It’s Winter holidays time, and many of us are wondering where to head next. If you are unfortunate enough to live in the North (like myself), seeking out some sunshine is crucial at this time of the year. It could be anything from a short break away from the city to a 16-hour flight to South-East Asia. As long as you get to recharge your batteries and bring up your D vitamin level.
We have asked fellow travel bloggers about their favorite winter holidays destinations. Let’s have a look at what they recommend.
Winter Holidays pick from Hannah & Adam (Getting Stamped)
The first month of the new year break out your passport and head to Thailand! My first taste of this amazing country was on my Thailand honeymoon. I have since spent over a year traveling the county. I think every trip to Thailand should start in Bangkok, spend a few days exploring the street food and getting a feel for the culture. After Bangkok go off on an Thailand island hopping adventure, there are over 300 islands in Thailand my favorite is Koh Lipe. If you are looking for a unique souvenir to remember your time in Thailand consider getting a Sak Yant tattoo by a monk! Don’t forget to indulge in cheap Thai massages, in most of he country you can get an hour Thai massage or food massage for under $8 an hour.
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Winter Holidays pick from Jamie Joyner (Photo Jeepers)
We visit Arches National Park near Moab, Utah at various times each year. We recommend going during the winter as it’s the off-season. No crowds! You have the parking lot to yourself and no other people in your photographs of the arches. No heat! Hiking is usually best in the morning or late afternoon due to the heat of the mid-summer day. In the winter you can enjoy a full day in the park!
The park offers a wide variety of things to do. Many visitors simply drive through the park to see the natural formations from the road and parking lots. Others, especially families with children, enjoy the short hikes to many arches where you can scramble up rocks and fins. More experienced hikers set out on primitive trails to enjoy the serenity away from the crowds.
Snow does fall in Arches, but it rarely stays on the ground for more than 2 or 3 days. Photographers enjoy the varied landscape: one day there is a contrast of snow on redrock; and the next day the sun melts the snow and blue skies complement the sandstone formations.
Best time to visit
The park puts on a show at sunrise and sunset. The colors are vibrant and the light creates a spectacular glow on the red rocks that cannot be missed.
Arches National Park is internationally recognized as one of the best places for stargazing because of its remote location, accessibility, altitude and clear skies. The slogan “Half the Park is After Dark” encourages visiting at night to simply ‘Look up’!
Bonus: lodging in nearby Moab during the winter is readily available and affordable. There are no lines at the local restaurants and shops along Main Street.
Winter in Arches National Park is the best!
Bio: Jamie Joyner from Photo Jeepers:
Travel and adventure provide perspective. I need things organized and love to use checklists. My husband Dave and I hope to Inform and Inspire you by sharing our experiences and stories from our travels.
Winter Holidays pick from Alessandra (An Expat Diary)
Grindelwald is located in the Jungfrau region in Switzerland, about one hour from Bern, which is famous for its landscape and for having one of the best and biggest ski resorts in the country. This destination is not only perfect for winter but also for different times of the year, including summer, with many hiking and outdoor activities available, where you will always enjoy a stunning, photogenic scenery of the mountains.
For those of you looking to visit this area, it can be reached by train from virtually any airport in Switzerland. I also recommend renting a car if you can, which is what I did on my trip as it is a great way to explore the area.
This is one of the most beautiful areas in Switzerland and there is so much you can do around there. During January you will not only be able to hit the slopes for some skiing or snowboarding, but also go sledding, as Grindelwald has the longest sledding path in Europe. Another must do activity is to visit the Top of Europe, which is the highest point in the whole continent that can be reached by train.
Apart from spending your days enjoying this winter wonderland and eating one of the best fondue and raclette around, I would strongly recommend you to explore the surroundings and visit the Lauterbrunnen area, where you will have your mouth dropped by its many waterfalls (which will probably be frozen at this time of the year) and fairy tale landscapes.
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