at this time of year.

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