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Making the Most of a Winter Vacation

Winter is fast approaching in the northern hemisphere and bringing with it shorter days, colder temperatures, and the dreaded cold and flu season. The winter months effect some so deeply that they may even find themselves feeling depressed.  One of the best ways to make sure you don’t wind up with a case of the winter blues is to take a holiday, but you may feel that your options are somewhat limited if you’re hoping to take a vacation during the colder months. While your first instinct might be to run off to a tropical beach somewhere, taking a cold weather vacation can actually be a ton of fun too. Just because the sun is setting a little early and there’s a nip to the air, it doesn’t mean that you can’t have a fantastic winter holiday.

The first thing to plan when you’re mapping out your winter vacation holiday is wardrobe. It’s hard to enjoy yourself when you’re focused on a cold nose, so make sure that you make it a point to pack appropriate cold weather attire. Before you travel, take a look at the forecast so that you can plan accordingly. if it looks like snow, that’s not a problem; just make sure to grab the snow boots!  The same can be said for your car. If you’re driving, be sure your car is also dressed for the weather (snow tires, chains, etc.) so that you can be safe on the road, no matter what the weather has in store.
There are plenty of things to do, even in colder temperatures. You may take the opportunity to enjoy indoor activities you might otherwise overlook, such as art museums or the theater, but there are also plenty of outdoor activities you can do, even in the dead of winter. There are places in the world that are absolutely stunning in the winter, picturesque snowscapes that rival the most beautiful beaches in the world. If you’re expecting lots of snow, you may want to try your hand – or, rather, feet – at skiing or snowboarding. Hiking, mountain climbing, and biking can also be great cold weather activities; it’s nice to cool down when your body is working in overdrive. Depending on where you’re vacationing, there may be tons to do inside, but don’t let the cold weather make you feel like you need to stay cooped up indoors. There are also plenty of ways to make the most of cool air.

As you’re picking the perfect place to stay, make sure you’re taking advantage of your surroundings. Finding the right place to lay your head can turn an okay vacation into a great one. Making the most of a cold weather vacation may mean finding the perfect comfy bed to snuggle up in on chilly mornings. Instead of an impersonal hotel room, you may decide to research home exchange options. Sites like International Vacation Home Exchange can help you find the perfect winter getaway with a host of helpful filters, such as skiing and central heat included. This year, instead of bemoaning the oncoming cold temperatures, take a winter holiday and embrace a different kind of vacation. Curl up by the fire with a mug of hot coco and start planning your cold weather holiday.
Thank you to travel blogger Emma Sledge.  


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