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The 10 Best Winter Travel Destinations- You Need Not Cozy Up At Home!

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The 10 Best Winter Travel Destinations- You Need Not Cozy Up At Home!

While others choose to stay in their warmed homes, sip coffee and layer coats over sweaters during winter, any adventurous soul can be out there exploring the best winter travel destinations!

Winter should not hinder you from enjoying the outdoors because anyone can still enjoy that cold season. And that starts by exploring the world too!

Anyway, you could be wondering which are the best winter travel destinations that you can visit, right?

We got you!

In this article, we share the best winter travel destinations around the world, from places to enjoy the sun during winter to actual destinations experiencing winter.

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10 of The Most Stunning Winter Travel Destinations 

1. Japan

The 10 Best Winter Travel Destinations- You Need Not Cozy Up At Home!

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Japan has to be top on our list of the best winter travel destinations.

Why?

All the four seasons show forth majestically in Japan. Talk about spring when cherries blossom!

More beautiful is the fall season where the landscapes in Japan are blanketed with leaves of a variety of colors from red, orange, yellow and pink. And the snow blanketing the landscapes too! The beauty is worth beholding!

First off, visit Tokyo in winter and you’ll be in love with the city. Be sure to also visit Jigokudani Monkey Park which is a really dramatic winter landscape. You can see snow monkeys and even bathe in the steaming hot waters. Fantastic!

Apart from the natural beauty of Japan during the seasons, the country also has a rich culture, traditions, histories, and breathtaking sceneries.

The 10 Best Winter Travel Destinations- You Need Not Cozy Up At Home!

Image Credits: @Visit Japan AU

If you love snowboarding or skiing, there are a couple of ski resorts for you to undertake your activity. Just be sure to dress up appropriately and warmly.

Another fantastic winter spot in Japan is the Enoshima Sea Candle! From November 23rd to February 17th, you can enjoy the romantic winter illuminations here apart from the beautiful view of Mt.Fuji and the stunning sunset over Sagami Bay.

Japan Winter Tour: Visit Asahiyama Zoo, Aoi-Ike, and Shirohige Falls Light Show

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2. Mauritius

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Talk about a winter-sun destination and I’ll mention Mauritius.

For anyone who wants to escape harsh winters and enjoy warmer weather, you’re welcome to Mauritius!

The beautiful tropical island in the Indian Ocean is full of very many things to be done and as much as the island experiences mild winters, the temperatures are normally warm and the showers of rain aren’t too scary to the point that you won’t enjoy your vacation. With a raincoat, you will!

The 10 Best Winter Travel Destinations- You Need Not Cozy Up At Home!

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3. Seychelles

The 10 Best Winter Travel Destinations- You Need Not Cozy Up At Home!

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This other beautiful island in the Indian Ocean should be your go-to in order to escape the winter sun.

An archipelago of 115 islands has the most spectacular beaches in the world; the beaches are untouched, unspoiled and isolated that they are so breathtakingly beautiful!

Crystal-clear sea and powdery-soft, white sandy beaches; tons of lush vegetation and verdant mountains, describe Seychelles in a bit.

While there are resorts everywhere, Seychelles as managed to maintain its wild, rugged and beautiful appeal.

The 10 Best Winter Travel Destinations- You Need Not Cozy Up At Home!

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Forget sipping coffee on your couch while tuck inside a warm duvet and come to Seychelles to embrace the wild.

Some of the best things you can do in La Digue include:

  • Hiking Silhouette island.
  • Eating tons of seafood.
  • Cycling around Victoria and La Digue on a bike – you can follow the main road along the coast while making stopovers at L’Union Estate, Anse Source d’Argent, Ande Severe to see the best sunsets and Grand Anse.
  • Shopping at markets in Victoria.
  • Go snorkeling in Constance Ehelia in Mahe, Anse Lazio Beach on Praslin island and Anse Source d’Argent on La Digue.
  • See giant Aldabra tortoises on Curieuse Island.
  • Check out the rare Vallee de Mai Nature Reserve to see the prized Coco de Mer palm tree that bears the largest and heaviest seeds in the world.
The 10 Best Winter Travel Destinations- You Need Not Cozy Up At Home!

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4. Switzerland

The 10 Best Winter Travel Destinations- You Need Not Cozy Up At Home!

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There are scores of places to visit in Switzerland in winter and snow activities to indulge in. This is why Switzerland remains one of the best winter travel destinations around the world.

So if you don’t want a boring winter, you’re welcome to experience Switzerland.

Thanks to the efficient transport system, you can access the amazing landscape in Switzerland comfortably using trains, ferries, and cable cars.

The 10 Best Winter Travel Destinations- You Need Not Cozy Up At Home!

