December just might be the best time of year to travel.
You can choose from the Christmas classics: the scent of mulled wine and freshly fallen snow wafting from NYC to Berlin, or salty-aired, sun-kissed treats such as St Barts.
It’s good to remember that traveling during the last ten days of December means crowds and exorbitant prices throughout much of the world, but the first two-thirds of the month—before holiday airfares and hotel rates go into effect—can be a serene, value-laden, and just plain lovely time to vacation.
Travelling in December offers the opportunity to take advantage of off-season international travel such as Fiji and Madagascar. And with sunny season in full swing Down Under, it’s an ideal time to discover Australia’s most unlikely success story. And the light shows throughout Tokyo make December an exciting time to visit.
In December, Europe is all decked out for the holidays—with locals generally friendly and in high spirits; in the Southern Hemisphere, spring is in bloom; and in the Caribbean and Mexico, hurricane season is over, the weather is gorgeous, and there are free upgrades galore.
If you want to stay in the U.S, but avoid the cold weather this December, you can travel to South Florida to find beaches and holiday festivities. Not far from Florida’s coast, hotels and resorts in the Bahamas are welcoming guests. For a casual road trip that includes wine, scenery, and a special art installation, visit California’s Central Coast.
The city of Winston-Salem celebrates their history and Christmas customs each December as well, making it a great holiday destination. And the Las Vegas strip is especially light and bright this time of year.
With so many choices, you can find the right place to spend a few December days. Embrace winter’s chill or fly away from it for a while. Take a long weekend or a whole week out of town. In this season of shopping and gifting, remember that travel is a great gift to give yourself or others.