I love the winter. Longer nights, freezing temperatures and the inevitable formation of ice on the car windscreen every morning may leave many counting down the days until the summer, but for me, it’s a very special time of the year.
Long, wintery walks on crisp grass, cosy nights in with the heating turned up to eleven and the odd trip to a log fire-equipped pub are just some of the things I look forward to when the temperature drops and the nights draw in.
This year, I have my sights set on a winter break and, rather than simply choose a run-of-the-mill hotel in some nondescript location, I’m thinking about a trip that will feature stunning natural beauty and unforgettable experiences. In my mind, there’s nothing more romantic than travelling at this time of year.
You may be thinking about doing the same, and in this post, I’d like to give you some inspiration by letting you in on my three shortlisted destinations:
1. The Northern Lights
We’ve all seen plenty of photos of Aurora Borealis (‘the Northern Lights’ to you and I), but few of us get to see this incredible spectacle first-hand. It does, after all, require a fair bit of planning and effort to time it just right.
There’s no guarantee that winter is the best time to see this wonder of the sky, but the longer nights should certainly increase my chances. All I need to do now is decide between Norway, Iceland and Sweden as the destination!
2. Isle of Skye
There are several places on Earth where the winter months represent the best time to pack your bags and pay them a visit. The Isle of Skye is one of those destinations, offering a combination of snow-capped mountains, frosted drystane dykes and – most importantly – fewer visitors, when winter hits.
That suggests I’ll get the place virtually to myself, and have nothing but stunning scenery to occupy my mind. Sounds like the perfect winter’s trip!
3. Isles of Scilly
The Cornish coast is beautiful at the best of times, but the Isles of Scilly offer something else entirely. Azure seas, a tiny population and the ability to get there by plane really gives this part of the UK an entirely unique feeling. It’s like visiting a remote island, without the colossal long-haul flight. And, in winter, it is particularly pretty.
That concludes my round-up of potential winter break destinations. I hope I’ve managed to give you some inspiration for your own trip.