Nomadix’s headquarters is located in San Clemente, California, and we are no stranger to perfect weather and sunshine. Most days are beach days, especially since the ocean is less than five minutes away from our office.
But if you’re like us when the weather gets chilly, you dream of a warm weather escape. Here are our top picks for adventurous sun-soaked destinations to get out of the cold.
Known as the Land of Smiles, where vibrant street markets, ornate temples, and stunning beaches await, there is so much to do and see in Thailand during the early part of the year. In Bangkok, the bustling capital, dive into the vibrant chaos of Thailand's capital. Explore bustling markets, visit ornate temples like Wat Pho, and indulge in the diverse street food.
If you have the time, we also recommend checking out Chiang Mai. You’ll be in northern Thailand, where you can explore ancient temples, participate in traditional festivals, and discover the local handicrafts.
Chiang Mai offers a range of accommodations, from boutique hotels in the Old City to affordable guesthouses in the Nimman area. You’ll also be able to see the Chiang Mai Flower Festival in February, where you can marvel at the vibrant blooms during the annual festival.
We might be a little biased as some of our teammates just took a trip down to Guatemala. They experienced the rich tapestry of culture and history. One of the places our team went was Antigua, a UNESCO World Heritage site, with its cobblestone streets and historic architecture.
We definitely brought our Fanny Packs with us as we explored lively markets, visited historic churches, and savored local cuisine. Luxurious boutique hotels like El Convento provide a romantic escape, while budget travelers can find comfortable hostels in the heart of the city.
We also picked visiting Tikal or Yaxhá if you wanted to go back in time to walk among towering pyramids and temples surrounded by lush jungle. For a unique experience, stay in eco-lodges near the ruins, offering both comfort and a connection with nature.
Other top picks were visiting Lake Atitlán and enjoying activities like kayaking, hiking, and swimming, hiking volcanoes such as Pacaya and Acatenango or experiencing the natural beauty of Semuc Champey, a series of turquoise pools formed by natural limestone bridges.
Down under, Australia invites you to discover a diverse blend of experiences. Dive into the breathtaking underwater world of the Great Barrier Reef, where coral gardens and marine life will amaze you or sail through Whitsunday Islands near Airlie Beach in Queensland. You can even take time to explore the world’s oldest rainforest in Port Douglas, Queensland. The Daintree Rainforest is home to some of the most unique flora and fauna that you won’t see anywhere else in the world.
Immerse yourself in Melbourne's artsy culture, vibrant laneways, and diverse cuisine. Foodies won’t want to miss the Melbourne Food and Wine Festival in March.
And finally, another pick is Brisbane, with its sunny vibes, offers outdoor adventures and a laid-back atmosphere. This is a prime post lounge in a Changing Poncho atmosphere.
South Africa gets the nickname Rainbow Nation because of its mix of cultures across the country and is indeed a cultural melting pot with its 11 official languages. Take a visit to Cape Town, framed by the iconic Table Mountain, captivating with its mix of beaches, history, and arts.
The Kruger National Park is another pick. A haven for wildlife enthusiasts, it promises unforgettable beauty and adventure. invites you on a safari adventure, encountering the untamed beauty of African wildlife.
If you extend your stay a little longer into spring, you can attend the Franschhoek Literary Festival in May. The festival brings together writers, poets, and book lovers for discussions, book launches, and literary enjoyment.
Another amazing pick is touring the Garden Route. The Indian Ocean stretches out on one side, its azure waters contrasting with the lush greenery of the coast. The route takes you through rugged cliffs, pristine beaches, and dense forests, offering countless opportunities to pull over, breathe in the fresh sea air, and capture postcard-perfect moments.
Our neighbor to the south, Mexico is often thought of a quick trip for Californians. There is so much to see and do during the winter. Take a trip to Sayulita and embrace the bohemian charm of its beaches and surf culture. Make sure that you pack your Original Towel for any place you decide to stay.
Playa Norte in Isla Mujeres is a haven of turquoise waters and sandy shores and Mexico City, a metropolis of art and architecture, pulsates with energy. And we can’t forget about the enchanting state of Chiapas that offers natural wonders and indigenous traditions.
And if you are in Aguascalientes in April & May, you can experience Feria Nacional de San Marcos, one of Mexico's most significant fairs with a variety of events including concerts, rodeos, cultural exhibitions, and amusement rides.