We’ve all seen the pristine white beaches and clear blue water destinations that make the covers of travel magazines and usually make it to the top of mind of most honeymooners. But what about snow covered rooftops, a crackling fireplace and some cozy interiors, doesn’t that tickle your fancy too?
We’ve researched the most exciting Winter travel destinations and are happy to share them here with you. So throw on your beanies and best apres-ski look and let’s hop on the Winter Wonderland bandwagon!
Austria – practically anywhere!
Austria offers you a number of villages that look like they came straight out of a fairy tale, like Hallstatt or Salzburg. With many ski resorts, Winter activities, Christmas markets and snow-covered mountains, Austria will have you breathing crispy and cool fresh air while feeling warm and fuzzy on the inside.
Banff & Lake Louise, Canada
Did anyone say Canadian Rockies? We did. Snow and Ice and Beauty, oh my! This is literally for Winter activities’ enthusiasts…skiing, ice skating, curling and snowshoeing through beautiful landscapes are only some of the things you can do in Banff & Lake Louise. November until January usually offers a lineup of Christmas festivities. Shall we start roasting those marshmallows?
Do you revel at being one of the first to travel to destinations that are off the beaten path? If yes, then this is the place for you. Not only does it take days and lots of planning to get there, but once you arrive, you will simply be in awe of mother nature and of her jaw-dropping snowscapes. Meet the penguins, go wildlife and whale watching or even camp on ice…these are just a few of the many adventures you can have in Antarctica.
Close to the Siberian border, you will find Harbin, home to China’s International Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival which has been taking place for over 38 years. With artists recreating cultural landmarks from around the world entirely with ice, Harbin is a hit with both Winter activities enthusiasts as well as with those who are looking to feast their eyes on beautiful creations spectacularly lit with ice lanterns.
Nagano & Hokkaido, Japan
Want to catch a glimpse of those super cute snow monkeys and do some of the best powder skiing in the world? Then Japan is an awesome Winter destination for you! After you’ve carved your way through that beautiful powdery snow, sit back and relax in one of the many onsens found in ski resorts – these natural hot springs filled with beneficial minerals are not to be missed! There is no better way to brave that snow than to end up in the soothing waters of an onsen. Enjoy! We know you will.
So go ahead, book your awesome Winter retreat. Just make sure to keep your mind at ease by packing all your essentials, especially your travel insurance from SIA.