We just did this and it was fantastic. It’s going to be pretty cold in December all over Europe, although not quite so bad in the south, of course. It’s got many more choices than the article above, with weather information for all of them. I’ll give you what I consider the highlights of each country and you can hopefully decide which appeals to you most. Venice But Sri Lanka has many similarities to India, as you may know. The most interesting place on the South Island is Queenstown, but there is plenty to see all over. It’s famous for expensive hotels, but it’s got hundreds of more affordable hotels that can be pretty nice. Thanks so much. Barbados Russia I will be travelling with my 2 daughters 16 and 18. have you any suggestions.. We dont want any south east asian countries…we dont want South Africa..Seychelles..Mauritius..Maldives.. This has become hugely popular with package tourists from Europe and Israel (and more recently Russia), and the facts that pretty much everyone speaks English and there aren't many cultural opportunities means that it's a perfect place to just vegetate in a beach chair for a week or two. Malta I was thinking more about a really nice place that was easy and with great weather. Hmmm…. In India I’ve always had good luck with the trains by booking at least a couple days in advance, and also being flexible and only going when an AC3 ticket is available. But if you want to see 2 or 3 different places in that week, Sri Lanka is your best option on your list. Hi Roger do you have any advice on Medellin for December, i’m Thinking i would like to take a last minute get away to some place in Latin America that has a good night life scene, is reasonably priced and offers activités to do in the day time and has a semi decent infrastructure so getting around isn’t too onerous. Antigua, Honduras From London to Barcelona you’d want to fly for sure. I think a side trip or two will be a great idea. France My first thought was Goa, which you say you’ve been to before, but maybe you don’t realize that there are about 20 different beach areas that are different from one another in terms of vibe and types of visitors? I am from india . >>>Rio de Janeiro prices and travel tips Hi Roger, do you suggest to go to Boracay in Mid of December? So you really don’t have to worry about getting stuck or things being cancelled. Istanbul, I have never stayed at a 3/5 star so just backpacking hostels, couchsurfing and potential friends. Vietnam mostly attracts cultural travelers rather than party people. Those rental cars and campervans in New Zealand can be a bit expensive any time, and if you want to go in the peak holiday period I’m not surprised that they are out of reach. I wish I could help but I’m not familiar with South African immigration options. Ukraine >>>Check current Siem Reap hotel deals. I once did a 6-hour bus tour to Mỹ Sơn, which is near Hoi An, and I think I paid about US$6. Hotels will be cheaper in early December than during Christmas week, of course. We want a “wow” factor. Sri Lanka doesn’t really have a good infrastructure for budget travelers at this point. However, all of these places will be crowded and near peak hotel rates if they are warm. We aren’t really fans of all-inclusives, mostly just because we’re not heavy drinkers and don’t like buffets so it seems like a bad fit. Brisbane, If you are still considering it, I’d suggest flying to Bangkok for 4 days or so, and then spend the rest of your time on one of the islands such as Kho Samui or Phuket. If you are going to Nepal, keep an eye on the climate. Still, compared to everywhere else in Europe, Tenerife is balmy. Those countries are all very safe, and especially that time of year, you’ll be surrounded by dozens of other backpackers everywhere you go, including many solo ladies or girls in pairs. It gets crowded around Christmas so prepare for that and book early. In my opinion, which is matched by many other people, the most interesting and dramatic cities in Europe are London, Paris, Amsterdam, Rome, and Venice. Even maybe somewhere in Europe or the Mediterranean would be great but have to keep the budget down too as we don’t have a ton of money to blow! Sorry I couldn’t be of more help. Sir, I am from Kolkata. Anyways, me & my wife are planning for our 1st marriage anniversary vacation (24th December is our anniversary). In December you can get quite a nice room in any of those cities, with Berlin being the most expensive by a bit. Saying this, I don’t know much about SEA and am open to anything. In reality, you'll want to spend more money than the minimum because everything is great value. Still, the all-inclusive resorts are locked in heavy competition all year so this area can be a great deal compared to the alternatives, even in high season. I hope to spend the next year in and around south east Asia teaching English, after April/May onwards. Tamarindo and Smara are two of the most popular beach areas, but there are other good choices in the area as well. Bratislava In 5 days you could spend 3 days in Barcelona and then 2 days in Madrid, or just 5 days in the Barcelona area. I’m just not sure how child-friendly those places are. There are very good beaches there and some of the beach towns are geared towards families rather than the party crowd