The holidays are here with us once again, and many people will travel to spend this time with family and friend. This is not the case for some people as they might choose to go on vacation instead. Older people may not have family close by, and they might experience some loneliness during this time. Their family may be far away and might not have the money to fly in for the holidays thus deepening the empty nest syndrome. It is a good idea to save money and go away for the holidays to luxurious places and treat yourself, checking off some sites off your bucket list.
- Visit Snowy Destinations
We often associate the holidays with snow, and some people do not experience that in their countries. What better way to spend Christmas than in a place that snows. One of the areas that you can truly experience a white Christmas is Antarctica. It may not be conventional, but you will get to watch penguins, seals, minke and hunchback whales in their natural habitat. You can also visit the Ice Hotel in the village of Jukkasjärvi in Sweden, that lies 200 km north of the Arctic Circle with low temperatures of -5 to -7 degrees for a real winter experience.
- Go to An Exotic Island
Beaches are always relaxing with amazing views and are thus a popular vacation choice. There are hundreds of island destinations from which to choose. You can either choose famous tourist destinations such as Santorini Greece or Hawaii or you can go for remote islands like Petit Tabac, Tobago Cays, Mu Ko Ang Thong, Thailand among others. All you have to do is research on where you might want to go and make arrangements to spend your vacation in beautiful picturesque destinations.
- Try A Safari
There is nothing more beautiful than watching wildlife in their natural habitats, and that is what you get when you visit Africa for safaris. You can watch the big five, and if you are lucky, you get to watch the great wildebeest migration at the Maasai Mara National Park. The best place to stay for a romantic Christmas for two would be one of the amazing luxury safari lodges that surround these plains and wilderness areas. You will be amazed at the quality and scale of these secluded vacation spots. Your whims will be catered to in the middle of the African wilderness. You can also choose to camp in the wild and have private tours in the parks.
- Mark the Season in A Religious or Cultural Destination
Christmas is very symbolic for Christians and going to visit places with religious significance to their faith can be an excellent way to spend the holidays. You can make your way to Bethlehem, Israel, the birthplace of Jesus Christ and experience the religious services held for many Christian denominations throughout the Christmas season. You can also visit Malta where they hold presepju or nativity scenes as a part of Christmas. They are also known to hold the Bethlehem f’Ghajnsielem, a large-scale nativity animated by more than 150 actors that transforms the village into that special night 2000 years ago using oil lamps, crafts, taverns, and a barn housing baby Jesus. For those that like Santa, you can visit Santa Claus, Indiana, a town that receives thousands of letters from children writing to St. Nick. They have a group of volunteers called Santa’s Elves corresponding back to the children. They also host Christmas themed buffet dinners for the first three weeks of December.
- Visit Big Cities with Bright Lights
To others, the holidays may be the perfect time to experience new things and what better way to do so than to go to big cities and sightsee. New York in America, London in England, Paris in France among others are famous for tourists throughout the holidays. New York also has a winter wonderland where people can ice skate and have fun. The tall Rockefeller Center Christmas tree is also a wonder for many people. These cities also have many holiday markets where people can get souvenirs and holiday merchandise.
The holidays should not be spent alone as it is time to spread happiness and cheer. You and your family can explore different destinations other than doing the same old things during the Christmas holidays.