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Winter Is For Hibernation – Indie Travel Challenge

30 January, 2012

Here is the Week 4 Prompt in BootsnAll Indie Travel Challenge.
When the weather gets cold, do you prefer to head to sunnier locales or do you love the outdoor adventures or off-season prices of winter? Warm or cold, what’s your dream winter travel destination, and do you have any travel plans for the coming months?

Scottish Highlands, Jan 2010

Winter is for Hibernating

Although I have done my share of winter travels, I think of the season as mostly a time for hibernation.  Time to spend inside warm and snuggled on a couch. It is a great time to catch up on movies and TV (and blog reading). Snow is pretty, but even prettier through a great big window while holding a mug of warmth.

I probably started this during university time. After the Christmas break, school starts up again and is a time of just getting stuff done. Football season is over and spring break is months away. You bundle up to run to class, so it is nice to just find a warm place to hang out and catch up on reading and assignments.

If I had a dream winter destination, it would be…

…definitely sunny and warm. Not hot, but warm, and above all sunny. My least favorite part of winter is the lack of sun. Although Freiburg is the sunniest end of Germany, winters are gray and cloudy more often than not. And the clear days, when they come, are colder. I like the sunlight and it makes me want to hibernate without it.

I am a spring and fall type traveler. Summer ends up usually expensive, hot and crowded. Winter in general is cold and gray. I like watching people when I travel. In the winter, the weather tends to drive people inside and is not conducive to strolling around to be watched. I am definitely not an outdoor adventure person. Give me a bustling plaza and a cafe with shade and I’m happy.

That said, I do like the Christmas season of festivals and markets. And Fasching time in Germany can be a blast.

That said, I definitely have done the cold weather travels..


On the left I am freezing my ass off on the St Andrews coast in Scotland on New Year’s Eve. On the right I am freezing my nose off in Prague, but totally happy to have met Ali just a few hours before.

But despite the insane long flight I like a warm Christmas better, like this sunset in Queenstown, New Zealand just this pas Christmas.

All of my answers for the challenge can be found under the category Challenges.

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2 Responses to Winter Is For Hibernation – Indie Travel Challenge

  1. Yes, the period from the end of football season to spring is always no fun. But that’s still my favorite time to travel. Being from Florida, I love to get out of the sun and head to colder locales.

    • Andrew says:

      I guess difference from the usual is the point of travel. So if you get tons of sun and warm, a cooler travel might be nice. I really dislike hot summers, but having dark winters isn’t so much fun either. Gotta find a place in eternal spring/fall.

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