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(By Rachel Delia Benaim via Weather)

Sometimes the cold can be refreshing: there’s a reason people don’t seek out warm ice cream! But other times, who can muster putting on so many layers of clothing and bracing for what promises to cause red cheeks and numb ears?  There is something to be said for white Christmas, but that’s one day— arguably one week— a year. What about the rest of Jack Frost’s visit on our shores?

Fret no more! There are always places in this world to go and escape the freeze.

From Australia to Morocco, Mexico to India, there are plenty of destinations to get a respite from the sleet, snow, and general runny noses. From Kenyan safaris to New Zealand beaches and Chilean desert haunts, there are trips for every traveling type: adventure travelers, outdoors lovers, and luxury tourists.

Whatever your preference, a change of perspective— and weather— is never far out of reach!

1. Sydney, Australia (Credit: James D. Morgan /Getty Images)


The best time to visit Sydney is between October through April. These months offer travelers comfortable temperatures and manageable tourist crowds. Thanks to Australia's location in the Southern Hemisphere, Sydney's warmest weather and peak tourist season falls between December and February. Here's a picture of sunbathers swarming Sydney's Bondi Beach to get you hyped for the experience.
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2. New Zealand (Credit: Alexandre Cappi/Getty Images)


North America's winter is New Zealand's summer, thanks to the equator. The thrills and opportunities in the country are nearly endless, and include hiking, bungee jumping, beaching and water sports.

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Imagine spending time in the rolling hills in rural landscape, Queenstown, South Island, New Zealand instead of freezing in traditional winter...

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This awe-inspiring sunrise at Nugget Point Lighthouse on top of a cliff, located at northern end of the Catlins coast, Otago region, New Zealand, happens all year round; why not enjoy it while all your friends in the Northern Hemisphere are freezing?

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Imagine seeing these rolling hills in Queenstown, in New Zealand's South Island in the dead of winter. Nothing beats that.
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3. Hongcun Village, China (Credit: Dan Eggleton/Getty Images)


Apart from the natural beauty of the Yellow Mountains visible from all around Hongcun Village, the Chinese village is the perfect place to escape the monotony of daily life, and the pace of cities. The architecture is unique and charming, as seen in the photograph--and reflection-- above. If you’re an outdoors person, you can wake up early to hike the Yellow Mountains for sunrise, too. Definitely a site not to be missed.

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4. Andaman Islands, India (Credit: WIN-Initiative/Getty Images)


Head to the Andaman Islands in November- February for an unforgettable trip to escape the winter blues. Off the coast of India, these islands have some of the most spectacular stretches of beach in the world. It can be accessed by plane from any major Indian airport.

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Once you get to the Andaman Islands, it is pretty affordable—particularly in November. Though November is officially part of monsoon season, it’s still the best time to go, as the weather is perfect and it’s before high seasons kicks off. Come on, how could you pass up this Sunrise in Port Blair, Andaman Island, India?

5. Gojal Valley, Pakistan (Credit: Amer Lodi Lodi/EyeEm/Getty Images)


Interested in an adventure? The Gojal Valley is your place of escape this winter. Pakistan’s Gojal Valley borders China and Afghanistan at 15,397 feet above sea level. Its mountain peaks are snow-capped year round. While it may not be the warmest escape, it’s definitely a unique and worthwhile one!

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The Gojal Valley is picturesque, and often recognized because of Attabad Lake, pictured here. Locals use it both recreationally and to travel around the Gojal Valley region in northern Pakistan.

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Another view of the Attabad lake from the Karakoram highway in northern Pakistan.
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6. Bahawalpur, Pakistan (Ali Mir/Getty Images)


The princely state in Punjab boasts a treasure of historic buildings, monuments and parks that many have never heard of. Bahawalpur – a city located along the left bank of the Sutlej river. Along with desert areas, Bahawalpur is known as the land of lush gardens that soothe your eyes whereas the splendor palaces don't fail to impress you. A grand and majestic building and piece of art, the Gulzar Palace was constructed by Nawab of Bahawalpur in 1950s in Bahawalpur Pakistan. The palace during spring time brings out its true beauty due to the royal garden surrounding it.

