7 reasons why I love a winter holiday

People often tell me that we are crazy for giving up our Australian summer each year for a North American winter holiday.

But it’s so cold over there!
You’ll freeze!
I hope you’ve packed enough layers…

is what I quite often hear in the lead-up to our winter jaunts.

And how do I respond?

I know, right?! It’s going to be amazing, I can’t wait!

As I grin from ear to ear.

The truth is, my partner and I just love a great winter holiday. We love the snow, we enjoy winter activities, and rustic log cabins with crackling fireplaces are our jam.

Unfortunately, winter in Australia usually equates to grey skies, drizzle for days, and the ever-growing fear of having your eyes poked out by someone else’s umbrella.

Not ideal.

So, we’re more than happy to trade our hot Aussie summer for below zero temperatures in Canada, Alaska, or Europe; much to the chagrin of our friends, family, and colleagues.

But, winter holidays are so much more than freezing temperatures and unglamorous long-johns…

7 reasons why I love a winter holiday

1. You get to wear ALL the layers

If it’s hot out, there is only so much you can do to cool down. Short of running around in your birthday suit; it takes cold drinks with ice, jumping in the nearest body of water, or blasting the air conditioning to make you comfortable when the mercury starts rising.

But when it’s cold out? You just pop on another layer or two and you’re toasty warm.

I don’t know about you, but I love getting rugged up in cosy jackets, beautiful scarves, warm gloves, and snug beanies. And since discovering thermal boots, my toes have never been happier to traipse around in the depths of winter.

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2. Did someone say hot chocolate?

That’s right, when the temperature starts to drop, all the glorious warm drinks come out to play, and nobody feels an ounce of guilt for indulging in them. At least, nobody I know.

Think: spiked hot chocolate, mulled ciders and wine, steaming coffee, or spiced eggnog.

Yes, technically you can drink these body-warming delicacies at any time of the year, but there is something truly special about sipping a Starbucks holiday spiced flat white as the snow falls outside.

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3. Winter mountain air makes you feel alive!

Winter in the northern hemisphere is so different from the south. The air is crisp, cold, and dry. It fills your lungs, clears out any cobwebs, and send electric sparks coursing through your body.

The best kind of winter days are the ones where the sky is blue, the sun is shining, and the snow is glistening as it crunches under your feet.

The frosty air pinches your skin, colour floods your cheeks, your breath puffs out like dragon smoke, and your eyes brighten with life.

What’s not to love about that?

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Banff, Alberta, Canada
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Fairbanks, Alaska, USA
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Neuschwanstein Castle, Germany

4. Do you want to build a snowman?

Snow makes everything look so pretty.

Seriously everything.

I’m yet to find something that does not look absolutely beautiful when covered in snow.

And if seeing all the things covered in snow is not your cup of tea, then you can totally build something with the snow instead. Make your own snow-family, snow zombie, or snow hotel.

The opportunities are limitless.

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Lake Louise, Alberta, Canada
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Montreal, Quebec, Canada

5. Wood-fire smoke smell

These are the words we fondly use to describe that smell. You know the one.

When you’re walking along a snow-covered track at night and see a faint distant flickering light up ahead. As you pass, you see the smoke billowing out of a chimney, feel the warmth in the air, and smell the crackling wood burning merrily behind the grate.

Winter holidays mean warm fireplaces and wood-fire smoke smell.

It’s so good you can even buy it in candle form.

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Whistler, British Columbia, Canada

6. So many activities!

Regardless of whether you like to get out in nature, or prefer to stay warm indoors; there are so many things you can do on a winter holiday.

There’s snowboarding, skiing, tobogganing, dog sledding, snow shoeing, snowmobiling, zip lining, ice skating; you can build a snowman or an igloo; you can just crunch around in the snow; or have a snow fight!

When it’s time to come indoors, snuggle up with a good book; watch a movie; play a board game or cards; sit in front of the fire and watch the snow fall outside; all without feeling guilty, because it’s so darn cold out.

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Park City, Utah, USA
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Whistler, British Columbia, Canada

7. Spas are way more fun and glorious when it’s cold out

Need I say more?

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Banff, Alberta, Canada

So that’s my 7 cents on the topic

What do you think?
Have I convinced you to make your next overseas adventure a winter holiday?

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Author: Michelle

Michelle Harvey is a kiwi traveller, writer, photographer, list-maker, coffee drinker, and wanderer. Winter holidays are her favourite kind.

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