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Where to go to the sea in winter: budget options and countries more expensive.
Just yesterday, I received an e-mail from one of our new readers, Valentin. The letter asked the following. I quote: “Where can you go to the sea in winter? And is it possible to have an economical beach holiday in the first half of January? A family of three adults and a child is 2.5 years old. ” Of course, I replied that there are many options. But then, frankly, I thought a little bit. And really, where to go to the sea in winter? In Egypt and Israel at this time is already a little cool. In Cyprus and the Canary Islands – too. If you believe the weather forecast on the site Gismeteo.ru in January in Eilat will be about +20. In the best case +24. In all these countries, too, a similar picture. Agree, this is not quite a beach holiday. Walk along the sea or wander the mountains somewhere in Gran Canaria – certainly enough. But for a full-fledged beach holiday (in my understanding of this term), plus 20, like the plus 25, it’s still not enough. Although it is worth mentioning: here it is about January. In other months in the hottest resorts in Europe & mdash; really great weather.
There remains Asia. But this is not quite a budget vacation. Travel in the winter to the sea in the same Thailand, Vietnam or India will not afford everyone. Although here of course, you need to decide on the concepts. Still, the ideas about “budget rest” are different for everyone. Therefore, let’s put the question this way, where better to go in winter at sea, having a budget of 300-400 euros. In this article I will present my selection. And you, if you want, offer your options. I will be glad to see your suggestions.
Conditionally warm countries.
How to get the cheapest way: from Kaunas by plane by Ryanair. The minimum ticket price (30-40 euros for a one-way flight). The price includes only hand luggage. Under the dates of the flights you need to seriously adjust.
Where to buy: https://www.ryanair.com/
The cost of hotel rooms: from 46 euros and above (here and further used the prices of the site Hotellook).
The cost of apartments: from 50 euros and above (here and further on the apartments used data from the site AIRBNB).
The cost of the tour (for two people): from 800 dollars. More here.
Weather forecast (December & mdash; January): + 20 … + 24 degrees Celsius. In other months the temperature is higher.
Pros: a modern resort, a lot of sightseeing routes, quality service in hotels, a fantastic underwater world of the Red Sea.
Cons: spring weather, high prices in Israel.
Tip: Whichever option you choose, buy airline tickets and book hotels is best beforehand. At least a couple of months ahead. Search for the best deals is most convenient on the sites of search engines & mdash; for example, on Skyscanner or Aviasales. Here tickets usually cost 5-10 dollars less than on the websites of specific airlines. In addition, you immediately get the opportunity to see all possible flight options.
Spain. Canary Islands. Gran Canaria.
The cheapest option: flight Warsaw (Modlin) – Gran Canaria.
Cost: from 155 euros (in two directions). You can search for cheaper tickets. For example, to compose a more complex route Modlin-Charleroi / Charleroi-Gran Canaria. In this case, tickets will cost cheaper (70-100 euros).
The cost of hotel rooms: from 39 euros. Find the cheapest options here.
Example: Monte Feliz hotel (three stars).
The cost of apartments: from 70 euros (apartment for 4 people, reservation for a week).
The cost of a package tour (for 2 people): from 1000 dollars. See the detailed options here.
Weather forecast: + 20 … + 24 degrees Celsius.
Visa: Schengen (can be single entry).
Pros: good level of service, relatively low prices in shops and cafes, pleasant weather, many beautiful cities and bright natural attractions (Maspalomas dunes, Mount Roque Nublo, etc.).
Cons: spring weather, a long way to Modlin (how to get to this Polish airport is written here in detail).
Tip: If you suddenly decide to opt for buying a “package” & raquo; tour, look for the best options on the Travelata website. This Russian online project often offers tours much cheaper than regular companies. In addition, when buying a tour, you can get an additional discount of up to 5000 Russian rubles, simply by using a simple promo code. What specific discount codes are being discussed, is written here in detail.
P.S. Probably, in the list of countries where you can go to the sea in winter, you could include more Morocco, Cyprus or visa-free Turkey. But in these countries in January, even cooler than the Canary Islands or Eilat. At least, in most of the weather forecasts that I found, the figures in the region of +15 … + 20 appear. Of course, in the same Turkey or Morocco you can go not only for the sake of the sea, but also for interesting natural or historical attractions. But this is already a little bit out of the format of our article.
The cost of direct flight from Minsk to Istanbul is indicated below (round-trip). Choose the right month and the plate itself will show you which days to fly can be the cheapest.
Countries where the winter is really hot (budget more than 400 euros)
Optimal route: Moscow-Male (at airports of the Russian capital flights in this direction are the cheapest).
The cost of the flight: from 362 euros (in two directions)
Where to buy: Skyscanner or Aviasales (Check both, and buy tickets where it will be cheaper).
Tours to the Maldives: from 1400 $ (for two). Specific dates check here and do not forget to use discount coupons (see above).
The cost of hotel rooms: from 60 euros. Find the cheapest options here.
Weather forecast: + 28 … + 32 C �
Pluses: a warm climate, clean sea … Well, you know, it’s the Maldives.
Cons: long flight, the need to get to Moscow, high prices in local restaurants.
