1. Krabi, Thailand
One of the famous countries that have been visited by tourists is Thailand. The country has a rich, diverse, and dynamic culture. The province of Krabi is one of the scenic region, which is located on the southwest coast of Thailand. It is surrounded by gorgeous limestones, clear blue waters, and white sand beaches. They are the go-to place of families, travelers, explorers, and, most of all, the honeymooners. If you plan to go to Krabi, you might want to swing by Ko Poda, Railay Beach, Ko Lanta Yai, and Phi Phi Islands.
2. Cape Town- South Africa
Cape Town is a port city located on the southwest coast of South Africa. The destination is known for its historical significance in the development and growth of trade between Asia and Europe. If you want to experience scenic and white sandy beaches, Cape Town is the place to be. You should not also miss Table Mountain, Robben Island, National Botanical Garden, Two Oceans Aquarium, and of course, the famous Table Mountain. The city is also renowned for its local products, such as their leather handbags, beadwork craft, Ardmore ceramic art, and Diamonds.
3. Cancun, Mexico
Cancun is often tagged as a luxurious travel spot. But most people did not know through research; you could go there if you are on a tight budget. The city is known for its parties, and most likely, the younger generation swarms the place. Cancun is also known for its beaches, and it is the perfect December getaway. However, traveling there on the said month may be more expensive compared to the low months. The must go to place while you are in Cancun are Coba, Cancun Underwater Museum, Xel Ha Park, and Xcaret Park.
Maldives is a popular spot for the newlyweds. The said destination is a go-to place for honeymooners. The country is surrounded by crystal clear waters and white sand beaches. The country showcases its small islets and romantic villas that could give d definitely give the newlyweds, a great atmosphere. Of course, people can go there on all occasions. The vacation spots are also being visited by families or single travelers, as the experience is excellent. The top things to do when you are in Maldives are snorkeling, dine at their underwater restaurant, and an overnight stay in their water villa.
5. Langkawi, Malaysia
Langkawi offers a scenic archipelago of 99 beautiful islands. The destination provides expansive parks, iconic structures, and natural landscapes that no first-time tourists should skip. Langkawi is best known for its beautiful beaches that have an excellent diving opportunity. The country also has its historical attraction, fun nightlife, and shopping is cheap. Places that you should not miss is the Payar Island, Pantai Cenang Beach, Art Paradise in Langkawi, and Langkawi Cable car. The country is also best known for its budget-friendly fares and food unless you want to have luxurious travels.
6. La Romana, Dominican Republic
La Romana is a beautiful city located on the Dominican Republic’s Carribean coast. It is the gateway to nearby resorts. The city is overlooking the Chavón River, which is situated in the village of Altos de Chavón. The said village is famous, as it recreated the 16th- century Mediterranean village with artists’ workshops. The south side of the city is Catalina Island. It showcases beaches with coral reefs, and the famous wrecked ship of a pirate, William Kidd. If you plan to visit the city, you do not want to miss Playa Caleta, Dye Fore Golf Course of Casa de Campo, Teeth of the Dog, and their renowned Dominican Coffee.
7. Goa, India
Goa is a state located in the western part of India. Its coastline stretches along the Arabian Sea. Goa has a long history as a Portuguese colony preceding to 1961, and it is evident in its well-preserved 17th-century churches and the area’s tropical spice plantations. Not only that, Goa has a rich culture; they also have excellent beaches. The popular tourist spots in Goa are Aguada FortBasilica of Bom Jesus, Patnem Beach, Palolem Beach, and the Colomb beach. Goa is also popular with its festivals such as Diwali, Goa Carnival, Samvatsar Padvo or Sanvsar Pavo, and Shigmo.
8. Siargao Island, Philippines
Siargao Island is one of the most beautiful places to visit during the month of December. Siargao Island is located in the Philippines, which is a tropical island. The whole island of Siargao is around 437 square kilometers long. If you want to enjoy the beaches in December, heading to Siargao will not disappoint you. It is one of the surfing destinations of the Philippines. If you plan to travel to Siargao, you would want to visit Cloud 9 Surfing Area, Daku Island, Dedon Island Siargao Inc., and Guyam Island. The island is an excellent destination for backpackers and budget travelers, as the country is not that expensive to go to.
