10 International Destinations to visit in December

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2018 has been a year of long weekends. Mark an end to this year with one last trip. December is a month of holidays, and this is the best time to take vacations because during this time, every city in the world is dolled up and every beach destination has limited tourist crowd. So, where do you want to spend your Christmas and NewYear's Eve? In the futuristic cities with surreal lighting or in the laid-back destinations. Here is a list of ten international destinations that you can visit in the month of December.

Important Note: The approximate expenditure (expenses + flight rate) mentioned is the per day cost for a single person, on a budget itinerary. The flight rates mentioned are those of a round trip from New Delhi to the respective destinations. The rates are taken from Sky Scanner, as seen on October 20, 2018.

Where: UAE

What to do: The weather is generally pleasant here in December. Also to add, the month of December is also the month of significant events. One can enjoy a bird’s eye view of the Saharan city from Burj Khalifa or stroll through the traditional souks. Enjoy the fountain show near the Dubai Mall or go skiing in Ski Dubai. Book yourself for dinner in the Dhow or Marina cruise to enjoy the surreal cityscape of Dubai. Next on the list should be a safari in the vast spread of Saharan Desert. Dubai has unlimited options and time is always a constraint here.

Best way to get around: The metro is the best and the cheapest way to get around in the city. It is well connected and easier to understand for any newbie.

Approx. Expenditure: ₹8,407 to ₹10,000 + ₹25,556 (Direct flight with Indigo)

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Where: Finland

What to do: Witness the exceptional Northern Lights in Lapland. Go for skiing in Ylläs Ski Resort and then spend a night in the glass igloos. Head to the Santa Claus’s Village and Santa’s Park to experience an unforgettable Christmas Eve. After that, visit the Arktikum Museum to understand Finnish culture and history. Don’t forget to revive your sense at a sauna, a concept born from the Finnish culture.

Best way to get around: The best mode of transportation in the mountains of Lapland is snowmobile. It is a unique and adventurous mode of transportation for travellers.

Approx. Expenditure: ₹4,400 to ₹6,000 + ₹110,862 (Flights via Helsinki Vantaa and Moscow Sheremetyevo with Finn Air and Air India Express)

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Where: United States

What to do: Be a part of the eccentric Annual Honolulu City Lights, a music and light festival celebrated throughout the month. Wonder off to the most famous island of Ohau in the archipelago. Go diving and snorkelling in the Big Island or explore the volcanoes, beautiful waterfalls of the island. Take out some time to go for whale watching around the islands. Visit Maui for its black sand beaches.

Best way to get around: Shuttles operate from various locations; it is much cheaper than the regular cabs. All the other islands have excellent bus system.

Approx. Expenditure: ₹7,347 to ₹9,000 + ₹118,176 (Flight via Shanghai Pu Dong with Air Japan)

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Where: Asia

What to do: December is the best time to visit Singapore. In December, Singapore remains pleasant, which means wandering in Universal Studios becomes extra fun. Enjoy a glittering view of Singapore from the Singapore Flyer on Christmas. Take a day trip to the Gardens by the Bay and Madam Tussauds. Book yourself a table at the Marina Bay for a splendid evening in Singapore.

Best way to get around: Best way to get around in Singapore is through the well-connected metros and buses, which are comparatively cheaper than hiring private cars.

Approx. Expenditure: ₹3,407 to ₹5,000 + ₹36,556 (Direct flight with Air India)

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Where: Germany

What to do: Berlin has some of the best Christmas markets around the world. Enjoy a bird’s eye view of the city from the Reichstag’s Dome. Then, go for some sightseeing in Berlin to places like Brandenburg Gate and Holocaust Memorial. Stroll and relax in Tiergarten, Berlin’s most famous park, and enjoy a peaceful evening by the Bathing lakes. December is an eventful month in Berlin; the city holds multiple events.

Best way to get around: Buses and Metro are the most comfortable modes of travelling in the city. These are also conveniently priced.

