8 Winter Vacation Destinations Travel Experts Love

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Winter is an excellent time to travel, thanks to smaller-than-average crowds and potentially cheaper-than-average travel costs. But where do you go in the middle of winter? From winter wonderlands to warm weather destinations, this list holds inspiration for every kind of winter traveler.

TravelAwaits ~ “ Bergen, Norway
‘Bergen, on Norway’s southwest coast, is a cold and snowy wonderland in winter,’ TravelAwaits’ own glamourous globetrotting granny, Inka Piegsa-Quischotte, tells us. She visited Bergen, one of Northern Europe’s oldest port cities, a few Christmases ago. ‘Norway’s second-largest city does not feel like a city at all,’ she says. ‘It’s much more like a small town, surrounded by mountains and seven fjords. Among them is Sognefjord, the longest and deepest fjord in Norway’

Bryggen, the historic harbor district in Bergen, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site which inspired the design of the city of Arendelle in Disney’s Frozen. In Bergen, Piegsa-Quischotte suggests visiting the Hanseatic Wharf, the fish market, and Troldhaugen, the home of composer Edvard Grieg. ‘Enjoy the colorful wooden houses,’ she says, ‘there is even a Viking village nearby to evoke the past.’

Photo by Darren Richardson on Unsplash

Marana, Arizona
Based in the Pacific Northwest, TravelAwaits writer Peggy Cleveland likes to hang out in Marana, Arizona, during the winter, specifically at The Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain. ‘This oasis in the desert is just stunning, with beautiful natural scenery surrounding the resort and hiking trails accessed from the hotel. Exploring the area in the morning and then spending the afternoon by the pool sipping a handcrafted cocktail is a perfect day,’ Cleveland tells us.

Cozumel, Mexico
Travel blogger Carol Colborn tells us how she and her husband ended up spending their winters south of the border. ‘One December, our timeshare company wrote us that we had a balance of points we had to use before December 31,’ says Colburn. ‘It was timely — the Phoenix area, where we had just chosen to settle, was getting too cold for us, with maximum temperatures of 65 degrees each day. Luckily, there was a one-bedroom unit available at La Ceiba in Cozumel, Mexico, where temperatures were 12 degrees warmer. We booked the mandatory three weeks.

Winter in the Caribbean turned out to be the best of our travel ideas,’ Colborn proclaims. ‘Those three weeks became hours at the beaches and pools, Jeep tours around the island, excursions to Chankanaab (Cozumel´s National Reef Marine Park) and tequila factories, day trips to San Miguel, the capital, and Playa del Carmen, Cancun, and Puerto Morelos opposite the Yucatan Channel, and exquisite sunsets at the end of every day. We ended up signing for the same Mexican winter experience, all-inclusive, every year for the next 15 years!’ Colburn exclaims.” ~ TravelAwaits

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Source: 8 Winter Vacation Destinations Our Travel Experts Love – TravelAwaits

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