With the holiday season right at our doorstep, it is not surprising that most of us are scouring the Internet and calling up friends for tips on the best destinations to escape to. When it comes to tourism, the entire world boasts a plethora of reasons why you should spend your holiday experiencing their wonders. And, of course, it can get quite confusing when the choices are so varied.
Here, we give you three top destinations you can escape to this holiday season, and we can assure you, you won’t regret it!
Durban, South Africa
One of the greatest things about South Africa is that December is summer there! At 27 degrees Celsius, visiting Durban this holiday season is definitely high on our list. It’s becoming a hot spot on our lists, especially with its sunny beaches and fascinating Afro-Indian culture. You can’t go wrong strolling down the Golden Mile, which offers surfers and swimmers a wonderful getaway with vendors and beach-side restaurants of all kinds.
At Shakaland, you can also experience replicas of Zulu homesteads and really immerse yourself in one of South Africa’s largest ethnic groups. With incredible scenery, wildlife, mountains and wetlands, you can’t go wrong with Durban.
Besides, with mango flights to Durban, getting there has never been easier.
For a truly exhilarating Northern Lights experience, Tromso is definitely the place to be this December. Located more than 200 miles north of the Arctic Circle, the Norwegian coastal city is truly enchanting. For more of the same, try taking a cable car or a hike up to Floya for a mesmerizing view of the fjord and the city. Tromso also offers a variety of family-friendly attractions that are also extremely educational, like The Polaria Arctic Experience Center and Aquarium, and the 360-degree Planetarium at the Science Center.
It’s not all sightseeing in Tromso, either. Storage Street boasts a variety of cafes, pubs, restaurants and shops with artwork and crafts by local artisans. You also have the option of whale watching, since many species thrive on the herring in the fjords. And if that’s not enough, a dog or reindeer sled tour will definitely make the experience worthwhile!
Who says that visiting the city during the holiday season would be a drag? Not when you’re considering a trip to Vienna! A visit to the beautiful city in December might be a holiday experience of a lifetime.
Vienna boasts festively adorned palaces, magical Christmas markets that look like they’ve come out of a children’s book, wonderful classical concerts, and choirs to the cozy cafes and restaurants.
The Christmas market in front of City Hall is well-known for its giant tree, reindeer train, ice skating rink, and carousel. Freyung Square’s market indulges in delicious mulled wine, gingerbread, and a variety of regional snacks, along with beautiful handmade toys, candles, and jewelry. You should definitely not miss the Christmas Village at Belvedere Palace, or a Christmas concert at the Kursalon. If that’s not enough, a “hop on, hop off” bus will allow you to enjoy the Christmas displays.
Winter is Here!
Winter holiday season is definitely special, and there is no limit to what you can do to enjoy your getaway. Choosing the right destination doesn’t need to be a hassle anymore, and with the variety out there, you’re definitely bound to live an experience like none you’ve ever had before!