9. Bali, Indonesia
Bali is also one of the travel destinations that are budget-friendly yet extremely beautiful. The island is famous for its forested volcanic mountains, coral reefs, beaches, and iconic rice paddles. Bali is also the home to religious sites such as the popular cliffside Uluwatu Temple. In the southern part of the island, the beachside city of Kuta is famous for its lively bars. Nusa Dua and Sanur are well-known resort towns. Bali is also the go-to place for self-reflection as the island offers yoga and meditation retreats.
10. Mauritius, East Africa
Mauritius is an African island in the Indian Ocean and is most famous for its beaches, reef, and lagoons. The nation also has a mountainous interior that includes Black River Gorges National Park, with waterfalls, rainforests, hiking tools, and wildlife such as the flying fox. The nation’s capital, which is the Port Luis, has sites such as the Eureka plantation house, Champs de Mars horse track, and 18th-century Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam Botanical Gardens. The advice must-go places are the Black River Gorges National Park, Seven Colored Earth, and le aux Cerfs.
11. Rio De Janeiro, Brazil
Rio De Janeiro is one of the most popular destinations. It can always be seen in movies and TV shows. The city is also the capital of Brazil, and one of the colorful, vivid, and energetic city in the world. Due to its rich culture, Rio De Janeiro is also one of the to go to places during December. Thus, you can experience some of the best sights and even learn the Samba. You also would not want to miss one of the largest festivals in the world, which is the Carnival in Rio de Janeiro. Travelers shared the go-to places are Christ the Redeemer, Sugarloaf Mountain,Copacabana Beach, and Ipanema Beach.
12. Miami, Florida
Miami is also one of the most famous places in the world. Hundreds of movies, TV shows, and songs have featured the iconic palm trees, evergreen weather, lavish lifestyle, and eccentric people. The city is also known for its beaches and splendid weather. Yachts can be seen almost anywhere, and most of the tourists rent a boat and bask in the Miami sun. The go-to spots in Miami are Coral Castle, Lincoln Road, Miami Seaquarium, and Vizcaya Museum and Gardens.
Dubai is a city and emirate in the United Arab Emirates. It is known for its ultra-modern architecture, luxury shopping, and lively and colorful nightlife. It also where the 830m-tall tower, Burj Khalifa, which dominates the skyscraper-filled skyline. On the foot of the tower lie the iconic Dubai Fountain with lights and jets choreographed to music. Dubai also has the famous artificial islands just offshore is Atlantis, The Palm, which is a resort with water and has a marine animal park. The best places to visit while in Dubai are the Gold Souk, Burj Khalifa, Desert Safari, Palm Jumeirah, and Wild Wadi Waterpark.
Singapore is one of the most advanced cities in Asia. It is also the global financial center that has a tropical climate and multicultural population. The island’s center is Padang, which is known to be a cricket field since the 1830s, and now it is flanked by massive buildings, including their City Hall, with its iconic 19 Corinthian columns. The go-to places when you are in Singapore are the Gardens by the Bay, Little India, Sentosa Island, and of course, the famous Merlin’s fountain.
15. Sydney, Australia
Sydney is the capital of New South Wales and one of the largest cities in Australia. The town is much visited for a family vacation, and it is known to be a friendly city. One of the iconic places in Sydney is its harbourfront Sydney Opera House that has a unique sail-like design. The city also has an enormous Darling Harbour and the smaller Circular Quay port and is the known hubs of their waterside life. Sydney also has its famous Sydney Tower outdoor platform, which is the Skywalk. It offers a 360-degree view of the city. The best places to visit when you are in Sydney is the Taronga Zoo, Bondi Beach, Opera House, and the Sydney Harbor Bridge.
16. Madrid, Spain
Madrid is the central capital of Spain, which is known for its elegant boulevards, rich culture, and expensive, manicured parks. The city is famous for its rich archives of European art, which includes the Velázquez, Prado Museum’s works by Goya, and other Spanish masters. At the heart of the old Hapsburg Madrid, there you will see the portico-lined Plaza Mayor and nearby is the Royal Palace and Armory that showcases historical weaponry. The places to visit when you travel to Madrid are the Museo Nacional Del Prado, Buen Retiro Park, Buen Retiro Park, Central Madrid, and Plaza Mayor.
