”ALL I WANT FOR CHRISTMAS IS…HOLIDAYS”

There are many reasons to select a specific destination to travel. It’s true that people choose using some criteria. Criteria may be the popularity of a place, the available budget, the time of the year that someone will travel, as well as the place that someone really wish to go. As December entered and holiday season is coming closer, we should start preparing the baggage for vacation. Will it include swimwear? Ski equipment? Or just presents?

Text: Paoula Alevra

Cold Christmas!

Hearing a classic Christmas song, “Last Christmas-Wham!”, I imagine going on holidays in a place with snowy mountains and me sitting in front of a fireplace drinking something hot. Such destinations are very popular to people who don’t have the chance to enjoy the snow in their homeland or for people who want be closer to Santa Claus! If you wish these holidays then countries like Iceland, Switzerland, Austria and Scandinavian countries will make your wish come true!

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Santa Claus’s version in these countries involve attractive Christmas markets, multiple outdoor adventures on hand like sledding, skating, and skiing, a brief 4-hours of daylight ending with a spectacular sky show by Aurora Borealis (the Northern Lights) and impressive festive lights and decoration.

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At the Kakslauttanen Arctic Resort in Finnish Lapland, you can lights-gaze from the comfort of your own glass igloo, and stay in a traditional log cabin complete with sauna and open fire. This hotel will definitely make your Christmas special!

Warm Christmas!

Great far flung sunny holiday destinations for the Christmas period include Mexico, Maldives, Thailand, Malaysia, and the Caribbean. However if you’re looking for short-haul winter sunshine, then the Canaries and Egypt make excellent holiday destinations for this time of year.

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Christmas lights in Malaysia, Photo: sartsfield.wordpress.com

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Brazilians love a good celebration and Natal is not an exception. There is a mix of African and European traditions that are part of Brazil’s Christmas season.

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Christmas occurs during the thick of summer in Australia, with average temperatures in Sydney hitting 25 Celsius throughout December.

Market WallpapersCelebrations in Sydney, Photo: swathiramaswami.wordpress.com

Classic Christmas!

Joyeux Noël! Wonderful Paris is one classic destination and very popular since the Christmas spirit is definitely what you will find there.

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New York! During the holiday season, this grand city celebrates in grand style. Skyscrapers are illuminated in holiday hues, department store window displays dazzle the masses, and numerous Christmas-based events add their own appeal. It all gets under way with the lighting of the famed Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree in late November.

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Also, Milan, Munich and Nuremberg in Germany, Strasbourg in France, Bruges and Brussels in Belgium, Hong Kong and Budapest are the most known destinations for Christmas. The usual markets and ice rinks are present and correct across these cities but each place has a charm all of its own.

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FWBVK_nuremberg-Germany-Pretends to be one of the world oldest markets_httpblog.touristika.eu15-top-european-christmas-marketsNuremberg, Germany, Photo: blog.touristika.eu

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With some six hundred years of architecture virtually untouched by natural disaster or war, few other cities in Europe look as good as Prague. Straddling the winding River Vltava, with a steep wooded hill to one side, the city retains much of its medieval layout, and navigating the lanes in the run up to Christmas is a spellbinding experience.

FWBVK_prague_czech_republic_174959_httpworldalldetails.comPictureview1155-Prague_Czech_Republic_Christmas_Market_in_Old_Town_Square.htmlPrague, Czech Republic, Photo: worldalldetails.com

Christmas at home!

Wearing pajamas in Christmas Eve and after the traditional dinner with family you watch in TV once again the “The Polar Express” (movie 2004) and remember that you aren’t ten years old anymore. That’s sad but presents are waiting for you this year too. When at home you have many places to go and don’t be jealous of others who traveled to foreign countries. The most important thing is that you have your family and friends close and you can spend these beautiful days celebrating with them and relaxing. I’m sure you don’t want only to impress others with your Christmas destination choice but also to feel the Christmas spirit. Make a wise choice and don’t forget that there’s no place like home! So, don’t forget to return back! Ho Ho Ho! Merry Christmas!