There’s one problem with going on vacation during the summer months and that is everyone goes away at the same time. People want to make the most of the warm weather and travel to new countries, but what people don’t realise is it’s great to go away during the winter months. While people might want to stay home for Christmas, there are plenty of people whodecide to take the festive season abroad.
If you want to feel even more festive and get into the spirit of Christmas, then you can take a trip to the northern countries where there is lots of snow, scenic landscapes and the Northern Lights. Make the most of ice festivals, outdoor thermal pools and snow sports. Or, if you prefer to catch some rays, why not visit one of the warmer countries where it won’t feel anything like the bitter cold at home. Here are some of the best places to travel to during the winter.
If you want to visit somewhere that will feel like a Winter Wonderland, then Reykjavik, Iceland is the place to be. It is one of Europe’s coldest countries and although the winters are dark, there is so much to see and do, which is why it is a must-see destination. There will be regular displays of the Northern Lights, which will appear in a variety of colours and forms throughout the winter months, as well as the famous thermal pools and spas for you to dip into if you can stand the cold walk to them. Reykjavik is also becoming known as a country to visit during Christmas as there are plenty of displays and decorations to get you in the festive mood.
It isn’t surprising that winter is the peak time for tourists to visit the Thai Islands as they try to escape the cold and replace it with white sandy beaches and the turquoise sea. It is much cooler than normal during the winter, which is perfect for those that don’t like it too warm, and there are plenty of festivals to celebrate Christmas and New Year. There are a number of islands to choose from, each one guaranteed to leave you feeling relaxed as you lounge by the pool or on the beach. You will completely forget that it is supposed to be winter.
If you don’t mind the cold temperatures, then you need to visit Abisko in Sweden. It is located as far north as can be in Europe and is well known for the incredible views of the Northern Lights, so it is perfect if you want to get up close and personal. There are a lot of winter sports that you can partake in such as skiing, ice skating, hiking and even dog sledging. Not too far away in the town of Kiruna is the famous ice hotel called Icehotel, which you can check out as long as you don’t mind being a little cold.
There are plenty of amazing destinations to visit in the Canary Islands where it feels like summer all year such as Tenerife, Lanzarote and Gran Canaria. Throughout the islands, you will find charming towns and cities with harbours and delicious restaurants to try out. Not to mention that most of the beaches will be deserted as it isn’t the peak season and most people are too busy staying at home. If you choose to go to Tenerife out of all the Islands, then you will find the world famous Siam Park, which was voted the best waterpark in the world and is perfect for thrill-seekers and kids alike.
Make the most out of Christmas time by visiting the wonderful Vienna in Austria! It is guaranteed to fill you with festive spirit as you walk along the cobbled streets and look around at the Christmas lights decorating the buildings. The markets are magical with plenty of cosy cafes and restaurants for you to sneak into for a break from the chilly air. Try your hand at ice skating or eat some of the regional snacks before going to a classical concert. If Christmas is your favourite time of year, make it one to remember by visiting Vienna.
Hawaii, United States of America
If you are looking for a place to visit that is hot all year round, then Hawaii is the place for you. This state in the US has some of the best beaches around and is perfect for those who love to surf. In fact, some of the best waves hit the island during the winter months, with some reaching 20-feet. Or perhaps you want to be closer to nature, in which case you will love the humpback whale watching. During the winter almost 6,000 humpback whales migrate to Hawaii and it is quite the sight to see.
And there you have it, some of the best place to visit during the winter where there is something for everyone.