17. Jamaica, Caribbean
If you are up for a tropical holiday, Jamaica is also the place to be. The laid back atmosphere of the nation could surely indulge you with the vacation feels. It is the home of reggae music, and if you get their vibe, you could truly enjoy the place. Many of their breathtaking and relaxing resorts that have a British-colonial architecture are clustered in Montego Bay. The places that you would not want to miss if you plan on visiting Jamaica would be Montego Bay Cruise Port, Rastafari Indigenous Village, Bob Marley Museum, and Doctor’s Cave Beach.
18. Aswan, Egypt
Egypt is one of the best-known countries worldwide. Being considered in the Bible, the country becomes a travel bucket list. Thus, being a deserted country, it is well-traveled to buy tourist during the holidays. Aswan is a city on the Nile River and is considered to be Egypt’s strategic and commercial gateway. Aswan contains the most significant archeological sites such as the Philae temple complex on Agilkia Island, near the landmark Aswan Dam. Philae’s ruins include that Elephantine Island holds the Temple of Khnum, from the Third Dynasty and the columned Temple of Isis, dating to the 4th century B.C. Downriver.
19. Cuzco, Peru
If you want to travel into a place that has a rich culture and great sightings, Cusco must be part of your list. It is a city located in the southeastern of Perum near the Urubamba Valley of the Andes mountain range. The said city was the historic capital of the Inca Empire from the 13th century until the 16th-century Spanish conquest. Cuzco has stated a World Heritage Site by UNESCO with the title “City of Cuzco.” It has been one of the major tourist destinations, hosting an estimated 2 million visitors a year.
20. Buenos Aires, Argentina
Buenos Aires is also one of the famous destinations during the month of December. It is said to be Argentina’s big, cosmopolitan capital city. It is also one of the cities that preserve their heritage. The center of Buenos Aires is the Plaza de Mayo. It is in line with stately 19th-century buildings, which is the iconic, balconied presidential palace. Other major attractions include their Teatro Colón, which is a grand 1908 opera house that could accommodate nearly 2,500 seats. You should put on your list the places in Buenos Aires, such as the Teatro Colón, Casa Rosada, MALBA museum, and the Recoleta Cemetery.
21. Mexico City, Mexico
Mexico City is also known for preserving its heritage. Tourists most likely go here and learn about Mexico’s history and culture. It is known for its Templo Mayor, which is a 13th century Aztec Temple, the baroque Cathedral Metropolitana de México of the Spanish conquistador, and the Palacio Nacional that houses the historic murals by Diego Rivera. All of these cites are located around the Plaza de la Constitución, which is a massive central square, also known as the Zócalo. Thus, you don’t want to miss out Metropolitan Cathedral, the National Palace, and Chapultepec Park when you plan to visit Mexico City.
22. Cartagena, Colombia
Cartagena is also perfect for your holiday vacation. The city is a port city on the Colombia Carribean Coast. Along the sea is the walled Old Town that was founded in the 16th century, with squares, cobblestone streets, and flash colonial buildings. Due to its tropical climate, Cartagena is also one of the most popular beach destinations. By boat, you could reach the Isla de Barú, which has palm trees, white-sand beaches, and palm trees. As for the Islas del Rosario, it is known for its coral reefs. Some of them go to places when you plan to visit Cartagena are the Palace of the Inquisition, Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas, and Las Bóvedas.
23. Cairo, Egypt
Cairo is one of the most famous cities in Egypt and also one of the best tourist spots. Cairo is the sprawling capital of Egypt, which is set on the Nile River. At its center is the Tahrir Square and the massive Egyptian Museum, which has a trove of antiquities that includes the gilded King Tutankhamun artifacts and the royal mummies. Giz is located nearby, wherein you can see the iconic Great Sphinx, and iconic pyramids dating 26th century BC. In Gezira Island’s leafy Zamalek district, a 187m Cairo Toward can allow you to experience panoramic city views.
24. Boracay Island, Philippines
The Philippines is one of the most famous beach destinations. The country is composed of 7,100 islands, and both budgeted and luxurious vacations can be achieved. Boracay Island is the world-renowned beach spot in the Philippines that is famous for the beautiful white sand, palm trees, bars, and restaurants. On the east coast of the island, the strong winds make the Bulabog Beach water sports hub. Nearby, Mount Luho, which is an observation deck offers you a panoramic view of the island. If you plan to go to Boracay, don’t miss out on their food and the local beer brand San Miguel Beer.
