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Best places in the world to travel to in December 2024

December is the month of the holidays. Christmas and New Year’s are just around the corner, life is chaotic, and the weather is poor. But remember, there is no bad weather in nature; it is much better to bask in the warm sun and enjoy a light sea breeze than to freeze up at home with a hot cup of tea after walking outside. Give yourself a gift this December and jet off for a holiday abroad.

Let’s look at the top 5 places for amazing Christmas holidays.

The best destinations to travel to in December

  • Brazil
  • Cambodia
  • India
  • South Africa
  • Austria

Beautiful Brazilian

Brazil: Visit one of best and most interesting countries of Latin America

The country of Rio de Janeiro’s Carnival, the best at football/soccer, the cheerful rhythms of samba, the moves of capoeira, the Amazon jungle, Iguazu waterfalls, and the popular beaches of Copacabana and Ipanema- all of these factors make Brazil the great country that it is.

Area: 8,516,000 km2 Language: Portuguese Capital city: Brasília
Population: 214 million Local Currency: Brazilian real Time zone: GMT-3

Best vacation spots in Brazil

Latin America’s gem, Brazil, has many stunning places to spend your December vacation.

Rio de Janeiro – A top destination to get to know Brazil better

To say that Rio de Janeiro is the highlight of Brazil is an understatement! Local beaches, delicious cuisine, picturesque countryside, and an interesting way of local life will make you fall in love with the city. If you don’t want to experience the loud noise and the hustle and bustle, you can escape closer to the harbor. But even reclusive travelers must see the city’s vibrant life at least once. Go to any local market or walk around the Old Town, filled with exotic plants and fountains. See the entire city from a new perspective at the top of Sugarloaf Mountain. Take a cable car there, and when you arrive, you’ll be able to pop into various cafes that will offer you a cup of real Brazilian coffee while you enjoy a panoramic view.

Angra dos Reis – A globally recognized paradise of Latin America

It’s hard to say which specific category of tourists is suited to Angra dos Reis-perhaps just everyone who wants a paradise vacation. Angra dos Reis is a mix of eight bays and 365 islets.

Each island of Angra dos Reis has its wonderful features, so if you get bored with the atmosphere of one, you can quickly move to another-the tourist infrastructure is well developed everywhere. Be sure to stop by the Bica da Carioca fountain. Admire its beauty and all the surrounding area, drink some water from it, and make a wish to return to this place (you will want to!).

Búzios – Brigitte Bardot wouldn’t recommend a bad place

Once upon a time, the charming famous Brigitte Bardot declared that she had found a natural paradise for herself: a small fishing village named Armação dos Búzios (often just called Búzios), where she went to rest from endless filming, paparazzi, and social life.

And you can understand her feelings when you come to Búzios. Clean beaches, the gentle coastal waters of the Atlantic Ocean, cozy hotels, delicious food, a rich array of excursions, and vibrant nightlife will make you forget about all your troubles. There are 24 beaches, and each is special and has a lot of activities: snorkeling, diving, fishing, and crazy parties.

Brasília – Travel there to understand why the capital was moved here

Holidays in Brasília have become a very fashionable trend among travelers of all nationalities. Although there is no sea, the city doesn’t experience a lack of water activities, as fantastic pools and waterparks can be found everywhere in the city. There are a significant number of attractions here: the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, different museums, the University of Brazil, the National Theater, and much more.

Average monthly temperatures in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Cambodia: Dream vacation full of new experiences

Cambodia remains a country of mystery. It’s the cradle of the Khmer civilization and has a dark past and a bright future. Discover new traditions, taste unusual foods, and become in awe of how humble the Cambodian people are.

Area: 181,035 km2 Language: Khmer Capital city: Phnom Penh
Population: 16.9 million Local Currency: Cambodia riel Time zone: GMT+7

Best vacation spots in Cambodia

Although the sights of Cambodia are full of mystery, one thing is clear: they are all, without exception, fascinating.

Sihanoukville – A great vacation idea for a retreat in Cambodia

Sihanoukville is one of the cheapest places to visit in Cambodia, but this is not its main advantage-that would be the absence of big tourist crowds and its close proximity to untouched islands like Koh Rong and Koh Rong Sanloem. If you want the highest level of privacy, find a cozy bungalow on the coast. Exceptional accommodations and bright blue water are at your disposal.

Koh Kong – Where parties on the beach don’t stop til morning

Koh Kong is a small island yet quite vibrant and very noisy, with a plethora of tasty restaurants and bustling bars that are open daily for tourists to enjoy. Bathe on relaxing beaches, snorkel, and fish in deep blue seas, or take a look at the Ta Tai and Koh Por waterfalls.

