It’s hard to say whether one 30-day trip would be better than several shorter trips. What are cheap destinations for Christmas and New Years? If the Caribbean sounds better, I’ll recommend Puerto Rico. I’d recommend 1 night in Auckland, then 3 nights on the North Island, and then a ferry to the South Island. Could you suggest a destination that fits the bill? -Roger. Overall, if you can afford the Maldives, it’s the nicest place for a beach holiday in Asia. It's normally blazing hot and humid here, so the moderate temperatures will be a bonus even if you have nothing to compare it to. Some towns, like Calungute, are lined with package hotels that fill up completely, but other towns, like Anjuna and Vagator, are usually booked in person or by email, so you can often find a place just walking around. -Roger. If its smaller trip, even 2 weeks, it will be for christmas new year time. For some reason, those in the travel business in Vietnam (working at travel agencies where you book tours and such) make tourists feel like they are being hustled. Still at this point there are very few hostels with dorm beds and not even many cheap budget hotels, but at the age of 30 you are probably happier with normal hotels anyway. If you mainly just want to hang out on a lovely beach and do some water activities and such, then I’d take a look at Boracay Island. They are an exciting experience. If that doesn’t appeal to you for some reason, I’d recommend the Playa del Carmen and Cozumel area just south of Cancun. I think your plan sounds quite good. There you can get local as well as continental cuisine. You might know as much about the country as I do, aside from those places I’ve visited. Martinique There are several good resort areas along the Pacific coast that would work. The Palace has a Pagoda on its southern side which is one of a kind, constructed with almost 5 tonnes of silver and Italian Marble. Let me know if you have any questions. But plenty of other travelers love to go witness the biggest events, and I assume they love it, so there is no right or wrong. Costa Rica also has limitless adventure opportunities, like zip-line tours and such, although they aren’t exactly cheap. Among other things, English isn’t widely spoken in Brazil (and in Latin America in general). >>>Check current Cairo hotel deals. Laos Best of luck, and feel free to keep in touch. The Caribbean seems too far from you, and Australia will be crowded and expensive in its better beach areas such as Sydney and Brisbane. Egypt would also normally be a suggestion, except that it’s not reliably safe enough as of now. I don’t mind the rain too much, I find the big SE Asian clouds amazing. Sentosa Island: Located on the southern part of Singapore, Sentosa Island was originally a military fortress. 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. How many days/weeks trip should we plan? Can you give me any suggestions, we would be coming from Milwaukee/Chicago area, looking for a all inclusive safe tropical warm beach trip that’s not too pricey ($2,000/ couple) for 5 days for two people maybe 4 people if another couple comes with us. Don’t bother spending much time in Vientiane though. And that is because of three very important reasons – the weather, the balloons, and the photographs. One in particular that I like a lot is the area around Playa del Carmen, which is just south of Cancun. I am looking for a cheap destination, rich in activities and shopping (apparal). Trinidad and Tobago >>>Tenerife prices and travel tips Nepal A few more monasteries that can be visited are Drukgyal Dzong, Tashicho Dzong, and Punakha Dzong, which are the better-known Dzongs in Bhutan. >>>Bangkok prices and travel tips In Cancun itself the best nightlife is in the heart of the hotel zone, and all of the hotels there are pretty expensive. Can you please suggest some good places where I can visit and also my kids feel involved too. The beaches are pristine, and the big resorts have not got here yet so local bed n breakfasts and homestays provide a cheap, yet peaceful stay. Also, any DONT DO’s on a safari? Switzerland If you ask at a hotel in India about getting train tickets, they almost certainly know a way of getting them for you. Park Guell is worth a visit, but of course the main attraction is the Sagrada Familia cathedral. If you are in the US or Canada then it will obviously be a long flight to Bali, but things are quite cheap once you get there so it’s really worthwhile. While Cancun has become the king of the Mexican beach resort towns in the few decades since it was formed, it's only one of many, and all of them on both coasts have very nice weather in December. Buenos Aires, It’s something to think about because it doesn’t get much cheaper than Goa for beaches anywhere in the world. Have your recommendations changed since 2014? Also, one week is a short time to go 7 or 8 time zones away, as it takes pretty much an entire day each way, and at least a few days to adjust to the time change. My Husband and I plan to holiday in a warm place in December from the 20th away from Namibia where we live. Vietnam is still fairly poor and they were communist for so long that people got used to trying to scam people a bit as the only way of getting ahead. 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. The climate in Singapore is tropical, so it is pleasant all through the year. I think they invented zip-lining and the country is about one-third national parks with all kinds of fun activities. Thanks for the comment. If you don’t need sunbathing temperatures, you might also consider the Gulf coast of Florida. Ideally looking for few days on a good beach snorkelling etc and few days exploring the country and nature. In that case I think Thailand and Malaysia are the best choices for family holidays. Iâm now tied between the thought of Goa-northwest India-Nepal, more interesting and adventurous but equally taxing or relatively stress free Thailand-Cambodia. -Roger. Think about those suggestions and let me know if any of them sound good to you. And apologies for the late reply from my end. It can be fun to actually spend a full night in a town like Rothenburg ob der Tauber because it’s filled with day-trippers in the day and you almost have it to yourself at night. Montevideo isn’t very interesting, but they do have small towns such as Colonia as well as beach resorts and also those tourist ranches that are very popular. Mendoza I even found a decent place for Â£1.50 a night! For a longer list see our best December destinations in Asia choices, which includes some of these but quite a few more. I know itâll be freezing down there in December but how about places like Spain.. Portugal ..Malta ? Thank you The scenery in the Philippines is diverse as it has steep mountains, tropical beaches, private sanctuaries, and historical landmarks in different regions. Barbados It has excellent weather and is certainly an inexpensive destination. It’s just that you have to be more careful, compared to Thailand where the travel industry is a bit more honest