Where to go on holiday when it’s winter in Britain?

Everyone loves going on holiday, but did you know that they can actually be good for your health? Holidays give us the opportunity to get away from the stresses of everyday life, spend time with our family and recharge our batteries. With so many options available, you can travel at any time of the year and still find some sunshine.

Holidays benefit your health

It’s actually a scientific fact that holidays help us to feel refreshed again. When we’re away, our blood pressure falls, we get a better night’s sleep and we build up a better resistance to stress. This shows just how important it is to make use of our holiday entitlement and take ourselves away from it all.

We all know that too much sun isn’t good for us, but as long as you wear adequate protection, getting a decent amount of sunshine can be beneficial. People who don’t get enough sun, particularly in the winter, can suffer from seasonal affective disorder (SAD), which is a form of depression. We can also lack vitamin D during the winter, which is needed for a healthy immune system and bones.

You might think that you over indulge on holiday, especially on a luxury all inclusive holiday, but after relaxing on the beach or by the pool, we often come back in better shape than we left. The type of food that we eat is generally healthier, especially in Mediterranean and Asian destinations, and we’re likely to drink more water to counteract the warm climate. We often don’t realise the amount of exercise we’re getting. Even just a few lengths of the pool every day or a walk around the resort on an evening can help to burn off those excess calories.

Holidays for Health

Holidays for Health

Where to head for some sun

If you’re looking to get some sunshine, it really doesn’t matter what time of the year you travel: somewhere in the world, you’ll find some sunny weather. Travelling outside of the peak holiday season, such as during school time, can help you pick up a great deal.

The south of France

You could find a cheap flight to France and go to the south of the country, where the weather stays warmer for longer. The Côte d’Azur has some fantastic beaches where you can relax and the cities of Nice, Cannes and Marseille offer plenty of sightseeing opportunities. The summer months can be exceptionally hot, but in September and October the average temperatures are in the low 20s, which makes for a pleasant break.

South Africa

For those who want to travel further from the UK  Johannesburg is a good year round destination. Their autumn, which falls from March to May, is one of the most popular periods for tourists. It tends to be drier than the summer months, with temperatures in the 20s. There is plenty to see and do in the city, from the cultural attractions to the stunning beach resorts.

Rather than spending the winter months stuck inside, try to book yourself a holiday to sunnier climes. This will not only make you feel better in yourself, but it will also bring benefits to your health.

About The Author


I've worked as an Occupational Therapist for many years dealing with physical and mental health patients, both in hospitals and the community. Living a healthy, well balanced life with a good diet, regular exercise and a taking a positive outlook are crucial to becoming a very well being indeed - sometimes easier said than done!

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