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9 Amazing Winter Trip Photos from Nat Geo

National Geographic has just announced what it believes are the best winter trip destinations for 2018. The varied mix has something for all travellers, but more importantly, showcases the incredible photography that can be captured across the globe this winter time.

Of course, it’s not winter everywhere, so if you want to escape the cold, there’s some excellent trip suggestions, including to the Caribbean and the jungles of Belize. However, if you want winter images with plenty of snow, suggestions such as Japan and Vienna in Austria will definitely tick those boxes.

Nat Geo photography is always an amazing source of inspiration, especially to those photographers who have been bitten by the travel bug and are looking to plan trips for early 2018. So, here’s the full list, complete with stunning photos – if there are any destinatiosn Nat Geo have missed out that you think are worth a visit this winter, let us know in the comments section.

1 – Japan

Glowing houses are covered in snow in Chubu, Japan. This is just one of many festivals that bring Japan to life this time of year.

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PHOTOGRAPHS BY VICHIE81 / GETTY IMAGES

2 – Patagonia

With many amenities closed during the summer months, November through April is an ideal time to visit Torres del Paine National Park.

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PHOTOGRAPH BY JON G. FULLER / REDUX

3 – Antartica

A gentoo penguin will make as many as 450 foraging dives per day, and with 24 hours of sunlight during December days, you’ll have plenty of chances to see it happen.

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PHOTOGRAPH BY DAVID DOUBILET / NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC CREATIVE

4 – Tanzania

Whether you’re in a hot-air balloon over the savannah or at eye level on the roads below, the Serengeti National Park is sure to be a wild experience.

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PHOTOGRAPH BY DIANA ROBINSON / GETTY IMAGES

5 – Baja California Sur

Every winter, thousands of gray whales migrate some 6,000 miles south to breeding grounds in Baja California.

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PHOTOGRAPH BY ANN JOHANSSON / GETTY IMAGES

6 – Vienna, Austria

Christmas markets have warmed Vienna’s city center for centuries. Visit City Hall’s classic Christkindlmarkt midweek to avoid long queues for glühwein and ice-skating, or opt for smaller local markets.

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PHOTOGRAPH BY PRESSDIGITAL/GETTY IMAGES

7 – Caribbean

Colorful beachside buildings have reopened on many Caribbean islands, including Turks and Caicos.

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PHOTOGRAPH BY NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC CREATIVE

8 – Vietnam & Cambodia

There are countless ways to experience the arching palms, floating markets, and biodiversity of the Mekong river, which connects six countries.

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PHOTOGRAPH BY NIGEL KILLEEN / GETTY IMAGES

9 – Belize

Belize is home to the largest barrier reef in the Northern Hemisphere and the thousand-foot-wide Great Blue Hole.

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PHOTOGRAPH BY YANN ARTHUS-BERTRAND / GETTY IMAGES