Top travel bloggers share their most inspiring deep winter travel tales.
I asked nine experienced travel writers to share their best tips and happiest memories from their frostiest travel experiences and I know their advice will warm your heart - and maybe even your toes!
When in doubt, get festive!
Joanna Farley is a blogger at www.vintagegirltravels.com. Based in Calgary, Alberta, she only leaves the house in winter if there's a festival happening or she's out of chocolate.
Nordic skies and frozen noses in Finland.
I recognize the sign for a café ahead, and stop for a photograph. The weak sun just clears the treetops, bathing the forest in golden light even though its only mid-morning. Snowmelt on branches freezes again as it runs down the trunks of the trees, crackling and popping like a bowl of cereal. In seconds my hands hurt with the cold, so I head to the café. Stopping for coffee (and a doughnut) isn't a treat, its an important Arctic survival strategy.
Vicky Inglis blogs at These Vagabond Shoes. Based in the south of England, she's disappointed at the complete lack of snow so far this winter.
Preventing a camera crisis, Lapland-style.
Shane is an avid explorer of The Road Less Travelled and shares his tales through Social Media, photography, writing and speeches.www.thetravelcamel.com
Braving the polar vortex in middle America
Katherine Belarmino is the author of the travel blog Travel the World where she and her husband Romeo share their travel adventures.
Seeing the Northern Lights in the land of ice
Suzanne (aka PhilaTravelGirl) loves travel, wine and cookies and she's flying by the seat of her points to experience the world www.philatravelgirl.com
The dog days of winter
Sue and her husband Dave love adventure travel. Inspiring young and old alike to live big at Travel Tales of Life
Soup and sake on a frostbitten night
The Lantern Festival in Nozawa Onsen is like a progressive dinner where you go from district to district in this small village in Japan tasting each miso and drinking each of their sake, all different and all very good and all done in the extreme cold.
Eating said soup with chopsticks with a husband who was being fed a lot of sake by the elders of the village district and this all explains this photo..
Paula and Gordon of Contented Traveller like doing unusual things.
Camping: Yes. Cotton: No.
Claudia Laroye is a travel writer and blogger based in Vancouver, British Columbia. She shares travel tips & tricks at her blog The Travelling Mom.
When layers aren't enough, go for glogg.
Kristin Francis is a New York City travel writer who shops the world and finds the stories behind the unique souvenirs, shops and pop culture trends on her website Souvenir Finder.
Vanessa's advice: make the most of it - and bring spare socks!
I think the secret to great winter travel is the same as regular travel. You need a combination of good attitude and preparation and, when winter is involved, that preparation might take a bit more time and consideration. My number one tip is all about feet. Always carry a spare pair of socks - wool, not cotton. Nothing is more miserable (or, frankly, dangerous) as wet, cold feet. Even if your boots don't leak, chilling moisture and sweat can make things just cool and clammy enough to ruin your entire excursion. Changing into fresh, dry, warm socks mid-day will do wonders for moral and comfort.
Now what are you waiting for? Go play in the snow!
What's your number one winter travel destination? What destination is better in winter than it is in summer?
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