I have an absolutely huge travel bucket list. So much so that I have already filled a whole AirBnb board of places I want to stay and have had to start a second which is already halfway full. Wanderlust has always been a part of my thinking, and the desire to travel has only gotten stronger as I have grown, however, I am yet to get the funds to do my round the world trip. I am hoping with my new upcoming projects that I will have the time and money to travel the world and work in some incredible locations. For now, I will have to lust over these phenomenal locations, but in winters to come, I hope to experience the snow and traditions these wonderful settings have to offer.
To me, Vienna is the ultimate Christmas city. Almost guaranteed to be caked in snow throughout December and the promise of dark, cosy nights; the city belongs right at the top of my winter travel bucket list and has been the subject of many discussions between myself and my mother for years now. Every year we tell each other how much we would love to spend a long weekend in Vienna to buy gifts for family and experience a truly wintry Christmas atmosphere, and I hope within the next couple of years I will be able to take her to her dream destination. My trip would need to include a trip to one of the legendary advert concerts; some of which are so spectacular they are televised to the whole of Austria – beats the Hootenany by far…
The reasons I want to visit Bavaria at Christmastime are very similar to those of Vienna, however, there is a reason the legendary Christmas markets in Manchester are based on those in Germany; they do Christmas markets better than anyone in the world. I can think of nothing better than wandering around tiny towns in the freezing cold with a bratwurst in one hand and a mulled cider in the other. Bavaria also offers the option of staying in big cities like Munich, or experiencing less tourist-visited towns and villages in the surrounding areas which have inspired folk tales and fairy stories for centuries. Wrapping up and exploring the forests would be a must-do activity for me as the photography opportunities are countless, and the chance to see wildlife not native to the UK would be phenomenal.
I have never been on a skiing holiday. Let’s be honest, I’ve never even been to a dry slope at home in the UK. But the stories people come back with each time they have been away on a skiing trip to the mountains are incredible and I would love to experience some of them for myself. There are so many places I could go on my first skiing holiday, but where better than the ultimate slopes; the place where even the world’s best skiers take their holidays? Let’s face it – I’m also incredibly interested in the apres-ski and the log cabins with roaring fires which promise boozy afternoons in the snow and all the chocolate you can eat!
My Nan visited Colorado in the winter when I was a child and ever since I have wanted to travel there myself. She stayed in a small skiing town in a wooden lodge with her sisters and came back with stories of snow covered mountains and cosy evenings in. I’ll admit, this would be another skiing holiday, but one that is a world away from the Swiss Alps. While all the professional skiers go to the Alps, the snowboarders come out in Colorado, and I have loved watching snowboarding for years (I probably wouldn’t be as great at tricks and stunts myself). The stories I have heard countless times of cars being stuck in the snow and relying on snow shoes to walk around the town have both amused me and further fulled my need to head there myself.
Disney World, Orlando
As you can probably already gather, I am not a huge fan of the idea of a warm Christmas. This year has been abnormally mild and it has really depleted my Christmas spirit, however, the magical events and decor at Disney World around the Christmas season has made it a dream of mine to spend Christmas there for years. Not only is Disney World the most magical place on earth, but guests are treated to phenomenal treats at Christmas, including a huge feast on the main day itself. Whilst Christmas Day is one of the busiest days in the Disney World calendar, I can image the hotels are a lot quieter and offer a cosy day with the family, and I know the restaurants around the resort offer seasonal treats and special Christmas menus throughout the whole season – so why stop at one Christmas dinner!
Have you ever travelled abroad for Christmas, what did you enjoy and what tips would you offer a rookie like me?