20 Warm Winter Getaways for Families That Won’t Break the Bank

Pack your bathing suit and take your family to one of these easy-to-reach sunny destinations in the United States and the Caribbean that are as easy on your wallet as the warm sun is on your skin.

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The best European getaways for winter break

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Winter does not have to be a time of hibernation. On the contrary, it may be the ideal time to explore what there is to see in Europe. So pack up your coats and boots and take a journey to one of the following locations for a wonderful winter break getaway. Here are the top winter destinations in Europe.

1. Vienna, Austria

The Austrian capital is a must-see in any season, but the truth is that in winter, its magic increases, making it the ideal destination for colder days. With various markets scattered throughout the city, classical music concerts, and ice rinks for adventures on skates, Vienna is a kind of winter paradise. Lose yourself among the white-washed houses and enjoy some of the city’s historic buildings, such as the Homburg Palace and the Belvedere.

2. Venice, Italy

Venice, Italy, with its immense canals and buildings that transcend history, is one of the most popular getaways for winter break in Europe. Venice is beautiful all year round, but in winter, the city is covered with a mystical fog. The streets empty out a bit during the off season, giving you the chance to explore even the most famous sights free of the masses. Take the opportunity to visit St. Mark’s Basilica and the markets that dot the streets at this time.

3. Budapest, Hungary

With buildings that will leave you breathless, Budapest is a charming city that undoubtedly deserves a visit when the winter cold sets in and the snow begin to fall. There are many Christmas markets that pop up in the city, where it will not be difficult to find delicious food and handicrafts to take home with you. Explore the river on a small boat and, if you dare, experience the famous thermal baths.

5. Abisko, Sweden

Have you ever dreamed of seeing the Northern Lights? Abisko is a small village in Sweden, near the border with Norway, and one of the best – if not the best – sites to witness the unparalleled beauty of the Northern Lights. With sparkling lakes and a huge green mantle, it is the perfect place to escape the buzz of big cities and immerse yourself in nature.

4. Lucerne, Switzerland

Nestled on Lake Lucerne in a breathtaking mountainous setting, this Switzerland town is one of Europe’s best winter gateway as it is during this season that it really comes to life. There are many activities to do once in Lucerne, such as skiing or hiking on the paths that surround the medieval city. But there’s more here than just natural landscapes – lose yourself in its streets and you will see that the architecture is also fascinating.

5. Ljubljana, Slovenia

Ljubljana is a city whose canals contain unparalleled magic. The city is small for a capital, and therefore has a unique, picturesque character which makes it a great destination for a winter getaway. Wander the streets, take a stroll through the Christmas markets, and, if you have the time, take a trip over to Lake Bled, which looks like it’s taken straight from a postcard, especially when the surrounding mountains are covered with snow.

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BODYGUARD fans will have to wait until at least 2020 for a second series, according to one of its stars.

Richard Madden, 31, has dashed hopes of returning to the screens as protection officer David Budd anytime soon.

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He told the Daily Mail: “Budd needs a break a sort his life out.

“You just can’t slap a script together and throw it onto the screen.

“It has to be carefully thought through. First of all, what is the story?”

Richard won a Golden Globe for best actor in a TV drama this weekend for his role on the Bodyguard.

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His star is rising and he has even been linked with taking over the role of James Bond.

Richard’s ever rising popularity also means the show may risk him not being available.

He added: “What’s the next step for a character like David Budd? The thinking is for all of us to have a break and come back to it fresh maybe in a year or so.

“I enjoyed playing him and I think the public liked him. We’ll get together and see what’s there.”

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Bodyguard creator Jed Mercurio revealed he’d be interested in returning to the political thriller.

He told the Daily Mirror: “I have got some ideas for a second series, but it is worth waiting until the run is finished to see which bits worked and which bits didn’t work for the audience.”

After the last episode ended on September 23, 2018, The Sun exclusively revealed that Jed is writing FOUR spin-off shows from Bodyguard.


