Top 20 Tips On How To Endure and Like the Winter Season

I don't like winter nor cold winter temperatures and sadly my dislike has increased during the years. I just endure every winter season and sort of simply let winter pass while I try not to pay any attention to the weather. As you can imagine it is easier said than done during those periods in the winter when the temperature is so cold that no matter how you dress there is no way to stay warm!

Since I am optimistic person and since I live here in the northern hemisphere in Sweden I realize that this negative attitude has to stop. So I have decided to make an effort and I came up with 20 positive tips associated with winter. I hope my tips will make it more easy to get through the cold and dark winter months for those of you who like me, not yet love the winter season. And maybe I can turn myself around to really like winter eventually!


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1. Wear the right cloths according to the weather!

Dress properly according to the weather! That is a golden rule everywhere and also for the temperatures in Sweden. It is s the first thing you have to do if you will be able to endure and/or enjoy winter. Make sure you have several layers of clothing which will give you insolation from the cold much better than only one or two thick layers. If it is really cold you will need at least three or four layers and don't forget your hat, gloves and scarf. For best comfort wear one layer of clothing that consist on wool. It will take you a while to get dressed and also to undress, so calculate for a little more time to get ready when you have a time schedule.


Shoes for every winter-weather in Sweden!
Shoes for every winter-weather in Sweden! | Source

2. Wear warm shoes or boots!

Invest in warm shoes and boots. Warm and dry feet are so important during cold periods otherwise it is almost impossible to enjoy the time outdoors.

Since the temperatures can be a bit different with some rainy days as well as some freezing cold days it is a good idea to have a few different pair of shoes and warmer boots.


Winter. It is dark while I wait for the bus in the morning and the same darkness meet me when I get back in the afternoon!
Winter. It is dark while I wait for the bus in the morning and the same darkness meet me when I get back in the afternoon! | Source

3. Get daily sunlight!

Make sure you get plenty of light! Even if the daylight time is limited, it is important to get as much daylight as possible during this dark season. Take short walks during lunch break as often as you can and try to go for longer walks during weekends.

4. Light candles!

Make the most of this dark season and use many candles indoors. Candles can change the mood in a room from gloomy to warm and cosy very quickly without being too expensive. In addition to cosiness candles also increase the indoor temperature a little. Indulge in candles of all sorts for example tea-light candles, scented candles and similar. It can never be to many candles during the winter season!

Candles makes the time we spend indoors cosy during winter.
Candles makes the time we spend indoors cosy during winter. | Source
Cats know how to spend their time during winter!
Cats know how to spend their time during winter! | Source

5. Make the most of the extra time you get!

Do the things you never have time to do during summer, for example make it cosy with a good book under a blanket in the sofa. There are so many good books I want to read and this winter will be a perfect excuse! If you like movies more you can watch a good movie with friends and family. We also need to take some time to reflect on our life and the winter season is a great time to do just that since so many things are impossible to do anyway.

6. Less cleaning!

One of the big benefits with this dark season is that you can take it a bit easier with the cleaning indoors. Be happy that no one will notice the dust in the corners and you will not see it either! It is all right to have lower standards of cleaning during winter. Make use of the extra time and do the things you like to do instead.


7. Fireplace!

Invest in a cosy and useful fireplace! Nothing is so relaxing and cosy as a fireplace indoors when the snow and the wind blows outside. There are so many different fireplaces to choose from but I recommend a fireplace that besides giving some extra warmth, as a complement to the regular heating of the house, also can be used as a stove! You will defrost your frozen body while you prepare dinner. So valuable!


A Tulikivi fireplace makes wonders during cold winter days! We get both heat and food.
A Tulikivi fireplace makes wonders during cold winter days! We get both heat and food. | Source

8. Get warm quickly once indoors!

Make sure you get warm when you get indoors after spending some time outside. Enjoy glogg and pepparkakor, coffee or tea. Other things to do in order to unfreeze your numb limbs is to take a warm shower or a sauna and pamper yourself with fragrant products.


9. See the beauty of the winter season!

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10. Spend some time with your special friends!

Arrange a night out or at home with your female/male friends! Invite your old friends and do something special with them without your spouse. It is so relaxing and vitalizing to spend time with people who share old memories and who laughs at the same things as you.

11. Take a trip

Go on a trip with your spouse and go to places you wouldn't do during summer. Go to a spa, see a theatre. Or go to places which you normally visit during summer and experience a well known place in a totally different appearance. A walk on a long sandy beach during autumn or winter can be a memory for life. It will look familiar but yet totally different and owned by the forces of nature.

