After spending the morning debating whether to run to Tesco’s to buy some cheese and face the pelting of rain drops as big as a fist, I couldn’t help but think of some of the places I would rather be (It doesn’t help having a whole load of friends travelling at the moment).

The winter holidays are a great time to book a holiday, especially with the extra bank holidays and a reduction in the cost of hotels through December. Below are my 10 best winter holiday destinations.

1)      The Caribbean

There is very little rainfall in the Caribbean during the winter months, while the sun continues to blare down, making this an incredibly popular destination for British tourists during the colder months. The beautiful beaches in Jamaica and the Bahama’s are arguably some of the best in the world, while nothing is more sickening than sending a picture of yourself sipping a pina colada on a sandy beach onto Facebook for all your shivering friends to look at begrudgingly. Castaway Cay has proven popular with families as a potential Bahamas spot.



2)      New York, USA

Search through bucket lists and you will continuously see ‘spending Christmas in New York’, with its movie capturing moments as the snow lays upon the skyscrapers and in Central Park. If you do decide to make this trip, remember it is a lot colder than the UK and there is a fair chance it will snow, meaning wear those gloves and footie socks. New York in the winter is reknowned for ice skating, however the best time would be to try some ice skating in January as the queue’s are massively decreased and the prices drop. Also, remember to get a few snaps of you next to the giant Christmas tree at Rockefeller Center Plaza. Of course, if you do plan on visiting then I recommend having a read of my list of things to do in New York.

New York


3)      Innsbruck, Austria

Soon as the snow hits the slopes, Austria’s tourism booms, as an influx of daredevil snowboarders take to Innsbruck. Home to the winter olympics three times (1964, 1976 and 2012), this skiing hub of Europe attracts tourists the world over, and for good reason. If you decide upon a holiday to Innsbruck, you can look forward to skiing, snowboarding, tobogganing, cross-country skiing, bobsleighing or alpine-style curling.



4)      New Zealand

On the other side of the world, New Zealand is going through its warmest period of the year, making a very pleasant contrast, allowing you to strip off your heavy padded water bottles and replace them with a hawaii shirt and an embarrassing summer hat. New Zealand, just like Innsbruck, offers you the opportunity to get involved in some extreme sports and activities, yet it allows you to stay a bit warmer. Why not spend your January skydiving over Abel Tasman National Park.

New Zealand


5)      Kakslauttanen Igloo village, Finland

This is definitely one of the more peculiar ways you could spend your winter, however why not spend a few nights in an igloo? As well as 20 snow igloos available for the night, they also have a snow igloo restaurant for everyone to dine in. The temperature inside the igloos is between -3c and -6c, so you have to be a bit more brave than me, however I would definitely tip my hat to anyone who spends the night in a ball of snow and comes out to tell the story!

Igloo Village


6)      Cologne, Germany

The Christmas markets in Germany are supposed to be phenomenal, with Cologne standing out amongst the bunch. Attracting approximately 2 million people ever year, the Cologne market is a great place to get into the festive spirit, with the infamous Gothic looking Cologne Cathedral in the background. With six Christmas markets all within close proximity in the city centre, you should find yourself busy till the end of the night.

Cologne Cathedral


7)      Budapest, Hungary

Budapest is another place which is absolutely beautiful in the winter months, offering something slightly more affordable to the winter tourist compared to some of the other destinations listed. Ice skating, just like New York, is an activity which is synonymous with the location during Christmas. Mujegpalya is the largest skating rink in Europe and is a great option for couples at Christmas, while the Mangalica festival will also please food lovers (occuring a bit later in February). You can also find some good slopes to go skiing in Budapest, while if you are looking for a family holiday you might enjoy taking the children on Santa’s tram, operated by the Budapest Transit Company. If you fancy going to a wild party then you might want to try the Sparty pool party which gets pretty mad.



8)      Reykjavik, Iceland

Spending your winter looking up at the Northern lights is definitely an enviable option compared to looking up at the London smog. Iceland’s main tourism occurs during the summer, however they have recently seen an increase in the amount of tourism during the winter, as more people flock to the country to observe all its natural beauty. Seen as a winter wonderland, you can make the most of the Northern lights tour, trips to the Blue lagoon or climbing into an outside thermal pool while surrounded by the snow. The unbelievable glaciers should also make for some great photo’s.



