December is a great time to take a trip, especially toward the beginning of the month. Most people start preparing for Christmas right after Thanksgiving. They do all of their shopping and make their travel plans for a few weeks. So, if you can vacation during the first couple weeks of the month, you’ll likely beat the crowds! However, the whole month makes for a great time to get away. Whether you want a warm destination or a perfect winter wonderland for Christmas, here are some of the best places to travel in December.
French West Indies
If you’re looking for warmth and beach life this holiday season, consider St. Bart’s in the French West Indies. St. Bart’s has been home to many different people over the years, from French and Swedish settlers to pirates. It maintains those same proverbial open arms today, and visitors will find plenty to keep them busy on the island. From boating and sunbathing to amazing shopping and cuisine, St. Bart’s has plenty to keep you busy while you’re there, and depressed when you finally have to leave!
For many, the only kind of trip to take in December is one that will put you smack dab in the most beautiful winter wonderland on the planet. It’s hard to pick a favorite, but you can be that Tromso, Norway is definitely in the running. December is a great month to visit, but don’t expect to see a lot of sunlight. The good news is that you will see the epic Northern Lights. You’ll find plenty of cafes, pubs, shops, and restaurants to visit as you stroll through chilly arctic nights. If you want to seal the deal and make this a truly amazing winter trip, book a sled ride behind a dog or reindeer sleigh and get in a little cross-country skiing.
New York City
New York, USA
If you still like the idea of bundling up against the winter chill but want a little more hustle and bustle in your life, consider a trip to the Big Apple. New York City has a lot going on this month. From the Radio City Music Hall Christmas Special to tons of theater productions, both on and off Broadway, you’ll find plenty to keep you entertained. Seal the deal by going ice skating in front of the famous golden Prometheus statue and giant Christmas tree in front of the Rockefeller Center.