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Another shot of the Gulzar Palace-- because how could we not?

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Derawar Fort is another one of Bahawalpur's attractions. The large square fortress' forty bastions are visible for many miles across the Cholistan Desert, and tours of the fortress are offered all year round.

7. Dubai, UAE (Credit: Raquel Maria Carbonell Pagola/LightRocket viaGetty Images)


The UAE has a sub-tropical climate which means it’s warm in the winter and hot and humid in the summer. Dubai, one of the better-known emirates within the United Arab Emirates, stays hot throughout the year. Check out the glorious Dubai skyline.

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Dubai by night.
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8. Jordan (Photo by Jordan Pix/Getty Images)  


From World Wonders to the Dead Sea and even the world’s oldest bar (the Cave Bar), Jordan has a list of things to do. November is an ideal time to visit as the day time temperatures tend to stay pretty comfortable and the night cools off. The weather does depend on the altitude so if you plan on hitting the higher peaks, be prepared for a noticeable temperature change. No worries of that at the Dead Sea though, as it is the lowest point in the world.

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The ancient Petra, too is a great destination point in southern Jordan. The former capital of the ancient Nabatean Kingdom, Petra contains tombs and temples which are carved into the pink sandstone mountains around it. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Petra is a major tourist site, and is well worth the pilgrimage.

9. Marrakech, Morocco (Photo by Raquel Maria Carbonell Pagola/LightRocket viaGetty Images)


Next stop, Marrakech, Morocco! Much like the rest of Morocco, autumn and winter are great times to visit from Morocco- it's not too hot or cold, and it's the perfect time to get wholly immersed in the local culture which is mostly untouched by droves of tourists during these months. Stroll through the souq and take stock of the city's beautiful doors. Pictured here is a man in a djellaba walking in the pink alleyways of ancient Medina in Marrakech.

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Morocco is known for its unique culinary flavors and its fresh local spices. Pictured here is one of the city's famous spice shops in the central Rahba Kedima Square. Place des epices is constantly one of the most hopping stands in Medina, Marrakech, which itself is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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A decorated door in the old town of Marrakech. This is one of scores of beautifully picturesque and colorful doors in the area. They're not to be missed!
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10. Tetouan, Morocco (Photo by DeAgostini/Getty Images)


Travel north and visit the jewel of a town, Tetouan. Located at the foot of the Rif Mountains and a few miles from the Sea, Tetouan has an air of authenticity of real Morocco. Though the town has been updated in the last decades, it still feels like it’s retained its character-- despite the local bus stations, public gardens, and restorations. The Medina of Tetouan, Morocco, photographed here, is a protected UNESCO world heritage site.

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From 1912 until 1956 Tetouan was the capital of what was known as Spanish Morocco, which encompassed much of northern part of the country. This and the town’s long relationship with the southern Spanish province of Andalucia have left it with a Hispano-Moorish character that is unique in Morocco. This unique blend of styles is reflected in what’s been maintained as the Spanish part of the city, Ensanche. This street scene in the medina market in Tetouan highlights some of the city's authentic flare.  

11. The Maldives (Credit Camesasca Davide/AGF/UIG viaGetty Images)


Not only is it beautiful, but the Maldives, a tropical island nation at the heart of the Indian Ocean, is hot all year round with an annual average temperature around 30C. There’s plenty of opportunities for beach bumming, roughing it, living the high life, and engaging in watersports. This photo of the Moofushi Resort's wellness center villas on the water captures the potential for luxury vacationing.

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The Republic of the Maldives consists of 1192 islands and has about 330,000 inhabitants spread on 192 islands, and an array of aquatic wildlife that varies by coast. This view of Athuruga, Maldives basically proves the attractiveness and draw of the Maldives. What are you waiting for?
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