Winter Travel Bucket List
December 20, 2018
Even when you’re sitting pretty at the luxury apartments in Englewood, there are going to be times where you crave for a bit of adventure that’s out of the ordinary. The winter season is a great time to hit the road and see some sights, and if you haven’t already assembled a “winter travel bucket list,” now’s the time to get cooking. Don’t worry if you’re short on ideas, though, because today we’re going to be going over some of the most prominent options you’ll want to be adding to your list this year.
Introducing Your Winter Travel Bucket List
When most people think of a “bucket list” for travel destinations, their minds often go straight to those summer-fun spots, the kinds of places you see on Instagram where sun and sand are plentiful, and fruit-flavored cocktails are probably just a few moments away.
Why should summer hog all the travel shine, though, when wintry destinations have just as much to offer, albeit in their own special way? Think about it. The cold, the snow, the sights? It all adds up to one thing — adventure. Embrace the chill, and consider one of these winter-centric travel destinations once the holidays roll around.
The Northernmost (and second largest) of the Japanese islands, Hokkaido has a reputation as the country’s coldest region, with temperatures plunging as low as 10 degrees (F) during the dead of some winters. There’s plenty to do and see here, however, especially if you’re a fan of snow sports (the island gets more than its fair share of powdery snow, especially during the winter season).
In places like Niseko Village, there are plenty of ski resorts if you’re looking to hit the slopes, and even some worthwhile restaurants to check out if you’re more the fan of staying in and relaxing while the winter scenery enhances your background viewing pleasure.
Beyond all that, though, Hokkaido is also home to the city of Sapporo, which itself is the home of the Sapporo Brewery. It’s one of the most well-known brands of Japanese beer, and if you book in advance, you can get yourself quite the extensive tour of the facility. Plan your trip right, and you can ensure you’re in Sapporo long enough to also enjoy the Winter Snow Festival (also held in Sapporo), a testament to the island’s love affair with the colder months.
Quebec City, Canada
There are plenty of reasons to visit Quebec City. It’s one of the oldest cities on the North American continent, and a window into the past of European settlement of the Americas. It has plenty of historic sites for you to check out (at times you’ll feel as if you’ve been transported to the past), along with all kinds of unique and delicious cuisine. If you’re heading there in the winter, however, there are two big attractions you’ll have to be sure to check out: the Ice Hotel and the Winter Carnival.
The Ice Hotel, about 10 minutes north of the city proper, is rebuilt every year (with a new theme each time). It takes 50 workers about a month and a half to get the place up and running, but once they do, it’s truly a sight to behold. Tons of snow and ice are transformed into 44 rooms, along with the legendary “ice bar” and all manner of additional ice-themed attractions. You don’t necessarily have to reserve a room to check it out, but an overnight stay is one of the best ways to get the full experience. The hotel lasts about three months, from about January to sometime in April.
As for the Winter Carnival, also known as the Carnaval de Quebec, it’s what you’d expect from a snow-covered town in the midst of winter: snowmen, ice sculptures, rides, street parties, and more to entice and delight. You’ll can have all the snow-themed fun you want, and forge some memories here that will last a lifetime.
Switzerland (All of It!)
Even if you don’t fancy yourself a skier, there are more than enough reasons for you to check out Switzerland during the winter months. Generally speaking, there are fewer tourists around this time of year, so if you’ve a mind to see the wonderful winter sights that the country has to offer, it’ll be far less crowded when you do so.
The mountains and scenery, of course, are a breathtaking sight for travelers of all stripes. Peaks like the Jungfrau, Monch, and Eiger are enthralling to all who gaze upon them. Towns like Zermatt, tucked away in these summits, will leave you spellbound, and places like the Swiss Plateau are considered especially beautiful by some, but for many, it’s hard to pick just one spot in this country that outshines the rest, especially during the beauty of winter.
If you prefer action, then you’ll be delighted to learn that there’s more than just sightseeing to add to your itinerary here. There are loads of ice-related activities to enjoy, like fishing, curling, and the like. Then there are relaxing water activities like the many thermal baths that dot the country’s resorts and hotels. In addition to heating you up, they’ll help alleviate any stiffness or joint pain you might be experiencing too.
If the countryside isn’t quite your thing, you can still find plenty of enjoyment in urban centers like Zurich. One of the country’s most bustling cities, you can take part in all the sightseeing and urban exploration your heart yearns for here, and it’s definitely a great way to close out a voyage to the veritable winter wonderland that is Switzerland.
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