Winter is the perfect time for a getaway from it all. You need a break. If you’re wondering where to take it, these countries make the ideal way to relax and enjoy yourself.
Canada is one of those countries that truly embraces winter. This is the land of heavy snow and ice. If you like either one, you’ll want to make a visit up north. During the winter, Canadians head out to enjoy the cold. You can try one of many ski slopes that dot the landscape here. There are also lots of fabulous cities that have all sorts of winter events for guests. Head off to Montreal for a taste of French culture in North America. Look for hockey games and ice skating rinks where you can watch a game or join in the fun. Canadians are happy to have you around as they show off the best that winter has to offer.
When the cold settles into your bones in January, you want to walk away from it into the sunshine. Jamaica has all that and so much more in a winter vacation. The country’s many beaches are the right place to settle down and enjoy the sand and sun. If you want to be more active, you can always swim or participate in activities like sailing and parasailing. There’s also lots of night life for those who want to bring out the party dress. Head off to disco where you can dance to your heart’s content. The island is known for its warm and inviting culture. Make friends here. When you’re ready for something to eat, try one of the many local restaurants. There’s lots of choices including freshly caught seafood as well as delicious fruit harvested a short time before it lands on your plate.
On the other side of the world, it’s no longer winter. This is a chance to have time away from your winter snow and blizzard. New Zealand is a collection of islands a short distance away from Australia. It has a mild climate that invites you to head outdoors any time of the year. This is one place you know well if you’ve ever spent time watching a Lord of The Rings movie. It can take some doing to get here but it’s more than worth the journey. The two major islands are North Island and South Island. Each one has something that each traveler can appreciate in person. Head for Auckland. It’s a small city with lots of things to do. If you’re the kind of person who likes to be as active as possible, this is a place to savor. The local mountain range can be easily climbed for amazing views.
Switzerland is one of the world’s most diverse countries. Divided into areas where languages like Italian, French and German are spoken, it’s a great place to practice your own foreign language mastery. Switzerland is also noted for having some of the tallest mountains in Europe. That gives you the pick of the slopes. You’ll find lots of resorts nestled in the mountains. Try varied ski slopes designed for people of all skills. When you want to head inside, there’s plenty of spaces where you can rest your sore muscles and grab a bite to eat. Swiss food is hearty, enjoyable and very filling. Potatoes, cheese and wine feature prominently. Come down from the mountains. You’ll find cities like Zurich and Bern that offer incredible charm and many years of history to admire. These cities are great for walking even in the snow. Relax by a cozy fire with your family as you watch snow fall outside. Switzerland is one place where winter takes center stage. You’ll be part of a long tradition that makes the most of the snow. It’s yours to discover this year.