If you are a regular reader of my blog you'll be well aware that I'm not a fan of the cold. Even snow annoys me - yes, I'm that Scrooge-type that moans when the white stuff comes down while everyone else is out building snowmen.
"Do You Want to Build a Snowman...?!!"
No, I do not.
Nothing works properly when it snows and it makes me feel trapped. I hate the thought of not being able to get somewhere. We live at the top of a hill now and I'm well aware it's going to be chaos when it eventually does snow. I'm already dreaming of the perfect get away where the sun is bright, the air is warm and the ice is only inside my drink.
Obviously the further you travel the hotter it will be but there's actually no need to be sitting on a plane for 10 hours to get a bit of vitamin D. Marrakech has an average temperature of 27 degrees in Winter and the flight is just over 3 hours.
And in just 2 hours 10 minutes you can get to Majorca and basque in the 21 degrees sunshine. -Travelling home from work has taken longer than that before! And although the tube can sometimes feel like you're in the middle of a heatwave, lying on a beach is far more enjoyable.
Laying on the beach in Playa Del Carmen, Mexico
The place I visited and loved the most was Playa Del Carmen in Mexico. White sands, turquoise sea and a lizard the size of a cat (yes, really) I fell in love with the place. I can't wait to go back with my family.
You have to consider that the hottest places are also the ones prone to downpours of rain. I experienced this while I was there. One moment I was in the pool, enjoying a cocktail and the warm sun on my face, and then the rain came. It poured down for about 10 minutes and afterwards the warm weather returned and dried up the rain within moments. It was like nothing ever happened -why can't that happen here, huh?!
Playa Del Carmen is about an hour away from Cancun which is probably the most well-known part of Mexico. We visited Cancun one evening and went to the incredible Coco Bongo club, any movie fans will be familiar with the name, it's the club in The Mask. I've never been to a bar like it, waiters bring you drinks (included in the price of the ticket) and shows go on above your head. Popular Movies like The Matrix, The Mask, Spiderman, and Beatle Juice come alive on ropes above you with some great special effects.... it's seriously brilliant.
I'd probably venture a little further then Playa Del Carmen and stay in Cancun a little longer next time to see a little more of it. There's too much of the world for me to go to the exact same place twice, but Mexico as a whole really impressed me.
All this talk of beaches has really made me want a holiday....
I'd love to hear if you've been to either Mexico or Cape Verde. Let me know any recommendations for some good Winter-Sun in the comments!