Are you planning for your next vacation? After beating yourself up at work and being exposed to the chaos of your daily life, it’s a great idea to take a break and unwind some place far off your usual destinations.
The Alps continues to be one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world. What’s great about the Alps is that you can enjoy a wide variety of natural and custom-made attractions all year round. According to Britannica.com, “there are some 600 ski resorts in the Alps, with more than 270 in Austria alone.”
If you’re thinking about taking your next holiday trip to the Alps, here is a quick guide on what to expect during each of the seasons. And hey, you might want to check out our feature on the best ski destinations to visit during the winter holidays.
Spring: Whitewater Rafting
There are so many options for whitewater rafting destinations all over the world. You can choose some destinations from the list and start planning your next rafting vacation. However, you might want to consider the Alps for your next rafting experience.
Starting in April, snow in the Alps begins to melt from the ground up. This natural seasonal change results to a surge of river water flow, which is a great opportunity to go whitewater rafting.
As spring comes to a close, expect the weather in the Alps to become more tranquil and stable. During the summer season, you should receive the best amount of sunlight in the area. This temperate climate is best for activities that require little to no water, such as trekking and walking.
If you prefer to spend your summer holidays watching the natural beauty of nature, the Alps provides picturesque landscapes that will take your breath away. By nighttime, you might be able to witness lightning storms atop the mountains from a distance.
Fall: Rock climbing and hunting
The dry fall season in September and October provides the perfect opportunity to enjoy slip-free experiences without having to deal with too much sun. This season is great to embark on rock climbing and road biking.
Nature lovers will have a blast spending autumn in the Alps. For one, the vibrant colors of autumn leaves provide breathtaking scenes of this part of the world. It’s also a time of picking mushrooms in the Alps, as part of a long tradition in the area.
If you’re fond of hunting for game, the Alps provides several perfect spots for hunting. This activity is pretty popular in the area during this time of year.
If you’re thinking of basking in the natural autumn air of the Alps, it might be best to bring a warm jacket or thick clothing. During this season, the night winds may become too chilly, and failing to prepare for warmth may prevent you from enjoying the open air in the Alps.
If there’s one activity that the Alps is known for, it’s definitely skiing. According to the WWF website, “there are currently about 300 ski areas throughout the Alps where 10,000 transport facilities serve more than 3,400 km² of ski areas.”
Here’s a good tip in planning your ski vacation in the Alps: Book a trip as early as possible, so that you can get the extremely limited slots for ski resort bookings in December. You may also want to consider a ski trip in the Alps by January, when some people attest to having the best snow quality.
Tips for maximum whitewater rafting fun
If you want to visit the Alps for whitewater rafting, here are some tips to make the most out of your vacation:
- Know the best time to do whitewater rafting. That’s in the spring, if you failed to take note of our tip earlier.
- Always put safety at the top of your priorities. This basic tip encompasses several areas where you can implement safety precautions. Start by choosing a professional rafting outfitter who is licensed and highly experienced.
- Follow instructions. Your rafting outfitter or handler will probably teach you and your raft companions some important instructions, so make sure that you listen and follow the advice. This includes use of protective gear and warming clothes, swimming techniques (in case the boat turns upside down), and proper paddling and commands.
- Don’t panic. Aside from it being the bearer of fear and confusion, panic is really a disturbance and a total waste of your time. As long as you follow your outfitter, you have really nothing to worry about.
Getting the best out of your vacation involves choosing the best places to visit and the best time to stay in these places. These tips should be able to help you decide when and what to do on your Alps vacation.