Places to go in the world for guaranteed sunshine

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Love escaping to the beach on holiday, but seem to be dogged by rain clouds everywhere you go? There are places to go in the world for guaranteed sunshine, and in this article, we will reveal a few of our our favorite places where wet weather won’t be a concern…

Mancora, Peru

While most travel to Peru to climb high up into the heights of the Andes in pursuit of ancient Inca ruins like Machu Picchu, those seeking a holiday on the beach without having to contend with the specter of rainfall will want to make room in their itinerary to head to Mancora, Peru.

Located on the desiccatedly arid coastline of Northern Peru, to see even a wisp of cloud will be a rare sight indeed 10 to 11 months of the year. Even during the wettest part (January and February) of the calendar, only a grand total of 18 milimetres of rain is expected, making a trip even at this time not a bad plan at all.

The overall feel of the town is of one that has retained its authenticity and realness in spite of its regional popularity … expect to walk through unpaved streets away from the Panamericana, and to see locals bathing in the refreshing 24 degree Celsius (77 degrees Fahrenheit) waters alongside tourists.

Swakopmund, Namibia

Has all those desert safaris and sandboarding expeditions in the interior of Namibia made you overheated? If so, take a trip to the coast at Swakopmund, where the one of the driest deserts on Earth meets the chilly South Atlantic.

Indeed, the waters off this popular coastal resort can be brisk at the best of times, as the ocean peaks at 20 degrees Celsius (68 degrees Fahrenheit) in January. But with lots of glorious sunshine to warm you up after an invigorating dip in the seas here, it shouldn’t be too much of a concern for you.

Between sessions at the beach, enjoy this city’s unique German colonial architecture, which will charm those that encounter it for the first time.

Kiribati

Located in the heart of the South Pacific, Kiribati is one of the sunniest island nations in Oceania, boasting well over 3,000 hours of sunshine per year. While this destination is one of white sand beaches and amazing shipwrecks dating back to the Second World War, conditions here are rustic compared to Hawaii, and poverty is apparent. That being said, those seeking unspoiled conditions will find it here in abundance.

Make the most of your trip to Lisbon

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Heading to Portugal soon, and want to make the most of your trip to Lisbon? There are many ways you can use your time when you are in this storied city, but if you are dumbfounded on where exactly to start, this guide will get you out of your hotel room and onto the streets of one of Europe’s most exciting capitals.

Under the radar escapes in the American Rockies

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While the mountainous western sections of the United States are popular with visitors foreign and domestic, there are many hidden gems for those seeking to avoid oppressive crowds in high season. This summer, check out these under the radar escapes in the American Rockies, and you will find the peak experience in this part of the world that you are seeking.

Bozeman, Montana

Located within a tight mountain valley within the front range of the Rockies in Montana, Bozeman is a cosy and charming city which will surprise you with its offerings.

There are plenty of art galleries for those that wish to appreciate local masterpieces, while The Museum of the Rockies will fill you in on the natural history of this tremendously beautiful place.

The Yellowstone and Missouri Rivers offer excellent fishing and paddling, while those visiting in winter will love the uncrowded ski hills located within an easy drive of downtown.

Laramie, Wyoming

Sitting at the base of the Medicine Bow Mountains and home to the University of Wyoming, Laramie is a youthful college town that is filled with enthusiasm for all things outdoors. From bouldering and backcountry hiking in the summer to cross country and downhill skiing in the winter, those looking to appreciate a mountainous paradise will be in good company here.

Want to experience the drama of a US college football game? The intimate confines of the U of W’s stadium will allow you to watch some of America’s most talented young football players as they attempt to achieve glory for their small school in the heart of the Rockies – all while looking good for any NFL scouts in attendance!

Santa Fe, New Mexico

Near the southern terminus of the American Rockies is Santa Fe, the highest state capital in the United States at a lofty elevation of over 7,000 feet. Here, the many museums that come with being the capital of New Mexico will amuse those that seek to learn and understand, while those seeking scenery will find it on the tourist train that the Santa Fe Southern railway operates through the high desert to Lamy.

Spanish architecture will impress any visitor to this city, but don’t leave without sampling its many festivals. The Mexican culture of this part of the country and thriving art community combine to give this town more than its share of fiestas and exhibitions, so ask around when you arrive whether anything awesome is going on – chances are, there is.

Sun destinations in the Philippines that aren’t Boracay

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The profile of the Philippines has been increasing in recent years, but with many being overwhelmed with Boracay’s crowded state, it is important to realize that this nation has many more beaches that are just as great (or better) than its best known resort.

The following sun destinations in the Philippines will fill in admirably, delivering a sun holiday that will have you returning here sooner than you’ll ever expect.

1) El Nido

If the excesses of Boracay bother you, then the stripped down backpacker vibe of El Nido might be more your speed.

Located in the northernmost reaches of the remote province of Palawan, kayaking amidst soaring limestone karsts and atop languid lagoons is a popular activity, while the area’s colorful coral reefs will thrill those that choose to go snorkeling.

While the main beaches can get crowded at times, hidden beaches can be found by taking a quick paddle down the coast.

2) Puerto Galera

Located within a quick bus + ferry ride from Manila, the beaches in and around Puerto Galera are a well-loved getaway for local Filipinos and expats living in the formerly mentioned metropolis. Here, some of the world’s best diving takes place, while those staying near the main pier will have views of a bay considered by some to be among the most beautiful in the world, especially at sunset.

hose seeking to have an authentic Filipino experience on their beach holiday should stay at White Beach, while Talipanan Beach, just several kilometres further northwest, has the idyllic deserted beach paradise vibe you’ve been fervently searching for.

3) Samal

Located close to the southern city of Davao, Samal is far away from the more popular beach resort areas, making this quality getaway refreshingly free of foreigners (if that’s what you are seeking). With blinding white sand like Boracay, but possessing a fraction of the crowds, you’ll feel like you’ve stumbled across a secret that could get you killed (no worries, Filipinos are a friendly lot!).

4) Caramoan

Located on a peninsula in the southeast corner of Luzon, Caramoan has karst scenery that evokes comparisons to Krabi province in Thailand, yet it lacks the tourist traffic of the latter destination.

Being a rustic place, taking a two day tour of its many dream beaches and dramatic coastline is highly recommended.

For those seeking to leave behind western cuisine to embrace Filipino food, the predominance of local restaurants will enable you to immerse yourself in their home style cooking.