Christmas is not full of good tidings for all, and some of us would rather escape the season altogether. If you’d rather trade in your stockings for a sunny sabbatical, there are plenty of places that remain Santa-free.
Craving a little sunshine and warm weather for the holidays? Hop a plane to the Maldives. This predominately Muslim country eschews the traditional Christmas revelry in favor of beachside bliss. There will be nary a reindeer in sight, but you’re still guaranteed a white Christmas — just with sand instead of snow.
Thailand is another dreamy destination affordable and snow-free. There’s no state religion here, but the majority of residents are Buddhist or Hindu. While you might see a few random snowmen in places that cater to tourists, most people treat Dec. 25 like any other day. The low humidity in the winter makes it the perfect time to spend a week in Phuket.
If you’re looking for warm weather and beaches, but could do without the tropical scenery, check out Qatar. The non-Christian country doesn’t offer much in the way of holiday appeal, but Doha is a modern mecca and boasts tons of great outdoor fun and shopping opportunities. It’s one of the best places on Earth to discover Islamic art when you’re not playing in the sand dunes.
Mongolia is another great option, but only if you’re a fan of winter weather. While the Buddhist country doesn’t celebrate the season, a visit here does place you right into the center of a winter wonderland. The country is full of reindeer, though none of them boast a shining red nose. There isn’t a Christmas celebration to be found, but they do celebrate the Lunar New Year with epic displays of fireworks.
When the winter weather and early sunsets have you feeling a little sad with Seasonal Affective Disorder, planning a wellness retreat can be a good way to perk up.
Bleisure — it’s a term we’re all familiar with these days. After all, millennials drive the rising trend, combining business and leisure trips regularly. Take a few days to decompress in a new destination after a hectic schedule of meetings and business.
Scotland and Japan might share much in common at first glance, but they are in fact united by a love of whisky.
Experience a big-city hotel stay that doesn’t feel like your typical urban visit at Chicago’s Claridge House, nestled in the sought-after Gold Coast neighborhood. The hotel’s sophisticated décor and serene residential ambience foster the atmosphere of an oasis amid the hustle and bustle of a busy metropolis.