December adventures

Whether you’re dreaming of a white Christmas or desperate for some winter sun, December offers plenty of travel opportunities for an unforgettable festive escape. Here are a few ideas for the hottest (and coldest) places to go this December.

Finnish Lapland

For a white Christmas full of Christmas spirit a trip to Finnish Lapland will deliver in full.  Ride a reindeer sled to Santa’s official home in Rovaniemi, where you can explore underground caves packed with christmas activities including the elves toy factory and Santa’s post office.

Try your hand at traditional klondike husky sledding through Lapland’s beautiful, snow covered countryside or hunt the northern lights on a snowmobile safari before raising the temperature in a traditional Finnish sauna.

From luxurious glass igloos to a snow hotel and all manner of luxurious lodges, there is wonderful accommodation for all tastes.

Kerala, India

If you love the idea of visiting India but want a more relaxed area to visit, Kerala is perfect. Verdant tea plantations, evergreen forests, coconut groves and fragrant spice fields . You can take a trip to Eravikulam National Park where the residents include tigers, leopards, elephants, lion-tailed macaques and, most famously,  the endangered Nilgiri Tar. A highlight for Kerala is an overnight stay on a houseboat whilst gliding through Kerala’s famous, scenic and serene backwaters. Explore Kochi’s historic fort before taking a sunset stroll along Kochi Fort beach to see the famous Chinese fishing nets silhouetted against the blazing horizon. Why not finish your trip with a few days in a nice boutique hotel on the beach in Goa?

Rwanda

December is a great time to take a mountain gorilla trek in Volcano National Park in the Virunga Mountains and meet some of the last mountain gorilla families in the world.  

To see more of Rwanda‘s impressive wildlife, head to Akagera National Park to photography the ‘big 5’ (lion, rhino, elephant, buffalo, leopard) on a game drive before taking a boat safari on Lake Ihema, home to hippos, crocodiles and a variety of bird life.  Nyungwe National Park is home to 13 primate species.  For a monkey-eye view of the valleys and surrounding rainforest, try the suspended canopy walk or take a guided chimpanzee tracking trek.

For more ideas on where to go in December like Utah, Chile and Thailand why not check out Becky’s full article here:

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