9)      Norway

Growing up on Cool Runnings, I think we all fancied our chances of becoming Olympic Bobsleighers at some point in our life. Now you can have your chance, as the Olympic bobsleigh venue in Lillehammer offers this to the public, even if prices are a bit steep. This should be on every extreme sports fans bucket list! A view off the edge of Preikestolen in the winter would be a brilliant experience.



10)   Japan

Escaping all the skiing and snowboarding resorts, my final recommendation for a winter break would be to visit Japan’s hot springs. Given all the volcanic activity, you will be spoilt for choice for hot springs (they call these ‘Onsens’) as they have over 3,000 of them, more than anywhere else in the world. This should be the ultimate option for a complete winter getaway. Plus, if you plan on travelling around a bit, you might want to read my list of things to do in Japan.



So let me know which was your favourite, or if you have a prefered option for Winter Breaks.

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Tom Bourlet is the creator of Spaghetti Traveller and has been addicted to travelling ever since taking a roadtrip across the USA.

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  1. claire woods

    February 23, 2013 at 10:47 am


  2. Dee Dmonte

    February 23, 2013 at 10:50 am

    I would love to read about Japan as a destination.

  3. rebecca smith

    February 23, 2013 at 10:53 am


  4. Julie Davies

    February 23, 2013 at 10:55 am

    My favourite place ever is San Diego, it was the best holiday I’ve ever had


    February 23, 2013 at 10:58 am


  6. Mr John Taggart

    February 23, 2013 at 11:07 am


  7. Karen (@Swimstar2000)

    February 23, 2013 at 11:10 am

    Budapest looked amazing , definitely somewhere I would like to go

  8. lord toolsbury

    February 23, 2013 at 11:17 am

    Id like to see a travel guide on the not so known Barcelona

  9. pete

    February 23, 2013 at 11:58 am

    The Gambia

  10. Isabell Whitenstall

    February 23, 2013 at 12:39 pm


  11. lesley hamilton

    February 23, 2013 at 12:42 pm


  12. Martina

    February 23, 2013 at 1:33 pm

    exotic Thailand

  13. Sue Buckman

    February 23, 2013 at 2:56 pm


  14. stacey

    February 23, 2013 at 6:47 pm

    Peru, its been on my list for about 12 years, instead I had kids but I will get there one day.

  15. Arabella Bazley

    February 23, 2013 at 6:58 pm

    I’m intrigued by Ice Hotels and the Igloo Village mentioned above and would love to know more. I’d love to visit but maybe just for one night!

  16. Leigh-Anne Flaherty

    February 23, 2013 at 7:51 pm

    New York, USA

  17. Dilshad Sharef

    February 23, 2013 at 8:15 pm


  18. charlotte jones

    February 23, 2013 at 10:00 pm


  19. Annick

    February 24, 2013 at 2:54 pm

    I would go with the igloos in Finland – definately!

  20. Carol B

    February 24, 2013 at 3:01 pm

    That’s a tough one – to choose which is my favorite, because several are! Finland and Iceland stand out from your list. My family and I just last night also had our “2014-big-trip-planning” talk, with South Africa, Peru and Galapagos ranking high on our get-away list.


    February 24, 2013 at 4:33 pm

    !ncredible !ndia

  22. Name

    February 24, 2013 at 6:16 pm

    Japan for me

  23. Polly Bastow

    February 25, 2013 at 10:54 am

    New Zealand – it’s top of my places still to visit list.

  24. kat pope

    February 25, 2013 at 11:10 am

    mexico. dying to go!

  25. Helen

    February 26, 2013 at 2:53 pm

    Japan, and US road trips

  26. Matthew Daniel

    February 26, 2013 at 11:26 pm

    Japan looks awesome.