Council. Wherever you eventually went, be sure to buy yourself a good insurance and carefully study its terms. Do it best on the site cherehapa.ru, which allows you to quickly compare the conditions of different policies, and also offers you the best options for the ratio of price and quality. On this site are the policies of many leading firms in Europe, Russia and the United States. At the same time, prices are practically the same as those offered by Belarusian companies. In general, the main thing is not to buy insurance at random. Otherwise, in the conditional hour X your policy may be completely useless. At us such already was.
Optimal route: Moscow & mdash; Phuket.
Cost of flight: from 387 euros (in two directions).
Where to buy: Skyscanner or Aviasales (Check both, and buy tickets where it will be cheaper). You can also use the plate provided.
Cost of tours: from 750 (for two people). Specific options are looking for here. Be sure to check the section with the burning tours.
The cost of hotel rooms: from 19 euros. Read more here.
The cost of apartments: from 14 euros. Specific options can be found here.
Weather forecast: + 31 … + 33 C �
Visa: Thai visa.
Pros: warm, cheap, interesting, many beautiful places and bright natural attractions.
Cons: Belarusians, unlike Russians, need a visa to travel to Thailand. Well, again, to go through Moscow is not very convenient.
Council. In general, searching for airline tickets & mdash; this is a very subtle art. Here you need to choose the right dates, routes, airlines. Of great importance is also the factor on which site you are looking for specific options and how flexible you can be in terms of the organization of travel. More details about all these nuances are written here. Read it necessarily. This article will help you in organizing many trips.
Route: Moscow & mdash; Goa.
The cost of the flight: from 401 euros (in two directions). If you’re lucky, you can “catch” tickets and half the price.
Where to buy: Skyscanner or Aviasales (Check both, and buy tickets where it will be cheaper).
The cost of hotel rooms: from 17 euros.
The cost of apartments: from 17 euros.
The cost of tours to Goa (from Moscow): from 600 dollars (for two). More detailed.
Weather forecast: + 29 … + 33.
Visa: Indian visa. There is an embassy in Minsk.
Pros: warm, exotic, inexpensive.
Cons: you need to make a visa and be attentive in the choice of hotels (frankly bad hotels in India a lot). Well, again … It’s awkward to fly from Moscow.
Tip: If instead of a hotel you decide to settle in a private apartment, try searching for suitable options on the AIRBNB website. Personally, we use this platform in almost all of our travels. Register on the site can be here at this link. In this case, you will immediately receive a small bonus for the first booking.
Route: Moscow & mdash; Nha Trang.
The cost of the flight: from 350 euros (round-trip).
Where to buy: Skyscanner or Aviasales (Check both, and buy tickets where it will be cheaper).
The cost of hotel rooms: from 7 euros.
The cost of apartments: from 15 euros.
Cost of tours: from 950 $ (for two). More detailed.
Weather forecast: + 30 … + 34.
Visa: not needed (up to 15 days stay).
Pluses: beautiful nature, excellent beaches, no visa restrictions, many natural attractions and sightseeing routes.
Cons: departure from Moscow.
P.S. This is all for now. Again, I will be glad to see your proposals of interesting countries and resorts, where you can go to the sea in winter (I hope, together we will be able to find something really interesting).
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Alla M.
Why did Egypt forget?
AntonBaradachou.
I do not know. just somehow I can not imagine an independent trip to Egypt. Although, maybe I’m wrong. Could someone have been driving like that? It would be very interesting to know. Well, in general in Egypt in January, too, is not very hot.
AntonBaradachou.
In the UAE, the visa is complicated. I do not know whether to advise this country for independent travel. Well, the prices are also on the level. And Jordan. That’s the question. I read on the Internet that there is no year for a year. But it seems they write that in January the Red Sea is pretty cool there. Twenty degrees plus / minus.
Elena Alyabyeva.
Dominican Republic, it is cheaper than Cuba, Hainan Island (China), except the UAE, other countries of the Persian Gulf, I would advise Qatar. Malaysia, at this time is comfortable not on Borneo, but on Langkawi, the Philippines.
Tell me, in Vietnam, in January, in which areas are more comfortable beach holidays?
AntonBaradachou.
In January, everyone usually goes south. Here, as a rule, Fukuok and Phan Thiet are advised. It’s warmer there and less rain.
In winter, you need to go skiing for skiing)) Carpathians or Bulgaria. The second option, of course, is more interesting. We rested there last year, rented an apartment in Bansko, rented and paid through the service vput.ru for about 27 euros per day, I do not remember exactly. Modern apartments in the hotel, very friendly and helpful host answered all questions.
For those who do not like skiing, I can advise Prague, an incredibly fabulous city, especially in the winter season. In Prague we rented an apartment through airbnb for 70 per day, but almost in the center. The beauty of the city is unusual, you will not regret it if you go there. Charles Bridge and St. Vitus Cathedral & mdash; this is something that must be seen in life at least once.
AntonBaradachou.
Yes, I’m just for. I myself want to go to Prague and Bansko this year. Maybe if you get & mdash; also in the Carpathians. In general, for example, I am very impressed by the warmer countries of Europe, as a direction for winter trips. For example, Spanish Madrid and Barcelona, Italian cities. This is an excellent option for winter walks. There’s still not as cool as ours. Any +10 degrees of average daily temperature is an excellent option for walking around the city.