For many of us the winter chill can be as enjoyable as the weather conditions that come with any other season, particularly in comparison to full-on summer, which is often associated with those postcard holiday escapes. If your traveler’s spirit is not stifled by the yearly big freeze, or if you perhaps want a change of scenery, we explore some of the best destination ideas for a winter break.
Reykjavik, Iceland (and beyond)
Probably the sleepiest capital city in the world, Reykjavik in Iceland is increasingly becoming popular among travelers from all corners of the world and not just the USA , the UK and western European nations. The long trip visitors take from as far as South Africa attests to what lies in store for winter breakers who are undeterred by the big chill, with iconic attractions such as the Aurora lights to look forward to.
The Dolomites, Italy
The Dolomites are a range of mountains in Italy, bordering Switzerland and Austria, making for one of the travel world’s best kept secret as far as winter escapes go. You might very well feel like you’re in Austria, which is by design as this is basically just an extension of the Alps, bringing with them the ways of the mountain folk whose dispersal spreads across both Switzerland and especially Austria.
You guessed it – this is indeed a top skiing destination.
Phuket Island, Thailand
So I had to slip this popular Southeast Asian, sub-tropical island getaway destination among the typical winter destinations, just so that those who really want to escape winter in the true sense of the exercise have a good idea for an option. Go to Phuket Island, Thailand, if you want to trade your snow boots for some flip-flops and everything to go with being able to wear flip-flops!
British Columbia, Canada
By no means is British Columbia among the northernmost provinces of the vast land that is Canada, but this westernmost province is “north” enough to offer the full complement of wintertime fun that would constitute the quintessential winter break. Among the many destinations in BC, Nelson is a very popular city. From being able to visit Rotary Lakeside Park to explore the great outdoors, to having fun at the Whitewater Ski Resort, there are so many exciting things to do in Nelson, which is situated at the heart of British Columbia. With that being said, Whistler is perhaps as wintery as it gets, offering unmatched downhill skiing that has had the destination’s profile boosted after being exposed to the world, following the 2010 Winter Olympic Games.
So I’ll be the first to admit that lists such as these are always extremely subjective, but the idea is simply to throw some ideas out there and plant a seed in your mind which will hopefully germinate into a flourishing tree of ideas you can pursue as far as the ultimate winter break destination. Paired with a TUI contact number, this little seed that has been planted in your mind could have you in for some great packaged or themed winter getaways as well, giving you all the bang you need for each buck you spend. After all, you might want to explore different facets of what the quintessential winter holiday getaway entails, which may not necessarily equate to fun in the snow.