Winter Vacation Getaways

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Winter Vacation Getaways

It’s that time of year again in the Northern Hemisphere, time to start thinking about winter.  Yes, I know it feels too soon, but really it’s just around the corner.  I cheer myself up though, by thinking about winter vacation getaways.

Nobody really likes winter that much, do they? other than Christmas and all that fun and festivity malarkey; instead, most people prefer the sunshine, and the laid-back, beach fun that summer brings. Despite that, there are plenty of things you can see and do when temperatures are lower, in fact, there are plenty of things which are much more enjoyable, or can only be done, when it’s cooler – allowing you to get out and really explore, without needing to sit down every five minutes due to heat exhaustion.

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I was only really converted to the fun of winter travel a few years ago, but now I’m hooked. I don’t deal well with not having something planned, and I’m not the most patient of people, so I like to know that I’m heading somewhere at least once every couple of months. I am a little travel addicted, but personally I think there are much worse things to be addicted to.

If you’re looking out of the window this winter, thinking there has to be much more to life than grey dullness, then you’re in luck. Check out these few ideas for winter fun and travel, and see if any float your boat.

Ideas For Winter Vacation Getaways

Winter Vacation Getaways 1: City breaks

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Cities are no fun when temperatures are higher, this I know from experience. I remember visiting Istanbul in July a few years ago and thinking it was probably the worst idea I have ever had in my life. Crowds, high temperatures, sweaty metro carriages – it’s all rather unpleasant. Now, winter is a totally different kettle of fish.

Cooler temperatures mean you can explore in much more comfortable circumstances, and you may even find that crowds are less. I went back to Istanbul in January, and yes, it was cold, in fact it was freezing, but I enjoyed it so much more, and got to see a lot more than I did the previous July.

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Cities are year-round affairs, they don’t stop just because the sun has gone in, and this also goes for cheap flights. A city break is the ideal winter getaway, and probably won’t break the bank either, if you’re a little careful.

Winter Vacation Getaways 2: Visit a tourist destination out of season

Before I moved to Marmaris in Turkey, I always used to visit during the summer season. Of course, this is normal, Marmaris is a seasonal kind of place, and practically shuts down from October to April. However, as much as I loved the place, I wanted to see the ‘real’ Marmaris, so I went for New Year. Now, I saw a totally different view of the place I’d visited so much before, something more authentic and cultural, and this lead me to see it through totally different eyes when I visited again the following summer – and eventually moved!

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You do have to appreciate that most of the resort is going to be closed, but people do live in these places all year around, so it isn’t going to be a ghost town on the whole. You never know, you might appreciate the place more if you do this.

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Winter Vacation Getaways 3: Skiing/snowboarding

Of course, winter means snow and snow means skiing and snowboarding. The ski season is massively popular for experienced skiers, but if you’re a newbie, why not give it a go? Most resorts have a part which is ideal for first-timers, and you’ll no doubt find a ski school.

Of course, the scenery is also breath-taking, there’s no denying it, so you’ll get some amazing photos, a real cosy kind of break, and enjoy learning a new skill at the same time.

Winter Vacation Getaways

Of course, remember your insurance because returning home with your leg in plaster is not really the sign of a successful winter vacation!

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Winter Vacation Getaways 4: A romantic log cabin

I might have said you should go skiing, but I daren’t try it, simply because I’m very clumsy and it’s a very high probability that I will end up with one leg or both in some sort of plaster cast. Now, the one thing I have always fancied trying is a vacation in a cosy log cabin.

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These don’t come cheap, do remember that, but how romantic! The snow is falling outside, you’re snuggled up inside with your loved one, nursing a hot chocolate, in front of a roaring fire – it’s the stuff of Mills and Boon books!

Unique & Cozy Winter Getaways (Treehouse, A-frame, Log Cabin) – Trout and Coffee

Winter Vacation Getaways 5: Cruise the seas

Cruising is massively popular these days, and whilst winter probably isn’t the best time to be heading off on a Med cruise, unless you want quite unpredictable weather, it is the perfect time to visit the Caribbean, the Norwegian fjords, or even the Antarctic.

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You will see some amazing scenery, and enjoy some winter sun if you head off on the Caribbean option. You can cruise and stay, twin centre it up, or basically design the whole thing yourself, but sailing during winter is definitely to be recommended.

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Winter Vacation Getaways 6: Train Trips

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And why stop at cruises, there are also winter train trips you can do. Winter vacation train trips offer a charming and nostalgic way to explore the wintry landscapes while enjoying the cozy comfort of a train carriage. As the train chugs through snow-covered mountains, frozen lakes, and picturesque villages, travelers are treated to breathtaking vistas and a sense of tranquility that can only be found on the tracks.

Overnite WINTER TRAIN Trip through the Rocky Mountains on VIA RAIL – Will Edmond

The gentle swaying of the train and the sight of snowflakes dancing outside the window create an idyllic ambiance, perfect for relaxation and reflection. Whether it’s a scenic ride through the Canadian Rockies, a journey through the Swiss Alps, or a cross-country adventure in a historic train, winter train trips provide a unique and unforgettable experience that blends the romance of rail travel with the enchantment of winter’s wonderland.

Glacier Express in Switzerland: Hannah Hummel’s Luxurious Journey Through the Alps – DW Travel

Winter Vacation Getaways 7: Winter sun

It’s not cold everywhere in the world from November to March! If you’re craving sun, head off to a destination which promises beach time away from what you consider to be the norm.

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You could head off on safari in Kenya, with a beach break at the beginning or end, or you could head to Egypt for fun in the sun; equally, the Gambia is a sunshine mecca, or even the Canary Islands or the Caribbean – the list goes on.


Winter Vacation Getaways 8 – Activity breaks

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Lower temperatures means you can concentrate better on the task at hand, and it’s during these times that you will find activity holidays popular. This can be anything from photography, cookery, learning a new language, learning a dance, to cultural breaks, volunteering, or even walking and hiking. Whatever you choose, winter is the ideal time to do it.

Best Winter Family Vacations – Jones Family Travels

Winter Vacation Getaways 9 – Northern Lights

Who doesn’t want to see the Aurora Borealis, but you can only see them at night, which means heading up north in winter.

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There are even cruise companies who offer off season rates in winter to places like Norway in winter, which to me sounds a perfect way to get in a cheap cruise and finally see the Northern Lights.   Who knows what else you might see along the way.

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As you can see, you don’t have to sit at home looking meaningfully outside the window during the winter months, you can simply turn it into an excuse to get out and do something a little different, or visit somewhere totally new!

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