Winter’s lack of sunlight, icy temperatures, and post-holiday ennui can drive even the cheeriest amongst us down. But instead of waiting for warmer temperatures to wind their way around, you can beat the chill right now by traveling to sunnier climes—or ones that make the most of the snow. We compiled a wish list that varies from dancing on the beach to walking in the footsteps of Jedi masters. Dive in and treat yourself: you deserve it.
For the Adventurer
As one of the top adventure destinations in the world, Chile has so much to offer, and best of all our winter is their summer. You can cross head into the soaring Andes from Argentina to explore the desolate Atacama Desert in northern Chile, an area whose barren hills, cracked crust, and blood red sands resemble Mars more than Earth. Load up for a trek up the semi-active Villarrica Volcano near Pucon with an expert guide, or kayak and ride on horseback along the shore of the Lake District, staying at cozy estancias. Epic hikes await you in the Dientes Circuit fjords where you can be out for days without seeing another person, until you reach the edge of the continent for views of the Drake Passage and Cape Horn. Naya Traveller specializes in creating custom trips and has extensive experience in the country. They can work with you to create your ultimate escape.
For the Fantasy Fan
The Star Wars universe seems to be continually expanding these days, with a new movie in the offing every year or so. To make those movies, the filmmakers travel around the globe to find unique locations, one of which is the picturesque city of Dubrovnik, Croatia. Inside its towering medieval bulwarks, endless corridors and pathways wind amongst golden hued walls, instantly transporting visitors to another place. Maybe that’s why the makers of Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi chose the city as the location of the casino city Canto Bight for the movie, or why Game of Thrones’ directors have used the city as a stand in for King’s Landing. Zicasso Travel has created weeklong tours centered around the two fantasy series where visitors get to sample the local wines and delicacies, all while touring filming locations for the famous series. It makes you feel transported to a place far, far, away.