Questions tagged [winter]

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

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Does it makes sense to travel to Iceland during winter? [closed]

I just saw an amazing offer to fly to Iceland in November. Although Iceland is still on my wish list, November would not be the first choice of time to visit. Is this an offer to just fill empty seats ...
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What to wear to board the plane if destination's weather differ significantly?

I recently flew through a wide latitude difference in winter, and it turned out to be a difficult experience. I was flying from a temperate region (19°C / 66°F) to a much colder place (-21°C / -6°F). ...
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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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Winter apparel for Europe (November-December)

I'm planning to go to Europe from 24 Nov - 5 Dec 2011 Since I come from tropical country, I really don't have any idea what should I wear during a winter. I have checked the temperature for the same ...
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Is the port in Vladivostok ice-free all year round?

Is it possible to sail into Vladivostok all year round? One source in Wikipedia about Vladivostok says: The port is ice-free all year round Another source in Wikipedia says: The locality of ...
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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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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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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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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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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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What kind of clothes and footwear are ideal to visit Egypt?

I'm planning to visit a few places in Egypt during the month of January or February. The locations on my itinerary are: Cairo Alexandria Aswan Abu Simbel Luxor I plan to spend anywhere from 1 to 2 ...
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Will I need to take special precautions for spending the winter in Tbilisi, Georgia?

I'm on my way to Tbilisi Georgia where I plan to stay all winter and since I'm from a warm country I'd like to know how cold it will get and whether I will need to invest in some winter clothing and ...
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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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Lake ice skating in Southern Sweden

Winter is coming, and if the Swedish Meteorologic and Hydrologic Institute (SMHI) is to be believed, it is going to be even colder than last year. For reference, last year in Sweden was one of the ...
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What are relaxed and interesting / not well-known things to see on a winter weekend in Prague? [closed]

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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How is the weather in Cuba in January/February/March? [duplicate]

What are the weather conditions in Cuba (and Florida) in January/February/March ? Some statistics etc would be useful.
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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In January, for potential weather delays, what is a safe layover time at ORD?

I am currently evaluating catching an international flight from ORD (Chicago) at 6:40 pm on January 12th. It seems to be lowest fare. I live in Seattle, so I would need to fly from Seattle to ORD. ...
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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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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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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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Is it windy and snowy in West Europe during end year? [closed]

I would like to know whether is it windy on night and morning and snowy in West Europe during Christmas and New Year? Especially for these countries and cities: Paris, Belgium, Amsterdam, ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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 ...
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How hard Is it to drive in winter at night in Iceland?

We're Spanish drivers, used to nice sunny roads, I expect it would be difficult but doable, but I would like to ask for some things you have to be extra careful which we may not be aware of.
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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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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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Road conditions for Guwahati to Tawang in November

I am planning to travel to Tawang via Guwahati in November by road [by taking a cab]. But while googling I found conflicting info on road conditions in November, and some are advising against going ...
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Process for booking an AWD/4WD car online

I am trying to rent an all-wheel-drive or 4-wheel-drive (AWD or 4WD) car. However, none of the sites I normally use to look for cars (AutoSlash, Kayak, CarRentals, directly at a few rental companies' ...
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Is it safe to drive in the Baltic countries during winter? [duplicate]

I am planning to drive from Kaunas 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. And ...
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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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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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Where was this picture taken (screensaver on LG Oled TV)?

Can someone please tell me where this picture was taken?
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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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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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When travelling to Europe from India where should I buy my winter gear?

I am travelling to Germany, Poland and Spain in February this year, from India. It's going to be pretty chilly there and obviously I want to stay warm. I'm not sure where to get my winter gear. I am ...
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How to handle Traction Law Alert when driving I-70 through Colorado mountains in a rented AWD?

Today I attempted to get to Idaho Springs, CO from the West in a rented AWD vehicle about 10pm. It was snowing, and my dashboard was showing 23F outside. As I was approaching Vail I saw a number of ...