Here at Hotel.Info we’re always on the look out for new, exciting holiday destinations – especially over the festive period when it can be all too easy to stay cooped up inside.
We decided to ask a few of our favourite travel bloggers where they would most like to jet away to this festive season, and the answers were so varied! Here is what they came up with:
My dream Christmas getaway might be an obvious one, but it’s a must. Lapland! It has everything you need for a winter break; crisp snow and tall frosted pine trees, the elusive northern lights and of course, Father Christmas! There are only 4 people per square mile in Finnish Lapland, meaning it would be a real ‘back to nature’ break. I’d spend my days in a reindeer sleigh (ho ho ho – but seriously), followed by some scrummy hot chocolate and star-gazing. Let me know if you’d like anything from Father Christmas – I’ll put in a good word for you.
Emma from sparkyseestheworld.wordpress.com
The place I would like to go for a holiday getaway is the place I like to go to for nearly any kind of getaway….Paris. Paris is wonderful any time of year but it is truly magical during the holiday season. Between the Christmas markets with amazing regional delights, seasonal foods like boar and oysters and chestnuts in the restaurants and beautiful lights all over the city (including the Eiffel Tower) it is exciting and beautiful! You don’t have to be spiritual to feel inspired by places like Notre Dame and Sacre Coeur which go all out for holiday decorations, and the in store experience at major departments stores in the city of light rivals New York! Paris is always a good idea, but during the holidays there is no place I would rather be.
Andi from misadventureawithandi.com
We don’t need to spend Christmas in a winter wonderland. In fact, our ideal destination is somewhere warm and humid — preferably a tropical island. After spending Christmas in the Dominican Republic, our goal is to spend this holiday on a new tropical island every year.
Christy & Scott from ordinarytraveler.com
I have always loved having a white Christmas with snow, winter hats and gloves, etc – so my dream getaway this Christmas would be NYC. NYC is such a magical place and feels even more amazing during the festive season, for me it could never get boring. If I was avoiding the cold though – I’d head to Queenstown in New Zealand (where I spent last Christmas). There is no where quite as beautiful as Queenstown – so I can’t think of somewhere more gorgeous to wear a Santa on the beach.
Ellie from theworldandthensome.com
This year I’ll be spending Christmas day relaxing in a hammock on the island of Caye Caulker. Just off the Belize Barrier Reef, I’ll be chilling out with a Corona in hand, staring out at the crystal clear waters and thinking about friends and family snuggled around the fire, eating turkey in their festive best!
Lauren Brady from onlychasingthesun.com
After spending the last three Christmases sunning myself on a beach in Australia or celebrating with new-found friends in New Zealand, I think it’s safe to say I’m not overly excited that I’m spending this festive season back home in England. Yes the snow’s pretty (and I can’t say no to a mulled wine or two in a nice, warm pub!) but my ideal Christmas would definitely be spent on the beach, with friends new and old. I might look ridiculous wearing a Santa hat in the sun but I’d definitely rather be celebrating in Australia!
Beverley from pack-your-passport.com
As pro travel writers, my photographer-husband and I are continually travelling. We often try to get back to our birthplace, Australia, to spend Christmas with family and friends, but then that’s travelling too, so this year we’re staying at home. ‘Home’ for us is actually ‘away’ for most people. We live in Cambodia and rent an apartment in Siem Reap, the departure point for the UNESCO World Heritage Angkor temples, which attract millions of tourists a year. So even when we’re at home it still feels like we’re on holidays and I like that feeling. It’s been such a full year that our plan this year is to sleep in, laze about, eat delicious food that we’ll cook ourselves, watch the cricket, and catch up on books and music. No restaurant food, no hotel rooms, no breakfast buffets – our idea of bliss! Although I will miss family and friends. And I do kind of like the idea of a Christmas picnic overlooking Angkor Wat…
Lara from grantourismotravels.com
My ideal Christmas Getaway has to be a place of magic, festive atmospheres, wintry snow and that traditional spirit. There’s only one place that can encompass all that: Tallinn in Estonia. Bringing a range of cultural events in the sleepy medieval Old Town in the form of colorful Christmas markets, I can cosy myself up with a mulled wine as I gaze over the stunning views of calm snow resting on the peeking roofs over the capital. Wandering the streets and alleys of cafes full of live music and joyful laughter, I go in search of the Ice Skating Rink in front of St Nicholas’ Church. Gliding with bubbles of excitement with my partner, I can marvel at the wondrous experience as I bask myself in the light from the Christmas decorations and falling snowflakes. Trying traditional Christmas wholesome fare, I will meet Father Christmas to tell him what that I don’t need anything for Christmas. I have it already here in Tallinn.
Ed from rexyedventures.com