My favourite winter destinations…
Winter travel, you either want to escape the cold and get away to somewhere warm or embrace it and go in search of snow, twinkly lights and a cosy feeling. It’s not too late to book the perfect winter getaway so if you’re looking for winter destination inspiration then hopefully I’m here to give you some ideas away from the usual ski haunts that everyone else will flock to during the season.
I’ve talked on here before about how under-rated I think Belgium is as a destination, what it lacks in major tourist attractions it more than makes up for in excellent beer, food (chocolate of course!) and general warmth of experience. You’ll also find the Belgian market squares gorgeously festive at this time of year with Christmas markets and more often than not a sprinkling of snow (or at least a bit of frost) to help get you into the winter spirit. I’ve visited both Bruges and Brussels over the Christmas and New Year break and found them to be the perfect short getaway from the UK for feeling festive.
The land of fire and ice just calls out as being the perfect winter destination. What’s better than spending your days exploring the glorious landscapes, natural and geographical features of Iceland on foot to then hop into the warmth of a sauna or a thermal pool to rejuvenate in later on in the day. Add to that the thrill of possibly seeing the infamous Northern Lights and you’re onto a great winter destination for sure.
Of course Canada should be on a list of winter destinations. It’s synonymous with snow, mountains and an active winter lifestyle but don’t worry it’s not just for skiers as there’s loads you can do if you’re more of a fan of the apres-ski or want to visit in the shoulder seasons. The National Parks are a great starting points as they combine the beauty of hikes and trails with nearby small towns ideal for bases from which you can start and end your adventures. My favourites are Banff and Jasper, home to some of the most beautiful lakes and landscapes in Canada.
Edgy and cool, Berlin is one of my favourite winter city breaks. You can spend all day and night in the warmth of the one of the many bars and cafes should you choose to just want to soak up the atmosphere or if you want to see some heavy hitting tourist and cultural landmarks then you’ve got them all at your feet too. Do a bit of both for the perfect city break.
New York, New York…no body does it better, makes me feel sad for the rest. The city really goes to town during the winter period; from Thanksgiving to Christmas to New Year it’s the perfect place to be to soak in all the festive spirit. If you can get past the bitter cold and don’t mind wearing thermals that is! The Rockerfeller Centre tree and Ice Rink are not to be missed and neither is a carriage ride through wintery Central Park. You could also just spend time spotting locations from your favourite festive movies such as Home Alone or Elf or go mad in the discount sales which are arguably some of the best in the world.
Some other ideas on my winter bucket-list;
So I either haven’t been to these places in Winter but have visited before and think it would be lovely during the winter season or it’s somewhere on my winter bucket list.
- Copenhagen, Denmark – It’s been on my bucket list for AGES, and armed with the knowledge it’s also super family friendly and full of danish pastries it may be an option now we have two kiddos in tow.
- Norway (all of it) – Norway just epitomises winter for me and I’d love to visit the big hitters of Oslo or Bergen during winter and really go all in for the white and cold Christmas of my dreams.
- Talinn, Estonia – looking like something that has stepped out of a fairytale, Talinn looks like another perfect winter city break where you could enjoy cosy warm drinks and strolls to nowhere in particular.
Where’s your dream winter destination or have you been somewhere I should add to my list?