In case you hadn’t noticed – although we’re not sure how you could have possibly missed it – winter is here. It took a while this year for the frost to arrive but our teeth have been happily chattering away for a few weeks now and even London has seen a dusting of snow. With the cold inevitably comes the dream of lounging on a beach in a distant paradise. Summer seems so far away and we could really do with a holiday right now.

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The solution is simple: book yourself a trip this spring! At Jackpot247 we’re currently running our Win Your Perfect Holiday prize draw which could see you fly off with £1,500 worth of Thomson Holiday Gift cards. One winner will get to spend these vouchers on whatever holiday he or she can dream up so enter now for your chance to enjoy a well-deserved break.

Now that you’ve decided a nice vacation is the perfect way to shake off those winter chills, you have to decide where exactly your trip will take you. With so many great destinations across the world, it can be hard to see the forest for the trees – or the beach for the towels. We’d like to help you on your way, pun intended, with some of the best spring holidays 2015 has to offer. Have you got your sunglasses ready? Great, let’s go!

1.       New York

The Big Apple will surely quench your holiday thirst as there is a little bit for everyone. We have to admit there are no beaches but there is a lot of concrete in this metropolis, meaning it gets comfortably toasty in April when the sun is out. This is also exactly why you should avoid New York during the summer months as you’ll feel like a chip that got stuck at the bottom of the fryer. Must-dos are a picnic in Central Park and the Statue of Liberty.

We also recommend a trip to the top of the Empire State Building by day and then discover the rooftop of the Rockefeller Center at night for that ultimate ‘bright lights, big city’ feel. Our golden tip is to go for dinner in China town but avoid restaurants with tourists. Select a small eatery with nothing but Chinese customers and you’ll be pleasantly surprised by the quality of the food and the prices.

2.       Cape Town

South Africa’s Capital has acquired quite the grand reputation, being billed as ‘the most beautiful city in the world’ by many. April-May is the perfect time for visiting as it will be autumn on the other side of the equator, leaving you to enjoy the lingering summer heat rather than being scorched by the sun. Take a trek up Table Mountain and enjoy a breath-taking view across the ‘City Bowl’ all the way to the Atlantic Ocean.

Here are the beaches you’ve been looking for. You’ll find spots of leisure on both sides of the cape with very different atmospheres and even temperatures. The water at False Bay beaches is often a lot warmer – up to 6 degrees – than those on the Atlantic Seaboard and West Coast. Don’t forget to take a stroll around the centre of Cape Town, famed for its architectural heritage, and visit the Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden.

3.       ABC Islands

No, we’re not about to teach you the alphabet but prepare yourself to be whisked away to paradise. Aruba, Bonaire and Curaçao lie in the Caribbean and are part of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. While all boast a climate perfect for a springtime visit – it gets almost unbearably hot after – each island offers a different holiday experience. Bonaire is hailed as the best diving destination in the world and is relatively tranquil compared to its neighbours.

If you can get to Aruba in February so much the better as Carnival is a rather important part of the island’s culture. Imagine yourself partying amongst the locals. Sounds pretty amazing, right? Book your stay at Palm Beach, Aruba’s most famous resort known for its luxury and get your own slice of heaven.

Curaçao has the same festive carnival spirit but the spectacular cuisine is a great addition. The island boasts more than 50 nationalities making for a rather unique eating culture. You’ll also be amazed by the former plantation houses built by the Dutch during the 18th and 19th century. They still bear their delightful quirky names such as ‘Pannekoek’ (pancake) or ‘Dokterstuin’ (doctor’s garden).

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