Sayonara, sneezing! Low-Pollen Destinations to Minimize Your Hay Fever
Want to avoid a runny nose or itchy eyes and escape your seasonal allergies this summer? From fresh alpine heights perfect for clearing your sinuses to desert destinations with very few blooming plants, we've delved into our millions of listings across the globe to bring you six destinations sure to provide you with the sneeze-free vacay of your dreams.
Gran Canaria, Spain
For almost guaranteed sunshine, venture to the beautiful island of Gran Canaria, just off the northwest coast Africa and one of Spain's Canary Islands. If you suffer from hay fever, you can embrace this sneeze-free haven, as the island has a very low pollen count due to its year-round warm climate and tropical plants that are always in bloom, thus avoiding the seasonal pollen cycle.
Where to stay: Book a stay at B´SLOW San Agustín, an aparthotel with picturesque views of the nearby Las Burras Beach. After a sneeze-free day of sunning yourself at the nearby beach, you can cool off with a refreshing dip in the outdoor pool.
Coronet Peak, New Zealand
Just as rainy weather can reduce the pollen count by washing pollen from the air, so can snow. For travelers seeking a breath of fresh air, escape to Coronet Peak, New Zealand (where they are currently entering their winter) and hit the slopes for some invigorating skiing.
Where to stay: The Canyons B&B boasts sweeping views of the surrounding mountains, Shotover River and Coronet Peak. This secluded getaway provides everything you need to relax in comfort after a day on the slopes, including spacious rooms and a private outdoor patio.
Colorado Springs, USA
If you need some relief from your seasonal allergies, consider planning your next vacay to Colorado Springs. In the summer and autumn (particularly July and October), the dry desert-like surroundings contain relatively few plants, allowing you to clear your head and give your itchy eyes a break. Breathe the crisp mountain air as you embark on a hike to take in the areas's popular natrual landmarks like the Garden of the Gods, Pikes Peak and the Broadmoor Seven Falls.
Where to stay: Featuring stunning views of Cheyenne Mountain, Cheyenne Mountain Resort Colorado Springs, A Dolce Resort boasts five swimming pools, indoor and outdoor tennis courts, a 25-acre lake for sailing and a full-service spa. After a day of hiking, enjoy a delicious meal at the Mountain View Restaurant and finish the evening with a tasty cocktail at the Elevations Lounge.
The Scottish Highlands can provide a retreat for travelers suffering from hay fever due to the heavy rainfall, short pollen season and minimal trees. The surrounding moorlands and mountain terrain also provide respite as the vegetation is relatively free of allergens.
Where to stay: The Air an Oir - Skye Self Catering holiday home is located in Portree and features a terrace that offers stunning sea views and a guaranteed daily dose of salty fresh air. During your stay, make sure to visit the quaint Portree Harbour to marvel at the surrounding area's famed rugged landscapes, for example with a hike across Lealt Falls.
Located in the Sahara Desert, the small town of Merzouga provides a welcome break for hay fever sufferers with its dry, hot climate year-round, which means very little vegetation. Take in the surrounding majestic sand dunes with a camel trek or go flamingo spotting at the Lake of Merzouga.
Where to stay: Switch up your holiday accommodation plans with a stay in a traditional tent at the Luxury Camp Berber Experience. Boasting all the comforts of home and the opportunity to sample a variety of authentic Moroccan dishes onsite, you definitely won't feel like you're roughing it.
Fill your lungs with plenty of fresh alpine air with a trip to Whistler, British Columbia. The perfect retreat for skiing and snowboarding enthusiasts, it's home to one of the largest ski resorts in North America. Whistler Mountain typically stays open for spring skiing and snowboarding until late May. But if you’re looking to swap your snow boots for hiking boots, go in the summer and explore one of the many popular hiking trails, including Lakeside Park, Cheakamus Lake and the Ancient Cedars Trail.
Where to stay: Whistler Lodge Hostel offers affordable accommodation in an ideal location, just a short drive from the base of Creekside. You can swap stories with your fellow travelers as you prepare home cooked meals in the shared kitchen. Or simply soothe away any aches or pains at the end of an active day inside the onsite sauna.