Gloria’s Corner: Hottest and Coolest Travel Destinations This Winter

Winter travelers tend to be either one extreme or the other; some are desperate for sand and sunshine, while others want to take advantage of the cold weather. Omega World Travel can help you get wherever you want to go! Here are travel consultants’ recommendations on where to travel this season:

 

Hottest Travel Destinations Coolest Travel Destinations
Nicaragua Hokkaido, Japan
Australia Park City, Utah
Mexico Whistler, BC
Costa Rica Girdwood, Alaska
Caribbean Fernie, BC
Hawaii Zermatt, Switzerland
Puerto Rico Chamonix, France
India Cortina D’Ampezzo, Italy
Maldives Kitzbuhel, Austria

 

 

Hottest Travel Destinations

Nicaragua: Nicaragua is an increasingly popular destination that offers stunning beaches, great surfing, snorkeling, lush rainforests, sandboarding, and more.

Australia: Our winter is their summer, so Australia is a great place to avoid the cold. Check out Sydney, or visit the less-familiar Adelaide for tis wineries, gardens, and architecture or Byron Bay for surfing, scuba diving, and foodie-galore!

Mexico: Mexico has so much to offer. Guadalajara hosts the hottest art scene, Los Cabos has great nightlife and beaches, and Cancun offers a great spring break party spot, ruins of Chichén Itzá, El Rey, and the remote Isla Mujeres.

Costa Rica: This is Costa Rica’s dry season, so take advantage of the perfect weather and go zip-lining or whitewater rafting.

Caribbean: The Caribbean is made up of over 7000 islands and 26 countries, including Aruba, Bahamas, Bermuda, Virgin Islands, Cuba, Dominican Republic, and more. It’s the ideal place for a warm, easy getaway.

Hawaii: Visit Hawaii for spectacular drives, beaches, rainforests, waterfalls, volcanoes, and more. Each island has something different to offer!

Puerto Rico: Puerto Rico has beautiful beaches in addition to unparalleled historic sites. As an added bonus, American citizens don’t need a passport to reach this destination.

India: Goa, a state on the west coast of India, is well known for its beaches and spice plantations. Previously a Portuguese colony, the state is a fascinating mix of eastern and western culture.

Maldives: The Maldives is a tropical nation made up of over 1000 coral islands that features blue lagoons, extensive reefs, and beautiful beaches.

 

Coolest Travel Destinations

Hokkaido, Japan: The US dollar is much stronger than the yen, making Japan an affordable travel spot. Visit Hokkaido to ski on the best powder in Asia, and then soak in the onsen, or hot spring.

Park City, Utah: Park City is America’s largest ski destination and features various boutiques, a ski-in/ski-out distillery, and all the perks of a major resort.

Aspen, Colorado: Aspen is somehow hip and classic, with galleries, boutiques, coffeehouses, and gourmet restaurants. Four ski-areas within a ten-mile radius cater to all abilities and tastes.

British Colombia: Whistler is a great ski-spot for the family, with great restaurants and an expanding art scene. Those who prefer to live on the edge will love Fernie and its wide-open alpine bowls, knife ridges, and daredevil chutes. Revelstoke is great for experts looking to test their limits.

Girdwood, Alaska: Girdwood is perfect for laid-back powder hounds who want to avoid the crowds. Alyeska features six lifts, two magic carpets, and a 60-person tram with views of the ocean.

Zermatt, Switzerland: Many consider Zermatt to be the ultimate ski resort, with stunning scenery, exhilarating skiing and snowboarding, and over fifty on-mountain restaurants.

Chamonix, France: Chamonix is the birthplace of extreme skiing. Expert adrenaline junkies often describe it by stating, “you fall, you die,” but there is plenty of terrain suitable for more intermediate skiers.

Cortina D’Ampezzo, Italy: This ski area is considered the most beautiful area in the world. It is the ideal location for a taste of classic Italy and la dolce vita.

Kitzbühel, Austria: This romantic medieval village offers some of the most picturesque, extensive skiing in the Alps, horse-drawn sleigh rides on cobbled streets, and a spirted nightlife.

 

Overall: http://www.travelandleisure.com/slideshows/best-places-travel-january

Hottest: http://www.fodors.com/news/photos/top-15-beach-destinations-for-winter-escapes#!1-intro

Coolest: http://www.nationalgeographic.com/adventure/trips/best-ski-towns-photos/