25. Costa Rica
Costa Rica is a rugged, rainforest area in Central America with coastlines on the Caribbean and Pacific. Its capital San Jose is where you can find cultural institutions such as the Pre-Columbian Gold Museum. Still, Costa Rica, in general, is known for its beaches, biodiversity, and volcanoes. An estimated quarter of its area is made up of protected jungle, filled with wildlife including quetzal birds and spider monkeys. The cultural spots in Costa Rica are, The Ujarrás historical site in the Orosí Valley, and a stone sphere created by the Diquis culture at the National Museum.
Chile is one of the most beautiful countries with a rich culture. It is a long narrow country that expands along South America’s western edge and has at least 6,000km of Pacific Ocean coastline. The country’s capital, Santiago, lies in a valley that is surrounded by the Chilean Range mountains and Andes. The city has a palm-lined Plaza de Armas houses, the neoclassical cathedral, and the National History Museum. The enormous Parque Metropolitano showcases, a zoo, botanical garden and swimming pools. Not only that, but the famous easter island is also in Chile’s territory.
Laos is a Southeast Asian country and is also perfect for your holiday vacation. It is famous for its mountainous terrain, hill tribe settlement, French colonial architecture, and Buddhist monasteries. The capital of Laos is Vientiane, which is the site of the That Luang monument wherein it is believed to be housing the breastbone of Buddha. Also, you can find in the city the Patuxai war memorial and the Talat Sao, which is the morning market that is packed with clothes, food, and craft stalls. Laos is famous for its night market, Kuang Si Falls, and the sunset cruise in the Mekong River.
Cambodia is one of the backpacker’s favorites, as it houses a beautiful temple, and the country is pretty much affordable. The capital of Cambodia is Phnom Penh, and it is the house to the art deco Central Market, the beautiful Royal Palace and the National Museum that exhibits historical and archaeological presentation. In the northwestern part of Cambodia, are the ruins of Angkor Wat, which is an extensive stone temple complex that was built during the Khmer Empire. Cambodia is also known for its local products, such as the Batik print clothing, Cambodian silk, woven mats, soaps, and paper prints.
Vietnam is also one of the most affordable countries to go to and is also considered to be the backpacker’s go-to place. The country is known for its rivers, beaches, bustling cities, and Buddhist temples. The capital of Vietnam is Hanoi, and it is where the nation’s iconic Communist-era leader, Ho Chi Minh, home through a massive marble mausoleum. The Ho Chi Minh City, formerly called Saigon, showcases the French colonial landmarks, Vietnamese War history museums, and the Củ Chi tunnels that were used by Viet Cong soldiers. There are many things to do when you are in Vietnam, such as caving, hiking, and experience their floating village.
Belize is also a hoe for beautiful beaches and historical temples. The country is known for its unique topography, having the Caribbean Sea shorelines to the east and a sanctuary jungle to the west. Offshore, the enormous Belize Barrier Reef is dotted with hundreds of low-lying islands called the cayes, and it is the home of marine life. In the nation’s jungle side, it is where the Mayan ruins are located, such as Caracol, which is famous for its towering pyramid, lagoon-side Lamanai, and Altun Ha, just outside Belize City. Belize is also renowned for its most sacred cave.
Guatemala is Central American country which is south of Mexico. It is a home for vast rainforests volcanoes and ancient Mayan sites. The capital of Guatemala is Guatemala City that showcases the state National Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology and the National Palace of Culture. The west side of the capital is Antigua, wherein preserved Spanish colonial buildings can be found. On the other hand, Lake Atitlán is an enormous volcanic crater that is enclosed by villages and coffee fields. While you are in Guatemala, you don’t want to miss their coffee, the Mayan Ruins, Pacaya, Semuc Champey, and Lake Atitlan.
Fiji is a country in the South Pacific that is an archipelago of more than 300 islands. It is known for its rugged landscapes, palm-lined beaches, and coral reefs with clear lagoons. The major islands in Fiji are Viti Levu and Vanua Levu, which contains most of the population. Viti Levu is the home of the capital, Suva, which is a port city that has a British colonial architecture. The Fiji Museum, in the Victorian-era Thurston Gardens, showcases the ethnographic exhibits. While in Fiji, you could go snorkeling, visit a local village, sea cruise, or experience the Kava ceremony.
