Finding the Joy in Winter.

Finding the Joy in Winter.

Winter is the only season I can honestly say I dislike. Each of the other seasons has something I can enjoy and appreciate, but to me, winter is just an inconvenience. There’s ice and snow, it gets dark early, and it’s freezing cold. Each winter, instead of enjoying what the season does have to offer, I hibernate and dream of moving far, far away to the tropics.

Headed to the Bahamas.

Headed to the Bahamas.

But, this year, in the months leading up to winter, I began to notice something. There are people who actually look forward to and love this season. I know, crazy right? Except, maybe I was the crazy one. Ted at Traveling Ted was always posting cross-country skiing pictures and Francesca at The Working Mom’s Travels loves to snowshoe. I could hardly believe it; people really do like winter.

The more I began to open my eyes to what winter could offer, the less I began have an all out hatred for the season. Winter has some pretty awesome options for the adventure lover. So, why had it taken me almost twenty-eight years to realize this?

I’m not sure. But, in 2013, the year of no limits, I refuse to limit myself to the small-minded mentality that winter is bad. I will, somehow, someway find a way to love, or at least enjoy the season.

Skiing...years ago.

Probably one of the last time I was on skis.

Which is why, over the next few months, I have some big plans. No more hibernating, although my down comforter and flannel pajamas are extremely tempting. Instead, I plan on getting myself outdoors, no matter what the temperature is outside.

So, stay tuned for many adventures and videos to come. There will be snowshoeing, cross country skiing, snowboarding, skiing, ice climbing, ice fishing, and tubing, just to name a few of the activities that I plan on filling up my weekends with.

I will most likely look like the kids in A Christmas Story, so don’t judge. At least, I’ll be out there, attempting to fall in love with my biggest enemy…the cold weather. If you can’t beat ’em, join ’em, and as long as someone has the hot cocoa waiting for me by a fire after, I am good to go.

Really hoping I still look this cute in my winter gear.

Really hoping I still look this cute in my winter gear.

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Comments (16)

  1. Ronnie

    You go and get winter on! Might motivate me, too (and I love winter…just been too work-busy to enjoy!)

    1. The World Wanderer

      Haha, I will! Hoping I fall in love with it like so many people do!

  2. Sarah

    Good for you for making the best of the weather! I grew up in Canada and always loved the snow but now that I’m in NC, anything below 50 feels cold! Can’t wait to read about your winter adventures. Stay warm! πŸ™‚

    1. The World Wanderer

      So funny how where you are depends on how you feel the cold! So excited to get bundled up and get out there!

  3. Francesca

    Yay yay yay!! Winter really isn’t all that bad. I’m so excited for your adventures. I hope you end up loving winter sports as much as Ted and I do. Much thanks for the shout-out, too!

  4. Traveling Ted

    Winter is such a tease though. Once you get hooked on it, it never comes. What snow we have in the area will melt away when the temps hit 50 degrees and raining this weekend. Is it rain you ask or my tears? Good question πŸ™‚

    Thanks for the link and shout out.

  5. Traveling Ted

    Winter is such a tease though. Once you get hooked on it, it never comes. What snow we have in the area will melt away when the temps hit 50 degrees and raining this weekend. Is it rain you ask or my tears? Good question πŸ™‚

    Look forward to the posts. Hope we get some more snow. Thanks for the link and shout out.

  6. @mrsoaroundworld

    Winter is not my favourite season either, but skiing and the mountains make up for it. Although I must confess I am happier when those are holidays πŸ˜‰ Be brave, looking forward to your adventures

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  8. D.J. - The World of Deej

    I prefer to travel in the winter, probably because I rarely get to experience the season here in Florida…Look forward to tagging along with your adventures!

  9. Anita Mac

    Welcome to the snowy white side! Hehehe – you are going to have a blast this winter! Don’t forget a Scandinavian style spa if there is one close by! Nothing says relaxing like slipping into a hot tub outside in the snow. The colder it is, the better! I love it when the steam from the hot tub freezes on my hair and eye lashes! Perfect way to end a day out skiing or snowshoeing! Have fun.

  10. Leah Travels

    I love winter, although a Texas winter is much milder than a New York winter. I did, however, grow up in the cold part of Texas (yes, it does exist). Good for you. Get out there and do something. Just make sure you’re bundled up! Love the photos, by the way.

    1. The World Wanderer

      Thanks, Leah! Yea, I’d imagine Texas would have a bit better winter, though you can have some crazy weather!

  11. Pola (@jettingaround)

    I feel pretty much the same about winter. I can tolerate it in December – or when I travel somewhere warm πŸ˜‰ – and that’s it. Good for you for trying to do something about it! My means of survival: hot beverages. I look fwd to your posts!

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