The holiday season has almost arrived and you may be planning a trip. You might be itching to get away from home to celebrate with your family and friends at a fun destination. Don’t hesitate to break tradition and enjoy the holidays in a new environment. The holiday season is the perfect time to enjoy exciting new experiences. Whether you are looking for a warm beach or a mountain to carve some powder, there is no shortage of options here in the United States and throughout the world. Give yourself and your loved ones the gift of adventure this holiday season and you will not be disappointed. Keep reading to discover some of the top domestic and international holiday travel destinations.
Ask anyone who has escaped the snow, ice and wind for a holiday excursion to Orlando and he will testify to the wintertime magic of this locale. Orlando is especially enjoyable for those who have little ones. Spend a couple of days at Walt Disney World and the entire family will make some unforgettable memories. Disney executives have long dubbed the theme park as “The Happiest Place On Earth”. It gets even happier during the holidays thanks to Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party, festive fireworks and the Once Upon a Christmastime Parade featuring Santa Claus himself. Head on over to Epcot and you’ll enjoy a nightly candlelight processional along with a choir singing Christmas tunes.
The Dominican Republic
If you dread spending the holidays trapped indoors due to snowstorms and freezing temperatures, hop on a jet and celebrate with your loved ones on one of the Dominican Republic’s heavenly beaches. The Dominican Republic’s luxurious Viva Wyndham Dominicus Beach is the perfect holiday destination. You can find an affordable rate on a package that includes everything from airfare to meals, lodging and even some alcoholic beverages. Viva offers four pools, glorious palm trees, a picturesque white sand beach, dive lessons, salsa dance classes, windsurfing and so much more.
Yosemite is one of the United States’ premier national parks. Filled with deep valleys, monstrous sequoias, alluring waterfalls and lush meadows, this unique destination is an American crown jewel. The holiday season is the perfect time to visit Yosemite as it won’t be overrun with tourists and locals. Enjoy a peaceful stay in a lovely natural setting, exchange gifts with your loved ones under the stars and you’ll make memories that last a lifetime.
If you are looking for a truly festive city to visit during the holidays, look no further than Sydney. December and January in Australia are smack dab in the middle of the country’s summer. Aside from warm weather, Sydney features a stunning holiday lights display at Town Hall, a Christmas celebration in Hyde Park and a gigantic Christmas tree at the Martin Place mall. Sydney also hosts a decadent Christmas Day party at Bondi Beach to boot.
Jackson Hole, Wyoming
Don’t laugh at this holiday travel idea! Jackson Hole is the perfect Christmas or New Year’s destination for those who enjoy skiing or snowboarding. The town really gets into the holiday spirit with a festive lighting ceremony at the Town Square. The Jackson Hole Chorale sings Christmas carols with the musical backing of the Jackson Hole Community Band. Watch in awe as the Town Square’s signature elk antler arches are illuminated and Santa hits the scene in his dogsled. Additional Jackson Hole holiday events include the community’s famous winter solstice bonfire, several music concerts, a Christmas ornament workshop and a wondrous sleigh ride beneath the stars.
As one of the few cities to emerge relatively unscathed from World War II, Kanazawa has drawn plenty of interest from world travelers. Take your family to this beautiful city for the holidays and you’ll enjoy all sorts of unique experiences. Hop on the city’s new high-speed train to check out samurai residences in the Nagamachi quarter, elegant tea houses in Higashi Chayagai and the city’s signature geisha community.
Malaga is quickly becoming one of the world’s top holiday destinations thanks to its seemingly endless number of activities for vacationers. From art museums to world class restaurants, top-notch shopping, bustling night clubs, marinas and beyond, Malaga has everything you could hope for.
Scrap the winter coat, snow brush and boots for some shorts and a tank top in Bora Bora. This little island is small in size but overflowing with aesthetic pleasure. Bora Bora features dormant volcanoes, lush jungle greenery, lagoons, all the sun you could desire and water at just the right temperature.
Think of Kauai as a laid back, rural destination with a slow pace of living. It is the exact opposite of those gaudy, over-the-top vacation spots that are endlessly hyped in advertisements. This island has beautiful scenery, quiet resorts and plenty of spaces that can be explored on foot. It is a unique vacation destination in just about every aspect. Bring along some hiking boots, an umbrella and a sense of adventure and you’ll enjoy a truly unforgettable holiday in Kauai.
Costa Rica is known for its exotic wildlife and dense rain forests. Yet this unique vacation destination is also an excellent place to spend the holidays. Aside from its mild weather, Costa Rica offers all sorts of fun activities for the entire family. From pristine beaches to zip lining, hikes by volcanoes, surfing and beyond, Costa Rica really does have something for everyone.
Palm Springs, California
If you are on the prowl for a warm holiday destination with amazing architecture, Palm Springs is the place to go. Located in southern California’s Sonoran Desert, Palm Springs offers visitors a no-fuss holiday experience with mild temperatures and plenty of sights to see. Palm Springs is chock full of iconic buildings so be sure to have your smartphone charged up to capture the city’s unique architectural designs in all their beauty.
Honduras is a bit of a trek yet it is well worth the travel time. Lodging, food and attractions in Honduras are quite affordable compared to other top holiday destinations in Central America. All sorts of new resorts are popping up throughout the country. Escape the snow, ice and wind for this Honduras beaches and palm trees and you’ll enjoy a truly memorable holiday experience with your loved ones.
Essaouira has quickly become one of Morroco’s top destinations. Everything about Essaouira is luxurious. Savor a delicious meal at one of the city’s five star restaurants while watching the waves crash ashore and you’ll wonder what took you so long to explore this picturesque corner of the globe. Enjoy Christmas on one of Essaouira’s enormous beaches and your family will beg you to come back for next year’s holiday celebration.