12. Enjoy Christmas!

Enjoy the early Christmas decoration in the stores. Many people say they get tired of Christmas decoration especially when the stores starts to decorate for Christmas earlier for every year. I love Christmas and the many happy Santa's give a warm atmosphere.

13. Use lamps indoors!

Improve your home with plenty of cosy lamps and lights. Chase the shadows from the dark corners using all forms of lamps and decorate your home with light.



14. Get quality time!

Get quality time with your family! I notice that my teenager spend more time at home during winter than during summer. Children grow up so quickly so we better make the most of every available moment.

15. Learn something new!

Take the time to learn something new. We all have things we would like to do but for some reason never come around to do. Study language, learn how to knit or start exercise. For example, attend a class of Zumba and the latino rhythms will take you to a sunny sandy beach immediately.

16. Go on a vacation!

If you can´t stand the darkness and the cold, and if you have some money saved, go for a trip to more southern latitudes. One or two weeks with sun and warm weather will make it easier to endure the remaining winter period.


17. Stay in bed with the one you love!

Maybe this is the best way to get warm both physically and mentally! Make the bed with lovely freshly washed and scented bedding, wonderfully warm duvets and enjoy each other.

18. Find some children to play with!

Find some children and spend time with them or offer yourself to look after children around you. There is nothing more inspiring than to see the joy of winter through the eyes of a child. Let yourself act silly, go sledding, do snow angels or start a snowball fight!

Make it cosy and invite your friends for dinner.
Make it cosy and invite your friends for dinner. | Source

19. Invite friends and neighbors!

Invite friends for dinner! It is so easy to get isolated during the cold and dark winter months since it is a struggle to go out or to travel anywhere. But try to make an effort because we need the inspiration and input we get from others. Set a nice table and let the cooking take time.

20. Smile

Smile! Give a smile to yourself every morning in the mirror and give a smile to all the freezing people who goes with their heads bowed and a little stooped for protection against the cold winds outdoors. We do need some human warmth and a smile can do all the difference.


Feel free to add more tips in the comment section below!

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Daisy Mariposa 4 years ago from Orange County (Southern California)

Tina,

Thanks for publishing this article. It brought back a lot of great memories of Sweden for me.

I spent six months living and working in Stockholm several years ago, from May to November. Having lived in Southern California for many years, I was not used to winter weather. The weather in October and the beginning of November was about as much winter as I could take. I enjoyed living in Sweden for the six months, but i don't think I would enjoy the winter there.


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billybuc 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

Great article, Tina! I spent a winter in Alaska and so I know what this is like...but it was only one year. Very good suggestions to combat a long, cold winter.


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Don Bobbitt 4 years ago from Ruskin Florida

Tina,

As I have told you before, I spent over 18 years commuting between the US and Sweden when I worked for Ericsson.

And I Loved the Country.

Is is cold in the winter? My God, Yes!

But! What warmed my heart as a Southern Country Boy in a Cold Land was the wonderful people that you all are.

I can honestly say that I never met a Swede on the streets or in the stores, or in the business' that did not have a smile for me.

One Smile, for a lonely traveler can melt the thickest ice riding on one's soul and make their day better.

So, as a traveler to your fine land, full of loving people, just share a few more smiles with each other like you always did with me.

With a simple Smile, the Cold will be less hard, and the wind will lessen, and the Sun will be a little warmer as it shines on your face!

And, a shot of Gameldansk never hurts either!

DON


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Larry Fields 4 years ago from Northern California

Hi Tina. You've written a very informative hub. When I visit your charming country, I'll try to remember your suggestions. Voted up.

But you left out the best-kept secret of Northern Sweden. Where Winter is really Winter! If one eats surströmming--fermented fish--he'll forget all about those pesky Winter Blues!


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Don Bobbitt 4 years ago from Ruskin Florida

Larry Fields- I just had to comment on your comment. Please, please do not pull the unknowing into trying the that horrible fermented fish. People in Sweden only keep making that stuff to torture their unknowing friends from other countries.

So Cruel!


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vocalcoach 4 years ago from Nashville Tn.

Did you write this just for me? :) I'm serious - I hate the cold and have been thinking that there must be a positive way to embrace winter weather. And then here comes your hub. I got so excited when I saw the title. After reading carefully all that you have suggested, I "layered up" and went on an invigorating walk. As I passed the beautiful autumn colors of surrounding trees and plants, I completely forgot about the cold temperature. While on my walk, a neighbor greeted me with a warm hug and invited me in to see her new painting she finished. And guess what it is called? Embracing the cold. A beautiful painting of white bare tree limbs, embracing a cold ice covered water fall and pond. So you see, my day was filled with inspirational tips on this subject. You, my dear friend, Have made a huge difference in my life. Thank you so much Tina. Voted across, up and sharing.


