The Christmas and New Year period offer unique experiences to ensure it will be one festive season you’ll never forget. It’s the perfect opportunity to travel to destinations that you’ve never been to, but have always desired to. For many of us, it is also a difficult time being away from friends and family, enduring an orphan’s Christmas and attempting to make an epic roast just like your mum, putting in that extra effort to feel like you’re not too far from home. But hey, life is short and the world is wide. Let’s make the most of it.
Christmas and New Year abroad means you have plenty of countries to explore which are different, unforgettable and exciting. Here are some Christmas and New Year options that may tickle your fancy.
If you are missing the warmth of the summer and want to catch a warm break, a Morocco trip will suit you perfectly. Iconic images of Morocco; golden sand dunes and multi-coloured bazaars tend to remind us of intense scorching summers. Morocco’s winters set the stage for incredible travel experiences. The country’s Mediterranean climate comprises of mild winters with cooler temperatures. Without the summer crush of travellers, beach resorts feel like private getaways. Jackpot! After all, who would want to experience the amazing Sahara Desert on the first days on the new year?
Turkey blends a combinations history, wonders and natural marvels, as well as a lively and friendly ethos. The landscapes prove to be magical, some areas could in fact have a dusting of snow. Cappadocia for example is always known to look like a fairy-tale, but add a dash of snow and voila! Welcome to a snowy paradise. See this from the skies of a hot air balloon and you’ll lose your marbles!
Throughout Egypt, days are frequently warm or hot, and nights are cool. Egypt has only two seasons: a mild winter from November to April and a hot summer from May to October. Yes, Egypt is the perfect destination for Christmas and New Year and frankly, seeing the pyramids is a bucket-list tick. Fancy sailing down the Nile on a Felucca? No problem, we’ve got you sorted. Egypt is the ideal destination for those looking for a different type of Christmas and New Year. If you have time off work over this period, then what are you waiting for?
There are a lot of fascinating things for everyone to see and experience during the winter months in Moscow, St. Petersburg and famous Russian towns and places. The winter season is truly magical and offers many unique events, tours, and exhibitions to make your visit to Russia unforgettable. You would never pack a swimsuit for Russia, but the thick coats, gloves and hats would be a must. If your dream is the crystal snow under bright lights, Russia is the best choice. Snow is pretty much guaranteed. A little cold? You can easily warm up with a hearty bowl of Russian borsch and down a few shots of imperial Russian vodka.
Ski France: Val Thorens
Whether you are a keen skier or snowboarder or a first timer, Val Thorens has a lot to offer, especially at Christmas time. The piste network is one of the longest in Europe with a total of 600km. The village is all lit up with colourful lights, the smell of fires, good tunes, mulled wine and the smell of cinnamon. Sport-lovers often struggle to fit in two ski holidays so the festive season is the perfect time of year to squeeze an extra week of boarding in. Snowball fights, making snowmen and getting that extra festive feeling, which are all a bit different to your usual Christmas experiences makes Christmas in the mountains something different a little magical.