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The Best European Destinations for a Winter Snow Holiday

Europe is a continent renowned for its beauty and history. The landscape is littered with old buildings and natural wonders that we should all try and see at least once. If you’ve yet to experience the delight of a winter wonderland adventure in Europe, here are the best destinations you can choose if you want an unforgettable winter snow holiday.

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Isn’t it Expensive?

Many people are put off from ever making their dream journey to Europe because they are convinced that it will be too expensive. This doesn’t have to be the case, however! Travelling to Europe has never been more affordable. In fact, if you know what you’re doing, you can bring the cost of your trip down even lower.

For example, let’s say that you are planning on booking your accommodation through Interhome. You could save money by searching for Interhome discount codes and offers which are available through sites such as Traveller 365. Their website helps to pair you with the codes and coupons you need to be able to take the holiday of your dreams at an affordable price.

Rome

One of the most famous ancient cities in the world. The historic heart of the Roman empire is a location that has something to offer everyone. Needless to say, there are plenty of old buildings and sites of ancient ruins to explore, but there is also the modern Rome. During the summer months, the city is packed. However, if you visit during the winter instead, you will be rewarded with a beautiful blanket of white. The beautiful architecture and unbeatable Mediterranean sun both need to be experienced together in order to be fully appreciated.

Paris

The city of love. Paris is known for many things, its fine food, its exquisite wines, and of course that monstrous metal tower in the centre. Paris is an interesting place to visit during the winter months because it takes on a completely new character entirely. Naturally, there is still no shortage of coffee shops or bakeries to keep warm in. But there is also plenty to see and do around the city. Because of the condition of the earth beneath the city, Paris cannot support skyscrapers. There are, therefore, only shorter, albeit still very impressive, buildings on display.

Amsterdam

Something that not many people realise prior to their first trip to Amsterdam is just how chilly it is. The city gets surprisingly cold! However, those who are willing to wrap up and endure this mildest of discomforts will be rewarded with a uniquely beautiful city. The Dutch are among the most creative on the planet, having devised some truly ingenious solutions to various problems. For example, much of the Dutch coastline is artificial.

The city of Amsterdam is famed for its canals, as well as its unique architecture which features slim buildings and vibrant colours. There are numerous famous sights to see in the city. For example, the Anne Frank Museum regularly sees queues stretching around the block.

Budapest

Budapest is one of Europe’s hidden gems. During the winter months, the price of staying in the city plummets along with the temperature. Snow is more common here than in most similar European cities around Christmas time and the Budapest Christmas Market is an attraction that draws visitors from up and down the country. As well as the market, the city houses several beautiful museums and art galleries, so there is plenty to do, regardless of the weather outside. If you’re a particularly adventurous traveller, you can even take a dip in one of the city’s outdoor thermal baths.

Venice

During the summer months, few cities tend to get quite as packed and claustrophobic as Venice. As beautiful as the city is, it is much more enjoyable when you are able to actually see through the throng of people. There are still other visitors in Venice during the winter months, but the airfare is a heck of a lot cheaper. Once you’re in the city, you’ll also find that the cost of buying food and lodgings is considerably cheaper than it is for the bulk of the year.

Prague

Anyone looking to make an escape from the hustle and bustle of life in a European capital city will find Prague to be a nice change of pace. The underground restaurants and city’s castles are the perfect spots to escape and relax between activities. Prague’s museums are open all year round, although they are much easier to appreciate in the winter when there are fewer guests. Prague also hosts one of the most popular Christmas markets in all of Europe. If Christmas markets are your thing, Prague is a must-see destination.

When most of us think of summer holidays, we think of warmth, relaxation, and lying on the beach. But travelling in the summertime isn’t always the way to go! Not only will you have to compete with all the other travellers, but you will also have to pay the increased prices that come with peak travel! There are many reasons to consider travelling to any of the above destinations during winter.

Luxury travel for all with Niche Retreats

I love a little bit of luxury in my life, but for so many people they hear the word luxury and think expensive. Adding luxury to your life doesn’t always have to be expensive. Heading away on holiday or a weekend break for me is about finding a a beautiful place to stay. Sometimes you just need to get away from everyday life and relax with a little bit of luxury.

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Finding a holiday that is not only luxurious but also affordable for all, really isn’t as difficult as people think. Niche Retreats is the perfect place to start looking for that luxury break that is affordable. It could be you are looking for a romantic break away or organising something for the whole extended family or a large group of friends. Niche Retreats offers it all. From a couple to a group of 50 people.

