8 Perfect Christmas Vacation Ideas for Every Type of Traveler
4. Koh Tao, Thailand
Bask in the sun at one of Koh Tao’s many dirt cheap resorts or hostels, many of which are built right up to the water. Although Thailand is a Buddhist country and doesn’t celebrate Western holidays such as Christmas, that’s not to say there’s no holiday cheer to be found.
Koh Tao is a travel and backpacking hot spot and home to a growing expat population. Many local restaurants and bars serve up special Christmas menus during the season and vendors sell decorations and Santa hats from their stalls. While you won’t find any snow here, there are plenty of lovely white sand beaches ripe for water sports of all sorts, especially scuba diving.
5. Vienna, Austria
While Vienna is a beautiful place to visit anytime of the year, it’s really a sight to see when the temperature drops and snow starts to fall. A complete cafe culture, Vienna offers an endless number of cozy cafes, bars and restaurants to escape the cold over a cup of coffee and a slice of one of their world famous sachertortes.
Sound romantic? That’s why Vienna is one of the best Christmas destinations for couples.
The winter holidays are also the perfect time to enjoy a bit of culture at one of Vienna’s many museums, operas, concerts and carnival balls. If you don’t mind the cold, there’s always the annual Vienna Ice Dream, a huge ice rink for performance and skating located in front of the Rathaus (city hall).
6. Nassau, Bahamas
If you’re looking to make your friends jealous with your winter tan, the Bahamas are a popular location for Christmas getaways. With weather averaging in the mid 70’s and constant balmy breezes blowing through your hair, you’ll forget it’s actually snowing elsewhere.
Relax and fall into an island routine of sunbathing and water sports during the day and partying all night with a cocktail in hand. If you stay through New Year’s, you’ll get to witness the Bahamian carnival called Junkanoo with its colorful costumes, parades and music; an experience you’ll never forget.