Winter vacation ideas

10 Winter Vacation Ideas To Explore

See the 10 hot getaways for your desire to travel this winter.

Winter vacation ideas

From beach hiking to desert adventure, the ideal winter vacation ideas and destination is where you want to spend time with your loved ones.

Just imagine, how exciting is to experiencing some traditional cuisine or listening a soulful music with your nearest family member(s) or dearest friend(s).

Me too, scratching head a lot when it comes to searching for family winter vacation ideas.

There are many winter vacation spots.

So I keep asking myself, where to go for winter vacation?

I also realized, great winter vacations are often accompanied by smart budget.

So, finding a suitable winter vacation package is bit tricky.

Since I’m from New York, so naturally, I have already experienced many snowy vacation spots in America as of now.

When I decided to write about winter vacation ideas, these 10 awesome trips (sometime alone however most of the time with a team of US travellers) come to my mind almost instantaneously.

10 Warm Winter Vacation Ideas

1) For the City Inhabitants..

Barcelona Spain
Barcelona Spain

It is said that winter is the cheapest month to visit Barcelona Spain.

Barcelona is a city on the coast of northeastern Spain and best winter vacation idea to explore. It is the capital and largest city of the autonomous community of Catalonia, as well as the second most populous municipality of Spain. Barcelona is a major cultural, economic, and financial centre in southwestern Europe as well as the main biotech hub in Spain.

Barcelona was the 20th-most-visited city in the world by international visitors and the fifth most visited city in Europe after London, Paris, Istanbul and Rome, with 5.5 million international visitors in 2011.  By 2015, both Prague and Milan had more international visitors. With its Rambles, Barcelona is ranked the most popular city to visit in Spain.

Barcelona as internationally renowned a tourist destination, with numerous recreational areas, one of the best beaches in the world,  mild and warm climate, historical monuments, including eight UNESCO World Heritage Sites, 519 hotels as of March 2016  including 35 five star hotels, and developed tourist infrastructure.

What to do in Barcelona?

  • You can book a free walking tour in Barcelona
  • Experience La Pedrera by night
  • Admire Gaudi’s first house
  • Go ice skating
  • Enjoy a delicious hot chocolate after Casa Amatller tour
  • Check out the beautiful Christmas lights along Passeig de Gracia
  • Visit Sagrada Familia
  • Grab a drink on the top of the Ayre hotel rooftop 
  • Visit recinte Modernista de Sant Pau
  • Stroll around the Gothic quarter
  • Wake up early and enjoy the sunrise from Bunker del Carmel
  • Check out the gorgeous Park Güell
  • Visit Palau Montjuic
  • Grab a bite in La Boqueria market 
  • Celebrate New Year’s Eve
  • Relax at the Spa – Arab baths
  • Experience Fira de Santa Llúcia
  • Grab a Tio de Nadal
  • Attend Sitges Carnival
  • Celebrate Three Kings Parade

While there are always Carnaval festivities in Barcelona, the real “fiesta” happens in Sitges, about 45 minutes from Barcelona by train. People come from all over the world to party down in this tiny seaside community. It’s not Rio, but it’s still a blast.

If you are in the city during winter season dates, make sure to experience a “calçotada” at a Barcelona restaurant or out in the nearby Catalan countryside. This is totally delicious and traditional feast, the “calçotada,” revolves around a sort of barbecued green onion/leek. It’s an all-day affair with plenty of wine, meat, cava, and desserts to go with the onions.

Not far from Barcelona is wine country. Hop on a train and you’ll be in Penedès, where excellent cava is produced, in about an hour. To the north, up-and-coming vineyards are located around the region of Girona and the Costa Brava.

To see grapes harvested or hanging heavy on the vine, you need to visit during October and November. Keep in mind that the harvest has to do with weather patterns, and changes a bit year to year.

2) For Travellers Searching Tranquillity..

