For all of you snow and winter aficionados and enthusiasts, we imagine you probably already have your own beloved spots and places to visit when your favorite time of the year comes along. But we embolden you to look further and constantly seek other options because you’d simply be amazed by some of the locations out there. We also strongly encourage you to think and go global – don’t just focus on one state/country or even a continent.
The whole world is at the tip of your fingers now more than ever. Use that to your advantage and treat yourself with visiting some of the most remarkable and astounding locations.
Whether you get a thrill out of skiing, snowboarding, hiking, climbing, snowmobiling, or you just prefer to have a good whiff of the clean, fresh air and relish the breath-taking scenery, you simply have to visit some of these places. And even if you’re not the biggest fan of the winter delights, you definitely want to give it a shot and we guarantee that you won’t regret the decision!
The possibility of seeing the northern lights should be enough in itself to persuade you to seriously consider visiting Lapland. Other than that, there are also many other things to do when you are out there. You can take a snowmobile and cruise around the beautiful landscape. If you prefer sightseeing without the sound of roaring snowmobile engine, you can always take a ride on a reindeer-drawn sleigh and visit Santa’s workshop. Apart from the most common things that people do when vacationing in winter time, you can also opt for staying in a glass igloo. Overall, Finland (and the whole Scandinavian region, to be honest) gives you plenty of unforgettable and striking things to see and do.
The Swiss Alps, Switzerland
One of the top destinations in the world for skiing, with many great ski resorts, the Swiss Alps are a no-brainer for anyone who ever felt the urge to go down the slope on skis.
And where do we even start when describing the magnificently stunning snowscape? The scenery in the Swiss Alps is also rich with many isolated lakes and peaks over 4,000 meters.
If hiking is your passion then you should unequivocally choose to go to the Swiss Alps. The Swiss Alpine Club offers a broad span of inexpensive retreats for hikers. The Swiss Alps also have numerous trails that are completely sign-posted.
Queenstown, New Zealand
You simply can’t go wrong with Queenstown, New Zealand. Period. The whole region of New Zealand’s South Island is absolutely majestic and breathtaking. You won’t regret if you visit any of the places down there – starting from Christchurch, Greymouth, Dunedin, Invercargill, Mount Cook, and Nelson.
But if we had to choose one spot, there shouldn’t be any doubt in anyone’s mind about it – it would have to be Queenstown. Now, everyone already knows how drop-dead-gorgeous New Zealand is. So, try to imagine what’s widely regarded as the most beautiful city there. Or, actually – don’t try to imagine (because you probably can’t), and just visit the place instead!
Don’t worry if you aren’t any good at winter sports, because all levels of skiers and snowboarders are welcome in this town which lies at the core of the Southern Alps. The ski season lasts for the whole 4 months out there (from June to October), so you have plenty of time to schedule your vacation. But whether you opt for skiing, snowboarding, or just hiking through the snow, you also want to make sure that you book as soon as possible, to avoid any unplanned circumstances. For example, with guys at Liquid Snow Tours, you absolutely can’t and won’t be mistaken.
The Himalayas, Asia
If you enjoy meeting different and peculiar cultures, fresh air, hiking, great views, then the Himalayas are a place for you to visit. The Himalayas offer a really unique experience, especially for those who are not from that particular area of the globe.
You’ll meet the most heartwarming, welcoming people there while trekking. The Himalayas are also pretty affordable, so it’s a win-win situation and a place to add to your bucket list.
While hiking and trekking are the most popular things to do when you get there, you will also simultaneously (and spontaneously) explore the region and the culture. Make sure to stop by at any of the tea houses and order tea and dal bhat, which is a Nepalese traditional dish, consisting of vegetable curry (tarkari) with lentils and rice. Those tea houses come in handy especially if you’re trekking along the Annapurna trekk. You can stop, eat and get some much-needed sleep at those places while trekking.
Even though the list that we gave you is not conclusive by any means, we strongly feel that the places that we’ve mentioned should find themselves and be a part of anyone’s bucket list. So, whether you’re a winter lover or you just enjoy being in the fresh air, around the beautiful scenery, these destinations will unquestionably leave a staunch impression on you and make life-long memories.