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  • Rich Thomaselli | November 11, 2016 12:33 PM ET

    Experience A Winter Wonderland

    Experience A Winter Wonderland

    PHOTO: Exodus is the expert in winter vacations. (Courtesy Exodus Travels)

    It’s cold. It’s dark. For many people those are reasons enough to hunker down, get cozy and sip hot beverages by the fire.

    But for the adventurous among us, it’s time to break out suitcases, pack the parkas and take the wintery world by storm. Luckily, Exodus Travels has 50 winter holiday adventures from which to choose.

    Here are just a few:

    Harbin Ice & Snow Festival: Travel to northeast China's Heilongjiang province where sculptors carve amazing cities and icescapes that are revered the world over. Throw in a visit to the ancient Terracotta Warriors, the Great Wall and the Forbidden City and you have the perfect winter adventure.

    Iceland Northern Lights: For centuries, the Northern Lights have been a source of fascination. Take some time out this winter and be amazed in between visits to Iceland’s most impressive sights, including the Glacial Lagoon, Thingvellir N.P. and plenty of waterfalls.

    READ MORE: From Base Camp To Annapurna, Experience Nepal

    Bavaria Winter Discovery: The Bavarian mountains exude an air of fairy-tale romance no matter the season, but covered in a dusting of snow and it’s even more picture-perfect. Travel from Munich through the Bavarian Alps and take in the fabled castles, including Neuschwanstein. Add in a cable car ride, an excursion on Lake Constance you have a made-to-order fairytale.

    Arctic Sweden & the Icehotel:  Spend four nights at a lodge before moving to a wilderness camp and then the grand finale, a night in the Icehotel. During the day, discover Swedish Lapland as you glide through silent forests on a dogsled ride. Bonus points: The Northern Lights.

    Tatra Winter Activity Week for Families: Traveling with families mean you have a lot of people to please. One person wants to go snowshoeing, another dogsledding and surely one wants to try downhill skiing. (Our preference is the thermal pools. Don’t judge.) With this trip to Slovakia and Poland, everyone’s happy. How often can you say that?

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Rich Thomaselli Where Adventure Begins

Rich Thomaselli Rich Thomaselli is a longtime journalist with 27 years experience in newspapers, magazines and digital media. He is a nine-time individual award-winning writer and was also a staff writer at several publications that earned national recognition as well, including Advertising Age winning a ‘Best in Business’ designation from the Society of American Business Editors and Writers in 2007. He previously covered the travel sector for Ad Age, among other beats, from 2001-2013. Rich is married with two children. He will be based in New York. You can reach him at rthomaselli@travalliance.com and contact him on Twitter @RichTravelPulse.