Six Hot and Happening Places to Go This December

Yes, it’s only October, but we know how hard you’ve worked this year and it’s almost time to enjoy some time off. Whether you’re thinking beach, bush or something else, we put together some of the hottest destinations South Africans are looking at this year for their annual getaway...

Budget-friendly options

If you’re not looking to go too crazy this December, why not look at:

India offers so much more than just spicy food and balmy weather. The country itself is absolutely massive and with so many diverse regions, you can plan a mix of city sightseeing, meditative journeys, beach bathing days and culinary tours. Try Kerala for beach towns and Jaipur for incredible architecture.

Six hot and happening places to go this December

Visiting this small island in the Indian Ocean is about the closest you can get to visiting France outside of Europe. While Reunion is a department of France, the country holds onto its Creole roots, celebrating the best of both worlds. If you opt for self-catering accommodation and shop at local markets, Reunion is an affordable destination to enjoy. Make sure to visit the active volcano and drive the winding mountain roads into the three Cirques.

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If you’re looking for the true spirit of Christmas, a tour of the German Christmas markets is where you’re going to find it. Twinkling lights, bars of fresh marzipan and hot gluhwein are presented in traditional market stands, while traditional Christmas music is played. Each market has its own unique set of vendors that stay open until late into the evening.

Steeped in cultural mystery and ancient tradition, China has long fascinated travellers from around the globe. As one of the world’s leading economies with huge growth in technology, it is also one of the most dichotomous societies you could wish to visit. First world facilities adjoin centuries-old markets in Beijing, while the architectural wonders of Shanghai will give you a sense of the future of this Asian nation. There’ll never be enough time to discover it all though, so rather take the time to fully enjoy a single city during your stay.

Luxury Escapes

The Japanese aesthetic and care for their surroundings have always been what’s resonated with travellers to this beautiful island. From the vibrant streets of Tokyo, through to the provincial escapes of Tokai, there is so much on offer. Our favourite bucket list item, however, has to be to see the bathing Japanese macaques, or snow monkeys, that seem to be enjoying some downtime in the onsen, or hot springs near Nagano.

Yes, you’ll have to bundle up to visit France in December, but the cold keeps the masses of tourists away and is why we’re suggesting it for December. Paris is always magical, wrapped up tight in layers, this is the perfect time to enjoy people watching from the sidewalk at a French cafe with a glass of red wine. Plus, the indulgent French fare is better suited for colder days in any case!

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