Dream winter locations
Now that we’re well and truly in the throes of autumn and winter, our minds are turning to the best
getaways for the season. Nothing beats escaping the drudgery of winter than visiting a new place,
sampling the food, the culture, meeting people and spending time in a different climate. The world is
so big and there are never too many places to explore! Whether you’re looking for a travelling
experience in a warm climate or a cold climate, in a city or on a beach, allowing yourself time to
recuperate and relax after a long period of work and stress is great for your health and your
wellbeing. Here are some of the places we wish we were jetting off to and the clothes that we would
wear when we got there.
Our ideal winter escape would involve jetting off to this gorgeous island. Located in the warm
environs of the Caribbean (in November the temperature clocks at 28 degrees Celsius), Barbados has
long been a go-to destination for winter time sun-seekers. Barbados has all the makings of an island
paradise with idyllic beaches, surfing areas, nature reserves, caves and exquisite marine life to
explore. For days spent away from the beach, you can mooch around the island’s capital
Bridgetown, a certified UNESCO world heritage site, which is home to cathedrals, stunning
government buildings, shops and restaurants. If we were lucky enough to be escaping the cold to
visit this beautiful island, we’d keep our ensembles simple so that we wouldn’t get too bothered and
uncomfortable in the heat. For visiting shops and seeing the sites in the capital, we’d wear a longline
shirt, like these at Mary Jane Fashion, with bear
legs and sandals for a light and airy look. For reclining on the beach, we’d wear a chic bikini or one-
piece, a wide rimmed beach hat and would be accompanied by a thoroughly engrossing book.
If it’s winter and cold, you may be tempted to visit a country where they well and truly experience
winter. Visit the Finnish capital Helsinki in the heart of Scandinavia where the temperatures
plummet in the winter time, but where you will be warmed by the kindness and generosity of the
people who live there. In the run up to Christmas, Helsinki is teeming with Christmas markets,
traditional parades and illuminations lighting up the main shopping area of Aleksanterinkatu. We’d
also recommend visiting one of the city’s many public urban saunas (the much-used word ‘sauna’ is
actually a Finnish word!) that are heated by natural gas and wood to provide a mellow and relaxing
experience. Wrapping up warm is imperative in Helsinki, so be sure to layer up. We’d pack jersey T
shirts and tops, light and chunky knits and a big winter coat to keep out the cold.
We all know that Venice is ridiculously romantic and scattered with beautiful architecture and
canals. You might know it, but winter may just be the best time to visit: in the summer, with soaring
heat and lots of tourists, the city can be quite smelly and dirty. In winter, when the temperatures
considerably drop, Venice is cleared of crowd and filled with mists to create a stunning and haunting
city to explore. There are hot chocolate shops and bakeries to keep you warm and full; in January
and February the annual city-wide carnival kicks off where you will see ornate masks and opulent
costumes paraded around the streets; and you will be able to visit the stunningly beautiful basilica of
St Mark without any of the tourists of high-season. Atmospheric, beautiful and chilly, you will see a
whole new side to Venice. We suggest wearing jeans, leather boots a warm knit and a trench coat
for your rambles around the canals and the beautiful squares.
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