I may have mentioned this before, but I walk to work, mostly. There’s a very short train journey in the middle, but it breaks down as a total of around 80 minutes walking, five minutes waiting for a train, four minutes on a train. This week was the first week I left the house and it was properly dark. I then left the office and it was getting dark.
If you’ve got those similar feelings of being a bit down, and finding the cold and the darkness to be a bit bleak, then there is a solution. It’s really not too late to be booking a winter cruise to escape from all of this.
Get yourself away for a last minute voyage, and instead of waking up to the sight of pure darkness, or even worse: darkness with a white sheen as snow and ice threaten before you’ve been left the front door, you could be waking up to bright sun and the lapping blue waves on pristine white sands.
Obviously I’m talking about the Caribbean, which is at its most popular during the winter months, but there are other options too. Basically anywhere in the southern hemisphere would offer something to enjoy, but for me you’re either looking at something in the Caribbean and Bahamas, or an Australasia cruise.
You could book a last minute escape to the Australian summer, cruising the coastline as you take in the sights of Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne and more. You might even be able to snap up some last minute tickets for an Ashes cricket test if you’re quick – one for the sport fans.
Whether you want something in the next few weeks before Christmas (less than 10 weeks to go people) to escape the mad rush, or you’re looking ahead to January and February when the festive bonhomie has worn off but sadly the weather hasn’t taken the hint, you’ll still find some great options available. But not for much longer, so do be quick.
By Ian Lewis