Approx. Expenditure: ₹3,307 to ₹5,000 + ₹67,025 (Flights via Hamad International with Qatar Airways)

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Where: New Zealand

What to do: Aukland has mild temperatures in the winter season. After spending a colourful afternoon in the Butterfly Creek, which is home to 700 exotic species of butterflies, you can take a trip to Snow Planet to experience real snow. Head next to the Auckland War Museum to get a peek into Auckland’s history. Take out some time to rejuvenate yourself in The Waiwera Thermal Hot Springs. These natural springs are 35 minutes drive away from the city.

Best way to get around: Trains, buses and ferries are the cheapest way to get around the city. The public transportation here is well maintained and very well connected.

Approx. Expenditure: ₹3,047 to ₹4,000 + ₹69,556 (Flights via HongKong with China Airlines)

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Where: South Africa

What to do: Capetown has various options for travellers who love outdoors. You can go hiking in the Table Mountains to get a stunning view of the landscapes. Go for long drives, and the best route is from Capetown to Cape of Good Hope. Make sure to visit Boulders Beach to enjoy a date with penguins. Head to the Stellenbosch Vineyard and indulge yourself in some of the exquisite wines of South Africa.

Best way to get around: Get hold of Rikkis Taxis (on a shared basis) or Minibus Taxis to get around in the city. It will save some money. For a more private option, you can hire bicycles to explore nearby places.

Approx. Expenditure: ₹8,407 to ₹10,000 + ₹112,556 (Flights via Dubai with Emirates)

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Where: Caribbean Islands

What to do: When in Caribbean Island one can enjoy an unlimited number of beach days. Head to Pigeon Island to enjoy a full day of beaches, water activities and December sunshine. Go hiking in the Pitons, a rugged volcanic formation covered with emerald-coloured vegetation. Spend a day in the Diamond Falls Botanical Garden. Drive in Sulfur Springs Park, Caribbeans “only drive-in” volcano, and take a dip in the natural hot springs. One can also go for dolphin and whale watching offered by several tour operators in the region.

Best way to get around: There are local minibuses that run through several tourist locations in St. Lucia. Otherwise, one can opt for rental cabs to get around the island nation.

Approx. Expenditure: ₹4,537 to ₹6,000 + ₹25,556 (Direct flight with Indigo)

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Where: Southeast Asia

What to do: Both Northern and Southern provinces of Laos have hidden gems which are historically and culturally unmatched. Take a dip in the tiered Kuang Si Waterfalls or the Khone Phapheng Falls, for a refreshing experience. Visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Luang Prabang and escape into the wilderness of nature in the Vang Vieng. With limestone cliffs, rivers and rice fields all around, Vang Vieng is a sight to behold. If you like eerie places, then take a boat ride in the Kong Lor Cave, where the only source of light are headlamps.

Best way to get around: Tuk-tuks are the best way to get around in the cities. Motorbike taxis are also readily available. To travel cross country, buses or rental cars are great options.

Approx. Expenditure: ₹5,407 to ₹8,000 + ₹25,556 (Flight via Toronto and London with Air Canada, British Airways and Jet Airways)

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Where: Spain

What to do: The best time to visit Madrid is in December. There are fewer tourists and pleasant weather. Visit some of the best art galleries in the world like Museo del Prado, Centro de Arte Reina Sofía and Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza. Spend one of the best New Year’s Eve at the Puerto del Sol. Explore Mercado de San Miguel, the oldest markets of Madrid, during Christmas. One can also enjoy beach trips to the nearby beaches like La Concha Beach in San Sebastián and Playa de Gulpiyuri in Asturias.

Best way to get around: Madrid's public transport is comfortable and well-connected. Therefore, taking buses and metros are the easiest and cheapest ways to get around in the city.

Approx. Expenditure: ₹3,407 to ₹5,000 + ₹67,556 (Direct flights with Air India)

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