Christmas might be touted as the time when you’re supposed to get together with family, but for some people the thought of spending the day surrounded by relatives makes them run in fear. Here are a few alternate destinations for your Christmas getaway.
If you’re looking to keep it local, there’s no better destination than our most tropical state. The flights are a tad expensive during the holidays but you’ll have less competition for prime beach spots with everyone busy opening up presents indoors.
Koh Samui, Thailand
Southeast Asia is one of the most affordable destinations in the world and December is smack dab in the middle of their warm season. It’s the perfect place to hit the beaches, get away from the cold and not break the bank. Instead of a cabin in the woods, how about a bungalow on the beach for a fourth of the price?
If you want to keep in the spirit of Christmas being a winter wonderland, stay close to home and head to Aspen. Instead of opening presents with the in-laws you can ski the slopes with friends. They also put on a pretty spectacular Christmas display, so you don’t have to avoid the holidays if you don’t want to.
This might seem like an odd addition to the list, but Rome is situated right next to one of the holiest places on Earth, Vatican City. If you truly want to embrace the holiday spirit then this is certainly a great place to get in touch with the Holy Ghost. Plus, with such a large religious population you can bet they put on quite a show.
Once business concludes, a world of wonder awaits in many of Italy’s incredible cities.
Book the Night on a Glacier experience, available May–September, from Off the Map Travel, to not only spend a one-of-a-kind night in a one-of-a-kind destination, but also enjoy your chance at seeing Norway’s magnificent polar bears.
The City of Sin is often seen as the perfect destination for pre-wedding celebration, but it offers plenty of thrills for newlyweds, too. Alongside the bright lights and buzz of the casinos, the city offers world-class entertainment and numerous outdoor adventures.
For most of us, time in the car is “me time.” You can listen to that podcast you’re captivated by, blast that pop song and sing along at the top of your lungs or listen to the next chapter in that biography e-book you’re almost finished. A road trip only amplifies those opportunities. So, next time you’re traveling by road, take the wheel and take control. Opt for a rental car on your next vacation, rather than a rideshare, taxi or public transportation, and enjoy the open road on your own terms.
Sitges is one of Europe’s most lively and charming beach towns, and the perfect destination for a memorable spring break. The Spanish town is only a short drive from Barcelona and offers some of the most beautiful beaches in the country. This, combined with an incredible selection of restaurants, shops and nightlife experiences, make it a can’t-miss.