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6 Ways to Warm Up Through Travel This Winter

After a generally pleasant October at our home office in Vermont, November came in (as it does most years) with a vengeance. The trees are bare now, snow is on the ground, and sub-freezing temperatures have settled in. We’ve pulled out our flannel shirts, bought ice melt, and found our snow scrapers. This time of year, our thoughts turn to getting away, and planning now for a mid-winter or early spring walking tour means you have something to look forward to amidst the bleakness of the current season.

Here are our top destinations for how (and where) to warm up during winter…and early spring!


Weather: During the day, temperatures range from the 60s-80s°F—cooler in the mornings and at night. Rain is possible at any time, although there is a greater chance in November and December. Typically, these are passing showers.
Warm up with the chief: We take a break from game drives  on our Tanzania safaris to visit an Iraqw village where the village chief and his wife welcome us into their ancestral home. We are treated to a tasting of traditional cuisine, a musical interlude, and fascinating conversation, where we have the chance to learn about their culture.


Weather: 90s°F around Ho Chi Minh City in the south and around Hanoi in the north, temperatures will be more mild and comfortable at 60s-70s°F. October through March is one of Vietnam’s two dry seasons, and the air quality will be much clearer.
Warm up with food: Vietnamese cuisine is world-renowned for its fusion of Asian and French flavors. Savor fresh spring rolls, a bowl of piping hot pho soup, noodle dishes, and even try a fried cricket at the cricket farm on our Vietnam tours!


Weather: 25°-35°F, so you’ll want to pack warm clothes, but the bright side, literally, is that the dry, clear nights are great for spotting the Northern Lights
Warm up with coziness: A variety of outdoor activities keeps our blood moving including cross-country skiing and snowshowing, but sitting by crackling fires, sipping hot drinks, and snuggling in to our woodland cabins epitomize the cozy traditions of Scandinavia.


Weather: 70s-80s°F in Buenos Aires and 50s-60s°F in Patagonia, which is famous for its wind.
Warm up with hiking & BBQ: After exploring  the vibrant capital and taking in a spicy tango show on our Argentina adventure tours, we head south to Patagonia—windswept and remote, with incredible hiking and delicious, traditional asado barbecue.

NEW ZEALANDNew Zealand Southern Alps with hikers

Weather: mid-60s°F, usually dry, although in the mountains and on the coast, rain is possible.
Warm up with hiking & wine: The South Island is a hiker’s paradise for its incredible variety of terrain and ecosystems including rainforests, beaches, and mountain passes. New Zealand is also famous for its wine, and we’ll enjoy a wine-tasting in the Marlborough region on our New Zealand tours, as well as local wine with dinner—you’ll earn your glass (or two) during the day!


Weather: Upper-50s-70s°F depending on elevation – Punakha will be on the warmer side, while the other cities will be cooler. Fall and spring are the driest and clearest seasons.
Warm up the soul: With prevalent spirituality and Buddhist philosophies, a rich culture, crystalline rivers, and sacred mountains, a journey on one of our Bhutan tours will restore, soothe, and elevate your soul.

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