There’s something magical about a white Christmas, it’s not something that happens everywhere.
If you’re looking for a place with guaranteed snow, or you’re looking for a vacation spot but don’t feel like sacrificing white Christmases while doing it, this list is for you!
Picture this: It’s Christmas morning, and you’re surrounded by friends and family, enjoying a warm drink while watching snow fall outside the window.
Then head out to one of these destinations, where White Christmas are guaranteed!
Come December, the Rockies are entirely covered in pristine snow, and Jasper gets first-row seats to this beautiful winter landscape.
The Town of Jasper, being the heart of commercial trade in Jasper National Park, is a convenient choice for those not in the mood to set-up camp; It’s close enough to the park that you can drive to it, but it’s still a town equipped with all the modern comforts.
Ice skating, hiking, skiing, or only staying indoors while warm and cozy; Jasper has something for everyone.
A magical city at any time of the year, Vilnius is the capital of Lithuania and, as such, a destination worth considering.
With historical buildings scattered amongst trees and a rich culture shown in every corner of the city, Vilnius is attractive even on a bad day but takes a whole new look during winter.
Vilnius is no stranger to large Christmas celebrations either, with its Christmas market and enormous town square tree.
Here, you’ll be able to walk around and explore the city while surrounded by snow and history.
A town straight out of a Christmas postcard, Leavenworth is a beautiful destination for any winter holiday.
This small town looks like the perfect replica of a Bavarian village and even has bars and restaurants that serve traditional foods and drinks.
White Christmas is almost guaranteed, but the yearly Christmas light ceremony is a certainty, and that alone is enough to earn this town a spot in this list.
While Vienna is a popular destination for Christmas, Salzburg is just as beautiful, with the added benefit of being smaller and more relaxed.
Known as the birthplace of Mozart, Salzburg celebrates Christmas with specialized Holiday markets, mesmerizing Christmas lights, and rich foods and drinks.
Here you can find the historic Hohensalzburg Castle, as well as dozens of ski areas within driving distance.
It’s hard to picture Russia without snow, at least during the winter, which means a white Christmas is almost a certainty whenever visiting Moscow.
Bundle up and get ready to explore one of the coolest cities in the world, known not only for its stunning architecture and world-class ballet but also for the humongous Christmas market that takes over the Red Square come December.
There are also beautiful Christmas festivals, fairs, and events, making a stay in Moscow a trip to remember.
While Japan isn’t exactly known for its Christmas festivities, Niseko is a popular skiing destination with absolutely jaw-dropping snowy scenery.
With sweeping views of Mt. Fuji and Mt. Yotei, you’ll be able to enjoy typical snow activities, like snowmobiling, skiing, snowboarding, and more.
Perhaps the best reason to visit Nisejo, however, other than submerging yourself in a beautiful culture, is the opportunity to take a hot bath in Japan’s world-renowned hot springs.
Traveling abroad for the first time is always an exciting prospect, but it’s also something you need to prepare extensively for.
Planning well in advance will keep you from getting overwhelmed.
Taking your first trip abroad?
The prospect can be as exciting as it is intimidating.
A new country means a new culture, unique cuisine, and sometimes even a new language!
What’s there not to like?
With so much excitement, however, it’s easy to miss a few key details that can complicate your trip.
Luckily, we’ve got you covered, and we’ve compiled a list of tips to help this trip start and finish as successfully as possible.
Let’s get started!
Don’t leave your passport for last!
This one may seem like a no-brainer, but you’d be surprised by how many leave acquiring their passports to the very last moment!
If you’re planning to go abroad, no matter where you go, this should be the very first thing you acquire. Yes, even before your plane tickets or making reservations in a hotel.
As of 2019, once you’ve finished all the steps necessary, you can get a passport in a little over two weeks.
Once it’s in your hands, then you can start planning.
Find out whether you need a visa.
Not so fast!
Some countries out there require you to get a visa, so once again, before you start making any serious plans, do a little research on this subject.
Sometimes you can get the visa in advance; sometimes you need to go to your consulate and sometimes the country you want to go to will let you acquire a visa at the airport.
The process can be very different from country to country, so it pays to do your research well in advance.
Choose your destination wisely.
Now that you have your passport and visa, the world is your oyster. All you need to do is choose your destination.
First-time travelers tend to want to stick close to home, so they choose countries they can get to in just a couple of hours; Others are a bit more adventurous and cross entire oceans to get somewhere else.
Regardless of where you want to go, ask yourself these questions:
- Do I know the local language?
- Do I know anyone in the country I’m visiting?
- Do I know anything about the local culture?
- Do I have a way to communicate with my friends and family?
- Do I have access to an interpreter?
Answering no to these questions shouldn’t stop you from traveling abroad, but the more of these questions you can reply with a yes, the easier traveling will be.
Get familiar with the currency.
Before you leave your country, make sure you understand how the currency of the country you’re traveling with works.
You don’t want to depend on the kindness and honesty of strangers.
Get familiar with the bills, the coins, the value of each, and the average costs of basic things; If possible, exchange your money before you get to the new country and practice with it to really get the hang of it.
While you’re at it, you should also find out whether you can use your credit or debit card there and whether you can use the local ATM’s.
The more knowledgeable you are about this subject, the easier it will be to move around.