The coldest season of the year in most regions on Earth, between autumn and spring.

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Cheapest destination for a white Christmas starting from Sydney?

What is the cheapest destination for a white Christmas, starting from Sydney? To narrow this down: we should be reasonably assured of snow on or around Christmas (say 90% chance) it should be in a ...
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What trousers/pants do women wear in Baltic cities in winter?

How do women keep their legs warm in Baltic cities? My first instinct is to wear long johns or leggings under ski trousers but is this acceptable if you wanted to go to a restaurant or bar? Does ...
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Travelling to Kiruna, Sweden from Dubai, clothing during extreme cold climate

We stay in Dubai. Four of us are planning to travel to north Sweden this February end to see the northern lights. We would be facing a temperature of -25 to -30 degree Celsius. We are worried on where ...
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Visiting national parks in the USA in Jan-Feb [closed]

I would like to know what National Parks are suitable for a young couple (30's) who travels for a 1 week in the USA. The only constraint I can think of is the winter of the late January - early ...
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Salt Lake City to Denver winter

We are moving this week from SLC to Denver driving a budget truck and car. Looking for routes with the least chance of snow and with the shortest possible of those routes. Any thoughts?
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Around Lund in winter: will two italians survive? [closed]

We are an Italian couple and we are planning to go to Lund for the 1st of the year. We go visiting some friends and then we will stay some additional days in order to visit nice places around. I know ...
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Road conditions in Latvia and Lithuania in Winter

I am planning to drive from Vilnius to Riga between Christmas and New Years Eve. I would like to know how the road conditions usually are in this time of the year? Especially on the smaller roads. ...
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Quebec Carnival - Dressing for the weather

I'm planning a trip to Québec City during Carnival and I've heard mixed reports on how to dress. Many internet sources/people I know say that I'll need $1000+ worth of the heaviest winter gear ...
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Travelling around Iceland in mid November

I am a great chess fan and this November the European Team Championship is taking place in Reykjavik. I've been wanting to visit Iceland for a while and this seems like quite a good oportunity to me. ...
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Iceland in March [closed]

I want to go to Iceland during my spring break next year, but there isn't a lot of information on what trails are open for a multi-day hike. What is the best way (and how much am I looking at) for ...
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Road conditions on Eastern USA/Canada roads in Winter

I am thinking of driving between Montreal and Boston this winter. I have no idea what the weather will be like, so I prefer to keep options for this trip. I read these two existing questions on this ...
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Protecting ears from cold [closed]

I have friends traveling to Western Europe during winter (they come from a warm country), and they wonder how do people actually protect their ears from cold when walking outside (if they do it at ...
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Am I allowed in the gas station shop without buying anything when waiting for my bus, in Canada?

In Canada (and probably other countries like the US), in some towns (usually too small to have a bus station), intercity buses stop at gas stations or convenience stores close to a highway. I was ...
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Do I have to carry snow chains in Europe?

I will drive from Germany to Bulgaria through Austria, Hungary and Serbia. I will drive mainly on highways and I don't expect to need snow chains as the roads are usually in good conditions. Am I ...
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Winter trekking in High Tatra, what about accommodation?

We're going to go for a hike to High Tatras in January. Should I be prepared for snow slides/avalanches in winter (and carry tools like shovel, emitter, ...)? Are there any huts or shelters where we ...
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From Italy to Austria during winter, by car

In the first week of January, my family are going to travel from Milan (Italy) to Innsbruck (Austria), then to Munich (Germany) and finally back to Milan (maybe via Switzerland). All the hotels are ...
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What to do in Grand Canyon during Christmas to New Year's?

My friends and I are planning a trip to Grand Canyon from 29 December to 2nd Jan. We won't go camping outside as we haven't got permit. We are thinking of camping in Mather and might go around small ...
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How can we find out where there will be snow in Europe in December?

We are looking to go on holiday this December and we want to go somewhere were there is guaranteed snow. We want to avoid the obvious areas, such as the Alps, but I am really struggling to find out ...
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Is a leather jacket + layers good enough for an European winter? (Back packing)

In a question a bit related to Winter apparel for Europe (November-December), would a leather jacket (thinner lamb jacket) be okay for traveling Spain/France/Italy during November/December? I also ...
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Driving in the winter (Dec-Jan) from Ohio to California

Before Thanksgiving I am planning to drive from California to Ohio using Route 70 through Denver, for the sights. But I am returning back to California in January 2015 and was wondering if Route 80 ...
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A European city to visit during the end of December [closed]

I planned to visit Vienna at this time of the year but searching the internet, most of people do not recommend traveling to central Europe at this time since it is too cold and showery. The following ...
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Travel to Scotland over Christmas & New Years: are hiking & outdoor activities right out?

I'm trying to plan a trip to Scotland & I don't want to wait >6 months for a number of reasons. It looks like there are a lot of winter festivals all over Scotland, and what I'm reading about ...
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Access to Selfoss and Dettifoss in winter season

According to the Road Condition site of the Icelandic government, roads 862 and 864 that are the closest to Selfoss and Dettifoss are "impassable" right now. This condition has been maintained for ...
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How to dry clothes while travelling in winter?

When you are travelling and you stay less than 2 days in the same place, specially in winter time when there are not a lot of sun hours or even rains outside, it's really difficult to dry clothes. ...
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Is possible to camp in a tent in Iceland in April?

