I always think that December is a bit of a difficult travel month. Most people in the Northern Hemisphere (especially the Western part) are looking for somewhere to warm up. It’s not ski season yet and for most of us the end of December is a rather expensive time – what with the present buying and visits home and whatnot. But it’s also great to have a little time to your self before the craziness of the festive season begins. So what to do?
Well, at the XOXO Collective we know a thing or two about travel and we have some excellent suggestions of places that you are going to love during December. And yes we have something for everyone, from sun to snow and everything in between.
Let’s start with Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia – you’re looking at about 27c, which is as cold as it gets there and it’s the perfect weather for some sightseeing. While you’re there get off the beaten track and head to a proper night market. Pasar Malam has an amazing street food atmosphere and should absolutely be on your list of places to check out.
Read all about Pasar Malam Night Market on Pass Me The Dim Sum
If you’re after something more relaxing Mitzie Mee recommends a trip to Yao Yai in Thailand. A small island to the east of Phuket, there is very little to do on Yao Yai except relax and enjoy the beautiful scenery. But if you do want to explore there are other islands close by to keep you entertained.
How about finishing 2016 with a trip somewhere a little more unusual, East Timor became a sovereign state in 2002. Head out there in early December before the wet season starts properly and enjoy a mix of mountains and beautiful beaches. You can read all about East Timor over on Jewels Wandering.
Down in the Southern Hemisphere, they’re just getting started with summer in December. Which makes South Africa an excellent place to visit. Millie from Very Hungry Explorer has listed Cape Town as one of the most beautiful places she has ever visited and no trip to Cape Town is complete with a drive down to see the natural penguin colony in Simon’s Town.
If you’re looking to embrace more of the traditional wintery Christmas, Vienna is the perfect place for you. Wrap up warm and check out this post from Sweet Escapes who has everything you need to get yourself in a Christmassy mood. It sounds like Belvedere Palace is definitely one of the top places to visit in December.