Winter Vacation Ideas - Suggestions for Different Types of Winter Trips
Are you cracking your head for some interesting winter vacation ideas?
So you're planning a winter vacation - do you want to do the classic winter sports activities, or would you like to try something different this time?
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Let's begin with the typical snow related activities - wherever you live, you're not far from a place where you can ski, snowboard or ice skate. On the east coast, you can head north and find resorts from New Jersey to New Hampshire or Canada. They all offer facilities from luxurious lodges and hotels offering just about every winter sport (some with heated indoor pools), to smaller inns and bed and breakfast accommodations for you and your family to relax in after a day on the slopes.
Going further west, you have Colorado and California, Idaho, Utah and New Mexico - so many places that offer incredible winter vacation ideas.
Again, you have many choices of where to park your skis and skates at the end of the day. If you have a large family group, then consider renting a condo or chalet where you can fix some of your own meals to save time and money. Make sure you have a babysitter arranged so Mom and Dad can take advantage of the fantastic dining and dancing offered in most winter vacation resorts.
If you aren't into winter sports, consider a nature-related winter vacation idea by choosing a destination where you are able to watch the local wildlife. You can visit Alaska for the trip of a lifetime. Alaska isn't just a place to visit for summer cruises to see the glaciers; in winter, you can see the Aurora Borealis (Northern Lights) in all their wonder; have a ride on a dog sled; or even watch the dog teams start running the Iditarod Race.
Another winter vacation idea is to travel to Europe, where it is often cheaper in the winter and less crowded. If you decide to spend your winter vacation there, remember that it will be cold and you may have weather-related flight delays - small price to pay if you want to visit the tourist attractions that are hopelessly crowded during the summer months. If the art galleries and museums of Florence, Milan and Rome are what you'd love to see, then try making your visit during winter months.
However, not everyone wants to embrace the chilly weather for their winter vacation; some people want to get as far away from the cold as possible and are ready to relax in the sunshine of a tropical resort - now, that's totally different kinds of winter vacation ideas.
For such winter vacation ideas, many resorts offer packages that include all your food and drinks as well as accommodations, so do your research and find a package that will suit you and your family. If you want more than simply relaxing by a pool, then look for a resort that offers activities such as snorkeling, parasailing, scuba diving, etc. Some offer lessons to novices so that even if one of your group is familiar with an activity, the others can still participate and have fun.
Some resorts cater to specific travelers, such as couple's or theme park oriented family resorts, so make inquiries as to the nature of the resort before you book.
If you take a cruise for your winter vacation ideas, you will find that there are amenities for the whole family, with organized activities for the children so that Mom and Dad can relax and enjoy their vacation, too. Most cruises stop at several different locations and offer day trips to places of interest. Make sure to check out all that your cruise line offers and book any excursions when you book your cruise, as there are often limited places available.
Whether you want to spend a few days in an ice hotel in Sweden or lie on a tropical beach in Acapulco, if you take the time to fully research your options for winter vacation ideas before you make your decision, then your winter vacation will be one that you will remember with pleasure for many years to come.
Have fun exploring the many winter vacation ideas discussed above!
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