I don’t know about you guys, but this picture does nothing for me. I’m not the biggest fan of snow: the plowing, the dangerous driving, and the dirty snow that leaves behind soggy ground. Sure, it can be pretty, but I’ve seen my fair share of picturesque landscapes. One thing that gives me hope is thinking of all the southern hemisphere hot-spots right now. It also makes me pretty jealous…

 

Brazil

Get some serious sun (and check out our safe sun tips!) in Copacabana, in the southern part of Rio de Janeiro. Relax on the beaches, or take a stroll on the famous promenade. Copacabana will also be one of the four Olympic Zones for the 2016 Summer Olympics.

So it’s not a beach, but Iguazu Falls, on the border of Brazil and Argentina, is definitely impressive. Named after the Iguazu River that flows through Brazil, this waterfall is actually taller than our great Niagara Falls. Enjoy the best of both worlds while you’re here and soak up the Brazilian and Argentinian sun!

Top Brazil Must-sees: Fernando de Noronha, for the diving and snorkeling lovers. Salvador beaches, if sailing is your thing. Pantanal, the worlds largest wetland, if you’re after some wildlife. And lastly, Carnival in Rio de Janeiro from February 18-21.

 

Africa

Take a trip to the bottom of Africa — literally — by visiting Cape Town, South Africa! Whether it’s city or beach that you’re after, Cape Town has them both. Beaches along the False Bay, opposite the Atlantic Ocean, tend to be a little warmer than those right on the Atlantic.

Spend a night in one of the colorful Muizenberg Beach Huts on the False Bay, or take a hike along Devil’s Peak or Lion’s Head mountains. If nature isn’t you’re thing, Capetown has the highest density of Cape Dutch-style buildings in the world, which gives the city a slightly European feel.

 

Australia

If you’re thinking about a trip Down Under, Australia is packed with vacation possibilities. From beaches to city life, to hiking, there is plenty to do here!

australian reefs

One must-see in Australia is the Great Barrier Reef! Search for snorkeling tours that match your budget and make sure you don’t miss this opportunity. If you’re not a strong swimmer, you can opt for a tour with a glass-bottom boat. So cool! Cairns is a great place to experience the reef, as are other locations along the coast of Queensland.

Get your fill of city life by poking around Sydney, and soak up some rays on Bondi Beach.

Get your hike on in the Blue Mountains, near Sydney, and see The Three Sisters for yourself.

As with any foreign travels, make sure you take the time to research the area you’re traveling to. If you’re headed somewhere sunny, grab that swimsuit, some hot shades, and have fun!

(But please, don’t brag to me about your warm-weather travels 🙂  )