Winter breaks are great. Even in the most popular tourist locations, there is usually plenty of accommodation available, outside the main tourist season.
Often, travelling in the winter is far cheaper. The cost of both flights and accommodation is far lower than it is in the warmer months. Usually, you can easily afford to upgrade your hotel room from four to five stars. Of course, you need to choose the right location, but a bit more about that later in the article. First, a couple of general tips…
Given that the weather is likely to be variable you are going to want to wrap up in a thick winter coat when it gets cold. The last thing you need is to realise, too late, that the coat you have packed is not warm enough. Buying a new one is going to work out expensive, which will eat into your spending money.
When you travel in the winter it is more important to take the time to put together a comprehensive packing list. The best approach is to think about the activities you are hoping to enjoy while you are away. Then make a list of items of clothing you will need to stay at a comfortable temperature while enjoying them.
Usually, it is best to dress in layers. Doing this gives you a better choice of outfits and the flexibility you need to stay comfortable throughout the day.
Choose the Right Destination
In most places, there is still plenty to see and do, even in the winter months. However, you need to bear in mind that some attractions will be closed. Sometimes even those that are open will close early. Therefore, if there are particular sights and attractions you want to see it is always wise checking their opening times.
You also need to consider whether the activities you have planned can still be enjoyed on a wet or cold day. Often, all you need to do is to adjust your expectations and how you do things slightly. For example, instead of booking yourself a walking tour of the local sights use the hop on hop off bus.
Plan Some Indoor Activities
It is also wise to plan to enjoy some indoor pastimes. In most cities, there are plenty of choices. Here are a few ideas to get you started:
Enjoy Playing Sports Indoors
If you like sport, a few hours spent at the local swimming baths, in an indoor golf practice facility or playing badminton, tennis or squash is a great way to pass the time. Most cities have these types of facilities, but always check that they are not member-only clubs.
Book Yourself a Spa Day
For a more relaxed time book yourself into a spa. There are some really spectacular ones. If you are staying in a city like Vienna you can easily book yourself in for a spa day in one of their luxury hotels. This short guide explains how to choose the right spa experience for you.
Take a Food Tour
Most cities offer food tours. Often transport between the venues is part of the deal.
Pack Some Games and Entertainment
If you are very unlucky sometimes it will snow or rain heavily, which means the transport network could be out of action for a few hours or days. It is best to be prepared for this eventuality. Take plenty of books, a pack of cards, some puzzle books and other items you can use to keep yourself entertained should you get stuck in the hotel or airport.