Winter warmer

by Alison, 08/12/2013

Summer holidays mean lot of things to a lot of people. For some people its lying in and knowing that the whole day, in fact the whole week is yours, for others its rising early and making the most of every moment. Whatever your preference, one thing most people have in common is that their summer holidays, take place in the summer.

With us, things are a little different. Since the first year I met Ollie, we have traveled in the winter time. As a sailor, Ollie often spends long periods of time away. At any time of the year this isn't easy and I miss him. However in summer there are plenty of distractions, not least the beautiful long days, that guarantee an opportunity to surf if there is swell about.

The long dark evenings of winter are altogether a different matter. Wind, rain, cold and constantly praying that the beautiful weekdays swells hang around for the weekend isn't good for your mental health. So when possible, I love to organise a winter surf trip.  To me the phrase summer holidays has come to mean escaping the long dark winter and heading for some surf and some adventures.

Over the past five years our winter trips have brought us to some amazing locations and on some great adventures:
Poas, Costa Rica
Playa Hermosa, Costa Rica
Rice terraces, Bali
Hiking in the crater. Haleakala, Maui
Whale watching, Maui
Self-drive safari, Addo Elephant National Park
It's December now so it's time for me to start piecing together my daydreams and coming up with some rough plans. This is where you guys come in, I'm looking for suggestions. Currently my heart is heading towards Mexico- warm waves, tacos, margaritas and plenty of options for those swell-less days. However I would love to hear where you have been and where you would recommend to escape the winter blues! Any and all suggestions are welcome :)

The cave, Uluwatu, Bali

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