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The Best Places to Travel in the Winter: Where to Enjoy Christmas Away From Home

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Best winter travel destinations offering adventure this Xmas. Pictured, Spain's Feria de Lecea in Cordoba.
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Best winter travel destinations offering adventure this Xmas

Best winter travel destinations offering adventure, relaxation and reconnecting with nature without the crowds this Christmas. 

The cold weather doesn’t necessarily make us want to huddle indoors and sip hot cocoa by the fire. The crisp air, snowfall and ice-covered landscapes outside can be quite a shock to our senses! Instead of being controlled by it, let’s embrace the miserable weather and go out on a bit of adventure instead! The winter months are an excellent time to get away from it all and spend quality time with friends and family. There is nothing better than getting away from the daily grind for a few days, especially at this time of year when everything tends to be so grey, bleak and overcast. Here are some of our favourite places to travel in the winter that offer fantastic opportunities for adventure, relaxation and reconnection with nature — without the crowds!


With mild temperatures in the low 40s Fahrenheit, Spain boasts some of the most amazing winter destinations around the world, with major cities such as Barcelona, Madrid, Seville and Valencia all seeing some sunny days. With a thriving cultural scene, plenty of sunny days and a fantastic food scene, a winter trip to Spain is a must! Although it can be expensive to visit during the winter months, as many of the best-known attractions are closed, there are plenty of ways to enjoy the season without breaking the bank. For example, many cities and towns have winter festivals celebrating their culture or heritage. These are great places to soak up the atmosphere, soak up some culture and enjoy the sights and sounds of the winter season without the crowds. Popular winter festivals include the Sanfermines in Pamplona, Catalunya; the Feria de Abril in Sevilla; and the Feria de Lecea in Cordoba.

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Winter travel destinations: Pictured Iceland’s Northern Lights.


Visitors to Iceland are in for an incredible winter experience as the country boasts some of the mildest temperatures in the world, making it a wonderful place to visit in the winter. Iceland is a photographer’s dream with the stunning midnight sun and aurora borealis. Winter is the best time to visit as the weather is usually clear and calm with little to no wind making it even more picturesque. The winter months in Iceland are also concise, making it easy to squeeze in a visit before the summer months when the weather is unbearably hot and humid. With numerous activities available throughout the year and a culture that is very welcoming to tourists, Iceland is a beautiful country to visit at any time of year.


Switzerland is a wondrous place to visit all year round, so it stands to reason that the winter months would be no different. With temperatures only dropping to around freezing, the Swiss Alps are a photographer’s dream come true, with a stunning array of colours. Winter also brings the famed Swiss pistes, where the slopes are open to the public for skiing and boarding. What better way to experience the Swiss alps than to go for a thrilling winter alps trip? Visit Zurich for a cosmopolitan visit and enjoy the city’s galleries, museums and shopping, or head to Interlaken for a holiday that is all about the outdoors, with a trip to the Aletsch glacier and the Niesen mountains in the background. Whether you want to experience the Swiss culture, vibrant nightlife or amazing scenery and nature, the winter months are a great time to visit.


Norway might be the best winter destination to visit. Located in the Arctic Circle, Norway is a land of contrasts as you find yourself in a land of snow skiing, Vikings and a tropical sauna. The climate is not too cold and not too hot. In the winter, the temperature is around 10 degrees Celsius, making it perfect for exploring the Norwegian landscape. You can enjoy the landscape either by skiing or exploring the many hiking trails in the varied forests, mountains and fjordland. The best part about visiting Norway for the winter is that most tourist attractions are open for visitors. The only exception is the Arctic Wildlife Park which is available between October and March.


Japan is a beautiful country to visit all year round, but particularly in the winter. With the temperature barely dropping below freezing and little rainfall, it is a great time to visit Japan. It is also a great time to see if you are looking for a cheap travel deal, as many airlines and hotels offer significantly more affordable rates during this time. NetVoucherCodes latest holiday discounts provide terrific prices on their website to make your trip to Japan affordable and enjoyable. Japan is a fantastic place to visit in the winter, and there are several reasons why it is a great choice. First, the Japanese people love the winter season and go all out to make the most of it. They will often visit ski resorts and engage in impossible winter sports during the rest of the year. Various festivals and cultural events also take place during the winter in Japan.


Wherever you plan on enjoying your holiday this winter, you will be sure to have fun for Christmas, even if you are not home to celebrate it. Travel can sometimes be the best gift life can offer you. The memories you make and the experiences you have will be unforgettable.