Boracay Philippines
Boracay Philippines

Boracay winter vacation ideas is about visiting a resort island in the Western Visayas region of the Philippines, located 0.8 kilometers off the northwest coast of Panay. It has a total land area of 10.32 square kilometers (3.98 sq mi), under the jurisdiction of three barangays in Malay, Aklan. Boracay was originally inhabited by the Ati people, but commercial development has led to their severe marginalization since the 1970s.

Apart from its white sand beaches, Boracay is also famous for being one of the world’s top destinations for relaxation. It is now one the top destinations for tranquility and nightlife.

What to do in Boracay?

  • Explore white beach
  • See flying foxes at Puka Beach
  • Experience island hopping adventures
  • Try exhilarating water activities
  •  Eat and shop at D’Mall
  •  Try high altitude activities at Bulabog Beach
  • Explore the underwaters and see Marine life
  • Join a Boracay Pub Crawl
  • See the sunset at Diniwid Beach
  • Go Cliff-Diving at Ariel’s Point
  •  Escape the Crowd at Ilig-Iligan Beach
  • Trek to mount Luho
  • Snorkeling at Tambisaan Beach
  • Have a romantic dinner at Balinghai Beach
  • Explore Manoc-Manoc Beach and Cagban Beach
  • Experience the exclusive Punta Bunga and Banyugan Beach
  • Visit an indoor shooting range
  • Swim like a Mermaid
  • Ride a helicopter for a panoramic view 
  • Go on a side-trip to nearby provinces

Partly because of its wind and weather patterns, tourism in Boracay is at its peak during the amihan season (which starts in September or October and ends sometime in May or June). During amihan, the prevailing wind blows from the east. Boracay’s main tourism area, White Beach, is on the western side of the island and is sheltered from the wind. This makes the reef protected waters off that beach relatively safe and ideal for scuba diving, windsurfing, and kiteboarding / kitesurfing.

3) For the Inquisitive Itinerant..

Tangier Morocco
Tangier Morocco

Tangier is a city in northwestern Morocco. It is on the Moroccan coast at the western entrance to the Strait of Gibraltar, where the Mediterranean Sea meets the Atlantic Ocean off Cape Spartel. The town is the capital of the Tanger-Tetouan-Al Hoceima region, as well as the Ṭanja-Aẓila Prefecture of Morocco.

What to do in Tangier?

  • Visit Medina. Market stalls in the Medina laden with leather goods, carpets, spices, fruit, vegetables, fish and handmade copper and brass jewellery.
  • Go to Dar el Makhzen (Kasbah). Holds the Museum of Moroccan Arts and Antiquities, also known as the Kasbah Museum.
  • Venture into Caves of Hercules
  • Explore  American Legation
  • Enjoy at  Cap Spartel
  • Have fun at Achakar Beach
  • Eatery at Corniche de Tanger
  • Got to Parc Perdicaris (Parc Rmilat)
  • Find something at Grand Socco
  • Visit Petit Socco
  • Go for Tangier Highlights Private Six-Hour Tour
  • Camel ride at Plage Municipale
  • Pray at Tangier Grand Mosque
  • Museum at Fondation Lorin
  • Architecture to explore at Gran Teatro Cervantes
  • Visit Tomb of Ibn Battuta
  • Got to park at  Jardins de la Mendoubia
  • Explore St Andrew’s Church
  • Enjoy  Dalia Beach
  • Find a light house at Cap Malabata
  • Historic Cannons at Terrasse des Paresseux
  • Bullrings of Plaza de Toros
  • Visit Tanjazz
  • Climb the steps at Mnar Park

Tangier’s economy relies heavily on tourism. Seaside resorts have been increasing with projects funded by foreign investments. Real estate and construction companies have been investing heavily in tourist infrastructures. A bay delimiting the city centre extends for more than 7 km.

4) For the Beach Hikers..

Goa India
Goa India

Goa is a state on the southwestern coast of India within the Konkan region, geographically separated from the Deccan highlands by the Western Ghats.  Panaji is the state’s capital, while Vasco da Gama is its largest city. The historic city of Margão in Goa still exhibits the cultural influence of the Portuguese, who first voyaged to the subcontinent in the early 16th century as merchants.

What to do in Goa?

