Who says holidays are just for the summer? At Mell Square we love a winter break, whether it’s in the sun, on the slopes or in a buzzing city, and Travelbag is here to help make yours a reality. We visited its experts on Drury Lane to find out exactly where they recommend.

Best destinations for winter sun

South Africa – Worlds away from a cold and drizzly UK winter, South Africa boasts up to nine hours a day of glorious sunshine, with temperatures ranging between 15 and 26 degrees Celsius. You can expect white sandy beaches, exceptional cuisine and breathtaking sunsets that need no filter.

Sri Lanka and the Maldives – Visit these neighbouring Indian Ocean destinations and you can combine the rich culture of Sri Lanka with the guaranteed luxury and relaxation that the Maldives has to offer.

Mauritius – Hands down one of the most majestic locations imaginable, you’re never short of things to do in Mauritius. Get ready to explore spectacular mountains, discover a magical underwater world or simply kick back on one of the island’s heavenly beaches.

Best destinations for a snowy getaway

Aspen, Canada – Live the North American dream with a winter holiday to Aspen. The mountain destination is renowned for its skiing, elegant Victorian buildings and incredible restaurants.

France – If you love skiing, a holiday to the French Alps is a no-brainer. Think cosy chalets with the slopes on your doorstep, awe-inspiring views at every corner and charming villages waiting to be explored. It’s super sunny too – so make sure you pack the sun-cream!

Italy – From alpine ski runs and snow-capped mountains to chilled out city breaks, Italy is truly magical in the winter. Beautiful cities like Venice and Rome are less busy than peak travel months, while the Amalfi Coast is ideal for hiking.

Best value family winter holidays

Dubai – Home to some of the world’s best all-inclusive resorts, Dubai is perfect for families looking for a mix between a beach break and activity-packed holiday. From lively theme parks and waterparks to golden sandy beaches, get ready for clear skies and subtropical climates.

Thailand ¬– Another all-inclusive paradise, Thailand has loads for the little ones to enjoy like animal-filled national parks, kayaking, street food and museums.

Top three romantic winter getaways

New York – Whether you want to re-enact that famous scene from Sleepless in Seattle at the top of the Empire State Building, go ice-skating in Central Park or see a Broadway show together, there’s no shortage of romantic things to do in New York.

Seychelles – Treat yourself and your loved one to a luxurious holiday in the spellbinding Seychelles, where you’re guaranteed secluded white beaches, all manner of wildlife and lush, jungle-covered hills.

Maldives – Whether you’re planning your honeymoon or simply want to get away with your special someone, the Maldives makes for an oh-so romantic retreat. Picture rustic-chic villas, turquoise lagoons and island-hopping adventures.

Visit the Travelbag team in-store on Drury Lane and get planning your winter getaway!

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