Why I love winter is a guest post by Ayelet from All Colores.
Ask people for their definition of travel heaven, and many will describe the scenery of a tropical beach. Yet winter, that good ole season that indulges longer in the northern and southern parts of planet Earth, has more than its share to offer.
14 reasons why I love winter and you should too…
1. The drop of rain, the drop of snow
Rain, resembling tears, is usually related to sadness, to heartfelt goodbyes. Yet tears come upon laughter as well, at those moments when nothing matters more the joy of the present. Snow enhances that feeling, turning everyday streets and mountain tops to a playground for all ages.
2. A theatre of Trees
Trees take on a more dramatic, funny perhaps, look in winter.
After shedding their covers in the fall they stand bare, vulnerable, suggesting you do the same as you embrace another opportunity winter brings.
3. The Opportunity to Cuddle
There is no better season to cuddle into an embrace. Even if you travel alone, the warmth of chocolate, the warmth of coffee and the warmth of a blanket place a fierce competition to summer.
4. Walking on a Glacier
While you can walk on a glacier in summer, it is a winter activity. Done with guides and minimum special equipment, most people will be able to find a tour that suits their physical abilities.
Usually, a walk on a glacier will reveal a natural shade of blue that you cannot see otherwise, caused by ice breaking or melting. If you are fortunate, you’ll get the opportunity to touch or drink a bit of that blue on your tour.
5. The Art of Nature
Icebergs detach from glaciers and float around the water. Visiting Argentina’s Glaciers National Park, for example, you could mistake the biggest lake in the country for an art museum.
Icebergs big and small will surround you if you take an all-day cruise there. Make sure you have enough batteries, because your camera will probably not cease working.
6. Lightheartedness Matters More than Fashion
While it is true that there are fabulous winter fashions, when you freeze you might be willing to let go of what others might think for the sake of warming up.
A sense of humor will come in handy, as you rejoice in silly winter hats or in funny equipment that supports you in walking on snow or ice.
7. Chubby Mountains Filled with Snow
Chubby mountains stand tall, reminding us there’s not only one way to be gorgeous. It is a wonder of nature to watch these giants reign their regions.
8. Conquer Fear of Height
Many times, going to mountain tops requires using a cable car or an open chair lift. If you have a fear of height, this could be challenging. Take someone with you, talk to them as you go up and down the mountain, ask them to describe what they see.
Getting to the top will be worth it, and at times, the only way to feel the snow drops. Winter can be an opportunity to practice this time and again until you, too, will dare to see the beauty from above.
9. Driving a Snow Motorcycle
Whether you drive on highways or not, driving a snow motorcycle on fields of snow is achievable and easy to learn. You’ll feel the wind of adventure as you look ahead and pick at your rear view mirror, capturing a moving image of snow that you will not soon forget.
10. Dramatic Clouds
Clouds are at their most dramatic, funniest formations when winter is around. Sit on top of a mountain or by the window of a wooden cabin with warm tea or chocolate, and allow your imagination take over.
11. Good Fortune
More than ever in the year, you need good fortune in winter. Whether you get a sunny day, a clear view, a fun snow fight, whether you get a tasty soup when you feel cold or you’re there when it snows – it’s so easy to feel fortunate in winter.
After the tears of laughter that rain brings disappear, a huge smile is spread on sky’s face, an opposite one, turning toward humans. It is a colorful one. It represents acceptance of diversity, of more complex thought, it represents possibility and all there is to come.
Show me one person who doesn’t love rainbows.
13. The Wildlife of Winter
Some penguins might prefer warm weather, yet most people connect them with Antarctica, the continent of winter. Whales jump for winter joy, showing off their tales. Visit countries south or north for Winter Wonderlands and you’ll be led by Husky dogs down from snowy mountain tops in sledges.
Polar bears sleep through winters, yet their summers in the North Pole are cold enough to count as winters. They slide on ice and run through snow, baby polar bears at their heels. Wouldn’t it be a dream to watch?
14. Watch Nature Growing Back
As winter fades, fades not the joy, for you can watch the fruits of rain that, hopefully, kept you not indoors. Thanks to the rain, flowers reappear, trees grow leaves and water falls in full. Anyone up for a swim?
Soon it will be summer and bathing suits will color seas, yet a true winter lover knows…. winter will be back, and it will bring the wonders only winter knows.
This is why I love winter. What do you love most about winter?
About the author:
Ayelet Weisz celebrates the everyday and extraordinaire joys of life through travel on her travel blog, All Colores. She is an enthusiastic, tri-lingual writer and translator who loves to research, covering travel, body image and self empowerment. Follow her adventures and winter-lovin’ on Twitter.