Spending the Christmas week with family and friends for many has been a longstanding tradition. But for most of us here in the UK, we are looking for alternatives. Here at StudentUniverse we believe that there are other ways to spend your holidays. Below we have comprised a list of the top bucket list destinations that combines both beautiful weather and low prices so that you can have the ultimate Christmas holiday.
Cancun is a purpose built resort city on the Yacatan Peninsula facing the Caribbean. The weather in December can be described as perfect as there is barely any chance of rainfall. Cancun is a place for ultimate relaxation; its crystal blue oceans and glistering sandy beaches will make you fall in love. With so many hotels competing for business, holiday room rates go for well under £50 per night. So head over to StudentUniverse and grab yourself the best deal.
The Dominican Republic is home to two of the most popular resort areas named the Punta Cana which is on the eastern tip and the Puerto Plata which is on the northern shore. With beautiful seas, non-stop sun and great historical monuments this is one bucket list must for any traveller.
The entire country of Colombia has been rediscovered by the tourism world in recent years, but the historic beach city of Cartagena has been popular for much longer. Along the country’s Caribbean coast, Cartagena is an interesting mix of beach hotels and a walled colonial city with plenty to see.
The legend of Santa Claus is strong in the Dutch capital, where 16th- and 17th-century houses are strung with lights in early December. Consider lingering through New Year’s Eve for champagne and fireworks in the Nieuwmarkt or Dam squares.
The wilderness Urho Kekkonen National Park is a 90-minute flight from Helsinki. It is an actual winter wonderland which is best spent with friends. It is surrounded by frosty landscape via a reindeer-pulled sled, or go cross-country skiing on the Saariselkä trails.
Edinburgh is known for its widespread arts and theatre culture, this holiday is best for those looking for something different. An Edinburgh holiday will include fireworks illuminating the sky from Edinburgh Castle to the Palace of Holyroodhouse. Bagpipes playing “Amazing Grace” around the Sir Walter Scott Monument serve even better than carollers.
New Mexico, Toas
This remote village on a high desert plain is especially magical at Christmas, thanks to its rich mix of cultural traditions. For any buck list, it is important to see the historic Ledoux Street all lit up with paper lanterns; the ceremonial re-enactments of Mary and Joseph’s search for shelter, called posadas; and the dramatic American Indian Christmas Eve celebration that takes over the main square in Taos Pueblo. Plus, you can ski all day long on Christmas Day at Taos Ski Resort, 18 miles away.
Jingle Bells set to a salsa beat will get you dancing and caroling. Palm trees basking in sunlight and exotic flora in the El Yunque rainforest replace your typical snowcapped pines. Wrap up your Caribbean days with an evening stroll through a 500-year-old Spanish colonial city on the Atlantic. Let us take you away.
There’s a world of opportunity out there just waiting to be explored, so make sure you don’t miss out! Remember, the only thing that’s limiting you is your imagination.