I always dread the start of the new year. Whenever Christmas is over and January arrives, I have a really tough time to think of things to do. It’s too cold to spend the whole day outdoors, university classes are starting again, and there is never much to look forward to in the next few months. This year, I decided to embrace the winter season and do something fun every day. I don’t know if you experience the same seasonal dip, but I’ve found a few ways that work for me. Here are my 6 ideas to enjoy the winter season (post-Christmas)!
1. Visit Museums
Winter is hands down the best season to visit a museum, especially on cold and rainy days. On sunny summer days, I often don’t want to spend too much time indoors. I always feel a little bit fomo about not enjoying the amazing weather. You don’t have to worry about that in winter! By visiting museums, you can still get out of the house and do an activity in a comfortable temperature.
2. Go to the Beach
When it’s absolutely freezing outside, going to the beach might be a bit too much of an ambitious outdoorsy plan. However, when the sun is out and temperatures aren’t dipping too low, I strongly recommend a visit to the beach! When you’ve got something on your mind that’s bothering you, there is no better medicine than a visit to the windy shoreline. The refreshing sight of the open sea (or ocean) will make you feel ten times better. Don’t bother bringing your swimming trunks or bikini, but do consider wearing your boots.
3. Invite your Friends for Hot Drinks (and Apple Pie)
When it’s summer time, I often invite my friends to go into town for an ice cream or cold smoothie. It’s a great way to catch up and enjoy exploring new places in town. Why not do the same thing in winter, but slightly differently? Meet up with your friends to go have one of those amazing-looking lattes or a good old cup of hot chocolate milk. To complete the ultimate winter experience, you might also want to consider adding a sweet piece of apple pie.
4. Go on a Forest Walk
Winter time is when I spend most of my time indoors. It’s understandable, but it can also be really detrimental to your mood and health in general. It might be cold, but going on a forest walk in winter can be really stimulating. Go by yourself or ask a friend to join you. You will appreciate being outdoors and enjoying nature. Trust me, it helps you feel more rejuvenated.
5. Take Photos of the Snowy and Frosty Landscape
If you are lucky enough to live in an area where you have a realistic chance of snow, it can be really exciting to see temperatures drop below zero. Snowy or frosty weather conditions can completely transform the landscape in an enchanting winter wonderland. Whenever that happens, bundle up and get your camera ready. If you’re a nature-enthusiast like me, there is nothing more exciting about the winter season than capturing those sparkly white views. You will have a blast and forget the cold while you’re at it.
6. Plan Your Summer Vacation
Now if you really, really hate the cold and absolutely don’t want to go outside, there is one thing left to do: plan your summer vacation! See which dates you want to go away on holiday, check your budget, and pick your destination for next summer. You will thank yourself later in the year, since you will be 100% prepared and don’t have to worry about expensive tickets or finding a room in fully-booked hotel. Plus, you’ll have something real to look forward to!