Tags archives: winter-destination

6 things to do in Chicago in Winter

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Have you heard about Chicago? Well, who hasn't - from its immigration days, music heritage, and political bosses to Route 66 and Jack Kerouac’s tales, The Blues Brothers, to Michael Jordan, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off… Chicago is an integral part of American culture. And yet, I had never been to the Windy City - so named mainly for its weather, maybe also a lit[...]

10 awesome Christmas Markets in Europe

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It's that time of the year: next weekend, four weeks before Christmas Eve, Christmas markets all over Europe literally hit the light switch and open their gates for happy children and thirsty grown-ups. Here people shop for cheesy Christmas gifts, indulge in over-prized German import products and get tipsy on the sticky sweet hot bevs they call glögg, punsch[...]

How to find the Northern Lights

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There are certain wonders of nature that will fascinate every single human being on this planet. The colourful clouds dancing across the winter sky of the northern hemisphere are one of those wonders. The eyes of even the hardest-boiled beach goers and fans of tropical climates are lighting up when they hear about them. I hardly know anybody who doesn't drea[...]

Your Winter Travel Wishlist, or Why I Love Winter Travel

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We love wishlists, you love wishlists, but does winter travel love wishlists? Does the cold, snow and windy weather lend itself to being explored, enjoyed and embraced? YES, is my confident answer, which is based on many previous winters bringing me some of the best travel experiences I've ever had. While Kathi outlined her winter travel bucket lis[...]

The Arctic Cowboys of Finland

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Picture a wide open landscape of an endless white carpet of snow; patches of old growth forest with trees covered in lichen. Suddenly a flock of reindeer appears from between the white hills: with massive antlers on their heads, and tiny white fur-balls aka. fluffy reindeer calves roaming between their legs. The herd grows bigger, thousands of animals emerge[...]

The Cold Castle of Colorado

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Can you imagine people would build a castle with their bare hands, complete with caverns, archways, and tunnels, only to have it destroyed by nature after a few months? Some guys from Colorado do exactly that – only they don't build with bricks but with a whooping 20,000,000 pounds of ice. It all started when Brent Christensen, the creator of the ice [...]

Winterlust: A Bucket List for Winter

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Lately, I find myself complaining about winter more than usual. After freezing and shivering in -20°C Berlin two winters in a row, fate brought me to the milder, yet wetter winter in Glasgow. But even though temperatures hardly drop below zero here, it's still too cold most days. And if it's not, it's too warm for this time of the year. Or too windy. Or too [...]

World's Coolest Internship: Husky Dog Handler

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Amalie is a young Norwegian girl. She is twenty years old, has long straight hair and bright green-grey eyes. She loves animals, she likes to run and to swim and she smiles when she receives messages from a boy she likes. One day she'd like to travel the world. "I'd like to see more of South America." She says. "I want to travel around, meet the local[...]

Ten reasons to go snowboarding (or skiing) in Ylläs

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  Deep within the Arctic Circle in magical Finnish Lapland you'll find Ylläs, a winter wonderland that is home to the country's third largest National Park. As winter descends and daylight disappears, people flock to Ylläs from all over the world to see the Northern Lights, experience Lappish culture, go snowmobiling, cross-country skiing or snow-sho[...]