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Ideas for December Holiday Travel

For some families traveling during the December holidays is the only time of year they can vacation together. This is when the kids are off from high school or college and everyone is available at same time. Spring Break weeks may no longer coincide, and summer vacations are difficult to coordinate with demands from kids’ internships or sports.

Traveling over the December holidays is the busiest and most expensive time of the year. So planning ahead is key in ensuring you have the best options and pricing.

If you are thinking about planning a much-needed family vacation during the December holidays, now is the time to start planning!

Below I’m sharing with you some of the most popular destinations for a family vacation in December…

Sipping a hot drink at the beautiful Christmas markets in Europe.

Budapest & Vienna

Europe is known for its enchanting Christmas markets. During the darkest month of the year, there is nothing brighter than sipping a warm cup of mulled wine while you wander through a market of wooden stalls where vendors sell beautiful locally-made arts and crafts.

Stroll the streets of Vienna, known as the great capital of music, and explore Budapest with one of our private guides. During December, the Christmas markets light up the streets of these magnificent cities.

Costa Rica

Are you looking for a warm weather destination for a December vacation but don’t want to travel across the globe? Costa Rica is the perfect destination to visit between November and April, as the rest of the year is their rainy season.

This tiny country has incredible natural beauty, warm people, beautiful rain forests, volcanoes, beaches, and so much more. There are few places in the world that offer so much diversity. Hike through a National Park… Enjoy the stunning views of the most majestic volcanoes…. Soak in their hot springs… Relax at the beach… Enjoy a multitude of adventure activities such as zip lining, rafting, mountain biking, surfing, and horseback riding.

Spectacular waterfall in Iceland


Traveling to Iceland in the summer is most common but I actually think it is the perfect winter destination since it does not get super warm even during summer months (average high in the 50s).

Explore Iceland in the winter… Pamper yourself at a geothermal spa, hunt for the Northern Lights, snowmobile and walk on a glacier, enjoy horseback riding with the incredibly kind and gentle Icelandic horses, and be mesmerized by spectacular waterfalls. There are so many wonderful activities in Iceland that will create the most treasured vacation memories.

Remote beach in Thailand

Southeast Asia

This part of the world does not have perfect weather all year, but December is the perfect time to visit! Consider exploring Thailand… experience the vibrant city of Bangkok, visit Northern Thailand for elephant reserves, temples, and for the spectacular nature, and spend some time in spectacular regions with remote islands and unspoiled beaches.

Do any of these destinations seem like the perfect getaway for your next family vacation? Email me to schedule your complimentary consultation. I would be honored to help you plan.

Working with Distinct Vacations in reserving at any of our preferred properties, you may have access to flexible cancellation policies and special amenities (such as a spa credit, complimentary breakfast, and room upgrades).

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