Goa is more known for. If you stay along White Beach (where most hotels are) I think it would be easy to meet other people if you choose as well. Brazil, on the other hand, has a famous problem with petty crime in tourist areas so I wouldn’t recommend it for a woman and young child. I’m happy to help with more recommendations if you let me know more about your goals. -Roger. The last suggestion would be to start in Bangkok, which is an amazing city even if you avoid the Khosan Road party area, and then head south along the coast and into Malaysia and finally Singapore if you feel like it. You’d be driving for days in between those places if you started from the southeast area where most people live. Taiwan In Vietnam in particular it’s amazing how cheap tours can be if you book them through your hotel. How about 2 or 3 suggestions of some amazing, extremely fun vacation destinations with lots of activity ??? Too expensive for the list? London, Lebanon Puerto Rico isn’t quite as cheap as Mexico or the Dominican Republic, but it’s MUCH easier and less stressful since it’s part of the US and security is good. Sri Lanka is obviously closer and you have many nice and scenic areas in the hills as well as the beach areas along the southern coast. I also love New Zealand, partly for the same reasons. Pls help us shape our itenary. Reading Time: 6 minutes UPDATED: This article was originally published in September 2017. Hi – I want to go to se asia islands in nov, dec, jan and feb. Kuala Lumpur is my favorite city in Asia because it’s got such a great mix of things and it’s also pretty affordable, but not everyone is looking for a big modern city. Monaco I need to do this on the cheap. >>>Check current Tenerife hotel deals. Montreal, Let me know if you have any questions. It is the zip-lining and canopy tours capital of the Americas, so there are many great options along those lines. -Roger, Hey Roger, We all agree WARM, and money in the range of $35,000 total with airfare. Curfews, no 24 hr places, beaches but no beach culture only rubbish, traffic, population, and the weather! -Roger. So I’d say half your trip in Peru, and choose one of the other options mentioned for the other half of the trip. As Christmas approaches the city will fill up much more, so if you can go early in the month you'll be much better off. Venice can get pretty cold and they also have those famous Acqua Alta floods in winter, so read up on that before you go. Any input on weather or islands is greatly appreciated. December would usually see us sipping mulled wine in winter markets across Europe or dipping our toes in the Pacific Ocean.. Even though they aren’t rich countries, it’s interesting that shopkeepers scrub the whole place each morning as they open for business. Let me know which of these options sound interesting to you, and I can help you with an itinerary that will be efficient and enjoyable. I’m not sure if you’ve been there before, but it has some of the best shopping in the world with every store imaginable and very good prices because duties and taxes are low. For a solo traveler I would not recommend an all-inclusive. Any advice on booking our flights? It’s much too cold to enjoy the beaches, and it’s often rainy and windy as well. -Roger, Hi lm looking to go to penang and langkaiw 29 Dec till the 23 January can you help needed how to book flights and boat, I’m not sure what you need help with. There are good beaches along the south coast of Sri Lanka, but India is probably better for beaches. Bruges, I read Thailand to be a good option in the comments above but we went to Seychelles and Goa in the past few months so I am looking for a fun place to go but looking for if there is any place that is different from the mentioned or any other place that you would suggest. So I’ll be keeping an eye on it just like you, and hoping that the ash cloud starts dying down soon. >>>Check Boracay resort deals. Hi.. Bhutan, Maldives, Sri Lanka, Kerala (India), Mauritius are options. Penang in the north is really nice and also interesting. Ljubljana Punta Cana, Not in the typical sun-bathing type of way, but rather appreciating the raw beauty of the nature. Personally, I love the southern state of Goa, and it has everything you are looking for, without the insanely crowded conditions of India’s big cities. But I wouldn’t recommend it for a teenager because the main focus is on shopping, and the “nightlife” consists almost entirely of hotel bars which are extremely expensive and filled with tourists or fairly expensive and half filled with prostitutes. Chiang Mai offers the 2nd cheapest food prices of any destination … December is yet another fantastic month for weather in Brazil, although you can expect some short tropical rain storms a couple times each week, usually only an hour or so each time. It’s really beautiful and there is plenty to do. I’m not sure if there are affordable flights to South Africa, but that is one to consider with really nice December weather and modest prices yet not too crowded. I totally agreed with you that December is an ideal month for great weather in SEA though i want to go to another region this year. Have a great trip. I am having a hard time finding good deals on airlines. I’ll be happy to try. Oh no. If you have to choose between