33. New Zealand
New Zealand is known for its marvelous National Parks, glacier trekking, and extreme sports that make the country home of the adrenaline junkies. It is also has a rich history and a well preserved Māori culture. New Zealand is also known for its friendly locals. Not only that, but the country is also one of the locations for the Lord of The Rings movie franchise, wherein fans traveled there to experience the actual site. Aside from their extreme sports, you can also visit there Glowworm caves, and if you are lucky, they could also see the northern lights.
Cuba is also a country that is perfect for holiday vacations. It has sugar-white beaches and surrounded by tobacco fields. Cuba is known for its production of there legendary cigars. Cuba’s capital is Havana is lined with beautiful pastel-colored houses with Spanish-colonial architecture. Salsa music can be heard, can be playing in the dance clubs, and cabaret shows are performed at the famous Tropicana. There are plenty of things to do when you go to Cuba, such as beach hopping, swim on a cenote, Havana city tour, and visit Topes National Park. Of course, you don’t want to miss out on their local cuisine.
35. Tasmania, Australia
Tasmania is an isolated state off the south coast of Australia. It is known for its vast, rugged wilderness areas that are primarily protected within reserves and parks. On the Tasman Peninsula, the 19th century Port Arthur penal settlement is now a museum. In Hobart, which is the port capital, the Salamanca Place’s Georgian warehouses is now a great tourist spot if you want to see galleries and boutiques. Tasmania also has a museum of Old and New Art that has a contemporary edge. Some of the favorite tourist spots are the Satellite Island, lavender fields and tulip farms, and Freycinet National Park.
Spain is known for its great geography and vast culture. Spain’s capital city, Madrid, is home to the Royal Palace and Prado Museum that houses works by European master artists. In Segovia, it has a medieval castle called the Alcázar, and an intact Roman aqueduct. Barcelona, which is the capital of Catalonia, is described by Antoni Gaudi electric modernist landmarks such as the Sagrada Familia church. It is also one of the most significant countries to celebrate your holiday vacation. They have their Christmas markets during the holiday season.
37. South Africa
South Africa is famously known for their African safari. Located at the southernmost tip of the African continent, South Africa is marked by a distinct ecosystem. The inland safari destination is one of the most sought after places by the tourist, and the Kruger National Park is populated by big game. At the Western Cape, you can go to Stellenbosch and Paarl for its beaches and lush Winelands; craggy cliffs at the Cape of Good Hope; lagoons and forest at the Garden Route; and the city of Cape Town located beneath the flat-topped Table Mountain. For the African safari, it may be known to be a luxurious thrill, but other locations offer the way cheaper experience.
Greece is one of the dream destinations of many travelers. It is a country in southeastern Europe that has thousands of islands across the Aegean and Ionian seas. It is mostly influenced by ancient times. The country is sometimes called the cradle of Western civilization. The capital of Greece is Athens, in which the city retains landmarks, including the Acropolis citadel with the Parthenon temple, dating the 5th century B.C. Greece is also famous for its beaches, from the black sands of Santorini to Mykonos which is a party resort. You don’t want to miss out on Greek cuisine, and their local delicacies.
As many would know, Hawaii is the epitome of beach and surfing. Coming from songs to the T.V. show, Hawaii is the place to be if you want to experience basking in the perfect weather and ride the huge waves. Not only for beaches, but Hawaii is also known for its rugged landscapes of cliffs, tropical foliage, and waterfalls. Among the six islands in Hawaii, Oahu is the largest city and capital, Honolulu is home to Waikiki Beach and the iconic Pearl Harbor’s WWII memorials. It is also a great place to come during your holiday vacation.
Italy is also one of the countries that most travelers would want to visit. The country has left a robust Western culture and cuisine. The country’s capital is Rome, which is the home to the Vatican as well as the landmark art of the ancient historical ruins. Other famous cities in Italy include Florence, where the Renaissance masterpieces such as Michelangelo’s “David” and Brunelleschi’s Duomo can be found; Milan, which is Italy’s fashion capital, and Venice where you can find the famous canals.
Traveling is tagged to be one way to unwind and release your stress. It can also educate you with other cultures and unique architecture. Some people are hesitant to travel because of their financial status, in which there are plenty of ways to combat that. The critical role of traveling is to budget your daily spendings and always plan. Some travel experts suggest booking airline tickets months before your travel date as the prices are still lower. Thus, everybody can travel. You need to do the right research and budgeting, as traveling can be one of life’s most significant investments.