Most holidaymakers looking to escape the UK during the winter will picture hotter climes, sun, sea and sand.
However, for the more adventurous, there are plenty of alternatives.
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There are loads of activity and adventure holiday companies with a range of organised trips all around the world. Walking and cycling holidays are perhaps some of the most popular activities on offer, but you donâ€™t have to be an expert to go on an activity holiday as there are often opportunities for all abilities. Whilst destinations might be more limited at certain times of the year, most operators still run during the winter months.
The tricky part is deciding which country you should head to; walking holidays, for example are as popular in Morocco as they are in Spain. Walking holidays can be guided or self-guided, leaving you to pick and choose what kind of holiday youâ€™d like to have. When it comes to packing for your activity holiday make sure youâ€™re prepared with the right clothes before you arrive. For example, for a walking holiday youâ€™ll need to invest in a pair of trousers like these walking trousers from Cotton Traders and boots, or if youâ€™re heading on a cycling holiday youâ€™ll need to look at cycling shorts.
It might well be a winter holiday classic, but if youâ€™re looking for a skiing trip with a twist then there are plenty of destinations aside from the classics of France, Canada and Switzerland.
For example, did you know that you can ski atop an extinct volcano in Hawaii? Or in California? Or even an hour outside of bustling Beirut in Mzaar Kfardebian, the largest ski resort in the Middle East?
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For the outdoorsy, camping is your classic holiday, but during the winter it is probably not your best option! However, in recent years luxury campsites have become incredibly popular â€“ from glamping, safari tents, luxury caravans, yurts and tipis the demand for outdoor accommodation has grown hugely in the travel industry all over the world.
When it comes to packing for your holiday, you might need to be a bit more ruthless with your checklist. Youâ€™ll need to get cooking supplies and equipment, and remember your waterproofs â€“ thereâ€™s nothing worse than getting caught in a downpour heading back to your tent. Retailers such as Cotton Traders offer a variety of waterproof jackets.
See the Northern Lights
It's one of the most stunning natural phenomenon in the worldâ€¦ and there are plenty of places to view it.
From the Ice Hotel in Sweden to soaking in the Blue Lagoon in the Geothermal Spa o Iceland. From Lake Yukon in Canada – even to the Yorkshire Dales – there are lots of locations where you can experience the Northern Lights.
If youâ€™re planning on visiting a few places, solve the hassle of sorting accommodation and take a cruise.
Cruises can last anywhere between a couple of days to a couple of weeks. Common itineraries include trips round the Mediterranean, the Caribbean and Greek island hopping.