MANILA, Philippines — Did you meet your 2022 travel goals? If you’re ready to satisfy your great wanderlust, nothing beats a trip abroad, especially with the reopening of international borders this year.
Imagine this, losing yourself in the magic and majesty of winter and fall. Maybe you want to tick off your bucket list experiencing the first snowfall or take a breath of fresh, earthy autumn air amid scenic views, and more.
To the north, in Europe and North America to be exact, foreign cultures and delights abound, made all the more special by the cold season and the revelry of Yuletide. If that’s what floats your boat, well, we’ve got the right destinations for you!
Here are the best places to go to the north of the globe:
1. Christmas markets in Austria, Germany and Switzerland
A winter trip to the cities and towns of Austria, Germany and Switzerland is ideal over the Christmas period for a multitude of reasons, in addition to their festive Christmas markets. Here, get a chance to stroll past the stalls picking out the perfect gifts amid snow, carolers and the warm glow of candlelight – maybe even sample their fine mulled wine while chatting with the locals.
On this trip, you can also discover and visit Vienna, Salzburg, Munich, Innsbruck, Lucerne and the capital of Liechtenstein, Vaduz. Take stock of the wonder of old towns and traditions, the grandeur of the mountain pasture and more.
2. Delights of Switzerland
If you want more Swiss delights, a dedicated trip to Switzerland is a must. More than the gently rolling wonder of the Alps, Switzerland is also ready to delight you with its hospitality, its know-how, especially in wood carving, and its local flavors, including its cheeses, wines, breads and chocolates. .
Even better, meet the artisans themselves: a tour of the local vineyard and its winemakers with a view of Lake Geneva and the Maison Cailler chocolate factory in Broc and learn the secrets of the chocolate makers themselves.
All this and more in Switzerland in the fall!
3. The real Britain
Are you fascinated by old and new castles and royal houses? Are you a fan of world-class artists and performers? Do you like breathtaking idyllic landscapes? Then hop on the next trip to delve into the wonderful sights and sounds of England, Scotland and Wales.
Reflect on the enigma of Stonehenge, the well-preserved Roman baths and the ancient history of the Tudor town of Ludlow. Explore the romantic wedding haven that is Gretna Green, see one of Edinburgh Castle’s ancient walled landmarks, stroll along the birthplace of legendary playwright Shakespeare in Stratford-upon-Avon, and finally watch the artistic performances of the annual Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo during its festivals!
4. The northern lights of Scandinavia
Have you ever wondered about the weather phenomenon called the Northern Lights? Also known as the Aurora Borealis, this mesmerizing colorful light show is formed by the reaction of solar winds and Earth’s atmospheric gases. You get the best vantage point of this ethereal showcase in the arctic sky when you visit Finland and Sweden.
More than that light show of course, this side of Scandinavia also offers the most immersive adventures in the cold. You can connect with locals like the Sami and join them at their farm to learn about reindeer herding, as well as their local traditions and history.
Slip into Rovaniemi, the hometown of the beloved Jolly Old St. Nicholas of Myra, better known as Santa Claus. You can even take a reindeer sleigh ride here, as long as you’re nice!
5. Northern California
If long drives are more your speed, then call the shotgun and set out on a 17-mile drive to savor beautiful roadside views in Northern California. It’s a triple treat of cityscapes, forests, and breezy ocean coasts as you pass through Yosemite National Park, towering redwoods, and beautiful Lake Tahoe.
Round off your trip with a hearty farm-fresh meal in Monterey. And what’s a trip to the Golden State without a sip of one of their finest spirits, Cabernet Sauvignon, in particular, from one of Napa Valley’s 400 wineries, a perfect way to end the day.
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If you want to have these life-changing experiences, all these journeys are made possible and easier thanks to Trafalgar.
Trafalgar is the market leader in guided travel in Europe and North America, with over 300 itineraries assembled by a team of experts, ensuring you get the best and the best from every destination. For 75 years, the travel agency has satisfied more than 5 million customers with their carefully curated experiences.
And we are lucky we can catch Trafalgar at Pan Pacific travel cabins 245 and 246 at the next travel fair of June 24-26 at SMX Convention Center Manila.
To make journeys even more meaningful, Trafalgar customers will also appreciate Make travel count and Be my guest experiences. The Make Travel Matter experience is designed to help promote responsible tourism while encouraging community benefits.
Be My Guest, on the other hand, is one of Trafalgar’s flagship offerings. It spotlights the amazing locals who open their homes to guests so they can truly live like the locals themselves. Be My Guest is designed to fight over-tourism while supporting local businesses. This is an exclusive experience highly valued by Trafalgar customers.
Make your holiday trips even more special this year, choose to travel differently and carefree with Trafalgar!
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