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Made 4 years ago from Finland

Tina, theses tips are great! I love the cat and the tulikivi fireplace! Great videos too. Watching "Winter in Stockholm" makes me miss Stockholm that was my home for seven years.

I'm not sure how to survive this winter, but I need to come back to read this hub again when the winter gets really cold.


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Blond Logic 4 years ago from Brazil

I am so pleased I found this. We currently live in Brazil and are considering moving to Brazil. It would be changing a beach buggy for a ski doo. I have never been to Sweden but my husband has many years ago. He speaks Swedish and I am listening to Swedish lessons on my MP3.

The properties we look at on the internet, for the most part, are decorated well. I think this is also something the Swedes do in winter. I see all the small lamps in the windows and plenty of candles.

My concern about the winters wasn't the lack of sunlight but the cold.

With your tips and ideas, this should help.

Thanks

Re. Vocal Coach. I love the title of the painting, Embracing the cold.


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Sunshine625 4 years ago from Orlando, FL

Hi Tina, I was shivering just by reading your useful tips. Living in Florida has made me dislike the cold and snow. Give me heat and humidity any day over frigid temps. It's nice to have you back though!:)


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thougtforce 4 years ago from Sweden Author

Hi Daisy, I do agree! Sweden is best from May to October and really wonderful during summer so I think you got the most out of your stay here. Many people love winter and look forward to the snow and the fresh air but I struggle every year. I can imagine that it must be even worse for those who are not used to cold temperatures. I am glad this hub brought back some good memories for you. It is so interesting to hear the views from people who have been here and I appreciate your visit and the comment!

Tina


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kashmir56 4 years ago from Massachusetts

Hi my friend, i am like you i I don't like winter nor cold winter temperatures any more but have enjoyed reading your awesome hub full of great tips and advice to help get us through the coldest winter. Love the picture of your beautiful cat and love your awesome stove. It was nice to see you back here on HP i have missed reading your great hubs.

Vote up and more !!! SHARING !


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thougtforce 4 years ago from Sweden Author

Hi Billy! Oh, another cold place! Alaska sounds so cold in my ears and it must be worse there than where I live. There are so many factors influencing how we feel about winter and how we endure cold temperature but the main focus will be to do all we can to stay warm even if it is a struggle every year. Thanks Billy, your visit and friendship warms my heart

Tina


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thougtforce 4 years ago from Sweden Author

Don Bobbitt, 18 years is a long time, I am amazed over the fact that you could commute so far for so long time. It must have been an experience, because you lived in two places at the same time and had so long time to compare the two countries. Sound interesting. We do need to smile and give each other the extra warmth we can during this cold season. A big smile is like the sun itself and can make any dark day much brighter. I am happy to hear you met some smiling Swedes when you worked here and you are so right about Gammeldansk, it is a winner anytime but especially during winter. Thanks for this uplifting comment!

Tina


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thougtforce 4 years ago from Sweden Author

Hi Larry Fields, May I suggest that you visit Sweden during summer because it is so much more pleasant here then. And it is also during summer Swedes from northern Sweden eat their Surstromming. I must admit that I have never been close to a can of Surstromming but I understand that it is a very special experience; it smells horrible but tastes delicious, how that is possible, I don't know:) But it must be a great way to store fish during longer times. You are right about the climate in north Sweden and people from north Sweden who lives down here miss the real winters as they say. The temperature varies so much here and the closeness to the North Sea makes the cold air damp and windy. Not a good combination when temperature reach close to - 25° C or colder. Good and warm cloths and a positive mind are essential:) Thanks for the visit Larry, always good to see you!

Tina


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thougtforce 4 years ago from Sweden Author

Don, the best thing is that the smell will probably keep the unknowing from even trying! Or at least should their common sense tell them that this isn't supposed to be eaten but it is well known that some think it is amusing to try it on unsuspecting visitors and tourists:) Many Swedes claim Surstromming to be a delicacy but I really don't know. I would have a hard time eating something I couldn't endure getting close to my nose! But maybe I should try it before I speak...


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EuroCafeAuLait 4 years ago from Croatia, Europe

Lovely Hub, Tina, thanks for writing it. You have a lot of good tips that I can relate to. Thumbs up - useful and sharing! What were you cooking on the wood burning stove, by the way?


