Winter in July: The ultimate travel destinations
Do you find yourself complaining about the unforgiving July temperatures? Why not consider travelling to a place where it’s winter in July?
Argentina: Argentina is the perfect destination for skiing and sightseeing. El Calafate in the deep south showcases some miraculous eternal glaciers, or why not visit the Waluchi Caves and check out the remarkable 4,000-year-old cave paintings? For those who can’t stay in one place for too long, Ushuaia, called ‘the place at the end of the world’, offers cruises to Antarctica for some spectacular views and boat tours of the Beagle Channel to follow in Charles Darwin’s footsteps.
Australia: Australia is a winter destination that still manages to offer everything: from lively cities to deserted wilderness and everything in between. If you’re feeling sociable, check out Canberra’s Truffle Festival or celebrate ‘Christmas in July’ in Sydney’s Yulefest. Australia also advertises the largest ski resort in the Southern Hemisphere: Perisher, located in Kosciuszko National Park. With skiing and snowboarding facilities and annual events, it’ll definitely make a difference from all those barbecues on the beach.
New Zealand: The long journey is definitely worth it as there’s no shortage of winter activities in New Zealand. It has ski resorts scattered across the country, and adrenaline junkies will rejoice in a trip to Queenstown, where they offer bungee jumping and paragliding off the Kawarau Gorge Suspension Bridge. Winter is also famously rugby season, so grab the chance to watch the renowned All Blacks if they’re playing and don’t forget to celebrate Matariki, the Maori New Year. Visitors can get involved in the festivities and learn more about the indigenous culture.
Chile: A visit to Chile’s cities will give you an insight into the local culture; the lively capital Santiago is the best place to see a youthful side of Chile while Valparaiso on the coast is a World Heritage Site and claims to have inspired great artists like Nobel Prize winner Pablo Neruba. The more remote areas don’t disappoint in the winter months, either. Puerto Williams annually hosts the ‘Snow Fiesta’ while ski resorts are in abundance, for example in Valle Nevado in the scenic Andes Mountains. Do you have any travel tips for experiencing winter in July? Let us know in the comments!