As an African in the UK, I have a love-hate relationship with winter and always looking for a Sunny escape to combat the winter blues, Of Course on a budget.
Here are 5 destinations I’ve traveled to between Nov- February from the UK without breaking the bank and enjoying some warm sunshine.
Budget Friendly Divers Paradise- Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt
For all of you water babies out there, Sharm El Sheikh is the ideal destination. It’s a diver’s paradise, with crystal clear waters and an abundance of marine life. Not to mention, the prices are extremely reasonable.
With average highs of 23 degrees during the winter, you can escape the cold and enjoy some warm sunshine. Budget airlines like Wizzair will also take you there without breaking the bank.
A decent hotel can be found for less than £30 per night, and a meal for less than £5. Furthermore, the currency conversion rate works in your favor, making your pound go further.
My favorite part of the trip was diving in the Red Sea and seeing a variety of marine life, including colorful fish, coral reefs, and even shipwrecks.
Budget-Friendly Nature Lover’s Dream: Madeira, Portugal
Madeira is a naturalist’s paradise. It’s the ideal place to get away from the hustle and bustle of daily life, with beautiful green landscapes and breathtaking cliffs.
With average highs of 20 degrees during the winter, it’s a perfect destination to escape the cold and enjoy some sunshine.
But it’s not just the scenery that’s inexpensive. A decent hotel can be found for less than £50 per night, and meals can be found for less than £10. Furthermore, you can find some great deals on flights, making it even more affordable.
Hiking the levadas, a network of irrigation channels that run throughout the island, was the highlight of my trip. The trails are well-kept and provide some of the most stunning views I’ve ever seen.
Budget-Friendly Cultural Experience: Marrakesh, Morocco
Marrakesh is a low-cost destination that provides a truly unique cultural experience. There’s so much to see and explore, from bustling markets to traditional architecture.
With average temperatures at 20 degrees during the day, it’s a perfect destination to escape the cold and enjoy some sunshine.
Furthermore, you can find a decent hotel for less than £40 per night and meals for less than £5. And with a favorable currency conversion rate, your pound will go even further.
The visit to the famous souks, where you can find everything from spices and textiles to traditional Moroccan lamps and pottery, was the highlight of my trip.
Budget-Friendly City Break: Sevilla, Spain
Sevilla is ideal for a city break. It’s a budget-friendly destination with beautiful architecture, delicious food, and a rich culture that will leave you wanting more.
Plus, the average winter temperatures in Sevilla are a comfortable 20 degrees, making it the perfect escape from the chilly UK weather. A decent hotel can be found for less than £50 per night, and meals can be found for less than £10.
Furthermore, it is simple to reach from the UK, with numerous low-cost flights. The highlight of my trip was visiting the Alcazar, a magnificent 14th-century palace and well as the Plaza De Espana
Budget-Friendly Luxurious Experience: Dubai, UAE
Last but not least, while Dubai may not be the first place that comes to mind when thinking of budget-friendly places to visit, it is possible.
The average winter temperatures in Dubai are 25 degrees, making it a great destination to escape the cold winter of the UK. You can have a luxurious experience without breaking the bank if you plan ahead of time.
A decent hotel can be found for less than £70 per night, and meals can be found for less than £15. In addition, there are many free things to do in Dubai, such as visiting the Dubai Creek or strolling along the Dubai Creek Promenade.
The Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest building, where you can take an elevator to the 124th floor and enjoy a panoramic view of the city, was the highlight of my trip.
Finally, whether you’re looking for a diving adventure, a nature lover’s dream, a cultural experience, a city break, or a luxurious experience, there are plenty of budget-friendly destinations you can visit from the UK. These five budget-friendly destinations, Sharm El Sheikh, Madeira, Marrakesh, Sevilla, and Dubai, are excellent starting points, and I hope they inspire you to plan your next adventure.