12 epic international winter trips you can take right now on Emirates

For some, winter travel means days spent at the pool or tropical island, drink and book in-hand. For others (like us!), winter travel means great deals on far away places and adventures to the cities that have been lurking on our travel bucket lists for admittedly far too long. 

There are a million reasons you should skip the beach in favor of a trip to the far east or in Europe this winter. Not only are these travel hotspots (Athens, Milan, Shanghai!) much less crowded, but some destinations offer more affordable pricing during the off-season months. 

Where to fly on Emirates this winter
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Where to fly on Emirates this winter

Athens (Flights from JFK to ATH are around $250-$300)

Revisit ancient history with a tour of the Acropolis or hit the slopes in Parnassos.

Bali (Flights from JFK to DPS are between $500-$600) 

Tour Ancient Hindu temples, hike Mount Batur or chill on its scenic beaches. 

Dubai (Flights from LAX to DXB are around $600-$800)

Ride a camel, slide down sand dunes and visit the famed aquarium. 

Cape Town (Flights from Houston to CPT are around $600) 

Hike Table Mountain, take an Instagram at the Cape of Good Hope, stroll through KIrstenbosch National Botanical Garden or tour the Mandela Museum.

Hong Kong (Flights from Dallas to HKG are around $600-$700) 

Shop the busy streets of Tsim Sha Tsui, hit the roller coasters at Hong Kong Disneyland or visit the Tian Tan Buddha. 

Nairobi (Flights from JFK to NBO are around $800-$900) 

Animal lovers can visit the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust or Nairobi National Park, while city dwellers can stick to Masai Market or Bomas of Kenya. 

Singapore (Flights from Fort Lauderdale to SIN are around $600-$700)

Get in touch with your natural side with a walk through Gardens by the Bay, visit its trademark lion statue in Merlion Park or channel your inner child with an afternoon at Sentosa. 

Sydney (Flights from Boston to SYD are around $1800)

Tour the Sydney Opera House, visit local wildlife at the Taronga Zoo or catch some waves at Bondi Beach. 

Milan (Flights from Boston to MXP are around $800) 

Tour the iconic Duomo, visit da Vinci's last supper or catch a show at La Scala Opera. 

Seychelles (Flights from Seattle to SEZ are around $800-$900)

Feed giant tortoises and sail the waters of this pristine East African archipelago. 

Shanghai (Flights from Boston to PVG are around $500-$600) 

Tour the scenic Yu Garden, visit the 3rd-century Longhua Temple and take a tour around the China Art Museum. 

Bangkok (Flights from Chicago to BKK are around $500)

Snorkel the waters of the Phi Phi Islands, tour Bangkok's Grand Palace or relax with a Thai massage on the beach. 


No crowds taking over the Acropolis while its 90 degrees out, no mobs impacting your once-in-a-lifetime view of The Last Supper. It's a win-win for all, right?

With only a month and a half left of the season, it's time to get your winter wanderlust in gear with some planning. Check out all the epic winter destinations (no snow shoes required!) you can take right on Emirates. From Hong Kong to Singapore to Nairobi to Bali, here's where we're traveling this season.

Scroll through above to get planning! 

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