December is full of opportunities for some great seasonal trips; it's a great time to lose yourself in an exotic wildlife adventure or get lost in the winding European streets during Christmastime. Here's our round up of where to travel in December, no matter what it is you're travelling for.
Christmas Magic in London
There is so much going on in the capital all year round, but in December there is a little bit of added magic thanks to the Christmas lights. London‘s main shopping streets such as Oxford Street and Regent Street are famous for their displays and the shops go all out with their window displays. In addition, some of the city’s most famous markets, including Borough Market, extend their hours and stay open throughout out the week and there’s no shortage of amazing show on. December is truly a magical time in London – you can feel the end of year excitement all around you.
New Year Fireworks in Sydney
New Year’s Eve in Sydney is a real spectacle with an incredible fireworks display that lights up the harbour. People flock to Sydney from all over to be among the first in the world to celebrate the turning of the year. It is a popular time of year, so be sure to book early. And don’t forget, this is the middle of summer in Australia – so be sure to pack accordingly!
Island Escape in Raja Ampat
Raja Ampat is one of the world’s most stunning seascapes, and worth seeing at any time of year – but if you’re looking for a serene Christmas getaway it’s hard to beat. The area’s water is at its calmest from October to December, so it’s a great time to visit. Sail through the archipelago on board a luxury phinisi boat and feel the year’s worries wash away.
Temples and Trekking in Cambodia
The dry season in Cambodia runs from October to April, with many guidebooks recommending a visit between November and March. Average temperature reaches 24 degrees, making it a perfect time for trekking the country’s pristine rainforest and seeing the stunning ruins of Angkor Wat. It’s an amazing place to do something a bit different over the holidays.
Penguins in Antarctica
Antarctica‘s summer from November to March is without a doubt the best time to go. December to January is the best of the best with mid to late December seeing the penguin chicks starting to hatch. December is an excellent time to see wildlife in Antarctica.
Ancient Culture on Easter Island
Visit Easter Island now to enjoy the island when it’s more remote and tranquil and rainfall is still low. With the allure of its fascinating ancient Moai statues at its centre, there’s plenty to do from snorkelling and scuba diving to trekking and mountain biking.