Whether your idea of a perfect holiday trip is a cold destination that enhances your yuletide nostalgic memories with traditional sparkly lights, or you prefer a warmer hideaway somewhere far-flung – there is always an ideal travel destination for everyone. In this post, we have rounded up various, amazing destinations and getaways to get you in the spirit of the holiday season!
One of the long standing tradition is to spend Christmas and the New Year’s with family, friends, and loved ones especially for the most parts of the Western side of the hemisphere, however for those who are based in the northern parts where climates are rather chilling they are looking for a much warmer alternative.
Those with some budget to spare are heading to Hawaii for the holidays, however there are in fact a hundred and one countries and island nations with similar tropical climates all over the world, and they are way much cheaper. These travel destinations are rife with friendly locals, majestic waters, and long stretch of white beaches, flora and fauna that will make you forget what holiday it is altogether!
We have rounded up the world in search for the major tourist destination that you will surely love wherever you may be in the world. Take a look, and who knows, you are on your way to a dream vacation that for sure is going to be, nothing but – unforgettable!
Here are some topnotch travel destinations to consider this Christmas vacation:
This is by far the best time to visit England, especially London. Tourists abound in this happiest occasion of the year. Get to see the Buckingham Palace, experience Big Ben and ride the famous double decker bus or have a historic view of the city through a ferry ride along the Thames. Do not forget to do some shopping for treats and souvenir at the Petticoat Lane – the oldest outdoor market in the world which if found in the East side of London.
Paris, France is synonymous with the Eiffel Tower, the majestic Cathedrale de Notre dame, and Arc de Triomphe. Paris is a city of romance and lovely couples can be seen all around this magnificent city especially during the merry month of December. Paris brought romance and art a brand new meaning. It is a beautiful city where you will find artists in every corner where lovers share a cup of coffee in its road embellished with quiet but inviting cafes. It is indeed a beautiful city and it is deemed one of the most favorite vacation destinations all over the globe. Plus, you are in for a delightful gastronomic experience while in Paris, where you have a wide selection of authentic French cuisine from award winning chefs – Bon Apetit!
If you want to enjoy century’s old artwork and fashionable ‘vibe,’ Rome is the best place to be. Many people visit the famous Rome for various reasons. Rome is the seat of art, culture, and religion – there is so much to see and experience! Each year numerous tourists flock to Rome to visit the St. Peter’s Basilica, the Colosseum, the Arch of Constantine, and the Pantheon. Many are attracted to the historic works of art, the ruins, and even the amazing antiques found at the Vatican museums. Experience a magical Christmas holiday in Rome; hear a Christmas mass headed by the Pope himself! Aside from all these, you can experience the world’s finest food and dining experience right here in the heart of Italy. There is no other city on Earth that showcase a wealth of ancient architecture than what Rome has to offer. Aside from the old Rome, you will get a taste of modern Rome with their great selection of cafes, restaurants, and dance clubs. So, when in Rome, do as the Romans!
Hawaii is in the bucket list of any traveler be it seasoned or a newbie. Hawaii has so many things to offer, both for honeymooners and the entire family. In truth, Hawaii offers more beyond the luaus and the long stretch of sandy white beaches. The temperature in this part of the world during December is just perfect as it offers a cool ocean breeze ranging from 75-89 degrees Fahrenheit. The place is magical and your family for sure will enjoy the enchanting sceneries all around. You can swim, surf, or simply lazily lounge on the beach with your favorite drink and book in hand.
Cancún is a resort city found in the Yucatan Peninsula adjacent to the Caribbean. To its South is the Riviera Maya, and nearby is the Cozumel Island. In December, the temperature ranges from 21°C-29°C. The weather is just perfect in the month of December. You can find pristine white sand beaches and the best luxury resorts here in this part of Mexico. If you want to see the Mayan ruins and have a sampling of the world-famous Mayan cuisine then take a trip and immerse yourself in Mayan culture while in Cancun.
San Juan, Puerto Rico
San Juan might not be a place to see if you are on a shoe-string budget traveling this Christmas (for it can be expensive!), it still has so many great things to offer and the memories you’ll have will surely be unforgettable. Their wide and beautiful beaches lie just next to an iconic center. Shopping is a must have while in the island. Temperature in the place ranges somewhere from 22°C to 28°C. Enjoy the sea, sand, and sun while in San Juan!
Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
The warm weather in South Carolina always attracts tourists from all over the whole year round. In fact, it is one of the most popular tourist destinations due to its year round festivals. In December, you do not want to miss the Christmas Towne Holiday festival. For sure, you and your family will enjoy your Christmas there!
Miami is always on the top 10 list of most visited vacation destinations in the world, especially during the month of December. Miami is a main seaport in the US and it has an international airport with millions of arrivals every single year to visit the Sunshine State and pride of the USA. There are lots to do while in Miami, you can spend a night in South Beach, have a casino cruise and or shop ’til you drop! You have the award-winning restaurants and the ever popular Joe’s Stone Crabs to enjoy with your loved ones. You also have the Fort Lauderdale and Key West to visit which is not too far away from Miami which makes it an ideal place for vacation this Christmas or the rest of the year.
Las Vegas, Nevada
In Las Vegas you can play casino all you want, but believe it or not; there is more than the casinos and nightlife that Vegas have to offer. If you consider having your Christmas holiday here you will surely enjoy a wide array of entertainment from the sightseeing tours, the Fiesta Ice Arena, the Old Mormon Fort, Sky Zone, Atomic Testing Museum, Sunset Stampede, and more. You have amusement for all ages and the Sin City never sleeps. You can always have something fun to do in Vegas.
San Francisco, California
San Francisco California is well known for its Golden Gate Bridge and the historic trolleys of SFO. It is one of the all-time favorite travel destinations in the world. San Francisco has so many things to offer the entire family, here you can go visit the Oakland Zoo which is home to some 300 species of native and exotic animals, the Raging Waters theme park with highly interactive family fun activities, Children’s Fairyland where you have the Talking Storybooks, the Winchester Mystery House, and the Rosicrucian Egyptian Museum & Planetarium, and more. Shopping here is top notch, so be sure to have a good working budget if you plan to splurge!
Many people travel to these amazing destinations every Christmas holiday as a group or family vacation; while some go for a romantic getaway, but all come back from their respective trips happy with fond memories that could last them their lifetime. Regardless of whether you spend a few days, week, or a month on any of these amazing tourist vacation spots, you will figure out why they all remain as the leading vacation destination year after year.
If you choose to travel to any of these destinations we strongly suggest you do it with gusto and never forget the true spirit of Christmas – it is the birth of Christ our savior. 🙂