  27. JULIE B

    March 4, 2013 at 9:18 pm


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  29. Tiffany

    March 5, 2013 at 2:46 pm


  30. K Mansour

    March 5, 2013 at 4:57 pm


  31. claire griffiths

    March 6, 2013 at 2:17 pm

    spain 🙂

  32. Lindsay Pond

    March 9, 2013 at 7:28 pm


  33. Valerie B

    March 10, 2013 at 9:48 am

    The Caribbean

  34. Josie Ferrie

    March 10, 2013 at 10:16 am

    The Caribbean – for a winter holiday it’s got to be somewhere warm (unless you are skiing!)

  35. dorothy cavender

    March 10, 2013 at 12:16 pm


  36. tam p

    March 12, 2013 at 6:21 am


  37. Rachel Marr

    March 14, 2013 at 7:00 pm

    France as it is wonderful to explor without all the school teachers and grandchildren called Veronica! Shouting full blast in the markets!

    Also New Zealand as it’s summer there, tried Black Water rafting a few years back and will never forget it! Also Goat Island is a must for any visitor!

  38. Warren Jacobs

    March 17, 2013 at 12:15 am

    The Northern Territories, Australia.

  39. Emma Howard

    March 17, 2013 at 7:46 pm

    South Africa

  40. Christine Caple

    March 18, 2013 at 3:20 pm

    Massachusetts, USA

  41. Greig spencer

    March 19, 2013 at 8:38 pm

    new york

  42. Rennene Hartland

    March 20, 2013 at 10:05 pm


  43. Charlotte Hoskins

    March 21, 2013 at 4:58 pm

    Vegas. I know there are so many articles on it, but the more I read, the more valuable little tips I learn! 🙂

  44. Nicola McC

    March 21, 2013 at 5:56 pm

    I’d love to read about Japan!

  45. Nicola Andrijauskas

    March 21, 2013 at 9:22 pm


  46. Janet Rumley

    March 21, 2013 at 11:42 pm

    Prague is magical in the winter

  47. jmayel & sacha

    March 22, 2013 at 6:07 am

    I’ve been looking for a good snowboarding holiday location. Austria seems like a good match!

  48. CarolD

    March 22, 2013 at 8:13 am


  49. kylie johnson

    March 22, 2013 at 10:08 am

    Anywhere in Scandinavia – as I hope to travel around there one day soon.

  50. Gillian Holmes

    March 22, 2013 at 10:16 am


  51. james carline

    March 22, 2013 at 1:59 pm


  52. meg welsh

    March 22, 2013 at 5:04 pm

    Faroe portugal

  53. Sheri Darby

    March 22, 2013 at 7:09 pm


  54. fern

    March 22, 2013 at 9:42 pm

    venice 🙂

  55. Erica Price

    March 23, 2013 at 8:57 am


  56. Diana Cotter

    March 23, 2013 at 9:21 am

    New Zealand

  57. Sarah H

    March 23, 2013 at 9:59 am

    New York – I have been lucky enough to visit New York once and absolutely loved it – Would be amazing to go at Christmas though 🙂

  58. Adam

    March 23, 2013 at 10:59 am

    Lake Garda

  59. Agata P.

    March 23, 2013 at 12:48 pm

    what to see if you only had 7 or 10 days

  60. Christina Cooke

    March 23, 2013 at 1:38 pm

    I’d love to read a travel guide on Naples as my partner and I are thinking of a weekend there at some point this year

  61. Emma Sant

    March 23, 2013 at 1:50 pm

    Orlando, Florida

  62. Tony

    March 23, 2013 at 2:16 pm

    New Zealand it looks amazing

  63. Agatha Anna Coltman

    March 23, 2013 at 2:53 pm

    New Zealand would be nice

  64. Hayley Todd

    March 23, 2013 at 2:53 pm

    I would love a travel guide on Verona 🙂

  65. Linda Guest

    March 23, 2013 at 3:18 pm

    Budapest. A place I’ve always wanted to go

  66. Christina Wong-Curley

    March 23, 2013 at 3:25 pm

    Bora Bora Island, Tahiti

  67. Erin Satterly

    March 23, 2013 at 4:07 pm

    Innsbruck, Austria seems it offers so much to do and the best of both worlds : winter sports and culture

  68. Lydia Houghton

    March 23, 2013 at 4:32 pm

    Italy – maybe a tour of the highlights?

