5 places to escape home for the holidays

Whether you’re looking to escape the cold, find a romantic hideaway or just get away from your daily routine, the holidays offer exciting opportunities for adventure and trying new things. Mix things up this holiday season and let us help you find the perfect place to enjoy your vacation.

Whatever your reason for getting away, these are five of the best destinations to visit over the holidays.

Reyjavik, Iceland

If you’re in the market for a romantic getaway with breathtaking views, there’s no better opportunity than Christmas in Reyjavik.

The capital of Iceland offers stunning views of the Northern Lights throughout December as well as scenic snow-covered landscapes.

Step out of your comfort zone and sample some traditional Icelandic Christmas food such as smoked lamb or leaf bread, and then curl up by the fire with a Malt and Appelsin.

 

New York City

NEW YORK – A general view of the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree lighting.

The city that never sleeps is arguably most abuzz during the holiday season.

Round up the family and grab a spot for the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. Snag a cup of hot chocolate and hit the Wollman ice skating rink in Central Park.

If you’re in search of entertainment, head over to the “Radio City Christmas Spectacular” to see the infamous Rockettes.

Don’t forget about the massive Christmas tree in Rockefeller Center that stands a glittering 70-100 feet tall.

 

Bali

Looking for a warm and quiet Christmas retreat? The small Indonesian island of Bali offers a relaxing getaway with white sand beaches and scenic volcanic mountains.

If you’re seeking a truly remote vacation, the towns of Sanur and Lovina have private villas with amazing views of the ocean and volcanoes.

If you’re traveling with kids, Santa makes an appearance every day in the city center.

 

Aspen, Colorado

If you’re dreaming of a completely white Christmas, Aspen will provide that and much more. It’s a beautiful playground for those who enjoy snow sports such as skiing and snowboarding, from beginner to professional. However, you don’t have to participate in snow sports to appreciate the beauty the snow-covered mountains of Aspen have to offer. Grab the family and make your way to the Ullr Nights celebration for tubing, ice skating and bonfires with hot chocolate.

 

The Florida Keys

Vacationers on a budget in search of a warm getaway can find satisfaction in a retreat to the Florida Keys.  An average high of 76 degrees fahrenheit during December, combined with affordable hotel and condo rentals, make the Keys a great escape for people on a budget. Start each morning with a cup of coffee and a quiet walk on the beach. Attend the annual Christmas boat parade and watch the sunset at Bahia Honda State Park.

by Savannah Hardcastle

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Comments

  1. I’m looking to head back to Bali! Christmas in the sun! 😎

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