In Central America, Panama City is interesting, and elsewhere in Panama you have scenery options that are a bit cheaper than Costa Rica. It is not coming cheap though. The article was written in 2013, but then updated and expanded every year. Berlin, bali is no longer cheap. My first thought was Goa, which you say you’ve been to before, but maybe you don’t realize that there are about 20 different beach areas that are different from one another in terms of vibe and types of visitors? -Roger. Any thoughts on Sri Lanka at that time for a solo traveler or other exciting destinations for that time frame and period. Still, compared to, say, Miami Beach, Cancun and the other Mexican resort towns are far cheaper and at least as fun as well. Yangon I love it there. There’s a nice beach there and a bit farther away is Denang, which has large resorts along an excellent beach. I’ve spent 4 total months in India to about 15 different places, and I know all about the insane crowds and whatnot that you would prefer to avoid. C. F., Thanks for the suggestion, but Malta doesn’t really qualify based on the criteria we are using. Spend at least a few days in Bangkok and then either go to one of the islands like Phuket or Kho Samui, or head up to Chiang Mai for its temples and shopping and outdoor activities. Is it advisable to pre book or book on arrival? -Roger. If you are looking for a driving holiday with warm weather in December I think you’ve already narrowed down the best choices. You could do those 3 cities and also add Paris with a flight between Rome and Paris. Pretty much everywhere is going to be at or near capacity for those dates because half the world is on Christmas break. However, I understand th… Looking for good summer vacation areas to go to in December/January with children? This thread has been an interesting read! The posh beach areas on Phuket are typically the most expensive beach hotels in Thailand, but there are other more remote beaches in Phuket with lower prices so it’s worth a look. What ittinary could you suggest. Martinique Do you have any articles on Bali/Indonesia? Tahiti, New Zealand Dubai, Canada Whether you've dreamt of staying at the Bellagio Las Vegas, Excalibur Hotel, or MGM Grand Hotel, … Hong Kong We also like to eat out and having activities for the kids and as a family would be excellent. Waiting to hear from you. If you book a "Stay and Ski" package, you'll notice great savings, including cheaper room rates and discounted lift tickets at three resorts: Banff Sunshine, Lake Louise Ski Resort, and Mount Norquay. It's a great shopping destination, and not just for goofy souvenirs, so that's something to think about as well. Nassau I’m thinking Europe but I don’t want to stay only in one country. You could even head over to Siem Reap to spend a couple days seeing Angkor Wat. Still, I think they are mainly trying to cut off the people who try to stay forever on consecutive Tourist Visas, and they are still welcoming of the 60-day visits. Have a great trip. I’m happy to help with more recommendations if you let me know more about your goals. You can get cheaper flights into Cancun, and there is a wide variety of offerings once you are there. I am interested in beaches and scenic beauty and also places with a history like Machu Pichu and Greece. Peru could also be good, although probably not for more than a month or so. If a hotel would consistently book guests on tours that the guests felt were rip-offs, that would be in the reviews and they would lose future business. Istanbul will be chilly in December, but it rarely goes below freezing. We have a budget set for 5 nights . If you want a place to relax then Boracay Island might be the best. I like natural beauty and cool weather and some night life in clubs…. If you still have more time you might want to spend 3 days in Madrid and 3 days in Barcelona. Europe's 12 best December city destinations; This article was updated in August, 2020. i am looking to travel with my spouse and so far had travel to Japan and Vietnam this year.. from the recent comment, seems like New Zealand is a good options with a relatively good weather of between 11-21 Degrees Celsius. Any recommendations. Mexico has long … Hi Roger, Greece But having not yet done one, I wouldn’t feel comfortable offering specific advice. I hope this helps and let me know if you have any other questions. I’d go to Thailand, which has a great variety of things to see and do, and January is the best weather month. If you ask specific questions about the help you need, I’ll try to help. Cheap Holidays and Destinations: If you are someone who is looking for deals, be sure to see our articles on Cheap Ski Holidays in the US and, if you are traveling the Europe, see our piece on Cheap Places to Visit in Europe. But island rooms are cheaper. For some of us it’s easy to forget how far north parts of Europe are, and in those areas it’s not so much the cold but the fact that the sun rises at 10am and sets at 3pm that time of the year. Antigua and Barbuda Shopping is probably the most famous activity, but there is plenty more, and flights there are quite cheap from Delhi. That's the bad news. The most popular itineraries are to start in Hanoi and end up in Ho Chi Minh City, or the other way around. You could also go to Bariloche in Argentina, though it’s probably not worth going all that way unless you were also going to spend some time in Buenos Aires and such. Bergen, But two things that come to mind are Bali, Indonesia, and the Cancun area of Mexico. I hear east coast is monsoon