“Cool” Destination Ideas for the Holidays

Some people like to escape the chilly winds of winter and opt for a vacation to somewhere tropical. But for those in generally warm places–even in winter–you might want to get a chance to experience a “cool” holiday elsewhere.

French Alps

French Alps

If you want to experience skiing like the royals, you can go to Meribel. The Trois Vallees ski resort in the French Alps is a favorite of William and Catherine, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. If you find it a bit pricey, you can always go for low cost budget airlines that will cut down on your travel expenses. Ski addicts are sure to enjoy hitting the slopes on the the largest ski area in the world.

Hokkaido, Japan

Snowboarding in Hokkaido, Japan
Winter wonderland is an apt description for Hokkaido, Japan. Despite its freezing temperatures, watching the landscape covered with a blanket of snow is a beautiful sight to see. Here you can have the choice between snowshoeing as you explore the woods or go skiing. You can also build your very own igloo! When you begin to feel chilled to the bones, a dip in one of Hokkaido’s hot spring resorts is sure to warm you right back up and soothe your tired muscles. A cup of hot tea or a steaming bowl of ramen is also perfect for Hokkaido’s cold weather and is sure to warm your insides.

Jukkasjärvi, Sweden

Ice Hotel in Jukkasjärvi, Sweden

One of the most fascinating places to visit Sweden in winter is the icehotel, which is made entirely of ice, blocks of which are taken from the Torne River. After the first icehotel was constructed in 1990, it has been erected every year–each with a different design–from December to April. Other icehotels have cropped up in other parts of the world but the icehotel in Jukkasjärvi is the largest hotel that is made completely of snow and ice. Even the glasses in the icebar and furniture are made of ice. It may be icy cold here but it’s also perfect for cuddling with your loved one.


Polar Bear at Everland Amusement Park in Seoul, South Korea

Anyone who has ever spent winter in Seoul, Korea will probably tell you that it’s brutally freezing. But this frozen winterland does have its attractions. There is sledding at Everland Amusement Park and skiing at Bearstown Resort, the biggest ski resort in the Seoul area.  There are also ice fishing festivals and outdoor skating rinks where you can try a few spins. One of the best parts of winter in Korea is the warm sweet potatoes and roasted chestnuts sold on the streets during the cold season. Before you decide to take this wintry plunge, make sure to pack skincare essentials to protect your skin from the cold and dry winds of Korean winter.

Aspen, Colorado

Aspen, Colorado

Going on a cold adventure outside the country is both daunting and exciting. But if you want somewhere closer to home, the ski resort at Aspen, Colorado is a great alternative that’s also lighter on your pocket. It’s rustic and quaint atmosphere makes it the ideal home away from home when you want to escape the hustle bustle of the city. Before you do hit the icy slopes, make sure to bundle up in your parka. To give your winter gear a fashionable edge, chose a faux fur parka or one trimmed with fur. After skiing to your heart’s content, warm up by the fireplace with a cup of hot cocoa.

If your goal for icy adventure is not just about fun, here is a fashion guide on winter fur trends that will help you look great even in freezing temperatures.


Based in San Diego, California, Tiffany Matthews is a professional writer and a social media contributor for Fabulous Furs. When not writing, she likes to shop, travel and watch movies with friends. 

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