  69. Van

    March 23, 2013 at 5:10 pm

    Ooh! Its got to be Kakslauttanen Igloo village, Finland.

  70. Fiona mcmillan

    March 23, 2013 at 5:59 pm

    Dubai is great for winter sunshine

  71. Claire Nelson

    March 23, 2013 at 7:12 pm


  72. anna aird

    March 23, 2013 at 7:13 pm


  73. Glenn Hutton

    March 23, 2013 at 8:18 pm


  74. Priscilla Stubbs

    March 23, 2013 at 8:19 pm


  75. Lynne OConnor

    March 23, 2013 at 8:19 pm

    Costa Rica

  76. kat pope

    March 23, 2013 at 8:23 pm


  77. Gary Topley

    March 23, 2013 at 8:25 pm

    The Maldives

  78. tim smith

    March 23, 2013 at 8:25 pm

    the wine regions of Southh Africa

  79. Susan Hay

    March 23, 2013 at 8:27 pm

    Hong Kong

  80. miriam krutska

    March 23, 2013 at 8:29 pm


  81. Fiona

    March 23, 2013 at 8:29 pm

    South of France

  82. Lani Nash

    March 23, 2013 at 8:32 pm

    Recife in Brazil

  83. Louise Smith

    March 23, 2013 at 8:33 pm

    Iceland, especially for the Igloo Village, Blue Lagoon and Northern Lights


    March 23, 2013 at 8:35 pm

    Las Vegas – Really fancy going there!!!

  85. Heather Haigh

    March 23, 2013 at 8:38 pm


  86. Em

    March 23, 2013 at 8:38 pm


  87. Judith Gutowski

    March 23, 2013 at 8:38 pm

    Norway would be a great experience.

  88. S Edwards

    March 23, 2013 at 8:41 pm


  89. joanna McColgan

    March 23, 2013 at 8:47 pm

    You can’t beat Goa in India for some winter sun

  90. Hannah S

    March 23, 2013 at 8:49 pm

    I’m going to Tenerife this year so would love to read about that

  91. Maxine

    March 23, 2013 at 8:52 pm

    South America, particularly Peru and Brazil

    • tombourlet

      March 24, 2013 at 11:51 am

      I’ll be heading there this August, so hopefully I will have some great stories to tell about Peru and Brazil! 🙂

  92. Katie Swaby

    March 23, 2013 at 8:54 pm


  93. Wendy Tolhurst

    March 23, 2013 at 8:57 pm

    The Maldives

  94. Annemieke Troost

    March 23, 2013 at 8:59 pm

    Buthan please , never been but it’s on top of my wish list

  95. Lisa Williams

    March 23, 2013 at 8:59 pm


  96. Jonathan Waine

    March 23, 2013 at 9:00 pm

    New Zealand

  97. ClairejB

    March 23, 2013 at 9:04 pm

    Reykjavik, Iceland sounds amazing. I have always wanted to go & I would love to see the northern lights and see where Bjork grew up. 🙂

  98. Laura foulds

    March 23, 2013 at 9:07 pm

    New York

  99. abby carroll

    March 23, 2013 at 9:11 pm


  100. Paul Martin

    March 23, 2013 at 9:11 pm

    new Zealand

  101. Helen Stott

    March 23, 2013 at 9:11 pm


  102. Hayley Wakenshaw

    March 23, 2013 at 9:12 pm

    North Korea. Ok, I know there’s little point, but the Bradt guide is a bit dry.

  103. Matthew Fuller

    March 23, 2013 at 9:13 pm

    France is a great…

  104. tamalyn roberts

    March 23, 2013 at 9:14 pm

    fraser island

  105. Sarah R

    March 23, 2013 at 9:21 pm

    I would love a good book on Australia

  106. Luke Bowes

    March 23, 2013 at 9:24 pm


  107. Sophie Hedley

    March 23, 2013 at 9:25 pm

    Norway 🙂

  108. Sandra Stitchell

    March 23, 2013 at 9:27 pm

    Iceland as there does not seem to be the info out there.

