SOTC reveals the top destinations to visit with your family this winter

Daniel D’souza, President and Country Head, Leisure, SOTC Travel takes his pick.

 

The Christmas – New Year holiday is the most awaited time of the year for travellers. The festive season of Christmas and New Year present multiple avenues for travellers to plan their vacation with families and Indians are investing in unique holiday experiences.

Travellers can experience the festive spirit & explore the best Christmas markets in the world this year. Destinations like Prague, Czech Republic, the Manchester Christmas Market around Albert Square, the Dresden Christmas Market the oldest and the most popular Christmas fairs of Germany, The Vienna Christmas Market are some of the most charming destinations worth visiting.

For those looking to relax:

As relaxation is a major priority among travellers throughout age groups, Travellers opt for destinations with dazzling views and serene ambiences. Japan is one of the must-visit destinations for travellers looking to unwind. From experiencing the snow festival in Sapporo and soaking in the famed hot springs in Hokkaido Mountains, to visiting the glorious Geishas, Japan has a plethora of rejuvenating activities. Norway, Mauritius, Australia, the Maldives are other destinations that offer a relaxing range of activities for travellers. From the coldest corner, to the warmest beaches, travellers can discover beautiful destinations to enjoy a relaxing holiday. Australia’s Sunshine Coast also offers a warm weather getaway and Noosa is the perfect vacation hub. Situated near pristine Noosa National Park, the beaches and scenery are serene and also offer activities such as hiking, fishing, and surfing.

For those seeking fun activities:

Holidays are an exciting time, with ample opportunities for exploration. While travelling with kids, it is important to choose destinations that offer diverse activities that delight them. Some of the best holiday destinations for an adventurous experience include North America, where travellers can enjoy activities such as the Oahu Submarine Scooter Adventure at Honolulu in Hawaii, a visit to the Stroller’s Paradise in Santa Monica, Apres Ski in Aspen and Snowmass Village, Gondola ride at Aspen Mountain, a visit to the Grand Teton National Park, and more. Finland is another destination that kids will love during this season, as a visit to Santaland – famously reputed to be the Santa Claus village, offers the Christmas magic aplenty. Along with this, they can also thrill at the reindeer and Husky dog farms, where they can get a novel sleigh ride and play in the snow. Singapore Flyer is Asia’s largest observation bay and the Floating Donut is a wonderful boating service where travellers can sightsee while enjoying scrumptious delicacies on the boat. Close to the Marina Reservoir, travellers can step into 101 hectares of lush, verdant national park and gaze in wonderment at the different zones, which include flower fantasy, cloud forest, super Grove and much more. They can even step onto the 128-meter aerial walkway – OCBC skyway that offers close-up views of the 12 vertical gardens at the Super Tree Grove. Universal Studios is an absolute must, where they can go on rides like the Jurassic Park Rapids adventure, Shrek 4-D adventure and more. They will also love a visit to the Adventure Cove Waterpark – Asia’s only waterpark that’s integrated with Marine Life, where, they can marvel at over 100,000 species of marine animals at the S.E.A Aquarium. The Singapore Zoo is another must-see spot on every travel wish-list, where the rainforest setup provides the chance to enjoy an interactive wildlife experience. A virtual tour of various animals at the Rainforest Lumina is another innovative experience that shouldn’t be missed. Animal lovers will also enjoy the Jurong Bird Park which houses over 400 species of majestic birds.

For those excited to sightsee:

The beautiful continent and country of Australia has a diverse and vibrant selection of sightseeing destinations that travellers can explore through unusual avenues. They can take a hot air balloon ride and explore the gorgeous Hunter Valley, and take a tour of the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Sydney Opera House. They can enjoy an appetising and flavourful meal at Hamilton Island, Cairns and delight in the wonderful Field of Light, an incredible light installation in Uluru, by internationally celebrated artist Bruce Munro. They can also head to South America, where the families can lose themselves in the awe-inspiring views at Machu Picchu in Peru, the spectacular Iguazu Falls, guided nature hikes through the majestic Amazon Jungle, and the carnivals in Rio De Janeiro and Sao Paulo in Brazil, along with a journey to the end of the world at Ushuaia, capital of Tierra del Fuego. Japan, Norway (Northern Lights), Iceland, Slovenia & Croatia and Magical Santaland (Helsinki & Rovaniemi) are some of the experiential destinations. Travellers enjoy the Autumn Foliage with scenic cities and parks that are painted in crimson and gold and the Winter Illuminations in Japan. Topping bucket lists of travellers is the experience of the Northern Lights and for a magical Christmas Experience travellers could opt for Helsinki & Rovaniemi. Catch a romantic gondola ride at Venice, marvel at the Swiss countryside, enjoy a long walk with your loved one in the city of love, Paris or go shopping in London to explore the sights and sounds of Europe.

Winter vacations are the apt time for families to enjoy and cherish time with one another. It’s the season filled with year ending festivities and celebrations.  With a choice of diverse experiences to explore, SOTC Travel encourages travellers to plan their vacations with their love