Phnom Penh – Charming attractions are waiting for you

The number of attractions and the prices in Phnom Penh amazes travelers. Even if you have 50 cents in your pocket, you can pop into any bar to enjoy tasty craft beer or ale. Rent an apartment not far from the center at a reasonable cost, with all the main sights a stone’s throw away, like the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum, the Royal Palace, the riverside, the Ta Prohm temple at Tonle Bati, and much more.

Average monthly temperatures in Phnom Penh, Cambodia

Avg Temp Phnom Penh Cambodia

India: Travel to the land of diversity

India will spark your curiosity. Different kinds of religions and mystical practices, together with various languages, clothes, customs, and smells, will overwhelm you once you leave the airport.

India is a country of contrasts: a fairy tale for rich people, embodied in the opulence of the palaces, and a world of suffering for the poor living in terrible urban slums. But this diversity shapes India as we know it-distinctive, original, and interesting.

Area: 3,287,000 km2 Languages: Hindi, English Capital city: New Delhi
Population: 1.3 billion Local Currency: Indian rupee Time zone: GMT+5.30

Best vacation spots in India

Let’s look at the most iconic places in India that you can see in December.

Mumbai – The Inidian city with the nicest weather

Nobody leaves Mumbai feeling indifferent. It’s where wealth is mixed with poverty, coexisting together and sometimes even supplementing each other. The city is full of slums and has the highest prices for housing in the country, so expect an eye-opening experience.

Be amazed by how many churches and temples contrast with nightclubs and pubs. People of different religions get along and even participate in other religions’ numerous holidays.

The local beaches are not suitable for swimming, but there are so many fabulous sights that your desire to swim will fade away. Make sure to see the Gateway of India, Victoria Station, the Supreme Court, the Prince of Wales Museum, and much more.

Calangute, Goa – Spend your holiday at a seaside paradise

Calangute is a city filled with an insane amount of fun and parties where you’ll struggle ever to find some alone time.

In the daytime, chill out on sandy beaches, with free sunbeds and umbrellas offering protection from the sun. Indulge in the well-developed tourist food industry, with an array of restaurants and cafes providing light snacks from the local cuisine. Once night time comes, spend your nights partying away Indian style in one of the dozens of lively bars in the city.

Arambol – Enjoy your winter holiday with dolphins

Unlike Calangute, Arambol is not so popular among travelers, but the chance to rest here is fantastic. Sit on the shell-strewn beach and watch the dolphins that appear in the sea quite often.

One day will be enough to see the architectural monuments of this village: a small Portuguese Christian church and a local Buddhist temple. Arambol is not about excursions: it’s about unhurried leisure at the charming seacoast and the gorgeous freshwater lake nearby, as well as hanging out with creative people at small, cozy parties.

Average monthly temperatures in New Delhi, India

Avg Temp New Delhi India

South Africa: Holiday Africa’s southern most country

Looking for exotic vacations with top-quality services? Go to South Africa! One minute you can be relaxing with great champagne in a luxurious hotel, and then the next, you could be watching predatory animals on a safari while admiring the breathtaking mountain landscapes.

South Africa holds some of the world’s most beautiful travel experiences, from historic Cape Town in the south to the pristine wilderness of Kruger National Park in the north.

Area: 1,220,000 km2 Languages: Zulu, Xhosa, Afrikaans, English, Sesotho sa Leboa (Northern Sotho), Setswana, Sesotho (Southern Sotho), Xitsonga (Tsonga), siSwati (Swazi), Tshivenda (Venda), Ndebele Capital city: Cape Town
Population: 60 million Local Currency: South African rand Time zone: GMT+2

Best vacation spots in South Africa

Here are the top places and activities for you to check out in South Africa in December.

Durban – An iconic destination for a beach vacation

Durban is a charming place that will give you the holiday of a lifetime. The old part of the city is a cultural center where you will find amazing sights, while the new part is a paradise for those seeking a beach holiday. Known as the “Golden Mile,” a local beach that’s perfect for relaxing and splashing in warm waters. If you are a surfer, consider checking out the beaches of South Beach, Country Club, and Dairy Beach.

Plettenberg Bay – Where the warm weather floats between mountains and sea

Plettenberg Bay is gorgeous, surrounded by a string of dramatic mountain ranges on one side and washed by the warm waters of the Indian Ocean on the other. It’s an ideal part of the country for outdoor activities and ecotourism. Lovers of the extreme can jump from the highest bungee platform in the world (as listed in the Guinness Book of Records).

George – Enjoy some of the fanciest delicacies of Africa

Amazing nature, generous African sun, and white sand make the city of George a dream destination. One of the best activities is going to the observation deck for dolphin- and whale-watching. In addition, foodies will love delicacies in the local cafes, from black ostrich meat to fresh seafood.