  109. Edina

    March 23, 2013 at 9:32 pm


  110. Eloise W

    March 23, 2013 at 9:38 pm


  111. Paul Witney

    March 23, 2013 at 9:46 pm


  112. Joanne Blunt

    March 23, 2013 at 9:48 pm


  113. Laura Caraher

    March 23, 2013 at 9:52 pm

    I would love to read about Vietnam as I have always wanted to visit 🙂

  114. Rebecca Kingston

    March 23, 2013 at 9:58 pm

    Thailand! Stunning country!

  115. Lesley Bain

    March 23, 2013 at 10:14 pm

    Barcelona. I love the architecture of Gaudi and would love to see it all in person, but would read a guide book first to make sure I knew the background to all of it…and didn’t miss anything out! 🙂 x

  116. Carrie Brimmell

    March 23, 2013 at 10:16 pm


  117. anthony harrington

    March 23, 2013 at 10:31 pm


  118. kayleigh white

    March 23, 2013 at 10:33 pm

    New York as I’m off there in June for the first time! I am sooo excited!

  119. Lynsey Rogers

    March 23, 2013 at 10:37 pm

    Prague – crisply cold, and stunningly beautiful.

  120. Anne Buchanan

    March 23, 2013 at 10:41 pm

    Would love to have more information about Canada

  121. Miss J A Hewitt

    March 23, 2013 at 10:41 pm

    New York as i’m about to go for my 30th birthday-eek!

  122. Judith Luscombe

    March 23, 2013 at 10:45 pm

    The Balearics, we love these islands but have never been to minorca so would love to read about Minorca;

  123. Dawn hales

    March 23, 2013 at 10:47 pm


  124. Stephanie Tsang

    March 23, 2013 at 11:02 pm


  125. adele knight

    March 23, 2013 at 11:02 pm

    New York

  126. Tasha Corder

    March 23, 2013 at 11:03 pm

    Egypt I would love to go there!

  127. Tricia

    March 23, 2013 at 11:05 pm


  128. Clare Webb

    March 23, 2013 at 11:06 pm

    Italy – always wanted to go

  129. Suzanne Cooke

    March 23, 2013 at 11:10 pm


  130. P Phillips

    March 23, 2013 at 11:17 pm


  131. Jane Middleton

    March 23, 2013 at 11:20 pm

    New Zealand


    March 23, 2013 at 11:21 pm


  133. Peter Hopkins

    March 23, 2013 at 11:28 pm


  134. Sue Robinson

    March 23, 2013 at 11:31 pm

    New Zealand

  135. kathryn cummings

    March 23, 2013 at 11:40 pm

    Reykjavik, Iceland

  136. Carolin

    March 23, 2013 at 11:41 pm


  137. grainne coombs

    March 23, 2013 at 11:54 pm


  138. Ruth Hedges

    March 23, 2013 at 11:58 pm



    March 24, 2013 at 12:20 am

    China 🙂 xoxo

  140. anna

    March 24, 2013 at 12:38 am


  141. Paul

    March 24, 2013 at 12:59 am


  142. Sylvia Lomax

    March 24, 2013 at 1:02 am

    love to go to Norway

  143. Sophia

    March 24, 2013 at 1:33 am

    The British virgin islands

  144. Becky Richied

    March 24, 2013 at 1:38 am

    About Puerto Rico

  145. emma jones

    March 24, 2013 at 2:13 am

    Reykjavik, Iceland – the Northern Lights!

  146. Name

    March 24, 2013 at 2:17 am


  147. Karis

    March 24, 2013 at 2:32 am


  148. sram3280

    March 24, 2013 at 3:00 am


  149. caroline

    March 24, 2013 at 3:42 am

    Istanbul because I want to start planning a trip there for soemtime in the next couple of years

  150. george lister

    March 24, 2013 at 4:06 pm

    Easter Island

  151. NICHOLA

    March 24, 2013 at 4:07 pm

    Las Vegas

  152. deborah wheeler

    March 24, 2013 at 7:09 pm

    New York looks great – plenty of sightseeing shopping and theatres

  153. Melissa Adams

    June 25, 2013 at 1:03 pm

    Rio…to escape the inevitable grey in Amsterdam

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