Chasing the World: My Top 3 Winter Travel Destinations

I’ll never understand the type of person who has no ounce of desire to travel. On this big beautiful planet of ours, there is so much to see and experience that stretches so far beyond the home we’ve found ourselves and the safe spaces we’ve created. In my attempt to avoid the aftermath of #blizzard2016, I spent many hours dreaming big this week. Keep reading to see my top 3 winter travel destinations!

Reykjavik, Iceland

Chasing the World: Top 5 Winter Travel Destinations | Sense of SunnyWhen I was in college, I spent a lot of time listening to music that would let me zone out and focus on the bajillion tasks that I needed to complete. I was known for my hours spent in the library, if that gives you any indication of how much relaxing I accomplished. Sigur Ros was one of my favorite bands to listen to when I was getting in the zone. They’re an Icelandic band with the most beautiful melodies and none of them in English. The Icelandic language leaves me with a feeling of wonder and complete confusion, so this meant I was definitely more in tune to the sounds and feelings the songs provoked.

Nevertheless, they prompted my interest in discovering what other magical things occur in Iceland. The country is known for it’s safety, slowness, and hot dogs, all favorites of mine. Besides all of those great aspects, however, Iceland is just breathtakingly beautiful. Between glacier hiking, geysers, the Blue Lagoon, and catching the Northern lights, there is no shortage of adventure to be had in Iceland.

Fun Fact | Iceland is known for having one of the highest standards of living and the people have been ranked the friendliest in the world. Iceland is also ranked number one on the Global Peace Index.

Quebéc City, Canada

Chasing the World: Top 5 Winter Travel Destinations | Sense of Sunny

Quebec is known for it’s European charm. How wonderful would it be to experience that charm without having to cross an ocean? I would love to wander through Old Quebec and stop by the Fairmont Le Château Frontenac, the luxurious most photographed hotel in the world. At a hefty ~$700/night price tag, I can only dream of resting my head on their pillows, but what a dream that would be. Maybe another lifetime.

During my young french class days, we talked a lot about Quebec’s Winter Carnival. This event is a big deal and involves parades, snow sculptures, and tons of post-Christmas winter celebration. My love for winter dissolves every January 2nd, but a party like this seems hard to refuse.

Fun Fact | The *party* drink of Quebec City, often enjoyed during Winter Carnival, is the Caribou. A (potent) mixture of red wine, liquor, and maple syrup will warm ya right up. The tale says the drink was originally a mixture of Caribou blood and whiskey and was consumed by French trappers in order to stay warm.

Milford Sound, New Zealand

Chasing the World: Top 5 Winter Travel Destinations | Sense of SunnyI’ve never seen an ugly picture of New Zealand. I imagine a trip would look something like me frolicking through green meadows and floating past tall white topped mountains. These “fjords” of New Zealand are similar to Iceland. They’re areas of long inlets surrounded by high cliffs. How scenic.

A bucket list item of mine to check off in New Zealand is spotting the Southern Lights. They’re essentially the same as the Northern Lights, but in the Antarctic Circle rather than the Arctic Circle. #geography

Fun Fact | New Zealand is the only country with the right to put Hobbit-related images on its currency.

Dream with me! Where would you travel if nothing was holding you back?


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  • Mattie @ Mattie’s Makings

    I want to go to Iceland SO BADLY. I finally was able to check of Switzerland from my list last year – and next up in Ireland. New Zealand would be awesome to visit to! I’m so happy I stumbled upon your blog. It’s so cute 🙂

    • Stephanie

      How cool–Switzerland must have been a dream! Thanks, Mattie! I’m glad we could connect 🙂