Top Travel Destinations This Winter
Winter can be both magical and at times a little less than a winter wonderland. Which means it’s the perfect time to grab your Abingdon watch, suitcase, and travel somewhere new. Whether that means getting away from the cold or finding the best snow on earth, this list has an option for everyone:
Barcelona, Spain: Rich in history, culture, and more this is the place to go for a change of scenery and temperature. The beaches offer a beautiful view of the ocean for those who want to comb the beach in their leisure time. Gothic Quarter offers a plethora of historical sites that have been almost perfectly preserved. From 17th century cathedrals to Gaudi’s majestic architectural wonders. Where To Stay: Avenida Palace.
Honolulu, Hawaii: Looking to stay local while beating the cold? Perhaps the most obvious but still an incredible choice. Known for their relaxing beaches and crystal waters it’s one of the best places to take a load off and sip some drinks on the beach. Scuba diving? They’ve got it. Great local food? They’ve got that too. They have everything needed for the makings of an easy vacation. Where To Stay: The Kahala Resort.
San Juan, Peurto Rico: Old San Juan’s biggest winter event, San Sebastián Street Fest excites the senses with the smell of amazing food, street vendors, and most importantly music that makes you want to move day and night. The significance of this festival is to mark the end of the local’s holiday season. Where To Stay: El Convento.
Park City, Utah: Love skiing? Then this is the place. Perfect for those with a serious thirst for some legit powder or snow bunnies looking for something a little more chilled out. The license plates say: “The Best Snow On Earth” and many Olympic athletes would agree this is the place for anyone to ski or snowboard with varying levels of skill or interest in the sport. The mountains are more than just a playground for snow lovers. The views are breathtaking and provide picture perfect moments. Where To Stay: Deer Valley Ski Resort.
New Taipei City, Taiwan: The Pingxi Sky Lantern Festival is one of Taiwan’s most popular Chinese New Year events. Instead of finding yourself in the cold this February venture into a twinkle lit wonderland as they simultaneously launch thousands of lanterns into the night sky. The lanterns aren’t the only thing that will make you wide-eyed, it will also be the first full moon of the lunar-year. What a way to start off your year! Where To Stay: Meander Hostel.
Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Park, South Africa: Perfect for true exotic dreamers and thrill seekers, this is the place to go to have a truly unique winter season unlike any other. It’s an easy day trip to see the “Big Five” (lion, elephant, Cape buffalo, leopard, and rhino) in the wild. In addition the wildlife preserve offers zebra, cheetah and other exotic wildlife and at close-up range. Lions and tigers and bears, oh my! This year instead of dreaming about adventure in the wild somewhere go out and get it in South Africa. Where To Stay: Concierge Boutique Bungalows.
Dublin, Ireland: Last year they were named “The Best NYE Event” by Ireland’s Event Industry Awards. This live festival of culture, arts and entertainment is sure to never disappoint travelers. The festival includes 3D light projections, dancers, street performers, a 5K run and more. Where To Stay: The Dean Hotel.
Merida, Mexico: This history of this incredible area is told through it’s food. And if you’re looking to try some exotic cuisine this winter beyond the traditional pumpkin spice Starbucks latte this is the place to be. There are a plethora of Mayan cooking classes which infuse your kitchen with new culture. Not to mention your get away from the snow this winter! Where to Stay: Hacienda Xcanatun Plantation.
Ambergris Caye, Belize: Located six miles north of San Pedro which offers some of the most beautiful and vast stretches of sand you could ask for, this retreat is a great way to ‘get away from it all.’ In the heart of Mayan culture you’re sure to have something to do every day no matter what type of traveler you are. Historical sites? Check! Adventure hikes and dives? Double check! Where To Stay: Azul Resort.
Adelaide, Australia: More of a party-scene type of traveler? This may be your favorite on the list thus far. We saved the biggest party for last. The music scene here is great, including local places to jam out, night clubs where dancing reigns supreme and more. Where To Stay: Sage Hotel.