Top 10 Places to Take Your TEFL Course in Winter
2018-08-01 Linda Dunsmore Destinations
Winter is upon us, which doesn’t have to mean that you can’t travel and explore the world! These are the top 10 places to take your TEFL course in winter.
1. Moscow, Russia
Visiting Moscow during winter is an absolute visual wonder. Your Russian fairytale will come true when you explore the city’s beautiful parks, squares, and churches covered in powdery snow. While temperatures can reach crazy lows, when you pack a thick coat and waterproof boots, you’re going to have the time of your life in Moscow in winter.
2. Alexandria, Egypt
If you’d rather like to escape the cold temperatures while still exploring some fascinating history and culture, Egypt is a great alternative. The bustling port city of Alexandria offers amazing historic artifacts, such as the Lighthouse of Alexandria, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. Alexandria also boasts a multitude of Greco-Roman landmarks, such as the 15th-century seafront Qaitbay Citadel.
3. Leipzig, Germany
What better place to spend your winter than in Germany with its fairytale-like Christmas markets? The local Christmas market in Leipzig dates back to the year 1458 and has been held every year since. On more than 250 different stalls, you can eat your way through traditional German market snacks, drink authentic mulled wine or purchase some of the most unique handmade Christmas trinkets in the world.
4. Natal, Brazil
When the temperatures go down in the northern hemisphere, Brazil is instead celebrating summer. Escape the cold and head to Natal, known for its extensive coastal sand dunes and exquisite beaches. Celebrating Christmas and New Year’s Eve with hot temperatures at the beach is something you’ll surely never forget!
5. New York City, USA
If there’s a city with the magic of Christmas unlike any other, it has to be New York City. Follow in the footsteps of little Kevin from Home Alone and experience the glory of the most beautiful season of the year in this bustling metropolis. Check out the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree, go ice-skating in Central Park, or get discounted tickets to the hottest shows on Broadway. Winter in New York City never gets boring!
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With hot temperatures year-round, Singapore is another great choice to head to if you are looking to get away from the cold. Besides, the city also goes all out when it comes to reviving the Christmas spirit and you can even visit Christmas markets and bazaars all over the city. Plus, the Marina Bay Sands and the entire area around the Supertree Grove boasts the most intricate festive decorations in the area.
7. Brittany, France
The two largest cities in Brittany, Rennes and Brest, also host some of the most beautiful Christmas markets in Europe. These Marché de Noël offer tasty traditional treats and handmade crafts that will really get you into the spirit.
8. Cebu, Philippines
When it’s the most wonderful time of the year, locals in Cebu go all out. They set up a giant Christmas tree in Fuente Circle, go ice skating at the 3rd largest shopping mall in the country and go see the Symphony of Lights at Ayala Terraces. With tropical temperatures, you’ll have no problem walking around the city for long hours even in the winter time.
9. Granada, Spain
Just like many other European cities, Granada also joins in on the fun and transforms into a beautiful Christmas wonderland in winter. The city center is filled with beautiful light decorations, there are Christmas concerts people can attend for free and a large Christmas market - but the most important type of Christmas decor is the Nativity Scene found in most shop windows and offices.
10. Calcutta, India
If you are looking for something a little different, Calcutta in India might just be your best choice. The best time to visit this part of India are the winter months when the weather is comfortable and not too hot. Besides the great weather, this time of the year also sees a lot of exciting festivals. For example, the whole city comes alive for Durga Puja, one of the many religious festivals featuring pandals all over town with statues of the beautiful Goddess Durga and lots of street food stalls.
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