Article by Nick Rinylo
Top 10 Winter Destinations
Happy New Year! We hope you’ve had a great 2019. Whilst everyone’s thinking ahead to their summer holidays, we’re welcoming in 2020 with a run-through of our top 10 winter destinations to embrace the chill. There’s something for everyone on our shortlist, so take a look and plan your next getaway.
Reykjavik – Iceland
Starting off our list strong with much-loved Reykjavik, based south west of Iceland. No winter shortlist would be complete without this breathtaking country surrounded by dramatic backdrops and hot springs. Here you’ll find the famous Blue Lagoon hot spring, a popular tourist attraction and not one to be missed. Iceland is also famed destination for catching a glimpse of the Northern Lights. This bucket-list favourite draws people from all over the world, so join the masses and try your luck.
Prague – Czech Republic
Prague – a beautiful place and even more so when it’s covered in snow. This incredible city is a favourite amongst European city hoppers. Hotspots include the famous Prague Castle, Petrin Tower and the thermal baths. Throw plenty of museums, cosy cave bars and ice skating rinks in there and you’ve got yourself the perfect winter city break. Prague has a lot to offer and the views are not one to be missed, so take advantage and see it for yourself this winter.
Basel – Switzerland
Located in between the France and German borders, Basel is a picturesque Swiss wonderland. It’s the home of Art Basel, The Kunstmuseum and if you stay around a little longer, you could catch their annual festival Fasnacht which takes place in March. Basel has stunning views of the river Rhine which flows right through the city, and during the winter you’ll catch yourself some heavy snowfall. Accessible thanks to the trams and busses, it’s an absolute joy to visit.
New York – USA
Heading further west, New York is of course on our list. Being one of the busiest cities in the world, New York has tons to do all throughout the year, but during the winter and the festive period, there’s an undeniable magic in the air. Visit in January and you’ll miss the enormous amount of Christmas visitors, but catch the Chinese New Year celebrations in Chinatown. Don’t forget to tick off ice skating at The Rockefeller Centre and ambling through a frosty Central Park for the ultimate in cosy, winter activities. If you hit New York in February, make sure you check out the Winter Jam, with plenty to do across the cities popular parks.
Kyoto – Japan
On the eastern hemisphere, we head to Kyoto. Once the capital of Japan, this city is bursting with quintessentially Japanese buildings and surprisingly, small ski resorts such as Hirogawara. There’s masses of captivating history within the Kyoto Samurai & Ninja Museum, so immerse yourself in the rich past of this city and escape the low temperatures. Treat yourself to some traditional Japanese food and tick off the Tenryuji Temple, Bomboo Grove and Gion, the geisha district.
Chamonix – France
A short drive from Geneva, just over the border in the French Alps lies Chamonix. This charming ski resort is nestled within dramatic views of snow-capped mountains for miles around. And speaking of mountains, Chamonix is home to the famous Mont Blanc mountain. When the sun hits it, the peak turns pink – the perfect holiday photo opportunity. Take advantage of challenging hikes, cosy pubs and cable car rides – we hope you’re not afraid of heights! You can even take a day-trip to Geneva, so keep your passport handy.
Bali – Indonesia
Not a fan of the cold? Start off 2020 right and fly to Bali this winter and escape those shivers and sub-zero temperatures. This exotic, forested island in Indonesia reaches average highs of 30 degrees this time of year, so it’s the perfect getaway to beat the winter blues. Bali’s niche culture makes it the perfect place to unwind, relax and reflect – but don’t be fooled. As much as it’s the perfect place to do nothing, there’s a lot to do in Bali. From sacred waters, to temples and chocolate factories, hidden paradise beaches and plenty of nightlife, there really is something for everyone. Whether you fancy cultural activities in the sun, or seeing the new year in lazing around on a beach hammock, you will not be disappointed.
Krabi – Thailand
In a similar vein, here’s another destination for the sun worshippers amongst us. Krabi is a wonderful location on the west coast of Thailand. It’s truly breathtaking spot, surrounded by craggy, sheer limestone cliffs that look like something out of a fantasy film, dense mangrove forests and more than one hundred offshore islands to discover. It’s a stonesthrow from the Phi Phi Islands, one of the most popular tourist spots in Thailand. Krabi is also home to Railay Beach, a tranquil pocket of the country accessible only by boat.
Newquay – UK
Of course, you don’t need to leave the good old mother land in order to enjoy a nice winter break. We’re lucky enough to live in a country bursting with picturesque destinations, but topping our list is Newquay, a stunning town in Cornwall. Newquay is impressive all year round, but with wonders such as Paradise Park and Pinetum Park, it’s especially nice in the colder seasons to get outside and blow away the cobwebs. The open-air Minack Theatre is a must-see and even though the act has packed up for the winter, that shouldn’t stop you from paying it a visit.
Whistler – Canada
We’ve saved the best for last with Whistler in Vancouver, Canada. Nowhere does winter better than Canada. If you’ve never tried tobogganing, Whistler’s Olympic Park is the place to do it. You can also try dog sledding, snowshoeing and ski jumping (not one for the faint hearted). The mountains are blanketed in snow and it’s officially ski season, so grab your skis, wrap up warm and get down the slopes. It’s all downhill from here!
We hope you enjoyed our top ten destinations this winter, and that we’ve given you some inspiration for 2020. Get your bags packed and those passports stamped – Happy New Year!
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