After Juliet was killed in an explosion in episode four there has been much speculation that Julia is still alive.

The theory was strengthened after eagle-eyed fans spotted that Keeley Hawes was listed on the Internet Movie Database (IMDB.com) as appearing in the final episode.

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Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is taking a self-care break, and she needs your advice

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Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is taking a self-care break, and she needs your advice

Since her election to Congress in November, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has been busy in Washington. She’s not even officially a congresswoman yet, but she’s already been working tirelessly for the Green New Deal, which calls for a radical shift to renewable energy and has overwhelming bipartisan support, and fending off haters online.

Understandably, though, she’s getting tired. So she’s taking a much-needed self-care break to refresh and reenergize before the New Year kicks off and her job officially starts.

She announced her intentions to take a self-care week on Instagram today, December 17th:

“I’m starting a week of self-care where I’m taking the week off and taking care of me. I don’t know how to do that, though, so I would appreciate any and all self-care tips, because sometimes people are like, ‘Top 10 tips for self-care: Go to Cancún!’ And I’m like, is it a face mask? I don’t understand. I just don’t understand.”

She revealed that before she started campaigning, she did yoga three to four times each week and cooked healthy meals for herself. During the campaign, though, the yoga came to a grinding halt, and fast-food meals became de rigeur.

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She noted that self-care is especially hard for women, who are expected to give themselves fully and selflessly while men take time for themselves to enjoy their lives. The fact is we should all have that same time and space for ourselves—it’s critical to avoiding burnout.

She also mentioned on Instagram that for activists, self-care is especially important, pointing to this resource from Amnesty International that offers tips for organizers (and everyone else!), such as “spend time with the people you love,” and “eat healthy foods, exercise, and try and get enough sleep.”

She asked her social media followers to share their tips, too, and they suggested that she meditate, break out into dance, get outside, and take an epsom salt bath.

Ocasio-Cortez wrapped up her Instagram Story by saying that she’s spending her week in the “middle of nowhere” in upstate New York, bringing with her pens, music, epsom salts, lavender oil, and more self-care essentials. If you have other recommendations for self-care, send her a note!

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An affordable winter sports break in Oslo, of all places

Despite its pricey reputation, Norway’s capital may be the world’s most accessible snow sports hub, with an Olympic bobsleigh run and cross-country skiing a short schuss from the centre

I’m on the metro, Line 1 of Oslo’s T-bane, but instead of shopping bags and briefcases, people are getting on with skis and snowboards. The train heads north, emerges from the tunnel in a forested suburb covered in thick snow then climbs up and up. At Midtstuen station a crowd of excited children get on with their sledges. They have clearly just toboganned down the hill.

“Stay on the train until the last stop,” a 12-year-old tells me. “You rent a sledge and helmet. The run ends at Midtstuen.”

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Sarah Hyland Announces She’s Taking A Break From Social Media Following Her Cousin’s Death

Yesterday, Sarah Hyland revealed that her 14-year-old cousin had died in a drunk driving accident, and she urged her social media following to keep their nasty and ignorant comments to themselves. Unfortunately, however, Sarah’s request for civility didn’t go as planned.

Today, the Modern Family alum announced she was taking a break from social media for the next little while. Following the revelation that her young cousin had passed away, some people on Twitter criticized her for the manner in which he tragically died.

At first, Hyland accused her followers of talking negatively about something which none of them had any knowledge – a fair point considering exact details haven’t been released.

The star said, “and how dare you attack when a beautiful life has been lost.” On a more positive note, Sarah and her Modern Family co-stars shared a link to a GoFundMe page and it has since garnered more than a few dollars for both medical expenses and funeral fees.

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The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration notes that approximately $ 37 billion in damages are caused every single year as a result of drinking and driving-related accidents.

