Reader Recs: Best Winter Destinations
Don’t let the cold temperatures in the Northern Hemisphere take the pep out of your travel step. The winter months can offer up some of the best travel opportunities, often at a lower price point—and you can always head south if you’re in need of some Vitamin D.
To get you inspired, we asked our Nat Geo Travel Facebook fans to share with us their favorite places to visit in winter.
Take a look at what they said:
Oslo, Norway, gets Guy S.’s vote because of its incredible northern lights display. He suggests hitting the ice for a skating session before taking in the night sky. If that’s not reason enough to start packing, he proudly reminds readers that Norway often tops the list of the happiest countries in the world.
Trade snow for sun and sand by heading to Queensland, Australia. Karen T. encourages travelers to snorkel the Great Barrier Reef before trying some authentic Outback barbecue, followed by a surfing session on the Sunshine Coast. This “heavenly escape from the northern winter” is one you won’t want to miss.
If you’re looking to get into the holiday season, Chelsea E. recommend a trip to Edinburgh, which she describes as magical at this time of year. Enjoy the Scottish capital’s famous Christmas markets, where you can sample decadent desserts, delicious sausages, and mulled wine in addition to picking up some unique finds for the people you hold dear. “For any history lover (or Harry Potter fanatic) this city feels like a step back in time, where one can truly delight in the spirit of Christmas,” she says.
If you enjoy a good national park, Amy J. cheerfully endorses Kruger National Park in South Africa as a must-visit destination for its incredible Lowveld landscapes and wildlife-viewing opportunities (Kruger is one of the biggest game preserves in all of Africa). “Nothing beats going there to escape the winter,” she says.
There was no question as to which destination would get Marion G.’s vote. “Malta, of course.” With enjoyable winter temperatures, friendly people, and lots of things to see and do, this island in the Mediterranean should be at the top of your list any time of year.
Megan Heltzel is an associate producer on National Geographic Travel’s digital team. Follow her on Twitter @MeganHeltzel.
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