Cruises | Winter Travel

Winter Get-Away Cruise Destinations

By on January 20, 2017

Vacations, road trips, and cruise holidays are popular during the summer season. Most people are used to the idea that summers are the best time to spend a holiday. But those who have experienced the cold and wet winter weather in the UK may want to re-consider their holiday schedules. Instead of cruising during the summer why not explore exciting destinations during the winter season. This way you can escape the dull winter weather and exchange it with warm and sunny ones. Here are some nice spots where one can cruise around and get away from the bleak winter weather of the  UK.

When it comes to beach island holidays the Caribbean is often among the top of the tourists’ list. These islands are perfect for cruises because of the cultural diversity among the different islands. One can simply visit one island after another and enjoy a unique island experience in each of them. However, there are also things that are common in all of the Caribbean Islands and those are the beautiful and clear waters, sandy beaches and lots of sunshine.

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Puerto Rican shores

Near the Caribbean is another great destination, The Mexican Coast. This place is ideal for those who to mix beach frolics with an active night life. You can spend a quiet time in the beach or engage in some water activities like diving and snorkeling by day, then spend the nights partying with the bands, dancing in bars or restaurants, and soaking-in their margaritas.

Those who would like more than just the sun and the sand can put Egypt in their list of cruise destinations. UK residents can reach it through a short flight, and they can have a long list of sites that they can visit during their trip. Aside from water adventures, a cruise to Egypt also offer some shore excursions that takes tourists to iconic sights like the Great Pyramids and the ancient tombs.

Nile River (image via http://i3.mirror.co.uk)

Not everyone who wants an escape from UKs winter weather would automatically go for sunny destinations. Some would simply like to make their environment more interesting or colorful. There are also great destinations that have cold weathers too, one is Scandinavia.

Those who would like to explore the Arctic region during winter can book a Scandinavian Cruise where they can have a good chance of seeing the Northern Lights or Aurora. They may also enjoy a hike in the fjord or view Arctic animals in their natural habitats.

There is no need to spend your winters sipping hot tea or keeping yourself indoors to stay warm when you have the option to get out and enjoy great cruise options. With plenty of choices available, one is sure to find a winter get-away cruise that would fit their needs.

(image via http://www.cruisenation.com)

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Skiing | Winter Travel

Reasons Why I love Ski vacations

By on September 3, 2012
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Snow and Sun, photos in this post by hubby

Winter is the longest season and being the coldest too, there are things you do and love in the summer that you can’t do in winter…(and it also goes the other way around). Snowboarding, snowshoeing and skiing are some of the activities you obviously can do only in the winter and only when snow is generous. There’s a good enough reason why you should try skiing  this season as there are a lot of excuses why you wouldn’t (or what I tell my husband when I don’t feel going down the slope). Here are my reasons why I think it’s worth going on a ski-vacation.

1. Picturesque mountain view of white and blue. For a shutterbug like me, going up the famous Alps means enjoying a view of the sun rays on snow-laden slopes and pine trees and getting to shoot them for postcard perfect shots.

2. Keeps you fit. Skiing is the best activity to tone down your thighs, it’s also the best workout for your hips. Actually, I find walking on snow itself strenuous at times and carrying the snowboard is a good practice too.

Skiing tones your stomach muscles. Balancing to keep yourself steady is the key in skiing down…by doing so you engage core stability muscles getting them toned especially the tummy. And yes; a day’s skiing, probably 6 hours or so burns 3000 calories.

3. More than just snow. There are a lot of resorts and residences around the region showcased on sites like www.snowtrex.co.uk that offers family package fun for both skiers and their family who are not as adventurous. Most of these resort packages include a chalet for your stay, amenities such as heatable outdoor swimming pool, sauna, restaurant, bar and other entertainment system or fun things to do for kids and adults. There’s certainly one for you in Europe‘s best resorts where you can go thermal swimming if you prefer that. Whichever you choose in Italy, France, Switzerland or Austria, you’re sure to have the time of your life.

*If you’re a beginner, skiing lessons can be arranged.

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Unterberg, Austria

4. Great food adventure. It’s not true that all you can eat while on a ski-vacation are breads, sausages and the likes. There are a lot of options and it’s definitely worth cooking while you’re there. While up there in an adventurous mountain retreat, go and try some of the offerings ranging from duck and pears, pulled-pork, tapas and a lot more. You just have to look first and know well where these are offered.

5. Meeting new people. It’s no secret that I’m a social person…not just in the web but in real life as well. ^_^ Skiing makes me meet a lot of people and it’s a good chance that I’d be able to use my knowledge of Japanese and Spanish. Most of the French people also know German, so I’m confortable around them. Don’t worry though if you only know English, most of the attendants in ski resorts we’ve been to speak English.

6. Shopping and night life. Believe it or not, the nightlife at ski resorts are as alive as in the other parts of the world.   Having fun with friends, just chilling after works on the slope is surely the way to go. There are definitely places where you can shop and then hop for some drinks and fun at night. Walking in a surrounding with low lights on, dressed properly to battle the cold, it’s also a good time to practice night photography. 🙂

So gear up, dress your kids in layers as you would yourself and head to the Alps. If you’re still not for the slopes, snowfights and building snowmen would do. ^_^

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