10 Perfect Places for a 2022 Winter Getaway

Are the winter blues getting you down again and again? Or better yet, do you love winter so much that you want to experience some of the coldest, winteriest places on planet Earth? Whether you love sweater weather or bikini weather, winter travel can take you to some of the sunniest beaches in the world or freezing temperatures. If you’re having trouble deciding where to go this winter, check out this list of options for all types of travelers.

ten Finland

Are you looking for a playful experience to get in touch with your inner child? If so, Rovaniemi, Finland is the winter wonderland you need! Known as the home of Santa Claus, confirmed when you land at Rovaniemi Airport, which says “Welcome to the official hometown of Santa Claus”, Rovaniemi is a popular option for families with young children. Even if you are not traveling with children, a trip to Rovaniemi is an almost perfect destination to visit in winter. Besides Santa Claus Village, Rovaniemi offers snowmobile rides in pursuit of the Northern Lights, dog sledding, a reindeer farm, and fun nightlife with exquisite meals. Don’t forget to pack the diapers!

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9 Svalbard (Norway)

Are you an adventurer looking for a place totally off the beaten track, where there are so few people that polar bears outnumber them? Look no further than Svalbard, a territory in northern Norway. Literally translating to “cold coasts”, Svalbard is so far north that it doesn’t see a sunset for five months of the year. The advantage of being so far north is that it’s one of the best places to see the Northern Lights. Plus, if you ever were to get stuck in Svalbard in a doomsday disaster, you’d be in luck. Svalbard is where the “Doomsday Vault” is buried, officially known as the Global Seed Vault, containing all the seeds in the world. You will also be strongly protected there; it is not only legal but mandatory to carry a firearm in some parts of the country. Definitely a quirky spot, it’s a great option for adventurers looking for the thrill of a winter getaway.

8 Sweden

If going to a territory in northern Norway is too risky and going to a Finnish winter wonderland is too childish, Scandinavia might still have you covered with the funky country of Sweden. From the rockabilly capital of Stockholm to the northern town of Kiruna, enjoying all the different sides of Sweden is ideal for a winter vacation. Stockholm’s Christmas markets are plentiful and you can buy souvenirs, ornaments, sweaters, scarves and more to bring home to friends and family. As you wander around, be sure to grab a famous Swedish street hot dog, a surefire way to get a great meal without breaking the bank. Sweden, like its other Scandinavian neighbours, is ideal for chasing the Northern Lights.

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seven Antarctic

Are you a winter fanatic and an unmissable adventure hunter? If you have a little extra cash to spend and you share the two aforementioned characteristics, a trip to Antarctica is a perfect winter getaway. Often starting at $5,000 but going up to $20,000, a trip to the seventh continent is a commitment, both temporal and financial. A trip to Antarctica typically begins in Ushuaia, Argentina’s southernmost city, where you’ll board a grand cruise to cross the dreaded Drake Passage. Crossing the Drake Passage takes around 24 hours and isn’t for the faint-hearted, but it’ll certainly be worth it when you’ll be spending time with penguins, whales and leopard seals on the world’s least-visited continent .

6 Slovenia

If you’re looking to get to a less-visited European country but still want all that classic European charm, Slovenia is a great winter option. Stroll through the capital of Ljubljana and shop at one of the city’s many Christmas markets. Head to the side of the mountain, where you will see mountains covered in icy snow surrounding one of Slovenia’s many castles. Slovenian cuisine consists of hearty meals, such as štruklji, or dumplings, beef soup, turnip soup and, of course, a nice cup of mulled wine to keep you warm.

5 Brazil

If your reason for wanting to travel in winter is to get a way winter conditions, then heading to Brazil is certainly a doable option. Remember that northern hemisphere winter is southern hemisphere summer, which means that December and January are the best summer seasons under the Brazilian sun. Travel to Rio de Janeiro to explore Copacabana Beach and one of the Seven Wonders of the World, Christ the Redeemer. Drink caipirinhas and watch a samba dance performance. Face your fears of poisonous snakes and jaguars and head to the Amazon. Brazil is the largest country in South America and is nothing short of a thrill.

4 South Africa

As mentioned, Northern Hemisphere winter is Southern Hemisphere summer, so a trip to South Africa is a great idea for a true winter getaway if you’re looking to take advantage of the good weather. Hike Cable Mountain in Cape Town for stunning views of the continent’s southernmost country. Face your fears and go diving with the great white sharks. Grab some vetkoek (South African donuts stuffed with ground meat) on the go. Certainly don’t leave the country without discovering some of its dark past in one of the many museums. If you have time, go on safari and try your luck at spotting The Big 5!

3 Australia

The land below boasts some of the most beautiful beaches in the world and offers the perfect sunny and warm escape from those freezing winter blues. Sydney’s Bondi Beach is a great place to catch a wave or watch surfers. Interested in scuba diving? The obvious choice here is to head for the Great Barrier Reef, the closest to Cairns International Airport. If you have a few more days to kill, get a PADI certification in the Great Barrier Reef. Imagine not only visiting Australia and seeing the Great Barrier Reef, but also getting certified to dive there. How’s that for a vacation story? Keep in mind that Australia is huge, and while it may look small on a map, the best way to travel from point A to point B is by plane, like in the United States.

2 Costa Rica

If you don’t have that much time and want to get somewhere a quick flight from the US, Latin America is a great choice, and no place will appeal to all travelers like Costa Rica. With two international airports, San Jose and Liberia, Costa Rica offers many direct flights from several cities in the United States. If you are looking for a getaway oasis, La Fortuna is the place for you. La Fortuna perfectly combines adventure with its many hanging bridges, swinging canyons and river cruises with relaxation with its many natural hot springs. With such a quick flight to this tropical paradise from the United States, Costa Rica should be high on your list of things to do for winter getaways.

1 Seychelles

Are you ready to escape? If you’re looking for a long flight to a remote island in the middle of the Indian Ocean, a winter getaway to the Seychelles has your name everywhere. Head to the picturesque island of La Digue, with its famous gray and white rocks that stand against the white sand and crystal clear waters. Take a look at the native coco de mer, or coco de mer, an extremely large nut that looks suspiciously like a cigarette butt! The Seychelles may look like the Maldives, but they offer plenty of activities, giving you the opportunity to relax or have an adventure in your own right. With an average December temperature of 85 degrees F, it’s surprising you haven’t started Google-searching for flights yet.

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