Must see destinations this winter

This winter take yourself on a winter wonderland adventure to a destination you have never been before. Challenge yourself to see how far you can go with a budget and time frame; with these must see destinations this winter. What better way to feel all fuzzy and warm inside.

Walk the festive streets of New York, step into hot springs in Iceland, ski in France or indulge in the shopper’s paradise of Christmas markets in the Scottish capital of Edinburgh. Or, for a more exotic take on the season; switch back to summer and take a direct flight to the Canary Islands for some heat in the Spanish sun. Whatever you do; you are guaranteed an unforgettable adventure you’re your friends, family or partner.

Must see destinations this winter

Start planning a getaway that’ll help you unwind, explore new cultures, get closer to nature and most of all, have fun. Make sure to come prepared with the right clothing so you can enjoy crisp winter days of sightseeing, exploring and soaking up the Christmas atmosphere.

New York, New York

Where else can you see the twinkling lights on one of the famous Christmas trees in the world? Yep, the Rockefeller Centre in NYC is the place to be to admire the height, charm and stunning decorations on the centre Christmas tree.  There are plenty of things to see and do whilst on a winter city break in the buzzing metropolis of New York. Manhattan offers all the usual tourist trips, sightseeing tours and museums to discover; but what makes it sparkle the most at this time of year is the festive spirit and warm welcome you’ll receive everywhere. Pick up some Christmas gifts on Fifth Avenue or at retail outlets such as Woodbury Common to surprise your loved ones back home.

Christmas in Times Square, New York, Must see destinations this winter
Christmas in Times Square, New York: Photo on Flickr by Pablo Fernandez / CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

If you arrive towards the end of November, you’ll be in town for Black Friday. Take advantage of the super sales and bargains at famous labels and designer houses where you can make a significant saving when you take into account the exchange rate of the US Dollar. Take a trip up to the Observation level of the Empire State building; enjoy carols at the many music halls or take in a heart-warming broadway show.

Icelandic Adventure

Access to the island of Iceland has become much easier in past years due to stop over transatlantic flights and the increase of routes to the city of Reykjavik. Now, it is the perfect winter destination to fly to with your friends, partner or family to enjoy a break with a difference. For an unforgettable and memorable experience, research helicopter trips and book before you travel to get the dates you want. Meet at the station to be given instructions on the flight and refreshment before taking to the skies over dramatic mountain ranges, glaciers and the dramatic Icelandic countryside.

Dip into volcanic craters, geothermal areas and get close up to theatrical waterfalls. Many tours can be complemented with additional hospitality packages including champagne. Other tours that are must-do experiences during your time on Iceland include safaris to the mountains and of course bathing in the hot springs. If you are lucky enough you may see the northern lights dancing across the night sky.

Blue Lagoon, Iceland, Must see destinations this winter
Blue Lagoon, Iceland

Scottish city break

If history and romance tickles your fancy, the Scottish city of Edinburgh offers this and whole lot more. The enhancing Georgian streets attract thousands of visitors each year; especially in summer to see the Edinburgh Fringe and Arts festivals. For a romantic city break with castles, candle lit dinners, piano bars and a big-hearted atmosphere; Edinburgh is the perfect place. Transport connections from other UK cities are on point with the international airport only around twenty minutes away from the city centre, frequent train connections and motorway routes from England and Glasgow. In searching for places to visit and things to see and do, make sure to stop off at the renowned Christmas market to enjoy fairground rides, warm refreshments, snacks and ice skating.

Climb the 99 stairs up the Sir Walter Scott Monument for brilliant views.

Hit the slopes

Pull on your boots and hit the slopes for a winter paradise in the French Alps. A ski trip should be on everyone’s holiday destination this winter – no matter your skiing ability. Resorts such as Chamonix, Tignes and Val d’Isere are perfect for all the family to get outdoors and enjoy fresh Alpine air. Wake up in a snow haven chalet and hit the slopes for the day before indulging in après-ski delights – check out mountain bars such as the famous La Folie Douce where you can dance until the early hours in your ski boots. Sign up for ski school lessons with your partner or friends; and even beginners will see a difference in their ski skills by the end of your trip.

Cross Country Skiing French Alps
Cross Country Skiing in French Alps: Photo on Flickr by will_cyclist / CC BY-NC 2.0

Winter sun

If the cold temperatures aren’t for you, head further south to the Canary Islands. Off the coast of Africa; this group of Spanish islands enjoy beautiful sun-coated winter days most around 24c; where you can relax on the beach with a cocktail or hire a scooter to explore more of the islands. Shrug off the winter blues and pack up your swimming gear and sun glasses.

We recommend Gran Canaria; boasting stunning sand dunes which you can go over on buggies, boat trips along the rugged coastline; or go up into the mountains to sample local Spanish life. What could be better than enjoying some locally produced wine and olives on a sun terrace overlooking the Atlantic Ocean? Bliss.

Gran Canaria beach at sunset, canary islands
Gran Canaria beach at sunset: Photo on Flickr by Juan Fco. Marerro / CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

About Eliza Graham


As a child, I’ll admit, I was very lazy. All I wanted to do was watch TV and hang out with my friends. That was until I reached my teenager years, and my Mum encouraged me to join my local Swimming Club. At the Sports Centre, I discovered ping pong, fitness classes and eventually took up Tennis and Squash also – which I absolutely loved!Going into my late teens after school, I was an avid sports fan, carefully watching what I ate and realised I wanted to help others discover a love of sports and maintain a healthy and active lifestyle. So, I started a HND in Fitness, Health and Exercise. I am now working hard to achieve more qualifications in Personal Training.

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