12 ways to add adventure to your UK winter

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Wherever you are in the world, winter can be a little dreary. Grey skies, colder temperatures, and often, less adventures.

Winter is often a time to snuggle up in front of the fire, stay at home in bed with a good book or film, and drink endless cups of tea. It’s hard to want to leave your home comforts when the weather outside is less than appealing (unless you are blessed with a white winter full of powdery snow, in which case, you are very lucky!).

Winter is also a time when us adventure bunnies start to get itchy feet, craving something more than the four walls of the home or the office we seem to spend all our time in.

However just because it’s a bit colder, and a bit greyer, doesn’t mean you can’t add adventure to your winter too. From chasing the winter sun or hopping abroad to shred some powder, to taking advantage of adventures closer to home, the adventures don’t stop when the sun stops shining!

Here are my top 12 tips for adding adventure to your winter…

1. Embrace the cold and book a snuggly getaway in a Shepherd’s Hut.

Sometimes there’s nothing better than grabbing your girlfriends, packing a bag full of warm woolen knits, and getting away for a few days. And you don’t have to travel far to do it! Use AirBnb to find a Shepherd’s hut in the English countryside and spend some quality time together breathing in the fresh country air.

Top tip: Get up to £30 off your first AirBnb stay with this link.

2. Book a European Christmas markets road trip.

Huts full of Christmas keepsakes, amazing food and warm mulled wine, as well as exploring somewhere new – what’s not to love?!

Check out my European Christmas markets road trip itinerary here.

The ultimate christmas markets roadtrip through Europe | Where's Mollie? A travel and adventure lifestyle blog
The ultimate christmas markets roadtrip through Europe | Where's Mollie? A travel and adventure lifestyle blog

3. Have a Christmas day out in London.

Christmas is the most magical time to be in London. The lights, the Christmas cheer, the huts drawing you in with the smell of mulled wine and hot chocolate… I love London at this time of year! Check out 24 ways to spend Christmas in London here.

4. Get some winter recipe inspiration on Pinterest.

There’s nothing like a warming bowl of nutritious goodness to get you through the day. Whether you want to try something new for yourself, meal plan for the week, surprise a loved one to a home-cooked meal or invite your friends and family round for a dinner party, Pinterest is an excellent place to go for inspiration!

Check out my recipes Pinterest board here and all my recipes on my blog here.

Top tip: Follow me on Pinterest @wheresmollieblog for travel inspiration, recipe inspiration, home & diy inspiration & more!

  • RECIPE: A warming turmeric, chia and berry oats bowl
  • Recipe: Vegan Lentil and Sweet Potato Pie
  • A quick cajun chickpea and tomato dish recipe
  • Recipe: Broccoli, spinach and mint soup
  • My favourite chickpea and sweet potato coconut curry recipe

5. Try something new.

Anything from a new hobby to reading a new book or starting a new daily routine, winter is a great time to test out new things and see what you do and don’t like!

6. Treat yourself to some new walking boots to keep your toes cosy, dry and warm.

Great for exploring your local area, hiking, and keeps your toes cosy during the colder, rainier months of the year, I think that a great pair of walking boots is a must for any wardrobe!

Shop my Merrell walking boots here

A weekend at Norfolk Woods Resort and Spa, England

7. Set some new goals.

Have a think about everything you really want to achieve over the next few months or during the next year. Make a plan, and smash it! Sometimes you just need to sit and have a think to kickstart something and really motivate yourself.

8. Staycation! Explore an area of the UK you’ve never been to before.

You don’t have to travel far to have an adventure! Maybe there’s a city you haven’t explored, a road trip you want to try, a mountain you haven’t hiked, or an area of the countryside you’ve not explored. Now is your time to do it!

If you’re short on time, why not try a microgap? 3 days exploring somewhere in the UK might be just what you need!

  • A 3-day microgap adventure in Leeds, UK
  • A 3-day microgap adventure in Leeds, UK
  • A 3-day microgap in Bournemouth, England
  • A Weekend Guide To Brighton, England

9. Try all the winter cocktails.

Go for something deep and smoky, or full of spice and all things nice! Check out 25 places to try cocktails in London here.

10. Escape your hometown and try a European city break.

Even if you don’t fancy a Christmas market, exploring Europe in winter shouldn’t be sniffed at. Cities are often a bit quieter, and it can be nicer to explore without the melting summer sun!

Check out my bucket list of European weekend breaks here.

  • An epic 4 day Holland road trip: 4 cities in 3 days
  • THE ULTIMATE ROME CITY GUIDE
  • AN ULTIMATE 8-DAY ITINERARY FOR CROATIA: SPLIT, HVAR & DUBROVNIK
  • An ultimate 8-day itinerary for Croatia: Split, Hvar & Dubrovnik

And if all else fails…

11. Book a snow adventure.

The powdery white pulls me back in every time! I really want to nail how to ski some point soon, so I don’t think it’ll be long before I’m back out on the slopes! Whether you want an active, sporty trip, or you want to snuggle up in a chalet and appreciate the snow from afar, winter holidays offer something for everyone.

Check out the winter sports posts on my blog here.

  • 4 days in Finland: Snowshoeing, snowmobiling and a traditional Karelian cooking lesson
  • Video: Winter adventures in North Karelia, Eastern Finland
  • 'Getting the shot'- My top tips for shooting with a GoPro | Where's Mollie? A travel and adventure lifestyle blog
  • Living the Val D'Isere Ski Dream, The French Alps | Where's Mollie? A UK Travel and Lifestyle Blog

12. Chase the winter sun.

If you really don’t want to persevere in a colder climate, escape to the winter sun!

Great places for catching winter sun include…

Escaping for some winter sun in Gran Canaria | Where's Mollie? A travel and adventure lifestyle blog

How do you add adventure to your winter?

What are your top tips? I’d love to know!

Love as always + happy adventuring,

Mollie.

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