There’s just something about the idea of a winter vacation that is irresistible to some travelers. Whether the goal is to escape the dreary weather for a warmer destination, to take advantage of the winter sporting activities afforded by the mountains, or to just get away and see something new, the siren call of a winter getaway can be strong. Travelers thinking about vacationing this winter would choose wisely exploring any of the following destinations.

Seeking the Sun

Bali, Indonesia

Bali’s climate—offering average temperatures around 80 degrees Fahrenheit through the winter months—makes for a great winter destination. The island is rife with beautiful beaches, stunning temples, and monkey sanctuaries. It also houses numerous opulent resorts for a complete luxury experience.

New Zealand

The beauty of New Zealand is truly unparalleled. Add on a mild winter climate, where temperatures hover around 64 degrees Fahrenheit, and it could not be more inviting for a winter adventure.


India’s Golden Triangle route—which includes Delhi, Agra and Jaipur—makes for a fantastic winter destination. Here one can experience a warm climate, fiery cuisines, and breathtaking architectural history.


Nestled in the Arabian Sea, the Maldives are perhaps the quintessential beach vacation. Visitors relax in paradise and enjoy sunny temperatures in the 80’s all winter long. An escape to this blissful location comes at a cost, however; the Maldives are one of the more expensive destinations on this list, but can you really put a price on paradise?


Chasing the Snow

Alberta, Canada

If embracing a winter wonderland is the goal, Alberta, Canada is a must-visit destination. There is no shortage of ways to enjoy the great, wintery outdoors there. Visitors can explore frozen canyons, tackle trails on snowshoe, ski the many fantastic peaks, or even just take in the view of the great outdoors fireside in one the many majestic lodges and resorts in the area.

Bad Gastein, Austria

The resort at Bad Gastein in Austria offers a mecca of sorts for skiers and snowboarders alike. With 208km of slopes for every variety of ability, beginners through advanced skiers and snowboarders will find plenty to keep them busy. The resort also offers a huge spa, perfect for forgetting about the cold after a great day on the slopes.