The year has just started and we are happy to present our travel calendar for 2019: suggesting twelve inspiring destinations that make for a perfect holiday experience – no matter when you travel. However, we would not be the Green Travel Blog if these tips were not about sustainable travel issues: recently, we shared with you the consequences of over-tourism and the benefits of traveling off-season. Today’s tips may inspire you collecting unique holiday memories during the “uncommon” seasons throughout the year. Enjoy planning your holidays 🙂
Traveling in the monsoon season bears two advantages: fewer tourists and lush greenery! In the rainforest you probably won’t notice the rainy season much, because it is quite humid anyway 😉 Hence, our tip for January: Peru. In the Andean region, the monsoon season usually lasts until May. You can stay amidst the rain forest at the Inkaterra Reserva Amazónica and enjoy an impressive view of the Andes and the Sacred Valley of the Incas from the Inkaterra Hacienda Urubamba.
February – neither winter nor spring. Freiburg, however, does not need spring to charm the pants off its visitors. The charismatic city center has a lot to offer; especially the historic architecture, the Freiburger Bächle (a stream running through the whole city) and the weekly market around the Freiburg Cathedral are among the city’s landmarks. In Freiburg’s eco-district Vauban, you can check in the sustainable Green City Hotel Vauban after an eventful day. Best of all: Whether winter or spring-like temperatures – you can visit the beautiful Black Forest at any time easily from here.
In the snow-sure region of Balderschwang, you can enjoy cross-country skiing until the end of March. Until March 28, 2019, you can book the winter sports offer “Spurwechsel” (English: lane change) with the HUBERTUS Alpin Lodge & Spa. Together with the Nordic-Active Center you explore the beautiful winter landscape for 3 days. In total, you will stay for four nights at Hotel HUBERTUS when booking “Spurwechsel” getting indulged with a HolisticDeep spa-treatment. What more could you want?
How about forest bathing instead of the Easter egg hunt? The selfness-hotel SCHWALRZWALD PANORAMA offers this relatively new cure during the Easter season. Forest bathing has health-promoting effects on your entire organism, strengthens the immune system and is heart-balming. The meditative excursions of forest bathing into the green are specifically suitable for stress management. Moreover, the cure is most breathtaking in Bad Herrenalb, since the forest is beautifully unspoiled!
A beach holiday on the Baltic Sea in May? Why not! The sun is already shining and the beaches are not very crowded at the same time. Moreover, bathing in the (admittedly, still cold) sea promotes blood circulation and strengthens the immune system like a climate therapy. If you want to warm up afterwards, it’s best to enjoy the view of the rooftop sauna at the SAND Lifestylehotel on Timmendorfer Beach.
Thailand is one of the most popular destinations in recent years – for a reason! Even during your holiday, you can take responsibility for your destination and avoid the high season to avoid mass tourism. That’s why our tip for Thailand is likewise traveling during the monsoon season. In Southern Thailand, it rains most during the European summer, but usually only a few hours per day. And time can be easily bridged at the sustainable luxury resort Zeavola on Koh Phi Phi or at the Mala Spa of Keemala on Phuket, an architectural highlight.
Our tip to escape full beaches during the high season: Beach holidays at Lake Schwerin. If everyone else is at the sea, you can enjoy the sun at the lake. The ideal accommodation is the climate-positive Hotel Speicher am Ziegelsee. Lake Ziegelsee is connected to Lake Schwerin. Not only a paradise for water sports lovers, but also the perfect starting point for bike rides and walks, for example to Schwerin Castle.
The best way to enjoy late summer is visiting the Dolomites! When the sunset bathes the mountains in red and gold (called “Enrosadira” by locals), you don’t want to be anywhere else. The location of the Dolomit Homes and the Dolomit Boutique Hotel is excellent for viewing the spectacle. It’s also ideal for exploring the landscape around Alta Badia on your mountain bikes or hiking.
Maira Valley is specifically popular for outdoor activities in summer and winter, and neglected in autumn for no reason! The eco-village Sagna Rotonda is located amidst the untouched nature of the valley, surrounded only by mountains, meadows and forests. With one foot out the door, you can start your hikes directly through the colorful autumn forest. With a bit of luck you can even see deer in the forest!
Known as a winter sports paradise and hiking oasis in summer, the Swiss village Arosa alike is appealing in autumn. The Indian summer around the Valsana Hotel & Apartments is great for relaxed hikes.
Sri Lanka is regarded as one of the most enchanting and greenest countries! Here, too, we recommend traveling during the rainy season with sustainability in mind. In the northeast, the monsoon season begins in October, and, thus it only rains a few days per month. On the eastern coast in Passikudah Bay – right by the sea – Amaya Beach Resort & Spa is located. If it rains during your stay, get pampered in the spa.
The best way to escape the grey November is staying at Arosea Life Balance Hotel! In bad weather, you can easily spend several days indoor and switch between the pool, hay bath, beauty treatments, massages and a huge sauna paradise on two floors. We promise, you won’t be bored! And for those among you who are “wind- and waterproof,” the South Tyrolean Ulten Valley offers plenty hiking trails.
Although winter sports are classic in December and therefore have less to do with off-season travel, you may enjoy the winter holidays snowshoe hiking instead of skiing or snowboarding – and leave the hustle and bustle of the slopes behind. At the Naturhotel Outside in Matrei, you will wander across the white National Park Hohe Tauern.
Also, in the Berchtesgaden Alps you can explore the snowy hiking trails in the last month of the year, and warm up in the heated outdoor pool of the Berghotel Rehlegg enjoying the view of the snow-covered mountains.