5 ways to experience the holiday spirit in Lapland

Victoria runs Bridges and Balloons, a blog that specializes in special places to stay and carefully curated itineraries and guides for creative people and families. For me, there’s nothing quite as magical as a winter wonderland, and Lapland is the perfect place for that. My 4-day trip to Lapland in winter helped me craft...

Winter is coming: 10 things to add to your to-do list this year

The days are getting shorter and the temperatures are dropping. Let’s face it, the Starks were right: winter is coming. But that doesn’t have to mean being stuck on the couch in a Netflix fog. We’ve put together 10 must-do activities that’ll help you have fun this winter. Booking your next trip? A winter vacation just isn’t as magical without...

Celebrate winter magic around the world at these 8 destinations

There’s something magical about the winter holidays. This special season is filled with traditions, celebrations, and a sprinkling of fairytale charm. Discover winter around the world, at these 8 destinations. 1. Get ready for St. Nicholas in Germany Come December, cities all around Germany are...

The 7 cities in Europe that empty out every winter

The holidays may be a distant memory, but winter still has us in its cold grip for the next few months. Instead of sitting at home and dreaming about a summer vacation, take advantage of Europe's top cities during the low season. Traveling during the beginning of the year means better prices, fewer crowds, and the chance to discover...

5 festivals to beat the winter blues

The days may be colder and the nights shorter, but these winter festivals will light up your imagination. A jacket and scarf don't hurt, either. Read on to discover where to go and how to join in the fun around the world. Exploring Cologne is fun year-round, but there's something to be said about visiting...

10 snowy destinations for winter lovers

Feel like walking — or skiing or snowshoeing — in a winter wonderland? We’ve got a few ideas on where to spend the frostiest months of the year. Nestled among some of Norway's most famous fjords, Bergen is a picture-perfect destination come winter. 1. Get off the beaten track in...

2019 travel calendar: when to be where

Have you ever visited Dubai in July? We hope your answer’s no — with temperatures up to 120 degrees Fahrenheit (that’s 48.8 C), it puts the sizzle in summer. Avoid mistakes like these and see the best of destinations around the world with our handy breakdown of where to be when. January Beat the crowds and escape to South Africa: the...

8 easy cold weather packing hacks

Picture this. You’re about to head off on an amazing winter vacation. Perhaps it’s a long-awaited ski break. Or a once-in-a-lifetime trip to photograph the Northern Lights. You’ve got all your cold weather gear ready to go; toasty coats, gloves, and scarves to keep you warm. But there’s just one problem: the size of your suitcase. We know the struggle....