Luang Prabang and Siem Reap, Siem Reap has more to offer, but is much hotter than LP in December. I’m one of the thousands of people who work online while traveling, and it seems much easier to make a decent living that way compared to working in hostels and such. Manila There are also volcanoes and surfing beaches and much more, plus a very good backpacker infrastructure of cheaper hotels and hostels. Panama It’s small, but it’s got islands and beaches (not everywhere though) and forests and other cultural sights, and English is more or less the official language. Love museums? The beaches there are incredible, although they’ll be packed with locals in December, and nicer hotels aren’t exactly cheap. Dominican Republic My Husband and I plan to holiday in a warm place in December from the 20th away from Namibia where we live. ( we would love beach side destinations & i know water will be freezing cold in this month but just lying on the beach would do as well no need to enter the water) One challenge you’ll have is that all popular tropical destinations have their peak weeks at the end of December because so many people in cold areas have that time off. For a family I’d recommend Kata Beach or Karon Beach, but of which are just a bit south of the main town on Phuket’s west coast called Patong Beach. You'll likely get lucky in the airfare department as well, particularly if you book early. I’m happy to help more as you are planning, so let me know if you have any other questions. This is true in Mallorca as well. Either way, feel free to follow up if you have other questions. The town of Siem Reap, which is just next to the Angkor Wat Temples is the real highlight. I’ll probably rent a place in Seminyak for a few weeks, which won’t be cheap. Any ideas off the top of your head for a budget friendly place that would fit all that? As I mentioned I’ve been to India, Egypt and Jerusalem but my friend has not. Hmmm…this is a tricky one. Trinidad and Tobago Male, Myanmar >>>Boracay prices and travel tips Best of luck, and feel free to keep in touch. Haven’t booked my flight either so any other suggestions for amazing and affordable places (warm weather a must) to visit (3-4 weeks over Christmas/NYE) would be greatly appreciated. Chile Thank you! Without knowing more about your interests, my top suggestion would be to focus on Sydney and Melbourne and the areas around both. Let me know if you have any other questions. Grand Cayman I think they will be ready for business again in 2018, but I certainly wouldn’t plan a trip there yet. Pattaya, If you are mainly looking to just relax on a warm beach then your best bet is an all-inclusive resort. At this point, I’m more intrigued by all of the many, still remote islands of Philippines than the chaotic lifestyle in Thailand. I’ve spent 4 total months in India to about 15 different places, and I know all about the insane crowds and whatnot that you would prefer to avoid. -Roger. The price is the typical daily expense per person for a couple traveling and staying in 3-star hotels. There is frequent and cheap bus service from Singapore going through Malacca and onto KL. Oslo Seville, Diana. Have a look at my list of best Europe destinations in December for weather and comments about each of the better places. Thanks for the kind words and I’m happy to hear that this info helps. We like beach and city vacations. I hope this helps. An all-inclusive may be your cheapest bet if you don't want to blow your budget on food. or is it always noisy since the city is busy? Do Rome for at least 3 nights and Florence for 2 or 3 nights, and then Venice for 1 or 2 nights. But every hotel has a person who can fetch a ticket for you by going through the back door and bribing someone at the train office. Do it in December, and you won't Belize the deals (sorry, we had to)! Any recommendations? Bali is wonderful, or at least parts of it are, but they now have a volcano issue and those flights are very long and never cheap. -Roger. But now that you mention it, they do have some nice beaches in Penang, which is the best tourist area anyway. I definitely know what you mean about feeling a bit more like a loner every day. As you might know, the South Island is more scenic than the North, but the North has many great things to see and do as well. The city of Ho Chi Minh City is quite crowded and you might not like it for more than a day or two. Banff truly shines during its best season - winter. Hello once again. 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. Or some other criteria I should know about? The best and most popular way to explore New Zealand is to rent a camper van or a car and drive from one “holiday park” to another. Hotel prices definitely jump up around Christmas, so this is yet another place where you should come in the first half of the month if possible. I always refer to your destinations (with great weather) lists prior to booking future-dated vacations. For your December trip I’d recommend Costa Rica, which is the adventure travel capital of Latin America. Let me know if you have any other questions. I am not sure what you are looking for that isn’t already on the list above, but I’ll try more suggestions if you provide a bit more guidance. 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