about what you get and how much you’ll pay. Otherwise the big draws are the Great Barrier Reef, which is obviously focused on diving, snorkeling, and water activities, so it may not be too interesting, and Uluru, which is the big rock in the center of the country (and not near anything else of interest). El Calafate, I never enjoyed deserted beaches or overcrowded. Anjuna is famous for its beach raves and music scene, but I’ve honestly heard nice things about many other beach areas in Goa. Hopefully this helps, and let me know if you have other questions. If I had to recommend one place to consider it would be Spain’s Costa del Sol, which is the resort area around Malaga. Those should give you some things to think about, and feel free to follow up if you have other questions. Tip: Avoid popular tourist areas and go for areas that do not have much tourist presence and you will get good deals. I am travelling from Nigeria looking to take a break this december with my brother. You’ll be able to get some great deals if you are home before the Christmas holidays are going. (I have been to Cancun,Florida,los angeles). Even the modest hotels on the resort islands are fairly expensive by Asian standards. 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. Or you could book a ferry to Langkawi from Penang when you get there. Manila -Roger. Let me know if you want more info on any of those. Paris and Amsterdam are linked by normal high-speed trains, which are also cheapest when you buy early. Brussels Although thinking about it, even if you are in Europe, a place like Cancun might still be best. -Roger. It offers a wonderful mix of history and culture and nightlife and great food, alongside excellent beaches and abundant activities. Bergen, Let me know if you have any other questions. Right now Thailand is trying to get rid of any foreigners who are working in hotels and bars without permits, so Cambodia might be better at the moment. I’d love to read/hear any insight you have about your time there. Don’t miss the plane rides which give a panoramic view of Mount Everest and regularly fly from Kathmandu. I hear great things, and that it’s very good value these days. 1. because they had a great itinerary for us factoring in how late we are booking this for Christmas/New Year 2016/17. All over Tropical Asia, those weeks are the busiest time of the year, and the same is true in Dubai and Abu Dhabi for the same reason. As you read the content of our blog you may encounter some affiliate links. It’s more expensive than Goa, but the infrastructure there is much better. Sri Lanka is fascinating and really nice, though most people who visit tend to tour around seeing some beach areas and some of the hills and jungles. Chicago, Thung Teao Natural Park is the most arresting highlight of Krabi island. Thank you once again for the advice this far!!! 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. I wish to see much of Central and/ or South America this December. I am also open to your suggestions about Africa and any other musts if any, but not in asia. Poland Sri Lanka could also be great, and it’s very different. Let me know if you need any more information on any of this. I’ll be happy to try. 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. As I’ve written many times recently, I feel that the main tourist area of Kuta/Legian/Seminyak is just too crowded and overdeveloped to recommend, although it is interesting for a couple days and some nightlife. -Roger. Punta del Este On the other hand, you can get to Morocco by ferry from Spain in a short time, so you could go to Spain and also visit Morocco for a day or two. I took my 2 daughters aged 11 and 18 to SE Asia in December and they loved it. Osaka, You can get a cheap flight to Iceland from London or most other large cities in Europe, and it’ll cost about the same as a flight to Stockholm or Oslo. In fact, you might even consider a trip to India itself, which is obviously similar to Sri Lanka. I’ve been to Cook Islands before & I’m looking for somewhere similar but cheaper to get to. As for the Northern Lights, Iceland is one to consider, and its Aurora Tourism sector is pretty famous. Looking for relatively quieter place if you could recommend. Negril, But island rooms are cheaper. December is a particularly … The traditional rainy season winds down in early December in Boracay, but even early in the month you are only likely to get a few quick showers each week. I also remember hearing that it’s really only pregnant or potentially pregnant women that are at much risk, so perhaps that is what you are implying with the kids in their 30s. Vienna Have a great trip. Japan and South Korea will be cold, and not really cheap. The food is excellent (France used to run the place) and there is plenty of culture all around, in addition to some nice beaches in Nha Trang and Da Nang (next to Hoi An). After that you could fly to Ko Samui or Ko Phagnan or Ko Phi Phi, and easily find the better party spots. If you search for hotels in Penang, make sure that they are on or very near a nice beach. Hong Kong The weather will be perfect and you should be able to get a reasonably priced flight into nearby Liberia Airport. good snorkeling and some diving possible. We like beach and city vacations. Oh no. Let me know if you have any other questions. Where wouldyou recommend am travelling with 2 boys aged 8 and 11. Those should give you some ideas. Aside from the crowded city of Male, the Maldives is just a string of small islands so there are beaches everywhere. We would love somewhere that is a little more laid back, but interesting enough that we wouldn’t get bored. So Spain is the better choice by that standard. However, it’s small and doesn’t come close for cultural activities or natural sights, although other parts of the Philippines are better in those regards. Since you’ve been to several of the top places in Asia already, and you love it, I think Bali might be your best bet. In a town like Rincon you won’t get crowds, and you will get great beaches. I spent a month in Phuket the following December, interestingly enough, and I prefer Bali even though it’s hotter and more humid. I hope so anyway because I might be heading there this winter myself. I love night life and beach . Morocco could actually be good and the weather there in December is decent, with even some nice beaches. And if you’ve been there you could instead go to the Puerto Vallarta area, which is very different and also great. Hi. Have a great trip and let me know if you have any other questions. -Roger. Hopefully one of these options sounds good. The cities in India are complete insane asylums, but once you get outside of them it’s a beautiful country. The main challenge you’d have in seeing a lot of Australia is that it’s all so spread out. By the way, Costa Rica is quite different from the popular countries of South America itself (Peru, Argentina, Brazil etc), so it’s a different experience and not much of an introduction. 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