Image Credits: @Switzerland.ch

First off, visiting Switzerland and not going on a special trip to Oberalp pass is a NO-NO! Riding Glacier Express, the direct train from Zermatt to St.Moritz, allows you to catch panoramic views of the Alps while passing through tight curves, tons of bridges, narrow valleys, and tunnels.

You can also inhale fresh mountain air at the Jungfrau region or stay at Zermatt to access the surrounding mountains for skiing.

St.Moritz is also a winter holiday destination that has hosted winter Olympics and here, you can go skiing, snowboarding or snow-shoe trekking.

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The 10 Best Winter Travel Destinations- You Need Not Cozy Up At Home!

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In winter, Christmas has to be a festivity we all wait for! If you’re planning to spend Christmas in a winter destination, St.Gallen in Switzerland which is the home to the tallest Christmas tree in Switzerland is a must-visit spot.

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Other best things to do in Switzerland include:

The 10 Best Winter Travel Destinations- You Need Not Cozy Up At Home!

Image Credits: @Switzerland.ch

Other unmissable destinations in Switzerland include Lake Lucerne, Davos, Grachen, Zurich and Engelberg. Better get to Switzerland!

5. Iceland

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Iceland in winter is it!

While many people avoid visiting Iceland in winter, believing the country could be super cold, you should take a step and visit this stunning country.

Iceland in winter is actually more affordable than during the other times of the year. Why?

  • Iceland is normally less crowded.
  • Hotels and other accommodation areas are more affordable.
  • The flights are cheaper.

But before visiting Iceland, be sure to pack properly or else you’ll regret your stay there…you’ll be sorry!

The 10 Best Winter Travel Destinations- You Need Not Cozy Up At Home!

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Pack quality winter gear (most especially waterproof snow boots, a waterproof and windproof jacket and a pair of waterproof winter pants).

Here is a complete packing list for Iceland in winter on the Full SuitCase site. You can easily get quality wear on Columbia right on Amazon.

                  

Winter is the best time to see the Northern lights in Iceland.

While the dark nights could get cloudy and rainy, you can still catch the Northern lights if you drive outside of the city and be in enough darkness to see the Aurora on a lovely Iceland winter.

But if you don’t want to drive through or find a nice spot to catch the Northern Lights, you can simply take a Northern Lights tour.

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6. Norway

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The 10 Best Winter Travel Destinations- You Need Not Cozy Up At Home!

Image Credits: @NightLightsFilms

Is watching the Auroras on your bucket list?

Then add Norway to your winter bucket list because fall is the perfect time for Milky Way and aurora reflection on Senja Island. One of those nights under the Northern Lights or under the full arch of the Milky Way will amaze you!

If you want to catch the aurora without too much fuss, be sure to book your reservation at Aurora Borealis Observatory below.

Apart from the Northern Lights, you can catch the moon and auroral corona above the snowy landscape at this resort.

The 10 Best Winter Travel Destinations- You Need Not Cozy Up At Home!

Image Credits of the Milky Way: @NightLightsFilms

Enjoy the aurora with fantastic views directly from the bed, living area, kitchen table, private outdoor jacuzzi, porch or just outdoors!

Norway is just full of stunning places you can explore. Apart from catching the Northern Lights, there are other amazing things to do in Norway include:

The 10 Best Winter Travel Destinations- You Need Not Cozy Up At Home!

Image Credits of the moon and auroral corona above the snowy landscape: @NightLightsFilms

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Apart from Iceland and Finland, you can catch the Northern Lights in Finland.

7. Canada

The 10 Best Winter Travel Destinations- You Need Not Cozy Up At Home!

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When the snow starts setting, Canada becomes an amazing winter wonderland. Whether you love skiing or seeing exotic wildlife, exploring Canada will satisfy your winter wanderlust.

While winter in Canada might be chilly, the country has tons of beautiful destinations to visit.

The best places to visit in Canada include:

  • Toronto, the best city to visit in Canada in winter– Here, you can attend the Winterlicious food festival to enjoy winter gourmet delights, tour Don Valley and do much more.
  • Whistler – Love skiing? This winter wonderland is the best place you should go.
  • The majestic Niagara falls– The sheer beauty of frozen falls will leave you in awe! You can attend an ice-wine festival in Niagara town.
  • Banff National Park Many visitors to Canada visit Banff National Park to see Lake Moraine. Located some 15km from Lake Louise, the lake’s crystal-clear waters reflect the snowcapped Valley of the Ten Peaks.
  • Grouse Mountain in British Columbia.
  • Quebec City– Winter in Quebec City is terrific! Have snow baths, ice canoe races, stay in an igloo and attend the Quebec Winter Festival to make massive snow sculptures. You can also visit Ice Hotel carved entirely out of ice.

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8. The Caribbean Islands

The 10 Best Winter Travel Destinations- You Need Not Cozy Up At Home!

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If you can’t stand the cold, be sure to visit the Caribbean Islands to enjoy warmth and sunshine all winter long.

