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AnonymousGuest29 Dec 2014
I am looking for inspiration. I have either worked or been on call for the last 5 christmas’s allowing colleagues with small families have the time off.
I have just booked annual leave from the 20th December 2015 for 16 days. I want to travel with my partner to somehwere different, away from the main tourist spots. Ideally I want to spend about £5-6,000 on the trip. Any ideas………29 Dec 2014
Jefferydavison, I am guessing as you stated away from the main tourist spots your not after sunshine. Could I suggest a flight to Bergen Norway for Xmas staying at Scandic Strand followed by a 7 or 8 night trip on the Hurtigruten for New Year. Time it right for NYE midnight in Trondheim. It will give you some spectacular scenery, albeit plenty of darkness at that time of the year and a chance of the Northern Lights. Tourists will be few on the ground. Then fly back from Kirkeness or Bodo, perhaps with a couple of days in Oslo, or if budget permits, a day or two on Spitzbergen where you could go looking for polar bears.
edit, Trondheim should read Tromso….29 Dec 2014
Probably best to avoid skiing in the French Alps……
With your budget, you should be able to get something rather nice in the warm Caribbean sun (Aruba, The Caymans, St. Lucia, Antigua).29 Dec 2014
I’d suggest heading south to South Africa. Fly to Cape Town, spend a few days at the Mount Nelson then head along the Garden Route. Stop off at the Gondwana Game Reserve (where I am now and have a home) and join the home owners for our Christmas lunch. Then drop your car at George Airport and fly to Victoria Falls via JNB. Despite it being high season it’s still very quiet and you’ll have a fantastic time!29 Dec 2014
Gorilla trekking in Rwanda. It’s safe, relatively straightforward in that you don’t need to be at the peak of physical fitness to do it and the accommodation is of a very high standard. The opportunity to spend time in one of Africa’s least understood countries is one not to be missed.29 Dec 2014
At this time of the year the climate is generally perfect in Thailand. Dry and temperatures in the upper 20s though the Thais think it is cold and often have their coats on. Bangkok is easy to see and then travel to other places is very reasonably priced and there are usually very good buys in hotels.29 Dec 2014
Start off in Rovaniemi to get the Christmas feeling going with a spot of snowmobiling! Then head off somewhere hot from HEL, ARN or OSL on a cracking deal with AY, Qatar or similar in the front cabin. AY will hopefully go to Miami again next year which is a great stepping stone to Cartagena – a simply stunning place.29 Dec 2014
We believe that exploring Southeast Asia will fit your travel goal, since there are still lots of hidden paradise waiting for you to discover. You can go to the undeveloped and untouched island in the Philippines or visit the hill tribes in Laos.
Hope this helps. Have a safe trip.30 Jun 2015