13 Hot Budget Destinations to Escape the Winter

If you’re already dreading the thought of sleeping with electric blankets, wearing a thick coat just to buy a carton of milk at the store, or spending loads of money on heating bills, you’re not alone. The good thing is that there are plenty of cheap hot places where you can stretch your legs at the beach and enjoy the sun.

As you’d expect, most of these destinations are located around the equator line and enjoy great temperatures all year round. If you manage to avoid the peak of the high season, you’ll probably find cheap flights, affordable accommodations, and empty beaches just for yourself!

13. The Canary Islands – Spain

The Canary Islands are an archipelago located on the west of Africa (close to Morocco), but are actually a part of Spain. There are seven main islands and the capital is shared between the cities of Santa Cruz (Tenerife) and Las Palmas (Gran Canaria).

It’s a popular destination for Europeans as even during the winter, visitors can enjoy temperatures of 71 Fahrenheit and plenty of sunlight. The rugged volcanic landscape is perfect for those who like hiking, but many travelers choose to stay in all-inclusive resorts, sunbathe all day, and forget about the rest of the world.

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12. Taganga – Colombia

Just five kilometers away from Santa Marta, Taganga is a picturesque fishing village with a population of just 5,000 people. It’s the preferred destination for backpackers as they try to avoid the expensive resorts in El Rodahero.

The main beach is sometimes crowded with tourists (especially on weekends) and it’s also where the harbor is located — travelers are better off exploring Playa Grande or Bahia Concha. Taganga is also a great place for off-road motorcycling and scuba diving, with many diving spots in the Tayrona National Park nearby.

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11. Goa – India

After being a Portuguese colony for a few centuries and then a popular hippie hangout, Goa became a state very different from the rest of the country. Most travelers flock to the region to relax on the paradisiac beaches, eat amazingly fresh fish, and get away from the chaos of inland India.

Goan beaches are definitely the main attraction of the state; however, it’s worthwhile to spend some time exploring the colonial churches and cathedrals left behind by the Portuguese. Goa is also the place where psytrance was created, so if you like electronic music, you’re in for a treat as there are parties every week.

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