Cape Town – A lure even for experienced tourists

Cape Town is considered the best place in the world for surfing. Wild waves, the right wind, qualified instructors, and a large selection of equipment create excellent conditions for surfing here. After an active day, walking along the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront is a brilliant idea. The Two Oceans Aquarium and the Kirstenbosch Botanical Garden are also charming places to pass the time.

Average monthly temperatures in Johannesburg, South Africa

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Amusement Park Wheel Vienna Austria

Austria: Experience dreamy Christmas holidays in Europe

Austria is undoubtedly beautiful in any season, but in winter, it’s extra special, with its historic towns and villages transforming into festive markets attracting millions of tourists from all over the world. Austria excites travelers with endless opportunities for health improvement, winter recreation, sports, and entertainment.

Area: 83,871 km2 Language: German Capital city: Vienna
Population: 8.9 million Local Currency: euro Time zone: GMT+1

Best vacation spots in Austria

Let’s check the top Austrian destinations that will give you a real winter feeling in December.

Saalbach – A top spot for skiing

Despite its small size, Saalbach is a respectable ski resort with various challenging ski slopes and areas. There are wide, gentle, and extreme slopes, including those intended for slalomists, and an illuminated park. Many other sports activities (carving, racing, ice skating, tennis, and squash) are available.

Picture the ideal vacation here: you wake up in your cozy chalet along the slopes, have breakfast at the cafe with a stunning view of the Alps, go skiing, and then relax at Classic Sound Factory or dance in the Arena disco club at night.

Bad Gastein – Find yourself in a Christmas fairytale

Bad Gastein is a wonderful place for skiing and snowboarding and an excellent resort for improving your health. Hit the slopes by day and undergo water therapy with the help of thermal nitrogen by night. You may also ride horses or race along in a horse-drawn sleigh to feel an authentic Christmas atmosphere. The Gasti Snowpark also makes Bad Gastein an excellent place for children to release their energy.

Vienna – Spend your Christmas holidays in one of the most beautiful European capitals

This shining and fabulous Vienna appears only once a year-in December. Celebrating Christmas or New Year in Vienna can be the best gift to yourself.

However, there is a chance that you will not be lucky with the weather. But don’t panic! Hop on the Vienna Ring Tram, which will take you around all the fantastic sights. If the weather is nice, you must feel the Christmas magic on the Vienna Ice Dream, a large skating rink.

Vienna during Christmas is a godsend for shopaholics: after December 25, Vienna’s shopping centers attract everybody with price reductions of up to 80%.

Average monthly temperatures in Vienna, Austria

Avg Temp Vienna Austria

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Frequently asked questions

What is the no. 1 most visited country in the world?

France is the most visited country in the world. Because of the outbreak of COVID-19 in 2020, it has gotten hard to compare the popularity of countries due to severe travel restrictions. Nevertheless, in 2018 and 2019, France welcomed 90 million guests from all over the world.

What to pack when traveling?

Earplugs can help when you travel in a noisy vehicle or stay at a hotel in the city center. Plug adapters allow you to charge your phone when sockets differ from your home country. Don't forget sunglasses and sunscreen even if you're traveling to cloudy places like Stockholm or London. And, indeed, a corkscrew will come in handy if you fancy a glass of vino.

What is the best way to pack your luggage?

We recommend the Tetris method: fill every inch of space (shoes should be stuffed with socks and put together, heel-to-toe, at the bottom of the suitcase). Roll clothes instead of folding them. It helps save a bit of space and avoid wrinkles. Also, keep liquids within easy reach: Airport luggage control sometimes asks you to pull out all liquids when going through security.

How to plan a vacation?

Start by allocating your budget and decide where and when to go. Then, find a suitable flight and accommodation. Remember to exchange money in advance if needed. Prepare medical insurance and make copies of your documents. Of course, plan some things you’d like to do. (Stories from kiwi.com might help you come up with vacation ideas.) And finally, pack your suitcase and go!

Where are the best places to surf?

  • Gold Coast, Australia—Straddie, Snapper (Superbank) for adrenaline surfing.
  • North Shore, Oahu, Hawaii—Waimea Bay and Banzai Pipeline for skilled surfers, and Sunset Beach on the North Shore for beginners.
  • Bukit Peninsula, Bali, Indonesia—Padang Right for beginners, and Uluwatu or Padang Padang Left for experts.

Where are the best places to scuba dive?

  • The Great Barrier Reef, Australia—the world’s longest reef has all the tropical sea life and coral you could imagine.
  • Ko Tao, Thailand—magnificent underwater life and is a cheap place to visit.
  • Sinai Peninsula, Egypt—here, you will see not only the sea life but also a large shipwreck of a British vessel, SS Thistlegorm, that was attacked from the air and sunk in 1941. Feel as if you were investigating a great mystery with this sunken craft.