As severe weather sweeps the UK, and most of the population struggle with the back-to-work blues after the holidays, it’s no wonder that travel agents say that January is their busiest month for people booking holidays. Escaping to the sun in the middle of winter can be pricey. However, it doesn’t have to be. These sunny holidays are only a short flight away from the UK. Plus, they’re totally affordable destinations! Get your passport at the ready…

Essaouira, Morocco

A mere three hour and 40 minute flight to Marrakech and then a short car journey will deliver you straight to the sleepy shores of Essaouira. This seaside town full of whitewashed houses with bright blue shutters enjoys temperatures between 18-22°C in January and February. Explore the sleepy streets, enjoy tasting fresh fish down by the water or take a stroll along the wide stretching beach. You might need a light jacket for when it gets windy down by the water at night, but apart from that you can leave your layers at home.

Lanzarote, Spain

Lanzarote may not have always had the best reputation as a holiday destination. However, a few days on this sunny Spanish island might just change you mind! Especially when the average temperature in January and February sits around 17/1814°C! Fours hours by plane from the UK, and with flights starting from as little as £39, it’s never been easier or cheaper to escape the cold British winter.

Lanzarote, what an island. Los Jameos del Agua, like the Cueva de los Verdes, are located inside the volcanic tunnel created by the eruption of La Corona Vulcano. It owes its name to the existence of an internal lake which constitutes a unique geological formation. It originates by filtration through the rock which lies below sea-level. Great pic by @evenmenor #jameosdelagua #lanzarote #cesarmanrique #manrique #canaryislands #canarias #canaries #7islas #nature_brilliance #architecturephotography #architecturelovers #modernarchitecture #vulcanoisland #visitlanzarote #visitspain #caverock #naturelove #naturephoto #natureart #artofnature #naturephotography #nature_brilliance #grottos #architecturalphotography #poolview #sunnydays #swimmingpool #pooltime #beautifulplaces #beautifuldestinations

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Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Dubai-winter-sunTemperatures stay in the 20s in Dubai during the months of January and February. So, you probably won’t find a better winter sun destination without flying half way around the globe! Sit back and relax by the pool all day, or buckle up for a 4×4 ride in the desert if you want a bit more adventure. Pushing it at 6h 45 minutes flight time, you might not count this as a ‘short’ flight time, but it’s totally worth it when you get there and feel the sun on your face!

Barcelona, Spain

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Just a short two hour flight away from the UK, Barcelona is a great winter sun city destination. With highs of 14°C in January and February, it might not be sunbathing weather, but you won’t need your thermals either! There’s plenty to see and explore in this architecturally interesting Spanish city. Plus, the night life is worth staying up for.

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