  • Scuba Diving at Grande Island
  • Partying at Tito’s Street
  • Visit to Dudhsagar Falls
  • Mandovi River Sunset Cruise
  • Cycling At Divar And Chorao Islands
  • Take a Hot Air Balloon Fligh
  • Candolim Beach
  • Explore Bhagwan Mahaveer Sanctuar
  • Visit Anjuna Flea Market
  • Play slots at Casino Royale
  • Visit Baga Beach
  • Visit the Basilica of Bom Jesus
  • Go to,Aguada Fort
  • Take a Dolphin Ride 
  • Parasailing at Calangute Beach
  • Bungee Jumping at Mayem Lake
  • Visit Dil Chahta Hai Fort
  • Visit Spice Plantation
  • Experience Trance Party at Curlies
  • Try Cashew Nut Fenny
  • Visit Big Daddy Casino

Goa is visited by large numbers of international and domestic tourists each year because of its white-sand beaches, active nightlife, places of worship, and World Heritage-listed architecture. It also has rich flora and fauna because it lies very close to the North Western Ghats rainforests, one of the rare biodiversity hotspots of the world.

5) For the Sand Vagrant..

Dubai UAE

Dubai is the most populous city in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and the capital of the Emirate of Dubai. Established in the 18th century as a small fishing village, the city grew rapidly in the early 21st century with a focus on tourism and luxury, having the second most five-star hotels in the world, and the tallest building in the world, the Burj Khalifa, which is 828 metres (2,717 ft) tall.

What to do in Dubai?

  • Visit to the Burj Khalifa
  • Sskydiving at Palm Jumeirah
  • Lake ride at Dubai fountain
  • Desert safari with BBQ dinner
  • Enjoy rides at Wild Wadi waterpark
  • Go for hot air ballooning 
  • Explore the Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo
  • Take a Dubai Creek Cruise
  • Visit Dubai Museum
  • Go to the Palm Island
  • Shop at Mall of Emirates

From kids to youngsters, the city of Dubai never fails to amaze people from any age group to offer the best activities to do in Dubai. Dubai has a wide range of parks like Safa park, Mushrif park, Hamriya park, etc. Each park is uniquely distinct from the other. Mushrif park showcases different houses around the world. A visitor can check out the architectural features of the outside as well as the inside of each house.

Some of the most popular beaches in Dubai are Umm Suqeim Beach, Al Mamzar Beach Park, JBR Open Beach, Kite Beach, Black Palace Beach and Royal Island Beach Club.

6) For the Socialite..

Las Vegas USA
Las Vegas USA

Las Vegas often known simply as Vegas, is the 25th-most populous city in the United States, the most populous city in the state of Nevada.

Las Vegas is an internationally renowned major resort city, known primarily for its gambling, shopping, fine dining, entertainment, and nightlife. The Las Vegas Valley as a whole serves as the leading financial, commercial, and cultural center for Nevada.

The city bills itself as The Entertainment Capital of the World, and is famous for its luxurious and extremely large casino-hotels together with their associated activities. The city’s tolerance for numerous forms of adult entertainment earned it the title of Sin City  and has made Las Vegas a popular setting for literature, films, television programs, and music videos.

What to do in Vegas?

  • The Fountains of Bellagio
  • The National Atomic Testing Museum
  • Caesars Palace
  • Visit Dig This
  • Visit the Venetian Las Vegas
  • The Peppermill
  • Got o Hoover Dam
  • Visit Park Theater
  • The Mob Museum
  • Fun at O theatre in Bellagio

The major attractions in Las Vegas are the casinos and the hotels, although in recent years other new attractions have begun to emerge.

Most casinos in the downtown area are located on Fremont Street, with The STRAT Hotel, Casino & Skypod as one of the few exceptions. Fremont East, adjacent to the Fremont Street Experience, was granted variances to allow bars to be closer together, similar to the Gaslamp Quarter of San Diego, the goal being to attract a different demographic than the Strip attracts.

7) For the Gardeners & Horticulturists..

