Christmas Around the World
Christmas travel packages are often the sole reason many people are able to take a family vacation at Christmas. They allow you to save money on transportation, accommodations, and amenities, and many families are especially fond of them as they ensure a stress-free vacation once you arrive at your destination. There are options for Christmas vacation deals all over the world, including the sunny tropical resorts in the Caribbean and Mexico, the snow-capped Alps and Pyrenees in Europe, luxurious ski resorts in the US and Canada, and even the exotic beach destinations in Asia.
Christmas Vacation Packages
For many families, the best Christmas vacation package is one that includes time at the beach, and for that, the Caribbean and Mexico often have the best deals, and even access to all inclusive resorts. In the Caribbean, Jamaica is one of the most popular resort destinations, as it has specifically family-friendly resorts such as FDR Pebbles that include child care and kids activities in the all inclusive fee. There are excellent resorts around the island, in Negril, Ocho Rios, and Montego Bay, and it’s hard to go wrong when choosing among the Jamaican beaches as well.
For cooler Christmas vacations, ski resorts around the world provide a winter wonderland of fresh, crisp air coupled with perfect powdery snow for the skiing and snowboarding enthusiast. Whether you’re a beginner or an experience skier, spending Christmas at a ski resort promises a cozy ambience with plenty of time by a roaring fire after a day spent out on the slopes. Especially for travelers from warmer climates, a white Christmas can be a real treat.
On the East Coast, New Hampshire and Vermont have terrific ski resorts, which are often more intimate and often less expensive than the larger resorts out in the west. The Mount Washington Resort in New Hampshire offers one of the best Christmas vacation package deals. Holiday revelers not only have their choice in superior accommodations from luxury suites to private cabins, you will experience some of the best skiing conditions and enjoy free holiday activities for families. If your heart is in the Rocky Mountains, it’s worth looking into Christmas vacations in Vail or Aspen, both in Colorado, or Jackson Hole, Wyoming. Both offer amazing ski slopes and beautiful settings out in the country.
The beach resorts in Southeast Asia are great to visit year round, but particularly in the winter when the weather is mild, and it’s possible to find Christmas travel specials that can help you save money on accommodations near the beaches, though airfare is not likely to be cheap. In Thailand, the island of Phuket is famous for its beautiful beaches and hotels, and it’s also worth looking into other island destinations in the country, including Koh Samet, Koh Samui, Koh Phi Phi, and Koh Phangan, to see which one suits your travel style best, as some are famous for parties, and others for quiet beaches.
If you’d just like to relax on your holiday, then the best Christmas vacation package is likely aboard a Christmas cruise, as all you’ll have to do is sit back and watch the scenery go by, and then visit the islands and tropical destinations on your route. Several cruise lines offer Christmas vacation deals, often with itineraries ranging from three to seven days and including on-board celebrations for Christmas or New Years—or both, if you time your itinerary correctly.
Travelers considering Christmas travel packages to the Caribbean, can find cruises that stop in the Bahamas, the Virgin Islands, Barbados, and even the southern islands of the Lower Antilles, like Guadeloupe and St Barts. On major cruise lines such as Norwegian, Royal Caribbean, and Carnival, family-friendly cruises are common, meaning there will be plenty for your kids to do if you want some time to yourself.
If you have a lot of time and some extra cash this holiday season, a luxury cruise is a great way to go. For instance, luxury cruise vacations include the 22-day Caribbean excursion departing from Southampton, England aboard the Queen Mary luxury liner traveling to the warm climate of Tortola, Madeira, Antigua and Barbuda, and Ponta Delgada, in the Azores Islands.