Winter hedonism requires a lot of style and a stronger character. In its enchanting passivity, winter brings intense enjoyment.
In a city, winter is diluted, trampled into the pavement and reveals itself in its idealized beauty only in a few fleeting moments. Its typical, fairytale-like beauty can be experienced only if it is unannounced in its manifestations, furious and faster than those who, in performance of their professional duties, will take on its snow drifts, as life must stay on its course and remain true to its tempo. And when this does happen, winter can usually only be experienced by gazing out of a window, from a distance. Only at rare moments, it can be touched in early mornings or at dusk, when the onslaught of its true self comes suddenly.
We recognize it by cold and numbers on the calendar, by the way our lifestyle changes we know that it is here, but the true measure of the magic of this season can only be felt when travelling. Besides, isn’t this also true of the summer?Research shows that there are two types of people, when it comes to winter travel. One type goes exactly where winter is winter, in its full theoretical, fundamental and ideal manifestation – while the other type goes in the opposite direction, as far from it as possible, to warmer climates, beaches and islands.
The first direction takes you towards the mountains in Serbia and in the region, as well as towards European ski resorts, primarily in the Alps. The other stretches eastwards, from the United Arab Emirates to Thailand, Bali, Sri Lanka, Australia. If we turn West, Cuba is one of the most popular destinations for a winter-time summer holiday.
Loving winter as such and wanting to experience it in its most authentic form depends greatly on the style and inclinations of the traveller. Those who love winter sports, which bring quite a specific type of adrenalin rush and require equally specific skills like to meet this kind of challenge, according to the available data, in Austrian Nassfeld, French Chamonix, Swiss Saint Moritz. Those who like winter just the way it is, quiet and passive, will visit any mountain side that has been tamed to accommodate tourists and that provides what is the essence of this season – endless white landscapes, warmth of the fire, sharp, fresh air, seamless views of nature which, covered in snow and shimmering in the pale sun looks somehow very solemn and dignified. The third type of passenger is quite unique – the kind that visits Northern metropolises at this time of year, to get the winter experience mixed in with an urban vibe, with its noisy lifestyle. For example, the narrow streets of Stockholm, Copenhagen or Amsterdam, smelling of snow and mulled wine, of tea, cinnamon and all other aromas carried on the winter wind.
All things considered, what is the point of winter indulgence? A different take on opposites. Enjoying the cold, but coming back into the warmth; observing the ice from a warm place, resigning yourself to a form of a lulling serenity. Winter is both excitement and dejection at the same time. It has its order, its rituals, its colour and its cuisine. Winter food is heavy and tasty, enchanting and layered, in all senses of that word. It brings up memories of holiday feasts, with a myriad of its specialties slowly dwindling on the table. Same goes for winter drinks, hot and more aromatic than in the summer. They are enriched by a whole range of spices which, in minimal doses, alter both the smell and the taste of the familiar. Winter, therefore, is a season to be enjoyed with all senses, sight, smell and taste. This is why we travel in the winter, because it is too beautiful to only be discovered in fleeting moments.