5 Locations that Need to be on Your Vacation List this Year
The holidays may be all about being with family, but they’re also the time to get out of town, see the world, and end the year in style. If you’re thinking of vacationing this Christmas, the following are five great places that will guarantee you the time of your life.
1. Tromso, Norway
Looking for that snowy Christmas atmosphere? Well, there’s no place you’d rather visit this holiday than Tromso. One of the most enchanting places in the Arctic, Tromso will give you a truly fairly-tale-like experience.
In the Polar Night, the city gets a chance to shine, as the Aurora Borealis brightly lights up the sky above. And, although you won’t see the sunrise, those few morning hours of pink-yellow twilight will surely be magical.
Norwegians cherish Christmas, and they will be more than happy to absorb you into their festivities. Also, the numerous holiday markets will have all kinds of homemade food, handicrafts, and cordials to make your stay meaningful.
2. Amsterdam, The Netherlands
It’s never a bad time to visit Amsterdam, so if you’re looking for an awesome Christmas, you really can’t go wrong. The holiday spirit starts to bathe the city as soon as mid-November, and by December, the nights are usually filled with colors from light sculptures, art installations and projections along every street and water canal.
Christmas in Amsterdam is always buzzing with festivities. The markets will be a great place to pick out a meaningful gift, and if you’re the outgoing type, there’ll be a great party every day at one of the many clubs in the city.
3. Victoria Falls, Zambia
As far as thrill-seeking is concerned, few destinations are as spectacular as Victoria Falls. Collectively the largest falling sheet of water in the world, the rumbling falls play host to millions of visitors each year.
If you’re up for an exhilarating holiday, you can experience outdoor-type activities like bungee jumping, white-water rafting, canopy walks and helicopter rides. Not sold yet? Well, how about diving into Devil’s Pond, a natural pool at the edge of the falls, right before the water plummets down 100 meters to the rocks below!
Victoria Falls is the ultimate destination for people seeking a wild, exciting time in Africa. The falls are easily accessible from Livingstone via taxi or bus, and booking a hotel like the Marriott Protea Livingstone will also get you complimentary shuttle transport.
4. Laguna Beach, California
If you’re the type of person that likes to delay their winter until January, then why not go to Laguna Beach for Christmas? Although most people visit California in the summer, the many fun, family-friendly holiday experiences that this seaside charmer offers will make it hard to pass on in December.
The Sawdust Art Festival, the Laguna Playhouse, Crystal Cove Alliance tree lighting, and Santa’s House are all but a few of the events and activities you can be part of in Laguna Beach. And the best thing is, not many tourists are visiting California this time of year so you’ll probably get a great budget-friendly holiday package.
5. New York City
There’s a reason New York is the most visited city in the US, and it’s that it offers the best of the best urban experiences, regardless of when you visit. The city’s unrivalled dining, world-class accommodation, spectacular sights, and unique culture will definitely make your vacation memorable.
In December, all focus shifts to the Rockefeller Center, where if you aren’t skating on the famed ice rink, you’ll be somewhere in the crowds marveling at one of the biggest Christmas trees in the world. Also, the biggest names in fashion often join in the festivities with impressive window displays, so expect to see the latest from stores like Henri Bendel, Lord & Taylor, and Tiffany & Co, among many others.
Are you thinking of traveling this holiday but have no idea where to go, consider making any one of these five places your destination of choice, and you’ll undoubtedly have a good time.