Are your travelers looking for an idea to use some of their PTO time before losing it at the end of the year or just looking for a different way to pass the cold months besides flocking to Florida? Try a trip to one of these five destinations from around the world that are perfect for winter trips.
Iceland sits at the top of the list for many travelers and with good reason. Gorgeous landscapes filled with hot springs, geysers and volcanoes along with Europe’s largest glacier and crystalline ice caves have earned the country the nickname The Land of Fire and Ice. Winter is also prime viewing time for the northern lights thanks to the largely clear skies at this time of year. Try taking the ice cave tour beneath the volcano at Katla or enjoying a bus tour around the Golden Circle to see many of the country’s top sites.
2. Jigokudani Monkey Park, Japan
the Jigokudani Monkey Park located an hour north of Nagano on Japan’s west coast gets a good amount of snow for around four months out of the year, but the area’s ample number of hot springs make it a popular destination despite the weather. The hot springs are so well-known even the area’s snow monkey population comes to take a dip during the day. Your travelers will enjoy a soak and taking advantage of this unique photo op.
Sweden turns into a winter-lovers paradise each year. The city of Gothenburg is known for its 3 km Lane of Lights along its main street that ends at the Liseberg amusement park, home to Sweden’s largest Christmas Market. Abisko is another amazing destination with its abundant Nordic wildlife and outdoor sports like dog sledding, ice fishing and skiing. If your travelers want to see reindeer this is the place.
Switzerland is known around the world for its chocolate, watches and superb skiing, but there’s more to this country than just the old favorites. Groups visiting Interlaken in the Bernese Oberland region will be able to explore firsthand the landscapes painted by artists like Franz Niklaus or stay in one of the picturesque Victorian hotels found around the town. Lucerne is another popular destination known for its iconic bridges that span the Reuss River and its breathtaking mountain views.
5. Seville, Spain
For a warmer option, Seville’s winters offer mild weather with daytime highs in the 60s. Winter is also shoulder season so your travelers will be able to tour the beautiful gothic architecture at the Real Alcazar and Catedral de Sevilla without the thick crowds and scorching temperatures during the more popular summer season. Seville also hosts holiday markets in December and festivities for Epiphany the first week of January.