Withdraw This Winter – Verge’s Top Winter Destinations

As we enter the New Year of 2016 we begin to set our annual goals. If to travel is on the agenda, then devise a plan to achieve your ambitions and begin seeing the world. Make it a new years resolution to travel somewhere new this year and brighten up those winter blues.

Here are hand picked winter destinations to consider exploring, with only the finest cities selected and an abundance of versatility, there is sure to be something here for you. Bon Voyage!

1) Venice, Italy
Venice is a distinctively eerie and confined city by night, your footsteps echo as you stroll through the dark and mysterious alleyways, until you miraculously find your way out and gaze upon the stunning Rialto Bridge, where you can get off your feet and take a relaxing cruise on a gondola. Blessed with wintery blue skies, and less expensive than in high season, there is no better time to visit this eye-opening city. If the price tag isn’t enough for you, the cities Venetian Festival lights up the city with explosions of colour and cheer between 29th January and 9th February. One of the most important parts of the festival is the award for the most beautiful mask. Venetian masks are the statement of this cities culture; you will not witness this anywhere else in the world this winter.

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2) Geneva, Switzerland
If you are looking for fashionable adventure take a trip to the stunning city of Geneva, home to many celebrities, including iconic Audrey Hepburn, it is arguably one of Europe’s finest cities. Take a stroll down Lake Geneva (the largest lake in central Europe) and admire the peaceful views. Reputed for its beauty, the city will leave you rejuvenated. For those who want the best of both worlds, fly to Geneva to get that well deserved relaxation, followed by a stunning three-hour train ride to Verbier for some adrenaline pumped adventure. Two very opposing picturesque scenes to witness in one singular trip is a must, you don’t have to venture far from the city for untouched snow.

Photo Credit – Beth Taylor

3) Budapest, Hungary
Are you Hungary for a change? If you are looking for somewhere different this winter, Budapest is the change you are craving. Nothing is more appetizing than exquisite food to warm you up this winter. Budapest is the master of fine winter food, enough so to hold a whole festival for it.  Fat Thursday is the last day of the Hungarian carnival season, and all to do with food and drink, and is the final chance to indulge before the season of Lent begins. It is held on the Thursday after Ash Wednesday and visiting on this day will allow you to dine out for half price in over 300 restaurants in Budapest.

Budapest also grabs our attention with its culture. Monumental buildings and bridges are kind on the eye, sightseeing is breathtaking in this capital. Alongside satisfying your sense of sight, Budapest is rich in hundreds of thermal springs, and is flooded with thermal baths. Perfect for that ultimate spa day you have been dreaming of.

Photo Credit - Kirsten H. Kreger

4) New York, United States
Some cities simply suit a season. For me, New York is made for winter. You can be guaranteed electric blue skies, shining sun, and the streets and parks covered in a blanket of serene white snow. At least you know what to pack, unlike New York’s temperamental summer season you’re guaranteed to be fashionably prepared for the below freezing temperatures and perfect climate to ice-skate around the quintessential outdoor ice-rink. New York, however, is not gentle on your wallets. The shop windows glisten like crystals drawing you in like a magnet where you can shop until you drop, so make sure you arrive well prepared to spend a great deal of your savings. As a counterbalance, our very own British Airways have fantastic flight and hotel packages from only £469 for 3 nights this January 2016, so there is no reason why you shouldn’t blow the dust off your suitcase and jet off to New York this winter.

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5) Melbourne, Australia
If you are a sun warrior, the time to visit down under is known to be November – February as the temperatures are high and the summer season is well underway. Melbourne has been voted three years running as ‘The best city to live in the world,’ and I must say very well deserved. Flooded with quirk, you will find hidden bars, boutiques, restaurants and cafes down every artistic alleyway you wander through. Melbourne creativity brightens up the streets with exceptional street art and tourists should not leave this city without attending the famous street art tours.

Priding themselves on living life to the fullest, Melbournians know how to work hard and play hard. Their work ethic is still high but the atmosphere is relaxed and stress free. Melbournian’s are very well known for being coffee snobs, if you don’t drink coffee, you will learn to very quickly in Melbourne. Leave this cold weather behind you and head to the white fairy dust beaches and soak up the sun in Melbourne this winter.

Photo Credit - Beth Taylor
Melbourne Street Art – Photo Credit – Beth Taylor

6) Paris, France 
Saving the best until last, yes you guessed it; the city of love calls us this winter. Paris had our attention, standing tall and uniting the world with strength and bravery – you don’t see beauty like this very often. Paris earned our respect this year and there is no better time to show solidarity than in a New Year. Indulge in oysters and French festivals and most importantly high-end fashion. With its indisputable legacy for high fashion, tourists flood in to witness the latest trends at the legendary fashion shows. This January prepare yourself for Men’s Fashion from Wednesday, January 20th to Sunday, January 24th, 2016 and Haute Couture from Sunday, January 24th to Friday, January 29th, 2016.

My final words I will leave with you, is if you are searching for a unique winter memory, try ice-skating 200 feet in the air on the first floor of the Eiffel Tower before 31st January and have a brilliant 2016.

People skate on the ice rink hosted on the eiffel tower's first floor on December 15, 2014 in Paris. AFP PHOTO / KENZO TRIBOUILLARD (Photo credit should read KENZO TRIBOUILLARD/AFP/Getty Images)
Photo credit - KENZO TRIBOUILLARD/AFP/Getty Images


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