I’m Martin. I created this site for fellow sun enthusiasts who are tired of gloomy, cold and cloudy weather where they live. I was born in Poland, which looks like this during the winter:
I took this picture at 10:30 AM. If you live in a similar place, I bet you can relate to the feeling of desperation when it feels like you don’t remember what sun looks like.
Ever since I was young, I hated winters, snow, low temperatures, and gray skies. I still remember the anxiety I felt each September, knowing that summer, the best time of year, is about to end. Yet again, I would have to deal with bad weather, inability to engage in my favorite outdoor sports, and seasonal affective disorder (SAD).
Each year, for at least six months—approximately between October and March—I hibernated, desperately waiting for spring. To get a brief respite, I traveled to sunny, warm countries. I felt so much better the moment I landed in my destination, but coming back home—and adapting to the bad weather again—was tough.
Even during the sunny months I was still stressed out. I couldn’t get enough of sunshine. I behaved like an addict, trying to spend as much time as possible outside. I knew that sunny, warm days were limited in Poland, and I didn’t want to regret not taking advantage of every single day of great weather.
I couldn’t live like this anymore. I embarked on a journey to find a new, sunny home for me, with a plan to have a second residence where I could spend the worst months of the year while still living in Poland, too (where I have family and friends who contribute greatly to my quality of life, too).
I quickly noticed that there are many more people like me, dead-tired of dark, cold, gloomy weather where they live, looking for a new home or a second residence like Canadian snowbirds moving to Arizona each winter or Brits heading to Spain or Portugal with mild, pleasant winters. I decided to create a website where I would publish the results of my research of the sunniest destinations in the world and share other tips for people like me struggling with SAD.
Since there are so many individual factors to consider when moving, the destinations I included in the ranking of the sunniest cities in the world meet only some basic requirements like plenty of sunshine and warm weather year round. I’ll discuss in more depth specific destinations in separate articles.
I decided to exclude the poorest destinations from the list because most cold weather expats looking for a new home or residence aren’t interested in those places, preferring countries where they can maintain similar quality of life (or better) to the one they have back home.
I hope that the results of my research will help you identify the most suitable destinations for you.