Skiing in Europe
The beauty of winter is in the snow, beautiful and crystalline. There is no better way to enjoy snow than a thrilling skiing experience, except for a good hearted snow fight. The adrenalin associated with doing a mile long ski drop will definitely get your blood hot in those frigid temperatures. Europe offers some of the world’s best snow resorts, attracting some of the world’s elite and passionate skiers.
France is arguably the world’s most sought after skiing destination. Chamonix in France gives you the experience of skiing down the mountain that inspired the Mont Blanc fashion house. Experience the thrill of Europe’s highest peak while enjoying French wine and hospitality. Another sought after spot in France is the Val d’ Isere, with its challenging courses and high altitude ski experience, as well as its beautiful catered ski chalets
Another popular ski country is Switzerland. The St. Moritz is frequented by holidaying superstars on winter breaks. Alternatively, you could go to neighboring Austria and try out St. Anton, the challenging cross country course in Seefeld, or the castle course of Kitzbuhel. Of course you can’t talk about skiing in Europe without mentioning Italy’s Cortina d’Ampezzo, where the winter Olympics were held.
Alternatively, you can venture out to outer parts of Europe, like the home of Santa Clause in Levi, Lapland. Slovenia also has some spectacular drops in Kranjska Gora.
Short break in the Lake District
Cumbria is home to the UK’s Lake District; home to rolling hills, beautiful natural scenery, and yes, lakes! There are around 16 lakes and many other tarns scattered across this area. One would think that during the cold winter months, this area would suffer from lack of activity. However, like one writer put it, when the winter sets in, a new perspective of this area comes to life.
The bare trees with snow hanging off their branches set against the still, white countryside offer a tranquil getaway during this period. For those with busy lifestyles, a weekend dash to one of the areas cozy hotels will leave you pampered and rejuvenated. Stayin is a great place to find some of the best accommodation in the Lake District.
Outdoor activities will obviously not be many. Make sure you have proper rain gear if you plan to spend time outdoors. When the weather calms down, you can take a trek by a lake, explore one of the trails into the hills or follow a river. In winter though, make sure someone knows where you have gone and that you are properly prepared.
Sun in South East Asia
If the chills of the west get to your bones, then the sun in the east should thaw you out. South East Asia has plenty of sun throughout the year, except for its monsoon months of course, and it is possible to get some low cost flights there so you can do it on a budget. What makes South East Asia so much more appealing is the wide variety of activities and exotic locations you have to choose from.
You can choose from 5 island nations, or take it inland with 6 other mainland countries. However, all of them have beach access, so fun times on the beach is a plus for any country you pick. You can choose to go to the modern states of Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand and even Vietnam can fall here. Compared to Bhutan, Brunei or East Timor, these countries have far more modern facilities and infrastructure. However, countries like Bhutan offer more unspoiled variety of natural scenery at far better prices.
In South East Asia, it’s not just about the sun. You can also get that sun tan while viewing the region’s rich cultural heritage, a lot of it largely Buddhist. Explore exotic wildlife, get expert massage therapy and consult with eastern gurus for those who are keen on a spiritual experience.