You can bask in beautiful beaches, stay at luxurious resorts, go hiking, see volcanic islands, visit jaw-dropping caves with crystal-clear waters, go on catamaran cruises and enjoy the warm sandy beaches.

Best places to visit in the Caribbean Islands include Tortolla, Jamaica, Curacao, Grand Cayman, Barnados, St.Lucia, and Bonaire.

While the beaches in the Caribbean Islands are just amazing, the Caribbean also has some of the most beautiful caves. Some of the best caves to explore include:

  • Crystal Cave in Bermuda where you can walk on pontoon rafts spanning across crystal clear waters.
  • Cayman Crystal Caves with beautiful stalactites and stalagmites, crystal-clear waters, giants tree roots and a tropical forest sitting directly above the caves.
  • Hato Caves, Curacao where you can see stunning limestone formations, terraces, and Lesser Long-Nosed bats.
  • Fantasy Cave in Bermuda which is the jewel box of stunning formations. Imagine a cave that features a wall of calcite that resembles a waterfall. Terrific!

You should also go cave tubing in Belize for a river cave expedition. This is one of those experiences you’ll never forget!

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9. USA, Lake Tahoe

The 10 Best Winter Travel Destinations- You Need Not Cozy Up At Home!

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While New York, Alaska, Utah and Mammoth Cave in Mammoth Cave National Park City are such great places to be in the US during winter, California is much better. Most especially, in Lake Tahoe in the USA.

Lake Tahoe is beautiful all year round, including in winter.

It’s amazing to see the snow-blanketed mountainsides, turquoise, clear and pure waters of the lake, alpine forests engulfed with fir and pine trees and the fresh mountain air

A fun fact about Lake Tahoe is that its main body does not freeze! Hence, you can enjoy its beauty even in winter!

The 10 Best Winter Travel Destinations- You Need Not Cozy Up At Home!

Image Credits: @Keeping Up With The Katos

Some of the best things to do in Lake Tahoe include:

  • Skiing and snowshoeing– thanks to the ski resorts all over Lake Tahoe, you can explore this winter sport here.
  • Kayaking
  • Relax and have a massage at the spas around.
  • Stay at the cabins in Houston camp, Greenwood Haven or Big Buck Lodge.
  • Enjoy wilderness sleigh rides.

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10. Morocco

The 10 Best Winter Travel Destinations- You Need Not Cozy Up At Home!

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Should you visit Morocco in the winter months? Oh yes, you should! Morocco is not just a summer destination for it is also a great winter travel destination!

When you feel like taking a break from the cold winter, then consider visiting a warmer, if not hotter destination-just like Morocco!

While Morocco is making its name as a luxurious tourist destination, exploring Morocco is worth your money-just prepare well.

Some of the best things you should do in Morocco include:

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Well, where are you planning to go this winter? Planning for a visit to any of these winter travel destinations?

Please speak to us in the comments below…

Hugs!
Dalene.

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Comments

  1. Crickette, The Things I Have to Say says

    I can’t even pick one. All these destinations sound good and the photos are just so lovely. Confession, I have never truly experienced snow, so if I am going to travel in Winter I will want an authentic one. I want to see thick snow. I want to see beautiful white mountains and frozen lakes.

    • Dalene Ekirapa says

      Lemme help you Crickette- you can experience real good snow in Switzerland and Canada. But to make it more exciting, snow in Norway+the Northern Lights=winter made!
      Hugs!

  2. bye:myself says

    I travel often over Christmas. While I prefer going to beaches, the snowy landscape is far more Christmassy, of course 😉

  3. Marjie Mare says

    These are all beautiful and cozy places to escape. I have been in so many places in the Caribean, including St Lucia, and Bermuda which are on your list. I am dreaming of Morocco and I plan to go soon.

  4. Kristine Nicole Alessandra says

    Iceland and Norway are my dream destinations. I really, really want to witness seeing the northern lights and the milky way galaxy in the night sky. Our universe is truly awesome. I hope I can experience seeing these in my lifetime.

  5. Autumn Murray says

    I would love to travel to all of these destinations if I could! My family and I travel a lot.

  6. Melanie williams says

    So many fab places around the world. Love the look of Japan for sure – just beautiful x

  7. JMXZKYL says

    these places are all spectacular! But Iceland is my favorite. This country has so much to offer. Thank you for sharing! 🙂

  8. Blairvillanueva says

    I love Japan so much but I’m not sure if I can survive on their winter season. I wish to try and see. Cold season isn’t my favorite. But I wouldn’t mind being at home cozying with hot chocolate drink.

  9. Clarice says

    Totally agree with you. These are really great winter destinations. We’re actually going to Tokyo for this year. Last year, we were in Iceland and it was amazing. We also have St. Gallen and Norway are on our bucket list too. Thank you for sharing this.

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