How to Choose the Right Winter Break Destination

Words by, Peter Minkoff

Photography by, Aaron Vasquez


The article below is a featured guest post enunciated, and written by lifestyle writer at Men-Ual magazine UK, Peter Minkoff. Specially written for Edited and Approved by, Igee Okafor.


Lots of people love traveling, but not all of them prefer doing that in the winter. However, if you’re one of those who don’t mind spending their winter break away from home, you can still have the time of your life even in the cold. This kind of trip requires a ton of preparation and organization, from finding the right destination to packing your winter clothes. If you too are thinking about going somewhere during your winter break, but don’t know where here are a few tips that might help you decide.

  • How Much Time Do You Have?

The choice of your winter destination is going to depend on a number of factors, and the amount of free time you have is one of the most important ones. Some people don’t have a problem spending several weeks away from home, while others can’t stay abroad for more than three or four days.

So, determine the duration of your winter break first and see exactly how much time you have. Once you do that, start packing your things in accordance with the timeframe – but don’t forget your sneakers, trunks, shirts, and other necessary items you can’t travel without – and start pinpointing the available locations.

  • Define The Budget

This is another factor you have to pay attention to when finding the destination for your winter break, since knowing how much money you have is going to determine where you can and can’t afford to go. Check your bank balance, see what you’re dealing with and cross out the destinations that are just out of your price range.

All trips sound too expensive at first, no matter where you’re going and how long you’ll be staying there. Of course, you can try to be frugal and spend money only on things that are absolutely necessary, thus giving yourself a chance to stay at your perfect destination a day or two longer. In the end, if you’re struggling with cash, swallow your pride and borrow money from your parents, friends or colleagues, and you can pay them back after you get home.

  • Think About An Exotic Place

Skiing, snowboarding and hiking are some of the most popular things to do on a winter break for lots of people, but that still doesn’t mean these are everybody’s cup of tea. Some people don’t mind exploring other options and thinking outside the box, which is why they come up with the most unusual destinations for their winter break.

The thing most of them forget, though, is that exotic destinations are best visited in the winter because that’s when the climate is more than perfect. Vietnam is one of these places, and it’s becoming more and more popular every year, with people loving everything from those sandy beaches in Da Nang to amazingly tasty Saigon food tour that will show you all the beauties of the Asian cuisine. Saigon is one of those places you simply can’t avoid, so consider spending your winter break there instead of going skiing. If you'd prefer to explore a different part of the country, you might want to check out Hanoi, which is another Vietnamese must-visit.

  • Start Preparing on Time

Some people are compulsive and don’t like spending too much time preparing for their trips, but others prefer investing a ton of effort into planning the perfect vacation. Winter break is no different, and you could easily start working on it as soon as the summer’s over.

Getting your tickets, booking your hotel and writing down the list of activities you plan on investing your time into are just some of the things you need to do before going on your winter break. These things will also limit your choice of potential destinations and determine where you can go at all, so make all these steps in advance and, by the time your winter break arrives, you’ll be ready to go.

Picking the right winter break destination is never easy because there are so many options to choose from. Whether you like skiing in the mountains or swimming the sea, you can do whatever you want – it’s your break, after all! Luckily, if you fail to pick the perfect location, or realize that the one you’ve invested so much time and money into just isn’t working for you, you can always try again next year and explore various choices before you find the one that completely suits you.

Thank you for reading!