10 of the World’s Best Places to Spend the Colder Months

Some people travel to warmer countries during the cold months. But there are also those who cannot wait to welcome snowy days and enjoy the things one can do once the freezing temperatures set in. While there is no dearth of places to go to experience colder days and nights, here are some of the world’s best getaways to bask in the winter sun.

1. Edinburgh, Scotland
Edinburgh
Travel highlights: Dreamy Scottish setting, fireworks at Edinburgh Castle, delicious food to satisfy your appetite, the sounds of bagpipes playing

2. Hokkaido, Japan
Hokkaido
Travel highlights: Japan’s go-to snowy destination, Sapporo Beer Museum, Sapporo Snow Festival, Otaru Snow Light Path Festival, the hot spring resort of Noboribetsu, Asahikawa Winter Festival, see the drift ice in Abashiri, skiing and snowboarding in one of the snow resorts in the area

3. Lapland, Finland
Lapland
Travel highlights: Winter wonderland-like setting at Urho Kekkonen National Park, ski resorts, reindeer-pulled sled ride, watch the northern lights, experience staying in an igloo

4. Prague, Czech Republic
Prague
Travel highlights: Historic and breathtaking architecture covered in snow, watch a performance at the National Theater, savor scrumptious steaming dishes, enjoy Prague’s delicious brews, explore the holiday markets

5. Quebec City, Canada
Quebec
Travel highlights: European-like setting as snow covers the centuries old city, cobbled stones and ancient stone houses lit by Christmas lights, savor the local cuisine

6. Reykjavík, Iceland
Reykjavík
Travel highlights: Enchanting Northern Lights, winter attractions and activities, Christmas markets, concerts and events, Ingólfstorg ice rink, Christmas Village in Hafnarfjörður, Christmas Creatures of Reykjavík at the Reykjavík Art Museum

7. Shirakawa-Go, Japan
Shirakawa-Go
Travel highlights: Fairytale-like winter destination, stunning landscape, Ogimachi Village, beautiful old houses that look magical especially at night when lights are on, Light-Up Event

8. Snæfellsnes Peninsula, Iceland
Snæfellsnes
Travel highlights: Breathtaking landscape, snow-capped volcanoes, local cuisine, northern lights, winter activities

9. Trømso, Norway
Trømso
Travel highlights: See the northern lights, arctic adventures, visit the Arctic Cathedral, experience dogsledding, local cuisine

10. Vienna, Austria
Vienna
Travel highlights: Picturesque and postcard perfect setting, stunning architecture, Christkindlmarkts, local food, delicious coffee, Vienna Boys’ Choir concerts

Into The Woods: Surviving The Cold Weather Months

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Whether you’re camping on a mountain resort or hiking in a deep forest, it’s never too early to make preparations – especially if you want to survive the cold weather months.

That being said, here are some tips for you:

Bring a well-insulated tent.

If you get lost while climbing your way up the mountain resort or while trekking your way down in a deep forest, the kind of tent you have will make a big impact on your survival. Make sure to bring a well-insulated tent, one that can withstand both warm environments and cold surroundings. This is for your body to set the right kind of temperature, not just when tackled in warm environments and not only when faced in cold surroundings. Just in case you don’t have a tent with you, it’s time for you to build your own tent via a snow wall and a snow cave or an igloo supported by big branches or long twigs and huge leaves.

Bring warm clothes, as well as packs of food and bottles of water.

It’s just like camping on a sunny day or hiking on a sunshiny day – but only, you have to anticipate that days would be longer than usual during the cold months. You should bring warm clothes such as beanies, scarves, gloves, boots, sweatshirts, leggings, t-shirts, pants, socks – even a piece of plastic cover for situations where you need to heat yourself up even without a bonfire. You should also bring at least 10 packs of food and 8 bottles of water for situations where you need to eat and drink even without a warm place to stay. Just in case you run out of food, watch out and don’t go for poison in the rockies. Just in case you run out of water, look out and go for melting snow.

Keeping the Blues Away During the Colder Months

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Winter is a season of festivities, family celebrations, get-togethers, and a wide-array of holiday gatherings. But it is also during the cold winter months that a feeling of loneliness could sneak up on you. Seasonal affective disorder (SAD) or not, the winter blues can make you nostalgic for happier days with family and friends you have not seen for a while. But spending the holidays alone for whatever reason does not have to be a depressing time for you. You can always find ways to beat the blues away to stay happy during winter and enjoy the season to the fullest. Here are different ways to stay happy during winter and make the most of the cold days ahead of you.

Spend time outside

One of the best ways to be happy during the winter months is to go for long morning walks. The seasonal depression known as SAD is often caused by lack of daylight exposure. Combining a healthy dose of sunlight with the mood-boosting effects of exercise as well as the feel-good effect of connecting with nature can give you the good cheer that you need.

Eat for health and wellness

Do not let Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year, and other holiday gathering feasts ruin your healthy diet. Weight gain is just one of the worrisome things about overindulging in food and drinks from all the holiday feasting. Some foods can cause or aggravate stress, anxiety, or depression. If you want to stay happy during winter, make sure that you eat healthy and avoid junk foods at all cost.

Avoid overindulging in alcohol

Waking up with hangover on a cold winter day can be depressing apart from the usual physical effects that you have to deal with. While it may be hard to avoid alcohol during the holiday revelries, you can limit your consumption or pace yourself to ensure that you do not suffer from hangover the next day.

Get social

Socializing with friends and meeting new people can improve your mood. Do not let chilly temperatures hinder you from going out with friends or working out at the gym. Surround yourself with people, interact, and connect as often as you can to drive away the blues.

You do not have to be a winter person to make the most of the season. While the biting cold can sometimes dampen the holidays’ festive mood, there are many ways to ward off the blues and enjoy the winter to the fullest. Watch the snow fall, take long walks and marvel at the beauty of things around you that are blanketed in snow, sit by the fire while sipping hot chocolate or tea. Whatever you do, just focus on the simple pleasures that winter brings.