For several years, RoamRight has worked with some of the best travel bloggers in the world to create unique and interesting content for the RoamRight Travel Blog. Today we want to look back at just a few of those amazing posts and share what our fearless group of writers consider to be some of the best destinations to visit this winter. Which ones would you add to the list?
Located on the Hudson Bay in northern Manitoba, Canada, the tiny town of Churchill is most well known to outsiders for its polar bears. During October and November, the bears migrate south through Churchill in order to head out onto the newly formed ice in the Bay to hunt. But Churchill, with its location directly under the Auroral Oval and its minimal light pollution, is also one of the top places in the world to watch the dancing Northern Lights. It was from an outpost here in the 1950s that researchers began sending rockets up into the atmosphere to study the science behind the aurora.
From the post: Great Places to See the Northern Lights Around the World
Ask ski enthusiasts where the best skiing in America is, and they probably won't all agree. But many of them will likely vote for Utah. Utah has been calling its mountain snow "The Greatest Snow on Earth" for more than 50 years. And it has the world-class ski resorts to back up its claim. Places to visit in Utah include: Deer Valley (a skis-only resort), Park City (with a long season and night skiing), Powder Mountain (home also to snow kiting), Snowbird (know for the huge amount of dry powder it gets per year), Canyons Resort (one of the largest resorts in North America with nine peaks), and Alta Ski Area (one of the oldest in the U.S.).
From the post: 4 Great Places to Ski in America
There is also more than one Christmas market in this Swedish city, but the Old Town (Gamla Stan) market is perhaps the best to visit if you are in search of a very traditional holiday experience. Since 1915 in Stortorget, it has been featuring little red stalls that sell warm "glögg" (mulled wine), gingerbread, cheese, candy and handmade crafts. It opens in late November and does not close down until Christmas.
From the post: Visiting The Christmas Markets Of Europe
While oyster festivals are often a summer event, Charleston helps people enjoy the seafood delicacy in the colder months. The Lowcountry Oyster Festival -- which takes place on January 29, 2017 -- boasts being the largest of its kind in the world, serving about 80,000 pounds of the shellfish. The location of the event is Boone Hall Plantation, with highlights being an Oyster Shucking and Eating Contest, oyster recipe competitions, live music, pony rides, bouncy castles, edible oyster creations and an impressive assortment of domestic and imported beers. Travel tip: If you’ve got time, get there a week early and partake in discounted dining at top restaurants during Charleston Restaurant Week, happening January 4 through 22, 2017.
From the post: America’s Top Winter Festivals
The second-largest city in the UK, Birmingham is the butt of many jokes, but if there’s one thing the city always delivers on, it's Christmas. Birmingham’s Frankfurt Christmas market is the largest outdoor Christmas market in the UK where visitors enjoy mulled wine and marzipan as they stroll around the dozens of stalls - there are well over one hundred to take a look at!
From the post: The Best Christmas Markets in England
Immersed in the serenity of the Yosemite-Sierra region, travelers will have the chance to kick-start their New Year the right way. Hosted by the Four Diamond resort, Tenaya Lodge at Yosemite, guests will enjoy curative treatments at the lodge's LEED-certified Ascent Spa paired with yoga, workouts and a rejuvenating hike in one of the country's most renowned national parks, Yosemite. A number of educational seminars teach on wellness topics like improving brain function and living a more holistic lifestyle. Healthy but delicious food is also part of the experience, from tea pairing dinners to cooking classes with antioxidant-rich wine to healthy alternatives (think anise pistachio scones). The chef can provide recipe cards for any dishes guests would like to re-create at home.
From the post: Seven Healthy Retreats In The US To Visit This Winter
If you have dreamt of seeing the Northern Lights, you have a great chance during Christmas in Tromsø, Norway. With only a couple hours of day light, which is really just twilight blue, Christmas is a prime time to catch a glimpse of this phenomenon. And the bonus is, you can say you've visited the Arctic Circle, and partake in some cool mountainous activities, like dog sledding.
From the post: Unusual Places Around The World To Spend Christmas
Visiting Bavaria with snow on the ground is magical alone, but is certainly magnified by the addition of some of the best Christmas Markets in Germany. Munich is home to a number of markets, but the most famous is "Christkindl Market." Held in the Marienplatz, this market dates back to the 17th century. Kids can go inside the Town Hall building and help make Christmas cookies while you stay outside and enjoy the Christmas concert on the town hall balcony. And if you happen to be flying in or out of Munich this month, check out the Christmas Market at the Munich Airport that runs until December 29th. With 50 market stands, killing time before your flight is a breeze. The Munich Airport Christmas Market features 300 real Christmas trees, with a 15-meter one surrounding the stalls. And if that isn’t enough, there is a giant ice skating rink in the middle of market.
From the post: The Best Christmas Markets in Germany
Toss your skates over your shoulder and head into New York City for a holiday treat for the whole family. It may be cliche to say, but nothing screams Christmas like Rockefeller Center with the big tree, lights strung up around the square, and the ice rink packed with winter enthusiasts. Bundle up the kids so you can brave whatever elements Mother Nature sends your way, wave to the anchors of the TODAY Show in the morning, do a little shopping around town, and grab a coffee and macaroon at the bakery nearby. It may be crowded. It may be loud. But you will give your kids a few bragging rights when they show off to their friends that they hung out in NYC, saw the tree all lit up at night in Rockefeller Center, and got that massive bruise on their leg after falling on the ice at the rink.
From the post: Five Holiday Light Displays You Don’t Want To Miss Across The USA
Winter in the United States means it's summer Down Under. There are a number of options for cruises in the South Pacific that will keep you far away from any polar vortex. Book a 7-night cruise from Sydney through parts of Australia and Tasmania. Longer options include stops in other countries like Indonesia, New Zealand, Vanuatu, Fiji, and New Caledonia. French Polynesia is also a great option for a winter escape. Cruise lines like Windstar Cruises specialize in small luxury cruises around the islands. Tahiti is just an eight-hour flight from Los Angeles, and cruises depart right from Papeete. Longer itineraries may be a repositioning cruise, which could save you on airfare and the cruise cost itself. Start your cruise in Tahiti, hit Bora Bora, Moorea and then continue across the South Pacific up to the Hawaiian Islands, ultimately disembarking in Los Angeles.
From the post: Best Cruise Itineraries To Escape The Winter Cold
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A luxury adventure traveler at heart, Matt Long shares his experiences with thousands of readers every day through his travel blog, LandLopers.com. As someone who has a bad case of the travel bug, Matt travels the world in order to share tips on where to go, what to see and how to experience the best the world has to offer. Matt is a Washington, DC based travel writer/photographer and has been featured on many other web sites and publications including BBC Travel, CNN GO, Huffington Post, AFAR Magazine and National Geographic Intelligent Travel. His work is also syndicated on the Flipboard and Pulse apps. Follow Matt on Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, Twitter and Google Plus.
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