season but what about west coast beach areas in Malaysia in Dec and Jan time? Closer to India, I think Sri Lanka is very nice in December, although it’s somewhat similar to India in many ways and you may want something more exotic. Kudos to you !! And I also spent two weeks on Boracay Island, which is quite nice, but it’s small and also a place I wouldn’t recommend for a longer trip like yours. Airlines and hotel companies want to fill up their seats (and rooms) prior to the holiday rush, so great bargains abound. Obviously you’d get a refund if an airline canceled your incoming flight, so I guess it’s more a matter of being able to book an alternative without much notice at that point, and that can be tricky. It's best to book as far in advance as possible for both your flights and hotels, since so many people have the same idea and prices generally just keep going up as it gets closer. You'll spend your days relaxing along White Beach or walking up and down the sandy paths that serve as the only real form of transport for most people. Warsaw My top recommendation would be San Juan, Puerto Rico. If you had even 2 full weeks I’d suggest going to southeast Asia, but as you say, the travel time could be a killer for a shorter trip. Hi, I stay in Delhi and I am planning a December Honeymoon trip to places in Europe.Places not decided yet but would prefer to include some beaches and some place with rich architecture. Toronto, If those flights are too expensive you might think about going somewhere else in Mexico or to Costa Rica. The weather is decent only late nov-feb. Yeah the tickets to SA would be expensive but let’s just say I’ve got my hands on free tickets and got lucky. But obviously there is a bit of a risk in trying that. It’s also very cheap, even around Christmas. Amsterdam The upside for travelers: cheaper flights, hotels, and restaurants and a chance to help get St. Thomas back on its feet. We are family of four (2 adults and 2 kids aged 3 and 7) planning for a 5-7 days trip. But if your schedule or budget don’t allow that much, you might just stay on the North Island. The first one is this coming thanksgiving from Nov 21 to Nov 27. -Roger. The best part: it's affordable. You’d get great beaches there and nightlife as well, because December is summer there. Good luck with whatever you decide, and maybe I’ll see you on the road at some point. If the Caribbean sounds better, I’ll recommend Puerto Rico. I’d say if you combined 2 or even 3 of these places you could have a very interesting holiday. Hey great picks, what about morocco though? Chiang Mai, Let me know if you have any other questions. Many visitors come every year, and quite a few of those never seem to leave. Hope you can help me. Fortunately, it rarely rains at all in Cairo, so even though December is one of the wetter months, that means nothing and you are unlikely to see even a drop of rain. This small country in the Caucasus is one you’ll probably be hearing more about it in the years to come. It is popular with tourists and expats, but it’s not an overly touristy city so it never seems too crowded. Those temples are all outdoor for the most part, so cooler and dryer conditions mean you can spend more time touring the temples and still being comfortable. Kuta is a headache, and pretty much the opposite of what is so beautiful about the rest of the island, but it’s also where nearly all the really cheap beds are located. If you pay a bit more for the AC3 class on trains (air-conditioned, 3 bunks per side of the compartment), or AC2, it’s pretty comfortable and civilized. Hi Roger do you have any advice on Medellin for December, i’m Thinking i would like to take a last minute get away to some place in Latin America that has a good night life scene, is reasonably priced and offers activités to do in the day time and has a semi decent infrastructure so getting around isn’t too onerous. Crowds, of course, get big just before Christmas, and hotel prices go up accordingly. ( we would love beach side destinations & i know water will be freezing cold in this month but just lying on the beach would do as well no need to enter the water) Let me know if you have any other questions. The paradise of the world a country named Guyana in South America. Philippines -Roger, Dear Roger, The closer of the two is Dubai. Canary Islands is definitely missing here, there is an average high temperature of 25 degrees in December pretty much on every islands except Tenerife North and other areas. Departing from Philadelphia metro area. But unfortunately, it’s one of the few regions I haven’t been to myself, and according to every source I hear, very few foreigners are visiting as well. They are all great salespeople but the product they deliver isn’t always what you expected. >>>Check current Goa hotel deals. -Roger. As for the Northern Lights, Iceland is one to consider, and its Aurora Tourism sector is pretty famous. United Arab Emirates I’m one of the thousands of people who work online while traveling, and it seems much easier to make a decent living that way compared to working in hostels and such. They are both much more real tourist towns as opposed to Cancun, which is primarily a long strip of high-rise hotels and time-share buildings on a beach. >>>Tenerife prices and travel tips You could fly to Auckland for one day or so and rent a campervan/motorhome. Do you have blog? That kind of humidity can be a killer when visiting a city, but for me it’s a small issue on a tropical island like Bali. 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