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Eiddwen 4 years ago from Wales

A wonderful share and thank you for sharing.

Eddy.


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teaches12345 4 years ago

All the video posts were great adds to your hub. I especially enjoyed the first and last ones. I was amazed at how much clothing the lady in the third video had to put on to keep warm. Reminded me of my winters up north in the US. Very well done and so enjoyable to read. Voted up.


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AliciaC 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

These are useful tips for anyone living in a place with a cold winter, Tina. They certainly would cheer people up! The candles look so lovely.


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thougtforce 4 years ago from Sweden Author

I am so glad I could help you Vocal and we will have to continue to help each other and make an effort trying to endure winter in a more positive way. Embracing the cold, I like that! So beautiful, and I will remember these words and I can almost see the painting from your description. Nature in the winter is beautiful and I will think about embracing the cold like a mantra when the cold threatens to influence my mood in a negative way. There must be a way to learn to like winter a little more and your comment has helped me more than I can say, I got inspirired just be reading about your day:) Thanks for this lovely comment Audrey, your words warms my heart. Lets have a positive winter my dear friend! Take care,

Tina


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thougtforce 4 years ago from Sweden Author

Hi Made, It is so good to hear that you liked these tips since I know it must be even colder where you live during winter! Sometimes I feel jealous of our cats who can be inside all day while we have to face the cold. We also love our Tulikiwi fireplace but unfortunately we don't have a sauna. Considering how great the Tulikiwi fireplace is I must say that the Finish people know how to get warm during winter. Stockholm is a beautiful city and I can understand that you miss Stockholm after living there for so long. I will think about both you and vocalcoach when it feels hopeless and cold, it will make it easier! Thanks for reading made, I appreciate you,

Tina


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thougtforce 4 years ago from Sweden Author

Hi Blond Logic, Yes, we have plenty of lamps and lights in every window during this dark season. It is the only way to chase the darkness away and even if it doesn't add anything vital like the sunlight does, it gives physical relief. During Advent we decorate our houses and the garden as well and it makes such a difference! I also think the cold is worst because it is tiresome and makes everything more difficult. I hope you will enjoy it though. Since many people here actually like and love winter it is possible to have a more positive approach towards winter and cold than I have:) Lets embrace the cold! Thanks for reading and for the interesting comment!

Tina


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Alastar Packer 4 years ago from North Carolina

Ah Tina this is so cool. It really is seeing how my Scandinavian friends prepare for cold weather. I was in Denmark and Sweden in August and the guys went swimming one night and said "come on in" right, here i come- brrrr it was cold on this American heh heh! The best part of winter is snuggling tight under a blanket with the one you love. eh. This hub rates awesome here my friend- and i have it marked to come back and view the videos. Skoal Tina!


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thougtforce 4 years ago from Sweden Author

Hi Linda, I can imagine how lovely it must be to live in Florida and it seems like a good idea right now:) I love all the other three season but winter is tuff to endure, and especially the cold temperatures. The cold eats its way into my body and don't leave until spring! It is so good to see you LInda, and I am so glad to be back on HubPages although I don't have as much time to spend here as I used to have before.

Tina


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thougtforce 4 years ago from Sweden Author

Hi kashmir, No, it isn't easy to like winter but I will do my best this year trying to see the small positive things. I hope it will be a mild winter here though and I wish the same for you! I envy my cat every morning when I see her laying there in the warmth knowing she don't have to worry about anything while I must get out there in the dark and cold morning. Cats seems to know exactly how to live live best and they also seem to know when bad weather is near without any weather forcast. It feels good to see all my friends here again and I am glad to be back! Thanks Tom , I appreciate the votes from you my friend and I hope you have a wonderful weekend!

Tina


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thougtforce 4 years ago from Sweden Author

Thanks Eiddwen, it is always good to see you! I wish you a wonderful weekend

Tina


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thougtforce 4 years ago from Sweden Author

teaches, I like the videos too and even I can see the beauty of winter:) Yes, the layers of clothing it takes to stay warm is very tiresome. I am very grateful that the period during winter when it is so cold normally is limited here where I live. Further up in northern Sweden they have to dress in that way during the whole winter. Here it is very cold for about two-three months during a winter but normally for shorter periods. It all takes a bit planning in the mornings to dress properly. Thank you so much for reading and for the votes, I appreciate it.

