As winter sets in, it is time to plan a holiday with your family and friends. Instead of heading to well-known international destinations, take a risk. Travel to less-explored countries.Nurture the spirit of curiosity and adventure.
Beautiful mountains, waterfalls, and streams with tranquil shores will define your trip to Vietnam. Nam Du Archipelago houses on Bin Island, which is a major tourist attraction. Here, you can zip around and explore the radar station and the lighthouse. You can access the 85,000 imperial records of the Nguyen Dynasty. There are also cultural heritage sites like the ancient town of Hoi An. You could also visit My Son Sanctuary and Koi Fish Park. Foodies should try goi cuon. These are spring rolls packed with veggies, pork, and crab. Eat banh mi baguettes to tickle your taste buds. Do not forget to try the Vietnamese pancakes banhxeo.
The temperatures in this mountainous island nation decrease as you travel south. January and February are the warmest months here. So, a winter vacation here is the right choice. Are you a connoisseur of wine? If so, head to Nelson for its world-class wineries. Lake Tekapo and the Southern Alps will take your breath away with their scenic beauty. Meanwhile, pristine beaches will call out to you for a dip in the sea. You can try surfing at the Waikane and Midway Beaches in Gisborne. Unleash the trekker in you at Kaitaia.
A trip to incredible Egypt in winter will enchant you in many ways. The Sphinx and the Giza pyramids in Cairo will blow you away. The Valley of Kings tombs in Luxor is also a must-see. Sharm El Sheikh will draw you with its beautiful beaches and reefs. When it comes to food, fava beans and falafel, Alexandrian sausages and liver, fattah, kushari, and grilled meats will enrich your palette. Besides the host of malls, the tourist markets in Luxor and Aswan are great for buying gifts.
Visit ski resorts, or track reindeer and moose on a safari. Sweden offers you plenty to do. Live in a hotel or in an igloo made of ice. Would you be willing to travel on a winter night? Then you can watch the aurora borealis(the northern lights). These lights of green, red, and purple flit across the sky from October to March. Other famous tourist spots include Vasa Museum and the Stockholm archipelago. Snow storms are a very common occurrence there which could often lead to flight cancellations. But a good travel insurance will take care of that so make sure you invest in one.
Whether you are a beach bum or a safari enthusiast, a holiday in Kenya is exciting. For animal lovers, Masai Mara is the place to be. You can spot wildlife like lions, leopards, and rhinos. Meanwhile, Mombasa, the cosmopolitan tourist hub, features Fort Jesus, Mombasa marine national park, and go-kart activities for kids. It also has enviable beach resorts and multi-cultural cuisine. Kenya’s largest city and capital Nairobi is home to the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust. It also houses the Nairobi national museum, the rail museum, and the breath-taking Ngong Hills.
If a fairy tale winter is your thing, then this is the right country for you. Snowy landscapes and the northern lights in Reykjavik will enchant you. Just make sure you are bundled up with enough warm clothes on this trip. Skiing, ice skating, and snowmobiling will keep you in high spirits. Be careful while indulging in adventure sports. As fun as they are, they can be a little dangerous too if you’re not careful. So, make sure your travel policy covers for medical emergencies as well.