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Winter Inspiration: The Ultimate Shades of Grey Guidebook

July 5, 2017 OTA News No Comments Email Email

Despite being categorised as a nation that chases the sun, insights from the experts at show there are an amazing range of destinations that are actually at their best when the temperature dips and grey clouds roll in.

Nathan Graham, Regional Sales Manager at Cheapflights ANZ, said: “A growing number of Aussies prefer winter over summer. And luckily for them, there are plenty of spectacular destinations both near and far to visit so they can enjoy the coldest season of the year more than once!”

To inspire locals looking for their next getaway, has these five must-visit locations that are best seen in shades of grey:

• Prague, Czech Republic – As one of the world’s most picturesque cities, Prague makes for a spell-bindingly beautiful destination during the colder months. The grey days are a photographer’s dream, creating striking winter light and enhancing the Gothic charm and timeliness beauty of Old Town. They are ideal conditions for appreciating the sharp angles of the city’s architecture and interiors. Flights to Prague from $1,019

• Skaftafell, Iceland – Tourists flock to Iceland in the hopes of witnessing the Northern Lights, but don’t forget to check out Europe’s largest glacier, Vatnajokull, in an ice cave tour. These natural wonders can only be experienced during the winter months, and visitors can expect an abundance of once-in-a-lifetime views. Flights to Reykjavik from $1,209

• Harbin, China – This unique northeastern city is known for its Russian-influenced architecture and historic buildings, but it’s most famous for the Harbin Ice and Snow Festival. Bigger than the ones in Norway and Quebec, it‘s the world’s largest event of its kind. Despite not being natural formations like in Iceland, the gigantic, illuminated and intricately carved ice sculptures on display from the end of December through to February is a real-life winter wonderland worth braving the cold for. Flights to Harbin from $492

• Nagano, Japan – Another unforgettable winter highlight in Asia is seeing the Japanese Macaque or ‘snow monkeys’ soaking in ‘onsen’ hot springs at the Jigokudani Yaenkoen Park. Recognisable by their distinct red faces and brown-grey fur, this species is native to northern Japan. And with the Nagano Prefecture just a day trip from Tokyo or short drive from local ski resorts, it’s definitely worth taking the time to visit! Flights to Tokyo from $319

• Queenstown, New Zealand – And for those looking for a last-minute winter escape closer to home, Queenstown is an incredibly photogenic resort town with snow-capped mountains that transforms into a skier’s paradise from June to October. With its annual Winter Festival, the largest in the South Hemisphere, on between the 22nd and 25th this month, the event is set to attract around 45,000 people! Flights to Queenstown from $332

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