Tina


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thougtforce 4 years ago from Sweden Author

Alicia, Oh, I hope it will be useful and I have decided to make the best of this winter! Although I dislike winter I still enjoy all the cosy things we are able to do during winter because of the darkness and the cold. I love the sound and the smell of burning wood from the fireplace and the warm atmosphere from the candles. If I only could go into hibernation everything would be just fine! Thanks Alicia, I value your visit and the comment!

Tina


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thougtforce 4 years ago from Sweden Author

Alastar, It is good to know that you send some warm thought to us up here in Scandinavia. Yes, last summer was not one of the better ones and I also found the sea temperature a bit cold although it is refreshing. Oh, I can not wait for next summer! But I decided to start preparing mentally for winter early! It is almost as if we live another life during winter and some part of me almost long for the evenings inside when the winter has taken over our outside word completely. Even if I don't like the cold. We better make the best of it and get our loved one under that blanket:)

Thanks for the support Alastar, I always enjoy reading your comments! Take care over there and skoal Alastar!

Tina


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Mike Robbers 3 years ago from London

The winter is on so this hub is definitely useful! Winter in Sweden eh!? You give some quite useful tips for the ones that could be scared or sth of the Scandinavian winter... Sweden is a wonderful place by the way; there are so much the world can learn from the Swedish and they way they have organized their daily life!

As for the winter... let's all remember that it doesn't last forever! Voted up and useful and shared...


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acaetnna 3 years ago from Guildford

This is such a brilliant article, thank you. We have a few inches of snow at the moment in the UK and everything come to a complete standstill!! We could take many tips from the Scandinavian countries and your sensible, basic types are brilliant. Less cleaning will be awesome, good excuse to do the minimum!!!


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thougtforce 3 years ago from Sweden Author

Hi Mike Robbers, I love everything about my country except the winter season:) Every winter I hold on to the fact that spring and summer will come even if it feels a bit far away right now. We have just had a period of really cold weather here now and I feel the relaxation when the temperatures now are back to more normal winter temperatures. I am glad you liked this hub and thanks for the vote and for sharing, I appreciate it!

Tina


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thougtforce 3 years ago from Sweden Author

Acaetnna, I was glad I could find some benefits about wintertime at all when I wrote this, but less cleaning is definitely one of them:) Snow and ice can really make life difficult and it is always extra hard when unexpected weather conditions occur. Lets hope the rest of the winter season will be mild and short! I always appreciate your visits in my corner aceatnna, thank you for reading and for the comment!

Tina


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Snurre 3 years ago

Great tips, Tina! They work for the Russian winter too, you know :)


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thougtforce 3 years ago from Sweden Author

Hi Snurre, Yes, I can imagine that these tips will work everywhere where there are winter season and I will change the heading immediately! Thanks for pointing out what should have been obvious for me in the first place and for reading! I am glad to be able to help anyone who found it difficult to get through this cold and dark season.

Tina


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Scribenet 3 years ago from Ontario, Canada

Hey now that winter is over...I can say having moved to more Northern climate...I love it. I have a reall warm down coat and good boots and hot coffee whenever I come back in! :)


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thougtforce 3 years ago from Sweden Author

Scribinet, It sounds as if you have what is needed in order to like the winter season! I like some winter days but I wish winter season was shorter. It is still very cold here and I really long for spring and warmth now! Thanks for reading and for the comment,

Tina


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DDE 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

Beautifully thought of hub it is Autumn now in Croatia and you have such helpful hub on how to make the best for winter time. Interesting, useful and so informative. Definitely a cozy home feels more like a loving home.


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thougtforce 2 years ago from Sweden Author

Hi DDE, we must do the best we can to endure the long and cold winter! Sorry for the late response to your comment and I hope you have had a mild winter in Dubrovnik this year. So far the winter in Sweden has been relatively mild and we have only had some short periods with snow and cold. Now I look forward to spring in a couple of months! Thanks for your comment,

Tina


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DDE 2 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

We have not had much of winter the cold day shave disappeared. Thank you.


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Nell Rose 2 years ago from England

Hi, great ideas, and I loved you videos! I had a thought when I noticed you said go on holiday to break up the winter, It suddenly dawned on me, why do we always go on holiday in the summer when its hot in our countries, and not in the winter? we should always go somewhere hot in the winter! lol!


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thougtforce 2 years ago from Sweden Author

Hi Nell, and yes, I can't imagine why people travel to warmer climate during summer. Some years the summer isn't so good and it can get a bit to much rain but at least it is relatively warm. I prefer to travel in the winter and get some sun and warmth! I appreciate your visit and the comment Nell!

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