A couple of years ago I was tasked with finding a property that was big enough to house all of the Hubby’s family including all four of his step brothers, sister, partners, children and dog. In total their was 17 of us going and at the time 4 dogs, it was really difficult to find somewhere within the school holidays that was affordable for everyone but also big enough and would take the dogs.

I started to look about 18 months before we were going and although I booked it just over 12 months before the holiday it was a struggle. We ended up a place that was large enough for us all, a good location to a beach however it wasn’t really a luxury property. Now the family has extended even more, we have more children, more partners and we have 9 dogs between us all. Not that we would now take that many dogs away.

Luxury for larger families or groups

I thought finding something that would be suitable for everyone almost impossible. However, with Niche Retreats they had many luxurious yet affordable options for us. I thought I would share my favourite with you.

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Tregoninny Farmhouse and Barns is located near the beautiful village of Tresillian, Cornwall. Set in it’s own private woodland and farm and only 2 miles from Truro. The farmhouse and barns sleep 22 people, 11 in the farm house and 11 in the barn and welcomes 5 dogs. Not only would Tregoninny be more than large enough for my Hubby’s family it has that luxurious feel that I look for. Believe me, spending a week away with his family needs a bit of luxury and a lot of gin to help me get through it.

The farmhouse and barns has large dinning areas, beautiful sitting rooms, so much outdoor space for the children and the dogs. 7 bathrooms, 11 bedrooms, parking for numerous cars, woodlands to walk around and log burners to keep you toasty and warm.

Tregoninny farmhouse and barns really is the perfect venue for a large group of friends or a large family gathering.

Finding a luxury holiday for a large party can be affordable for all. Do you go on big family holidays? Do you have any tips or coping with so many people?

 

*This is a collaborative post. As always thoughts and opinions are my own.*

What to do in London this Christmas

Christmas only comes around once a year so making it count is important. You want to know that after anticipating it for almost a year, every day is worthwhile when it finally comes around. You can do so by making the most of the ongoing festivities taking place around you and seeing what’s outside of your comfort zone. If you happen to be in London especially, you should find that there are many activities to do whether for adventure junkies or more laid back people. In case you need a few ideas, see what you can do in London this Christmas below.

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Ice skate at Somerset House

Skating can be tons of fun, especially when done on the ice. During the Christmas period, you can usually enjoy ice skating at Somerset House which is on the south side of the Strand in central London. Aside from skating, there are extras you could enjoy like having champagne at the Fortnum’s Lodge or ‘Skate Lates,’ which features top DJs and music nights. You can book tickets at the cost of £11 and £8.50 for children and skating begins on November 14th.

Watch a show

Entertainment is something that most people enjoy as it’s a chance to focus on something other than your reality for a little while. For this reason, watching a show may be a great idea when it comes to making the most of Christmas. There are several shows in December 2018 that you can watch around the Christmas period. Some Christmas themed shows to consider are a Christmas Carol and The Nutcracker. If you’re taking kids along, The Snowman may be a show everyone will enjoy.

Hogwarts in the snow

For all of the Harry Potter lovers, Hogwarts in the Snow may be something worth doing this Christmas. Taking place at the Warner Bros studio, you can expect to see snow, icicles and magical instruments all around. In addition, you can expect to hear fires roaring in fireplaces thanks to special effects as well as Gryffindor common room to be filled with treats. For the most part, it’s a chance to get behind the scenes and see the costumes that were used as well as how artificial snow was created. The two-course meal and dessert you get to indulge in should be enjoyable as well.

Christmas at Kew

Last year, Kew Gardens had magical Christmas lights on display at its botanical garden. If your goal is to embrace the spirit of Christmas, then you should be thinking about spending Christmas at Kew Gardens as you’ll witness millions of lights twinkling. Sparkling trees, glowing orbs, and light shows can be expected at the gardens. Overall, it’s a way to get a true feel of Christmas and experience this beauty with your loved ones. You can book tickets in advance so that you can secure your space for the show. 

As mentioned above, there are a number of activities you can choose to partake in this Christmas. Whether alone or with family and friends, there’s something in the vibrant city of London for everyone. By choosing activities that you’ll enjoy, you could end up having the best Christmas yet.