With summer pretty much half over and autumn setting in soon, you might be wondering about potential holidays you can take with the family over the coming months as the mercury drops and the seasons change. Winter getaways are great in the sense that they can include either snow based fun or beach getaways in far flung tropical locales and everything in between. If you’re trying to think of great family getaways for the winter months, look no further than some of these great suggestions.
You might think city breaks should just be for summer, but they can be just as great in the winter time too. Especially if you plan your trip to coincide with the various Christmas Markets that litter European cities throughout Germany, Austria and even down into Balkan countries like Croatia. In fact, Zagreb’s Christmas Market has been voted Europe’s best for the third year running. Winter in may European cities is a great option to get away from the doldrums of the cold weather in your own town or city, and in fact many cities around the world take on a new image in winter months when dusted with snow and decorated with glittering lights. For truly beautiful European cities in the winter check out the likes of Prague, Munich, Vienna and Rome. If you’re on a budget consider trekking a bit further east and into the likes of Romania and Bulgaria, but bundle up – the further you get from the Mediterranean and Atlantic oceans the colder it will get.
If you and the family are active and love going on holidays that allow you to get out and take part in a number of different activities, consider one of many family ski holidays. Holidays of this nature are hugely popular throughout the Alps region including France, Switzerland, Italy, Monaco, Liechtenstein, Slovenia and Austria. This region is home to numerous ski resorts that can help you plan the best family ski getaway in years, especially considering the resorts are rated specifically to skill and experience, so everyone will be sure to be catered for. For mixed skills, consider a resort with a bit of everything for everyone in terms of hill rating. Even if someone in the family isn’t that into skiing, there are countless apres ski options in every resort including bars, restaurants and various other options for nightlife and non-ski activity. Don’t delay – with the season starting soon, you will want to get your booking in as soon as possible, especially if you’re hoping to spend Christmas or New Year on the slopes.
Of course when the temperatures drop and the winter coats come out of the attic, you might start wishing for a beach holiday and warm summer weather again. Taking off to a beach destination in the likes of the Caribbean can be a great way to beat the winter blues with many of the islands hosting visitors year round from both North America and Europe looking to get a bit of sun, sea and sand in. The Caribbean isn’t the only place that one can escape the winter in North America or Europe though. If you want something a bit closer to home, why not consider somewhere such as the Azores, Canary Islands, Mauritius, Maldives or Cape Verde. That doesn’t even include the fantastic beaches of South East Asia, either!
Something Further Afield
Heading out on family holidays doesn’t need to be in your own backyard and in fact, the winter can be a great time to head to the likes of Canada to experience some of their truly unique winter culture, especially in Quebec. From skating on the St Lawrence River beneath the commanding and impressive Chateau Frontenac to sampling winter delicacies such as tire sur la neige – warm, fresh maple syrup drizzled on snow – you can find a lot of interesting winter-based activities to do in Canada in the cold months. You can try your hand at snowshoeing, dog sledding and other activities, take in a couple of hockey games or even just enjoy the winter wonderland that the whole of the country turns into come November, December and January.
If Canada is a bit far for you, why not consider the likes of Scandinavia for a winter getaway. Popular for those seeking out the Northern Lights, it’s a great option for those who want something truly special. Stay in one of Finland’s glass roof hotels that allow you clear views of the night sky so you can watch the lights dance across the darkness in the warmth and comfort of your own chalet, or take a hike through some of the famous Norwegian fjords. Either way, winter based countries make for the best holidays in the snowy times as they really know how to enjoy the weather.
The Southern Hemisphere
If you’re stuck for ideas on where to go in the winter months and you don’t fancy the cold and snow, consider heading to the southern hemisphere. With dozens of countries to choose from in the southern hemisphere, the sky is almost literally the limit. Choose from Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, the countries of South America and more for a truly exciting family getaway to a far flung, exotic destination. With so many great options to pick from, it’s no wonder so many people choose to head to the southern hemisphere in the winter to escape those winter blues.
If you’re looking for something truly unique and cultural, why not try out one of the African nations below the equator – particularly Tanzania, Mozambique or Botswana – all of which are great options depending on what you want. If you want to experience some of the most amazing wonders the world has to offer though, head to Tanzania’s Ngorongoro Conservation area where you can experience life in the crater of a volcano as well as go on safari at the nearby Serengeti reserve or even challenge yourself physically by climbing Africa’s highest peak, Kilimanjaro. With Zanzibar off the coast of the mainland as well, it’s easy to get to some of the world’s best beaches and island life as well, with just a short flight from Dar Es Salaam, the capital. So if you’re looking for a great winter escape, Tanzania has it all.
Whether you want to hit the slopes or hit the beach in the winter there are numerous options for great family getaways that will allow you and yours to create the best in family memories to last a lifetime. Regardless of what options you choose, you can rest assured that your option will be the talk of the family for years to come!