Winter is here! Have you made your holiday plans yet? If not, check out these winter holiday ideas. Make sure too that you have bought winter sports travel insurance before leaving so that you’ll be protected against any unexpected expenses that you may incur while you are on vacation.
Harbin Ice Festival
Fly to Harbin, China to enjoy the sights and activities of the 2014 Harbin Ice Festival. Be captivated by the massive and colourful structures sculpted out of huge blocks of ice created by artists from all over the world. Check out the Ice Lantern Show at night, or watch performances on the frozen Songhua River. You can also explore the Siberian Tiger Park, or watch polar animals in Polarland.
If you don’t want to leave Europe, then consider going to Jukkasjärvi, Sweden and visit the Icehotel. As you would expect, this hotel is made entirely of ice. This is perfect for people who will be travelling with their partners, or even those planning to get hitched. Don’t worry though, as you’ll be provided thermal underwear and sleeping bags at night. And you’ll love how you’ll be transported from the airport to the hotel – either through a snowmobile or a dog sled.
Laponie Ice Driving
Want to try your driving skills on ice? Head to Arjeplog, Sweden and drive luxury cars like Porsche, Subaru Impreza or Lamborghini Gallardo at the Laponie Ice Driving clubhouse. Your winter sports travel insurance policy could come handy if you choose to take this path.
Dog Sled Race
Fond of canines racing on ice? The 1,000 mile international sled dog race to be held on February in Fairbanks, Alaska should be on top of your travel plans. You can travel to Yukon, Alaska and be a witness to this one-of-a-kind race.
Travel to the heart of Iceland and experience snowkiting, an outdoor winter sport wherein kites help you glide on snow or ice. If that doesn’t sound interesting to you, then how about spending a day or two in a virgin winter landscape, learning survival skills during the winter, trying out ice fishing, and even catching the Northern Lights?
Cruising during the winter is fun and educational, as you can see various animals like leopard seals and penguins. You can also enjoy activities like dog sledding and snowmobile safaris.
If you prefer to be in a tropical climate, head to the Philippines and engage in whale watching. Whale sharks often troop to the waters of Sorsogon province in central Philippines starting December.
Or you can head to Hawaii, a long-time favourite destination in the Pacific. Aside from obviously lounging around the beach, you can do other activities like skiing and snowboarding.
Adventure and Sand in Cambodia
Of course, you can go to Cambodia to visit the mind-blowing ancient temples of Siam Reap. But you can also enjoy a lot of sand in this Southeast Asian country. Check out Song Saa Private Island, a luxurious beach resort which has the country’s first protected marine area.
Head to Thailand
While you’re in the Southeast Asian region, visit Thailand and enjoy its numerous tourist activities. See the 200-year old Grand Palace, the breathtaking Golden Triangle, and get up close and personal with elephants. But before heading there, make sure you have a winter sports travel insurance with you to protect you against unforeseen expenses.