The best places to travel in December
Who says one holiday per year is enough? Now that the winter weather has firmly set in and the heating is cranked up, you’d be forgiven for having itchy feet and wanting to jet off to some exotic location.
December is actually a fantastic month to go on holiday, as there are lots of parts of the world where the weather is still warm and dry, and you can escape the festive chaos that’s taking over your home town.
The Canary Islands in particular are celebrated for their year-long mild climate and beautiful landscapes. If it’s lazing about on the beach and sipping cold cocktails you’re after, then a trip to somewhere like Tenerife or Lanzarote would be perfect.
Similarly, if you want to avoid long-haul flights to countries like Australia and New Zealand, where it is almost coming up to summer, then try somewhere like Morocco. It may not be scorching hot, but it’s likely to be sunny and pleasant – and there’s no end to the cultural offerings available.
Perhaps it’s not the cold weather that’s left you restless, and you just fancy exploring a new country. If this is the case, then you could check out historically fascinating cities like Berlin, where you can find one of the best Christmas markets on the continent.
One of the greatest natural wonders of the world is the Northern Lights, a spectacular phenomenon that sees the skies light up all different shades. It can be best viewed in Lapland at this time of year, where you can also relax in snowy villages and get up close to real life reindeer.
You don’t even have to venture too far to enjoy a new experience this December, as Edinburgh is a beautiful city to explore at any time of year. Its stunning architecture and historic sites will keep you occupied for days, plus it is home to some of the country’s finest restaurants.