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.
Stay in the former headquarters of LIFE Magazine when you book your next trip to New York City. Luxe Life Hotel New York, the first Luxe Hotels-branded property in the city, sits in the NoMad neighborhood. The luxury and pet-friendly guestrooms and suites offer lots of history, charm and modern conveniences.
All Nippon Airways (ANA) is the largest airline in Japan. With flights from the United States to Japan and all of Asia, it's the perfect airline to book your next trip with. From ANA's amazing in-flight food to its excellent customer service, it comes as no surprise ANA has been awarded five stars for its seventh consecutive year by the SKYTRAX World Airline Rating.
Snooker is a cue sport similar to pool first developed in the latter half of the 19th century by British Army soldiers. Players use a cue and white ball to pocket a set of red and green balls into separate corners in a specific order. Its popularity has grown immensely, leading to an annual World Snooker Championship each year.
Oaxaca is, without a doubt, a city so impressive one must experience it firsthand to understand its splendor. It is an incomparable place that will leave you in awe of its cultural wealth, a place that invites you to experience the extraordinary. In this light, Posadas celebrates the opening of Grand Fiesta Americana Oaxaca, an irresistible option for enjoying this magnificent state in an exclusive and fascinating way.