It is mid-December and if you are a keen winter time traveler it was high time you gave some thought about where to spend this year’s winter holidays. This top 5 picks will cover everything, from destinations for those who love New Year’s Eve extravaganza and like to soak in the local holiday spirit a couple of days prior to and after the celebration to those who like to try something extraordinary every year.
This beautiful city in Belgium is a Unesco World Heritage Site and a true embodiment of a city that is a genuine witness of history. The four gates that date back to the 1st century, the prevailing Gothic architecture of the Historic Centre to modern building such as the new Public Library and the Colettijnenhof form an authentic blend of influences and create a unique architectural whole. The snowy atmosphere of winter makes it even more irresistible while the famous Belgian beer and cuisine will keep you warm during sightseeing.
A mixture of a bustling metropolis and archeological sites that are more than 5000 years old make this city in Abu Dhabi a place well worth visiting. It was one of the most important crossroads of ancient caravan routes and the spirit of the old times is still hanging in the air despite the modernization. Do not miss to go down the Bronze Age Hafit tombs, visit the seven oases and take home a Sougha product and help the artistry of this intriguing city.
There is no law that says one must spend his or her winter holiday in a snowy environment. If you are not a diehard fan of winter sports, or cold temperatures for that matter, the jewel of the Southern hemisphere – Australia surely is the place for something completely different from what the winter holidays usually connote. Snorkeling, diving, whale and shark swimming, water skiing and surfing are just some of the activities that you can indulge in. Renting a place through a company like Lifull would be the best accommodation solution in order to visit the various sites all over this beautiful country and completely forget about the cold days at home.
There simply is no place that is more suitable for all those who wish to experience the truly fairytale like winter than Lapland. No wonder Santa chose it for his homeland with all the snow covered forests and more reindeer than humans populating the area. Spending days skiing through the untouched nature or taking a dog sledged tour in order to see Aurora Borealis in person and nights in cozy log cabin in the woods is as close to a winter fairytale as it gets.
For the majority of people winter holidays are associated with New Year’s Eve celebration. And, that is exactly why Hong Kong made it to the top 5 on this list. Since home environment clearly is not your cup of tea when welcoming the New Year is in question, there is no better way than fireworks to do it differently. Book your spot at one of Hong Kong’s highest drinking places, such as Ozone, Sugar of Felix and enjoy the view of the city and one of the most breathtaking fireworks displays in the world.
One thing is for sure, whichever entry from this list you choose for your holiday this winter; you will not make a mistake. Each of these places has a rich cultural, historic and entertainment content to offer while at the same time being authentic and significantly different. Have fun.