Winter is almost here, but the fact that it is already December and the Christmas holidays are knocking at our door make us impatient about this time of the year. Since these days of the year are dedicated on spending time with the family, and not working, many people decide to go somewhere on holiday with their families. And even if there are a lot of days to Christmas, it is time to book your tickets, before all the places are booked. That is why we have decided to share with you some information about the best places in the world for a typical winter vacation.
There is no chance that you have not heard about Aspen and the fact it is probably the most popular destination for winter sports. This is the best place to go skiing even if you are still a beginner. The multiple slopes and ski areas give opportunities for winter sport activities. At this time of the year it is full of people and the atmosphere is remarkable. After a long tiring day, the guests of Aspen can enjoy themselves cuddled in the warm hotels with a cup of hot cocoa, watching the fireplace.
#2 Lake Baikal, Siberia, Russia
What better time of the year to visit Siberia and one of the most popular lakes in the world. Siberia is famous for being extremely cold, but in fact if you are dressed well, you can not only survive, but have a great time as well. Lake Baikal is the world’s deepest lake. At this time of the year the lake is frozen and the ice can have so many interesting shapes, that you will not only not regret that you have seen it, but it will be a once in a lifetime experience.
#3 Yellowstone national park, USA
If you love the wild animal life, and you want to witness some of the most typical winter animals, the wolves, go straight ti Yellowstone National Park in Lamar Valley, USA. You can see wild wolves in their natural habitat. Of course, the tour is as safe as it can be, and the tourists are distanced from the wolves. When you go on such tours, make sure that you always listen to the guide’s instructions just to be absolutely safe. And be careful bringing food with you or taking pictures of the wolves. They can sense smells from distance and the flashlights may attract their attention. But you can also do other things while you are there. You can also experience the typical sled riding or just have a long walk in the deep snow.
You have probably do not know nothing about this country which language is similar to the Russian one, and it dates back to the 7th century. This small Southeastern European country will take your breath away, especially in the winter. There are a lot of ski resorts you can enjoy your favorite winter sports. After you get tired, you can have one of the most traditional Bulgarian soups to warm you up. It is a tripe soup and it is also famous for fighting hangovers. And if you are lucky enough to be there on New Year’s Eve, you will witness the traditional Bulgarian masquerade when people dress with scary costumes to chase the illnesses away.
#5 The Igloo Village, Finland
One of the activities you should have in your to-do list is sleeping in an igloo. If in the past this was an actual houses people used to live in, nowadays this has stepped aside and you can find find igloos in winter hotels as an attraction. Imagine how it will feel like if you sleep in a place surrounded by ice and snow. And do not worry, there is no chance that you freeze completely. There are special furry leather quilts both on the ground, or the “bed” if you want to put it in this way, and for you to keep you warm. However, you still must not forget to bring some warm clothes.
#6 Monkey Park, Japan
When you imagine a monkey, you probably think of a tropical warm area with a lot of bananas. But have you think about the fact there are actually winter monkeys. And you can see them in the Monkey park in Japan. You can see how these snow monkeys, as they are also called, relax in the cold springs. And while you are in Japan, you can also take a tour around the country and see how they are preparing for the New Year’s eve. It is needless to say that there will be a lot of lights and people all over the world.