7 Winter Getaways You Should Embark On

Hi, Atenians!

While some might say summer is the best time to travel, winter has always been a stand-out season for MDLR.

In case you haven’t made travel plans just yet, we curated a list of places for you to cozy up with your loved ones during this season. Don’t worry, it’s guaranteed to be a unique and one-of-a-kind experience.

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Lapland Northern Lights

Look no further than Lapland for a magical winter experience. The Northern Lights are only visible for up to 200 nights a year, and people from across the globe travel to the most northern parts of the world just to get a glimpse of this natural phenomenon. Lapland weather is also known to be not only beautiful, but unpredictable – one moment it’s a clear blue winter sky, and the next could be a shower of white snow falling to the ground. 

There’s also a no better way to explore the Northern Lights territory than to sled with huskies, see reindeers, bask in the cold and magnificent weather, and meet the Saami people.

Don't forget to  book your trip around the time the centers are open, as some of them are seasonal. 

Giraffe Manor Kenya

If you’re looking for a place to warm up this winter, check out Giraffe Manor in Nairobi, Kenya. Set in a 1930s manor, this exclusive boutique hotel houses 12 rooms with unique elegance imbued into its’ interior.

Not only will you be greeted with lush greenery surrounding the estate, but you will also be greeted by giraffes who visit the manor every morning and evening – poking their long necks into the dining room with the hope of a treat.

Germany Christmas Markets

There is no better way to celebrate the festivities of Christmas than to go to a Christmas Market in Germany. Christmas Markets are not one to miss, as there are stalls upon stalls of food, handcrafted knick-knacks, and amazing drinks.

As Germans are known to take their comfort food rather seriously, you can find a variety of food ranging from Dampfundel to Currywurst. Let’s also not forget the hot chocolates and glühwein. All in all, venturing into a German Christmas market is bound to bring you good memories and a full stomach.

Romania’s Castles

Leap in time in Romania, and indulge in its many ancient castles. For fans of history and medieval architecture, Romania houses 28 castles that you can visit. Built between the 14th – 18th Century, these incredible locations were originally for defense against invaders, and today, they illustrate the rich heritage of the country.

One of the most famous castles is Bran Castle, otherwise known as Dracula’s Castle – how cool would it be to say you’ve visited Dracula’s home?

Hot Springs in Japan

Winter marks the perfect time to go and visit Japan’s Hot Springs, otherwise known as an Onsen. The Onsen is a heavenly place to unwind your body.

Usually located in a discrete area, you would be surrounded by trees, mountains, or even the ocean – prompting a serene atmosphere for you and your loved one to escape for a little while from the bustle of city life.

Glacier Express Switzerland

The Glacier Express is one of the most iconic and luxurious scenic journeys in Switzerland, as it provides you with panoramic views of the country’s most astonishing landscapes. Starting in Zermatt and ending in St. Mortiz, the Glacier Express takes you to see dramatic peaks, fields, villages, rivers, and stunning lakes across Switzerland.

Always a hot ticket, so make sure you book in advance.

Canada Winter Tubing

Another fun and unforgettable activity to add to your list is Winter Tubing in Canada. Unlike skiing, winter tubing requires very little skill and a lot of fun! Winter Tubing is a thrilling experience that will definitely bring you joy for a lifetime.

We wish you a wonderful and joyful winter season, Atenians!