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White go go boots are making a surprise comeback so break out the disco ball

You can dance, you can jive…

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I’m not afraid to say it: I’m a diehard ABBA and Mamma Mia fan. As my exasperated pals can attest to, I would not shut up about Mamma Mia 2: Here We Go Again when it came out and I’ve been low-key trying to sneak 70s inspired pieces into my wardrobe ever since. While the summery dresses won’t work for the winter cold anymore, I have been noticing a pretty surprising fashion trend around a lot recently: the return of the white go go boot. And honestly, I stan.

Although in the past I’ve typically only seen them at costume parties, they’ve cemented themselves a little niche amongst the fashion forward this season. From chic leather pieces to jaw-dropping white snakeskin, a number of them were spotted all over the fashion week just gone.

With some of my favourite high street retailers and luxury brands jumping on the bandwagon, I’m genuinely tempted to join in – even if they’re not the most practical colour. (Needs must when it comes to looking cool AF.)

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While they might seem pretty daunting to style, they’re a total dream if you pair them with another big winter trend: patterned midi dresses and midi skirts. And seeing that shock of white underneath a statement winter coat will have you Instagram ready in no time with a kick ass OOTD.

If you’re a go go boot purist, this might not be 100% the right edit for you as I’ve popped in a few pieces that take the staple into 2018. Don’t @ me on Twitter for steering away from the latex please, I’m just a girl in love with white boots.

And cowboy boots.

And ankle boots.

Just, boots.

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Before I fall down a boot-related rabbit hole, here’s my edit of the best white knee high boots for the season.

If you end up buying a pair, sticking on ABBA’s Dancing Queen and having a little boogie, I’m right there with you. We should grab a coffee sometime.

FIND White Leather Slouch Boots

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FIND is fast becoming one of my favourite new brands, as they’ve been knocking it out of the park with their footwear recently. After I fell in love with our Digital Fashion Editor Penny’s faux snakeskin cowboy boots, they had me falling in love all over again with these beauties. (P.S. They’re currently 30% off and also come in red and black.)

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New Look White Limited Edition Knee High Western Boots

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New Look has really stepped up their game with this piece which brings the best of both winter trend worlds together: white footwear and Western-style boots. With subtle embroidery and a faux wood block heel, they look ultra expensive and won’t set you back too much.

Priced at £49.99, available at New Look

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Tibi Logan Patent-Leather Knee Boots

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These are about as close as you’ll get to a traditional go go boot, as they’re made of the same shiny patent leather we’ve come to associate them with. That said, the pointed tip and rounded top bring it more into 2018 – so it’s more a chic throwback than a dated reference.

Priced at £780, available at NET-A-PORTER

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Mango Snake Effect High-Leg Boots

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These are the shoes that kicked off my obsession with white boots, if I’m being perfectly honest. I saw them in Mango and they actually look a little paler than they do here, so IMO they still belong in the shade territory. Animal print is the trend that just doesn’t want to die this season and with faux snakeskin like this, why would you ever want it to?

Priced at £59.99, available at Mango

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Gabriela Hearst Linda Croc-Effect Leather Over-The-Knee Boots

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Gabriela Hearst may be better known for their bags which swept Instagram into a frenzy, however these faux croc boots are a great case for why they’re nailing the broader fashion game. Pair it with a cosy long dress and you’ll be a total winter goddess.

Priced at £1,220, available at NET-A-PORTER

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& other stories Knee High Leather Boots

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It came out recently that & other stories’ white cowboy boots were amongst the most in demand styles this season and they show no sign of slowing down with these boots. With a blockier heel for extra support, these boots were truly made for walking and are the epitome of Scandi-chic.

Priced at £199, available at & other stories

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Julia Mays Faux Fur White Nappa

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I can never resist a bit of faux fur. These boots aren’t quite as tall as the others on the list and come to about your mid-calf. They’re giving me total Parisian chic vibes and while they’re a bit pricier, the quality speaks for itself as they’re made from Nappa leather and lined with faux fur inside to boot.

Priced at £495, available at Julia Mays

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TBH these boots aren’t made for walking, but that’s still what they’ll do.

I’m just going to bite the bullet and commit to buying a pair, who needs Christmas presents for the fam anyways?

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