I've seen that most camping sites are closed in April, but some are open. I'm wondering if this is because the lack of tourists or because the weather is too bad (snow, wind, etc) to camp in winter. ...
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If travelling through excessively cold regions, what steps should you take to keep your vehicle warm enough to drive?

Given the polar storm over the US at present, and temperatures hitting record lows, there's already reports of stranded motorists. I've once been in a situation where we needed to keep our engine ...
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Buying extreme cold weather “mickey mouse boots” (Bunny boots) in Seoul

Is there any place in Seoul where I can buy the extreme cold weather boots that go by the nickname "mickey mouse boot"? In case you haven't heard of these and their nickname makes them sound ...
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Driving from Zurich to Milan in the winter

I am driving from Zurich to Venice. What kind of kind of driving conditions can I expect in mid December, especially through the mountains? Are the roads well maintained?
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Buying second-hand winter clothes in northern China

Yesterday I crossed the point in China where the weather changed from "cool enough to put a jumper on a night sometimes" to "You need more layers". And I am continuing further north to Ulan Bator, ...
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Northern Lights in Alaska [closed]

My wife and I would love to see the northern lights in Alaska this winter, but it can be difficult finding tour companies specializing in this sort of Alaska trip (almost all of them are for summer ...
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When should one travel by car instead of train when traveling France?

I'm debating if I should travel France by car or not, but I don't know what I need to take into consideration. I'm at the age where I'll be forced to travel first class if I travel France's Eurail. At ...
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Is organised convoy driving behind a snowplough common anywhere outside Norway? [closed]

Last Sunday I was driving on the European route E10 and we had to pass the Bjørnfjell pass at the border between Norway and Sweden. In principle the Bjørnfjell road is open all year, but may be closed ...
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Is there a map that shows Austrian winter road closures?

Some highways in Austria close for the winter season. For example, the Grossglockner High Alpine Road is closed until sometime in May. Where can I find a map that shows which roads are currently ...
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Can go to Germany on all-year tires in winter?

I know that German law requires tires apt for snow in winter time. It's quite obvious that I cannot use summer tires, but can I go on universal all-year tires? What are the exact requirements?
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Grand Canyon in a day

I am planning to visit Grand Canyon during the last week of January, but have only a day to spend there. Any advice on how I can maximize my visit. Also, how is the weather during the time?
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Tourist attractions in Idaho during Winter [closed]

I am wondering if there is any places to go in Idaho during Winter. I live fairly close to Idaho, and I haven't really had a chance to fully explore the area. I would appreciate any suggestions.
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Is it recommended to travel to Patagonia in May?

We're currently planning a South America trip and would love to go to Patagonia. But we're only starting in late April/early May and I'm afraid it's gonna be very cold already. Currently, we think we ...
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Visiting London in December - what is the weather like and where can I feel the Christmas spirit?

I would like to present to my sister a journey to London. I found an economic flight around mid-December. I have two questions: What will the weather be? Do I have to expect to really cold ...
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Iceland over Christmas period

I am trying to think of a good destination for a week-long bread over Christmas or New Year's day. I am quite keen to see the aurora, hence I was thinking about the northern countries and Iceland in ...
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How can I get great views of the Bugaboos (Canada) in April?

After a long stay, I am going to be traveling back to the United States from British Columbia, CA in a few weeks. I would love to climb in the famous Bugaboos, but obviously that isn't practical in ...
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More creative snow festivals than Sapporo snow festival

The Sapporo snow festival was pretty good. There was lots of delicious food stalls, information booths, and I even signed a petition calling for the return of Japan's "northern territories" (the ...
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What are relaxed and interesting / not well-known things to see on a winter weekend in Prague?

I'm taking my girlfriend to Prague in a couple of weeks for her birthday. Neither of us can take much time off work at the moment, so it's a short trip - probably there Friday, leave Monday, giving ...
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What clothing should I bring to Chicago for New Years' Eve?

I have lived in Las Vegas my whole life, and often the only time I'm around snow is when it's for a sporting purpose. I've never lived someplace cold and when I visit cold places I'm often indoors at ...
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How to cope with dry hands and cracking skin when travelling in cold locations?

So I'm from a pretty warm country, Australia but now I've spent my first month in cold Tbilisi Georgia and I lack the local know-how and intuition of how to cope with some aspects of cold winters. I ...
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Catching snow in Southern California

We are in Southern California now and have a day to kill (in the 1st week of Dec). What we want is to experience snow before we return to warmer climates. One option we have is Big Bear (which is just ...
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How is the weather in Cuba in January/February/March?

What are the weather conditions in Cuba (and Florida) in January/February/March ? Some statistics etc would be useful.
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Are there open air hot springs in natural settings in the mountains of Georgia (the country)?

After we had our first snow here in Tbilisi a few days ago and then chatting with a Japanese friend online I started to wonder... I know Georgia has no shortage of mountains or natural mineral water ...
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Weather for hitchhiking and camping in Iran in November or March

It's now early November and I'm in Tbilisi, Georgia. It's getting very cold at night (for me). I have long had a plan to hitchhike from here through Armenia and Iran to Kuwait. But I probably ...
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Which city to visit in Europe during January?

In the first half of January, I'm planning to go on a 3-4 days city sightseeing trip in Europe. I'm looking for a nice location, but I'm not so sure which places are a reasonable choice in winter. I ...
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Are there any natural outdoor ice skating locations in Australia?

I know winter is over now but it likely will be winter again by the time I get back to Australia. I also know there are a few temporary outdoor ice skating rinks but I do not know if there is any non ...