As the leaves start to turn and the nights get cooler the inevitability of winter is upon us. Thinking about where the best places to travel this winter is a good idea now, so you can book early and avoid the rush and higher prices.
Lets Explore the Amazing Places to Travel this Winter
There are the usual destinations that people flock to each winter, and while those are nice, it is a great idea to consider travelling somewhere a little different so you can avoid some of the crowds and come back to work with some interesting and unique stories. Consider either warm weather vacations or cultural vacations that ignore the climate and you will find some of the best places to travel this winter that your colleagues at work will not have even considered. Take the road less travelled for your winter getaway this year and you will not be disappointed.
An outdoorsman’s paradise, according to Iceland’s Tourism Board, if you are not looking to escape the cold this winter then head to this Nordic Nation. Airfare to Iceland is relatively inexpensive so it is worth checking out. Once you arrive enjoy a stellar spa experience at a geothermal spa, visit a Geyser or glacial river, or take in the awe inspiring Northern Lights. Iceland is one of the best places to travel this winter, or any time of year for that matter as it is so unique.
St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands
The most cosmopolitan of the US Virgin Islands, St. Thomas still maintains the secluded style of the other US Virgin Islands, per VisitUSVI.com. St. Thomas offers spectacular viewing points of the Caribbean either by taking the 99 Steps of Charlotte Amalie or travel even higher with the Skyride. If watersports are more your speed, then St. Thomas offers unparalleled sports fishing.
Panama City, Panama
Panama City has been growing in popularity as one of the best places to travel this winter due to it’s affordability. Found in Central America, it is not likely to be a common destination. Stay in a condo and have access to both the beach and the vibrant city lifestyle of home. An incredibly safe place with hospitable people it will be sure to become a new favorite.
Curacao is a lesser known island in the Caribbean off of the coast of Venezuela and is Dutch territory. Fly into the capital city Willemstad and take in this large city by the water perhaps watching the ships pass through Queen Emma Bridge, per Lonely Planet or taking in the galleries and museums. This multi-coloured city has lots of character, charm and history and is worth exploring.
Buenos Aires, Argentina
This cosmopolitan city will have you reminiscing about Europe. Visit the balconied presidential palace of Evita fame. A centre for arts and culture, Buenos Aires is not lacking in attractions. Take in either the architecture of Teatro Colon, the Opera house or visit the MALBA, which displays Latin American Art. Wherever your interests lay, you will fall in love with the romance of this destination.
Phillipsburg, Sint Martin, Netherland Antilles
Arrive into the colourful capital city of Phillipsburg and walk down Front Street, which is reminiscent of its Dutch Colonial history and stay for the culinary delights, as St. Martin is known as the Gastronomic capital of the Caribbean. All manner of delights will appeal to you from lively casinos to the shopping which is fantastic for duty frees and ease of imports.
Paradise Island, Nassau, Bahamas
This spectacular island in the Bahamas is most known for the luxury resort, Atlantis, there is a lot more to the Island than this famous resort according to the Nassau tourism site. The history of pirates is some of the most interesting in the Caribbean, as kids and adults alike will enjoy walking the plank. The history of Paradise Island dates back to the 1600’s and you can visit the Fort’s to take in the history. If relaxation is more your style, then just kick back on the beautiful beaches and sip some local rum.
Ayia Napa, Cyprus
Close to Greece and Turkey, Cyprus is an obscure destination for North Americans. The most famous building is a monastery in Ayia Napa, but the biggest attraction is a water park, one of the largest in all of Europe, as this is after-all a resort town. If fun and sun is what you are looking for then this is one of the best places to travel this winter.
Tenerife, Canary Islands
Tenerife is part of the Spanish chain of islands known as the Canary Islands. This volcanic island boasts unique black sandy beaches, which offer up something a little different than the usual winter getaway. You can actually climb Mount Teide, which is the third highest volcano in the world, you could whale watch or simply walk along the cobblestones downtown. There are many types of experiences you can have in Tenerife and they are all up to you.
Okanagan Valley, British Columbia Canada
Visit the premiere wine country of Canada and enjoy the temperate climate of Canada’s West coast. Set amongst the Rockies this area is known for more than just wine. There are beautiful beaches, fantastic restaurants, advanced skiing and of course great golf courses with mountainous backdrops that come with the fertile soil and an agreeable climate.