Thursday 23 August 2012

Keeping Cosy in a Winter Wonderland

With the holidays just around the corner, it’s that time of the year where Singaporeans are eager to take a breather from the hustle and bustle of their lives as well as escape the sweltering heat. Be it jetting off to the Alps for a skiing adventure or Germany’s Winter Markets, it is paramount to be prepared for the sudden change in climate. Insight Vacations’ travel gurus offer 6 tips to stay warm this holiday season.

1. Cover up.

Did you know that three quarters of our body heat is lost through the top of our heads? Coats, scarves and gloves can only do so much. Stay especially toasty by throwing on a winter hat or a jacket with a hood. Keep your ears warm with some cute ear muffs too.

2. Layer it.

When it comes to winter coats, most Singaporeans think, “The thicker, the better”. Rather than piling up in bulky feather-downed jackets, try wearing multiple layers of thin clothing instead. Choose natural fabrics such as wool, silk, cotton, and cashmere which are just as warm. Layering helps keep the heat sealed in, and is definitely much easier to move around in.

3. Moisturise.
Being in a cold country takes away the luxury of humidity that we experience back home. Increased exposure to the cold air without proper care can lead to dry skin and chapped lips. Bring along an oil-based lotion or moisturiser to hydrate your skin during the trip. They can also be used as a remedy for dry hands or feet. Lip balm or medicated chapsticks which are easily available at pharmacies are good for soothing chapped lips. You will definitely feel the difference!

Hydrating yourself with plenty of water during the day is essential, but what better way to wind down after a long day out than with a hot beverage? Cafédirect’s São Tomé Luxury Hot Chocolate makes a satisfying drink to warm you up and relax your stiff limbs, and is perfect for diehard chocoholics who are watching their waistlines.

5. Socialise.
According to Researchers at The University of Toronto, social exclusion can make you feel colder than if you are spending time with people. Opt for packaged tours that offer a guided winter journey. Make a few new friends and the holiday of your dreams at the same time. Visit to explore their variety of tour packages and maybe even meet new people who are interested in the same destinations (

Book a winter tour with Insight Vacations at the NATAS Travel Fair from 24 August to 26 August and enjoy up to 32% off summer prices, and an additional 5% if you book in groups of 5 to 8. You will also receive a complimentary tin of Cafédirect’s São Tomé Luxury Hot Chocolate and a neck scarf. For more information, please contact 6338 7338, email: , or their website at

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