Winter blues coming in? Try these Holiday Destinations
Dark mornings, even darker evenings, and chilly gray days in between mean winter is here, and with the cold season come winter blues. It is a mood disorder that affects people through the cold seasons. The temperature change and the lack of vitamin D trigger some depression symptoms such as feeling more down than usual, sad, or less energized. While there is no clinical diagnosis for the condition, specialists at the National Institutes of Health say it is relatively common. About 14 to 20 percent of American adults experience seasonal mood changes. This rate differs depending on your location and how severe the season change is.
According to experts, feeling blue for a time is not normal. When you feel blue, it is a sign that something in your life needs your attention. If you can’t endure the cold winter months, a vacation in a hot climate can help boost your moods and add a little pep to your step. Since nothing beats warm sunny weather, here are some holiday destinations you can visit to help you kick those winter blues.
1. Bonaire, Venezuela
Bonaire is a beautiful municipality located 50 km off the coast of Venezuela. It is an island of beautiful beaches and pristine waters. It has become a diver’s haven with its unique marine life and exciting history. The warm coastal Bonaire sun is sure to warm you up, ease those winter blues and give you that Vitamin D boost you need. The people are lovely and very welcoming to visitors. The island has a peaceful ambiance you can enjoy as you take in the gorgeous sunsets by the sea.
This beautiful paradise offers a variety of amenities such as beachside accommodations, scuba diving trips, and incredible island cuisine. You can get great package deals by checking out black Friday hotels this season. Look forward to chasing your blues away with some fun aquatic activities, including kite surfing, windsurfing, and snorkeling? Or, if you can, why not go scuba diving. Bonaire is a top diving Caribbean destination.
2. Madiera, Portugal
Madeira is a small island off Portugal’s coast that has been nicknamed as the “Pearl of the Atlantic.” This is because of its sub-tropical climate, the lush greenery with flowers spread throughout the landscape and its many magnificent hilltop views, making it a must-visit for nature lovers. Funchal, the capital of Madeira, is where most of the islands’ activity originates. You can take a stroll through the old town and see the amazing culture and sights of this beautiful island, which includes wonderful fresh food markets, lively restaurants, and bars. You can also scuba dive, chase waterfalls, or take the many scenic tours available to admire the many attractions Madiera has.
3. Maui, Hawaii
The second biggest of all the Hawaiian Islands, Maui, is a lush paradise, a perfect escape from the cold and dreary winter weather. Kick your winter blues away as you are surrounded by waterfalls, beautiful beaches, and palm trees. Upon arrival, you receive a hearty welcome from the locals and a complimentary lei. So kick back and enjoy the beautiful gardens, hula dances, and a sweet coconut milk drink as you lounge in the sun under your umbrella. There are many activities available if you don’t want to spend all of your time on the beach. You can take a drive on the scenic Hana Highway. This road takes you along the shoreline with hairpin turns and gorgeous cliffside views. It’s about a 50-mile drive full of magnificent scenery, luscious plant life, and dozens of waterfalls
4. Negril, Jamaica
A prosperous town on the west side of Jamaica, Negril is known for having the longest beach, which is seven miles long and one of the biggest attractions for the town. The water is a lovely turquoise color as the beach gradually gives way to the Caribbean Sea. In addition to fantastic beaches, you can find great food such as the famous jerk chicken and other Jamaican delicacies. You can go around the different beachside restaurants on a jerk chicken crawl. There are also beautiful cliffs where the beaches end, which goes up to 30 or 50 feet from the water. In Negril, there are plenty of things to do to keep you as busy as you want.
Other notable mentions include Barbados, The Bahamas, The Maldives, Italy, Santa Domingo, Croatia, and Cuba. Visiting any of these locations can help ease your seasonal condition, and as a bonus, you will return refreshed, rejuvenated, and relaxed with a beautiful tan.