Best places to travel to in Winter

Travelling for me is all about looking forward. Looking forward to the next destination, looking forward to planning the next trip. Having written a blog post about autumn (read here), I wanted to continue the series with a post on the best places to travel to in Winter. It is never too early to get planning and definitely never to early to get booking.

I am a big fan of winter, I love the cold and the snow and I love the festivies. So, without further a do, the best places to travel to in Winter.

Where are the best places to travel to in Winter?

New York

I actually think New York could feature on a post like this for any season (except maybe summer, just too hot). But there is something magical about New York in the winter, which is why I have to include it on my list of the best places to travel to in winter. Definitely arrive prepared, it is damn cold, but if you are happy to brave it, it is so worth it.

I visited for New Year 2017/18 and it was the best trip. Central Park in the snow is just magical, and something I had always dreamed of seeing.

image of Central Park in New York, best places to visit in Winter

I also spent some time walking the streets of the East Village in the snow, so beautiful Of course New York is always great around Christmas – the ice rinks, the tree outside the Rockefeller, the shop displays so definitely worth a late November / early December visit.

image of East Village, best places to visit in Winter

Be prepared for lots of coffee and food stops to warm up. But seeing as New York has some of the best food in the world, this isn’t a hardship.

Cold, clear and crisp New York days are pretty wonderful.

Iceland

I think any Nordic / Scandi country would be high on this list. The Northern Lights is featured on many a good bucket list. But for me, Iceland holds a special place in my heart. To find out why, read this post.

I have been to Iceland twice now, once in the summer and once in the winter. And I am lucky enough to be going back for a third time over New Year. And this time, I am actually going on a Golden Circle tour, so I will finally get to see some of the sites. I am also hoping to see the Northern Lights for the first time!

Image of Northern Lights in Iceland, best places to travel to in Winter

But Iceland is a perfect place to travel to in winter. Northern Lights, snow, beautiful scenery, epic drives and warming up in the cosy places to eat.

Skiing

My absolute favourite sport, and for me, the best thing about winter. I haven’t missed a year’s skiing since I was 9 – the urge is just too great.

image of the alps, best places to travel to in winter

I know it’s not for everyone, but for me there is nothing more exhilarating that racing down an empty piste first thing in the morning.

The views are out of this world breathtaking. The alpine food is delicious and the atmosphere in a ski resort is like no where else.

I’m going to write a blog post soon on my favourite resorts in Europe.

Christmas Markets

I am still flabbergasted that I haven’t made it to a Christmas market yet. I am SUCH a big lover of Christmas, it seems crazy I haven’t achieved this yet. However, soon to be righted. I am off to Vienna with my mum at the beginning of December.

Can you think of a more perfect trip? Festive spirit in the air, beautiful surroundings and Gluhwein to warm me up. I can’t wait.

image of Vienna Christmas Market, best places to travel to in winter

Doing research into Christmas markets showed me how many different options there were. We considered:

  1. Riga
  2. Vilnius
  3. Prague
  4. Bruges
  5. Berlin

But I know there are also many other options. And closer to home, York and Edinburgh are meant to be excellent destinations.

How could a where to travel in winter list not include a Christmas market?

Ice Hotel, Sweden

The first and original hotel made completely of ice. How cool? Again somewhere I haven’t been, but my best friend has. The jealous hurts. Actually physically hurts.

The ultimate winter destination. It’s remade in a different way each winter, so no matter how many times you go, it’s technically not the same hotel. I can’t imagine how unique it must be to fall asleep on a bed made of ice in a room made of ice. Kept warm by reindeer furs.

Plus they have all sorts of wonderful winter activities – from ice sculpting, husky dog rides and meeting reindeer. Yep. I need to go.

The Caribbean

If you need a bit of a break from the cold weather, this might be the best time of year to head to the Caribbean.

image of Caribbean, best place to travel to in winter

During our winter, the temperatures out there are balmy and there is excellent scuba diving.

I have been to Antigua and Barbuda ( although in July, but the same principle ) and can attest for it being a wonderful destination. Lots of punch, relaxing and some Caribbean parties. I have also heard amazing things about St Lucia and Bahamas – but really take your pic! Look for cheap flights in January and February, to banish those winter blues! Clearly one of the best places to travel to in winter.

London

If you’re wanting to stay a little closer to home, London is one of the best places to travel to in winter. Christmas was always one of my favourite times in London with so much to do. Covent Garden Market always looks beautiful, the tree in Trafalgar Square and, of course, the ice rinks. I think everyone has one they like best, but for me the one at the natural History Museum is my absolute favourite. I may be a little biased, having worked there for a time. But do check out my post on why you should visit this beautiful building.

image of Natural History Museum Ice rink

And if you want to get out of the city head to Richmond Park, which I still can’t believe is actually in London. With wild deer running around, if it snows this is the most beautiful place to be. I still can’t believe this place is in London. It is so vast, so peaceful and such a lovely place to escape to.

Tallinn, Estonia

This medieval town looks charming all year around, but I think it looks even more special during the winter. Have you seen any pictures of it in the snow?! Utterly stunning.

Image of Tallinn, best places to visit in Winter

There seems a great many things to do. The aforementioned Christmas Market as a first. I would also want to climb to the top of the Town Hall tower. I can only imagine how great those views must be when the city is covered in a blanket of snow.

Food! I’ve been told Estonian gingerbread is a must try, and a perfect winter treat, so seems rude not to. Plus I have heard great things about the warming Estonian food. So it seems like a perfect excuse to escape from the cold.

My bucketlist of best places to travel to in winter. Have you been to any? Any you would add? I’d love to hear from you!

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7 Comments

  1. October 20, 2018 / 8:28 pm

    Beautiful pictures, Charlie! Great recommendations on winter travel, I’m adding some to my list.

    • Charlie - Where Charlie Wanders
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      October 21, 2018 / 9:03 pm

      Thank you! Ooo what have you added?

      • October 21, 2018 / 9:17 pm

        I added the Ice Hotel and Christmas Markets to my already long list.

  2. October 24, 2018 / 9:23 pm

    I HATE winter hahah These all seem like lovely places to visit, but during winter I think I’d have to go for the Caribbean. I can’t handle snow. lol

    • Charlie - Where Charlie Wanders
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      October 26, 2018 / 11:47 am

      haha, well it’s good there is something for everyone 🙂 To be fair, I’d love to go back to the Caribbean this winter!

  3. November 1, 2018 / 9:57 am

    Great post! Estonia looks really nice, I’ve never really seen any pictures of it before! So does the Caribbean – obviously!
    Enjoy the Golden Circle tour, it’s on my list!!

    • Charlie - Where Charlie Wanders
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      November 1, 2018 / 11:55 am

      Tallinn just looks so pretty in the snow!! I’m so excited for the tour!

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