Is There A Perfect Season To Travel?

Travelling can be done at any time, but a lot of people opt for a summer holiday, taking them to warmer climates (if you live in the UK), although there’s plenty to see and do in winter too.

According to a survey by Slater and Gordon that asked 2,000 members of the British public when they prefer to travel, 56% of them opted for summer sun. Although, there are plenty of places to enjoy a snowy or festive holiday as winter rolls in…

Exploring the Winter Landscape of Europe

For a winter getaway in Europe, the Alps are at the top of the list from large resorts like Zermatt in Switzerland to smaller ones such as St Anton in Austria, there’s plenty of snowy landscapes to choose from.

These destinations offer amazing backdrops and plenty of history. As well as fun for all with differing levels of ski slopes and instructors available it can be the perfect family holiday, and you will make the most incredible memories.

After a day on the slopes, you can expect some amazing apres and night-time entertainment. If you travel to Zermatt take to Pollux Bar or Papa Caesar – for great bars and social hours. If travelling with a family then a warm hot chocolate and a festive film may be on the cards.

It seems that one of the main reasons we don’t travel in winter is due to safety worries, apparently, 58% of people surveyed said winter travel made them more concerned about their safety. This is understandable if you plan to travel to cooler climates but reading safety notes and planning ahead to ensure the right gear is packed should reduce any risk of an accident. Alternatively, travelling somewhere for a peaceful scenic holiday or for some festive fun is also an option.

Festivities Across The Pond

The most obvious winter getaway in America would be New York, with amazing shopping opportunities, over the top decorations, and much more it is a winter wonderland. Although this seems to be a lot of people’s idea of a perfect destination there are plenty of other options like Detroit, where you will experience a light extravaganza on the ultimate road trip. Or if you are looking to meet Father Christmas in a totally different wat then head to Newport Beach where you will find a boat parade filled with lights.

Not looking for a Christmas escape? Then visit Utah in January where you can enjoy a glimpse of the Sundance Film Festival. Or head to Washington D.C. and head to the museums to learn some American history and take in some culture.

There’s plenty to do and see in the winter too, so don’t stay indoors watching film, after film, make your own story and explore the world. But, no matter where winter takes you make sure you stay safe with these tips:

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Three Places I’d Love to Spend This Winter

Autumn and Winter are my favourite seasons, the world seems at peace in my merry little world and all of the warm colours begin to appear. From the orange leaves to the crisp frosty air this is the best time of year.  

The only downside is the lack of snow we have in the UK, in one way it’s a good thing as we don’t handle extreme weather too well but on the other hand, a white Christmas would be lovely. In this blog post, I’m going to take a look at how the three places I think I’d like to spend these months celebrate Halloween, Christmas and New Year.

California at Halloween

Don’t ask me why California, I seem to have an obsession but I’d also like to visit Salem! I have heard many people talk about parties and haunted mansions in California but I’d stick to the more child-friendly activities. The American festivities seem much more fun than that of the UK although in recent years we have started to branch out.

Universal Studios Hollywood’s Horror Nights seem amazing but not family friendly so we’d probably end up at Disneyland for Mickey’s Halloween Party!

Halloween in California would be incredible but lately, I’ve become fascinated by the Day of the Dead in Mexico, which is a much nicer way to look at the after life other than Halloween.

Austria at Christmas

Austria is at the top of my list of places to visit and going there at Christmas time would be perfect. Visiting the village of St Anton, where it is not as busy as Innsbruck but still has plenty of ski slopes and shopping opportunities. Even if there is no guarantee of snow the surroundings look breathtaking and after visiting the Swiss and French Alps during the summertime I can’t imagine I’d be disappointed either way.

The accommodation in this area also looks out of this world. A lot of the accommodation will only accept 7 nights plus and some 4 weeks which makes the price higher, especially for a premium property. This is why I will probably have to hold out for that luxury stay.

On Christmas day I’d like to just lounge around a warm living room with log fire and hot chocolate, with the whole family, of course, playing board games and waiting for the dinner to be cooked (by the husband).

France at New Year

I have been to various places in France during various seasons and I’ say that everywhere I’ve visited has not been disappointing. I have spent New Year in Disneyland Paris and News Years Day in Paris itself but I’d love to rent a lovely house for my whole family in Provence and welcome in the New Year.

Staying somewhere like Fayence would be ideal for my plans, just a short journey to the golden coast of Cannes and the luxurious Monaco it would be a great place to spend a couple of days exploring and the rest of the time relaxing.

Provence seems like the perfect place to me, not too far from the South of France but still far enough to be peaceful and not too busy. Obviously, a home with a glorious scenery would create the perfect setting but as I am not a millionaire I wouldn’t be too picky!

All of these dream holidays are on my bucket list which hopefully one day will become reality!