Traditionally, most of us will head off on holiday in the summer. With the weather, the school break, and the numerous open resorts and tourist destinations, it’s easy to understand why the summer is the most popular month to jet off somewhere new.
However, for some people, the thought of sunbathing on the beach or relaxing by the pool sounds incredibly boring. If you’re looking to do something a little bit different for this year’s family holiday, why not head off in the winter instead? Check out this list of four ideas for a family getaway this winter.
Go On a Skiing Holiday
Skiing is the classic winter holiday activity and has been for hundreds of years. Europe is full of incredible ski resorts and villages, all with incredible scenery and a vibrant, buzzing atmosphere.
If you want to take the family away on a getaway this winter, a skiing trip could be the perfect choice. Not only will a skiing holiday offer you a sense of adventure in some truly stunning locations, it’s also an excuse to get some exercise and keep fit.
However, the weather in the mountains can be unpredictable. If you’re not prepared, you could end up in a potentially dangerous situation. Use a service like Piste Pro to keep an eye on the weather forecast for your destination ahead of your trip.
Check Out Some Xmas Markets
Winter obviously will make most of us think of Christmas. We tend to spend Christmas at home, but there’s nothing stopping you and your family from heading off to celebrate Christmas in another country.
Many European cities, Germany and Austria in particular, take Christmas celebrations to a whole new level. They host enormous, extravagant Christmas markets with hundreds of stalls and attractions. These can be fantastic for kids and adults alike; you’ll have the chance to make magical Christmas memories that you’ll treasure forever.
Watch The Northern Lights
The Northern Lights, or the Aurora Borealis, is a phenomenon that takes place in the Northern Hemisphere. They are regarded as almost mythical, with those of us lucky enough to have spotted them the subject of much envy.
The truth is that there is nothing magic about them, they are the result of electrically charged particles in the atmosphere, but this doesn’t mean they aren’t incredible to witness.
If you want a family winter holiday that you will never forget, consider making a trip north to see the aurora. They concentrate near the magnetic poles, so the further north you go the better chance you will have. Norway and Sweden are popular destinations for aurora hunters, but they can also be seen from northern Scotland under the right conditions.
Wherever you see them, the Northern Lights aren’t something you’re going to forget in a hurry, and a trip to spot them can make for a fantastic winter getaway.
Try Out A Hot Spring
Even if you like the cold weather, sometimes you need to get a bit of heat. What if we told you you could do this outside, surrounded by some of the most breathtaking landscapes? If you visit Iceland, you can do exactly that. The country is home to hundreds of natural hot springs, which are pools of water heated by subterranean volcanic activity.
Iceland has plenty of hot springs for you to choose from, including the famous Blue Lagoon on the Reykjanes Peninsula. Taking a dip in this mineral-rich water can be incredibly relaxing and can even offer a number of health benefits.
Use the tips in this guide to arrange the perfect holiday for you and your family this winter.