Sicily Italy
Sicily Italy

Sicily can be your winter vacation ideas as it is the largest island in the Mediterranean Sea and one of the 20 regions of Italy. The Strait of Messina divides it from the region of Calabria in Southern Italy. It is one of the five Italian autonomous regions and is officially referred to as Regione Siciliana. The region has 5 million inhabitants. Its capital city is Palermo.

What to do in Sicily?

  • Visit the Beaches
  • Go to Valley of the Temples
  • Greek Theatre of Taormina
  • Experiencing the magnificence of Mount Etna
  • Feel the live performances at Italy’s largest opera house, Teatro Massimo.
  • Go to Palermo Cathedral

Sicily is an often-quoted example of man-made deforestation, which has occurred since Roman times when the island was turned into an agricultural region. In Northern Sicily, there are three important forests; near Mount Etna, in the Nebrodi Mountains and in the Bosco della Ficuzza Natural Reserve near Palermo.  

8) For the Fado Music Lovers..

Lisbon Portugal
Lisbon Portugal

Lisbon is the largest capital city of Portugal. Lisboa has it all, from genre-defining museums and restaurants to some of the best bars one could hope to find. The whole place also happens to be outrageously beautiful. 

What to do in Lisbon?

  • Visit Ajuda National Park
  • Explore Tram 28
  • Go to LX Factory
  • Visit Market Lisboa
  • Visit Museum of Art
  • Enjoy at Praça do Comércio
  • Got to São Jorge Castle
  • Enjoy at Café A Brasileira
  • Visit Jerónimos Monastery
  • Adventure at Clube de Fado
  • Visit Belem Tower
  • Try at Santa Justa Lift

Lisbon is one of the winter vacation ideas and one of the oldest cities in the world. and the second-oldest European capital city (after Athens), predating other modern European capitals by centuries. Julius Caesar made it a municipium called Felicitas Julia, adding to the name Olissipo.

9) For the History Enthusiasts..

Florence Italy
Florence Italy

Florence is a city in Central Italy and the capital city of the Tuscany region.

The city attracts millions of tourists each year, and UNESCO declared the Historic Centre of Florence a World Heritage Site in 1982. The city is noted for its culture, Renaissance art and architecture and monuments. The city also contains numerous museums and art galleries, such as the Uffizi Gallery and the Palazzo Pitti, and still exerts an influence in the fields of art, culture and politics. Due to Florence’s artistic and architectural heritage, Forbes ranked it as the most beautiful city in the world in 2010.

Florence plays an important role in Italian fashion and is ranked in the top 15 fashion capitals of the world.

What to do in Florence?

  • Visit Cattedrale di Santa Maria del Fiore
  • Go to the Uffizi the treasure trove of Renaissance Art
  • Explore Galleria dell’Accademia
  • Find carts overflowing with souvenirs at Piazzale Michelangelo
  • Go to Cappelle Medicee
  • Visit  Officina Profumo Farmaceutica di Santa Maria Novella
  • Find some gelato at Vivoli
  • Tour the Ano River
  • Foodie at Mecato Centrale
  • Visit St Mark’s English Church

Tickets to the Uffizi and Accademia museums are regularly sold out and large groups regularly fill the basilicas of Santa Croce and Santa Maria Novella, both of which charge for entry. Tickets for The Uffizi and Accademia can be purchased online prior to visiting. Winter vacation ideas to explore here.

10) For the Traditional..

Tiber Island
Tiber Island

The Tiber Island is best winter vacation ideas (is the only river island in the part of the Tiber which runs through Rome. Tiber Island is located in the southern bend of the Tiber.

The island is boat-shaped, approximately 270 metres (890 feet) long and 67 metres (220 feet) wide, and has been connected with bridges to both sides of the river since antiquity. Being a seat of the ancient temple of Asclepius and later a hospital, the island is associated with medicine and healing.

What to do in Tiber?

  • Visit the Asclepius Temple
  • Enjoy the island

I’m sure these cheap winter gateways will work somehow for everybody.

Do you have any dream destination? Are you planning a move away this winter? Share your ideas in form of comments so we all have a fair chance to run away.

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