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Winter Travel From Hellish Heat to Extreme Cold

Extreme heat in Ethiopia travel story

What’s your idea of a good winter vacation? Going to one of the hottest places on the planet or spending your days in sub-freezing temperatures in a place covered with snow?

In the current issue of Perceptive Travel, we’ve got both ends of that spectrum covered, then we stop at two points in between those extremes as well.

New Winter Travel Narratives

Julia Hubbel headed off to Ethiopia, home of the Danikil Depression. This fiery plateau below sea level is sometimes referred to as the gate to hell and you may have to go through hell—and most of what’s in your wallet—to get there. See her story on how a simple land of farmers is wrestling with rapidly growing tourism numbers here: Horses, Hooves, and Heat in Today’s Evolving Ethiopia.

I just got back from some uncharacteristically cold weather travel, after years of hardly ever wearing a coat. I went all-in with a trip to a taste of France in North America in winter, on skis, on foot, and in an ice hotel. See the whole story here: Celebrating a Quebec City Winter Visit by Going All the Way.

Quebec City in winter

Is an ideal winter travel getaway for you a trip to the beach? Well we’ve got one of those this month too, but from someone helping out a turtle preservation program on a beach jammed with tourists on the Greek island of Crete. See Tracking the Elusive Loggerhead Turtle in Touristy Crete.

I’ll be headed to Sicily in March, so it was fun to read this story about how Palermo has evolved from a land of mob hits and car bombs to a place tourists actually visit on purpose. See Back to the Future in Palermo.

Each month we have a reviewer check out three new travel books worth checking out as well. See this month’s batch here: February travel book reviews.

Your Getaway Book Bundle

Speaking of books, we’re giving away four of them this month to one lucky reader. That person will learn how to save thousands of dollars in their winter travels and beyond, having great experiences for less money. I’ll be shipping an Amazon package of these four titles: The World’s Cheapest Destinations 5th Edition, The Affordable Flight Guide, Travel the World on $50 a Day, and the beautiful Comfortably Wild: The Best Glamping Destinations in North America.

bargain travel books bundle

How do you score all these and get a shot at future prizes? Join our e-mail issue update community. Then watch for the entry instructions near the beginning of each month. You can also follow us on Facebook and pay close attention to our feed for instructions. More than 100 readers have won something great since we launched, some twice!

Congrats to last month’s winner Katie O. from upstate New York. She entered, she won, and she will soon be warming up in a MerinoLUX Flannel Shirt from Royal Robbins. The odds are good, so get on it.


Wednesday 5th of February 2020

Thank you so much for sharing these winter travel ideas. Quebec City is one of my bucket lists and gonna celebrate my 23th birthday there next year.


Tuesday 4th of February 2020

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