Where's hot in December and what are the new tier travel rules?

It might be December, but as 2020 comes to a close, all bets are off when it comes to tradition in a year of lockdowns and restrictions.

We’re fresh out of lockdown 2.0 and back into a tier system, which sees different rules in different parts of the country as the wait for the vaccine continues.

With that in mind, here’s what you need to know about the travel rules for each tier and where you can go that’s actually warm this time of year.

Can you travel abroad in any tiers?

Government guidance states: ‘The stay at home requirement will end [on December 2], with domestic and international travel being permitted again subject to guidance in each tier.’

If you live in tiers one or two, you can travel outside your area for any reason, including holidays.

You should only go to a tier three area for essential reasons, and you’re advised not to stay overnight anywhere in tier three.

If you live in tier three, the Government advises: ‘Avoid travelling out of the area, other than where necessary such as for work, education, youth services, medical attention or because of caring responsibilities.’

You’re also asked to avoid overnight stays. With that being said, there’s no law preventing anyone in any tier from going abroad.

However, you will have to quarantine on your return no matter what tier you live in if the country you visit isn’t on the country’s travel corridor list.

Government guidance also says that ‘wherever possible, people should avoid travelling and minimise social contact’.

Marrakesh, Morocco.

  • Temperature: 23 C.
  • Sunshine hours: 7 hours.
  • Flight time: 4 hours.

The north African country of Morocco has many surprises for visitors throughout the year and the crown jewel of them all is Marrakesh.

You can stay in some of the most luxurious riads during your holidays and frequent the Djemaa al-Fna main market square that has UNESCO acclaimed performances.

Venture outside the city to the rolling Sahara dunes of the desert and ride on a camel’s back for days, sleeping in the desert at night until you reach the coast of Essaouira where you can take to the beach.

Fuerteventura, Canary Islands.

  • Temperature: 22 C.
  • Sunshine hours: 6 hours.
  • Flight time: 4.5 hours.

The Canary Islands will never make you squawk about the price or the distance and will always deliver on the weather.

The perfect place for a getaway in the sun, Fuerteventura is the second largest island of the Canaries and the temperature only drops below 20 C in the coldest weeks of January.

Head to Corralejo on the northern tip of the island for the beach experience and a spectacular view of the neighbouring Lobos.

Larnaca, Cyprus.

  • Temperature: 21 C.
  • Sunshine hours: 7 hours.
  • Flight time: 4.5 hours.

Easy to get to and easy to enjoy, Cyprus is the holiday destination that will keep your spirit warm throughout the winter months.

Also known as Aphrodite’s Isle, Cyprus will have you falling in love in seconds, and the weather won’t be the only reason.

Each day you can bask in the sun for about 7 hours lie on the long sandy beaches or trundle around the streets of the charming villages.

Head to Larnaca if you don’t want the stress of travelling once you land, there are plenty of resorts and sandy beaches to keep you happy there or you could venture to the west of the Isle to Paphos which caters for tourists with copious amounts of hummus, tzatziki, taramasalata and calamari.

Krabi, Thailand.

  • Temperature: 26 C.
  • Sunshine hours: 7 hours.
  • Flight time: 11.25 hours.

The south-east Asian country will have you spellbound as the paradise reels you further and further in.

The perfect destination to catch the sun’s rays and toast your soul for a couple of days this December, bear in mind the distance and price of travel so a longer break is worth it.

December is the drying off period after the Monsoon season, and there may still be a chance of rain but nothing to worry about in that heat.

The southern town of Krabi can be the base camp for the trip of your dreams as the area is surrounded by all the paradise you will ever need.

Lush jungles, limestone cliffs, idyllic isles floating offshore, and Buddhist shrines and when you’re finished standing in awe you can try scuba diving, rock climbing and swimming off the white sandy beaches.

Dubai, UAE.

  • Temperature: 31 C.
  • Sunshine hours: 9 hours.
  • Flight time: 7 hours.

The desert will grab your heart and warm your cockles the second you arrive in Dubai and the luxury will have your head over heels.

The warm sunny weather never takes a hit in Dubai as the dry desert climate will have you hydrating at the infamous Dubai brunches, which you seriously cannot miss out on.

There will be no need to pack an emergency brolly as there will be no rain to speak of in Dubai.

Make sure to not only spend your time under the sun but visiting the souks (market) there’s spice souks, gold souks, perfume souks and fish souks.

Sal, Cape Verde.

  • Temperature: 25 C
  • Sunshine hours: 6 hours
  • Flight time: 5.5 hours

Floating off the coast of West Africa is the popularly enjoyed Cape Verde made up of 10 separate isles in the Atlantic so take your pick.

You will meet some mind-blowing beach and incredible surf experiences in Cape Verde that will have you finding sand in your shoes well into January.

The perfect paradise to ward off the winter blues as you will quickly turn into an island dweller with salt in their hair.

The popular island of Sal is known for its lunar landscape that has people feeling out of this world.

You can wander the colourful cobbled streets like Santa Maria’s on the southern shore and dip in and out of surf shops and al fresco cafés.

Cancun, Mexico.

  • Temperature: 28 C.
  • Sunshine hours: 5 hours.
  • Flight time: 10.5 hours.

Mexico’s premier coastal destination Cancun will provide you with the holiday party vibes any day of the year.

You can soak up the culture at the Yucatan ruins of Tulum and Chichén Itzá nearby as well.

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