It may be hot enough outside to fry an egg on the sidewalk, but across the country people are slinking back into their air-conditioned offices after summer getaways and wondering where they're going to escape to next. You could start digging into those 9,500 unread emails, but we at the Away Network suggest you cure the post-vacay blues by looking into Christmas vacation destinations instead. To help, we polled some of our office mates and the travel writers and editors who contribute to our network on where they're thinking about going this holiday season. Here are their responses, along with links to some photo galleries, travel guides, and articles with more info on these Christmas vacation destinations. Happy hunting!
Where do you want to go for YOUR next vacation? Let us know in the comments section.
“My sister and I are contemplating a Christmas cruise. In the likely event that falls through, I will probably just fly to Florida where she lives and hide from the snow in the sunny Florida Keys.” –Lacy Morris, Away.com blog editor
“I’m a sucker for festive wintry destinations—I have fond memories of visiting Christmas markets in Vienna and parading through the streets with a local marching band in a small Irish town for New Year’s. One place I’d love to go is Copenhagen, where I could ice skate, wear scarves, and curl up with mulled wine, enjoying what the Danes call “hygge” (a sort of untranslate-able peaceful coziness with family and friends).” Cameron Walker, travel writer and Away.com Family Travel expert
“First would be heliskiing in British Columbia with Snowwater, because that would be the best present I could ever give myself. Second would be diving in the South Pacific—specifically Palau, where WWII planes sit pristine in shallow water. But I may go skiing with my family in Utah at the Canyons (which seldom gets that crowded, even during peak season), provided my sis lets me strap my one-year-old niece to my back for a few green runs.” –Nathan Borchelt, Away.com editor
“I’ve always thought spending Christmas in Jerusalem, would be mystical and transcendent. My family in Southern California would kill me to be away from them for the holidays, although I did spend one Christmas in the Muslim country of Mali in Africa, which was sublime.” -Matt Link, travel writer and Away.com LGBT and Beach expert
“As usual, I'll be spending the pre-post Christmas holidays in the Caribbean. The weather will be fantastic, some resorts will be offering discounts and packages to draw visitors, and I can pick up gifts duty-free. This year, I'm planning to be in the Turks and Caicos early in December and move on to Puerto Rico by mid-month. I'll be in the Virgin Islands for the New Year's celebrations. If a cruise fits my itinerary ... great. Otherwise, I'll island hop by air and ferry. Since my new iTunes app came out (Puerto Rico On Your Own), I've been encouraging readers to take a passport-free trip there. The island has fixed up a lot in the past year or two, air/sea travel is frequent and affordable from many U.S. gateway cities, and there are some fantastic new resorts such as W, on Vieques; the new Sheraton at the San Juan Convention Center; and the St. Regis Bahia Beach, which should open in time for the holidays/winter season near El Yunque National Forest.” –Lynne Sullivan, Caribbean travel writer and Away.com Parks expert
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