Top 10 Cities In The World To Visit In December With Their Budgets

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Bid goodbye to '16 with a bang!

I sincerely hope that this past year has been the best ever in your life. But if for some reason it hasn't, I'm here to tell you that there's still time to make 2016, one to remember for the rest of your life.

If you are still confused about whether to go to Goa or to Bangkok for the year end party, think again! There are December destinations across the world that deserve your attention a lot more than the usual (read: boring) suspects.

Here, I've compiled a list to help you decide where you could kickstart the party at the end of this year. These are the best places to visit in December, across the world.

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Photo of Madrid, Spain by Prateek Dham

The capital of Spain is a fantastic melange of tradition and modernism. For the connoisseur in you, there is plenty of sublime art to explore at every nook and corner of the city. Prado Museum, Reina Sofia National Art Museum, Royal Palace of Madrid and a lot more will entice the discoverer in you. For sports aficionados, the city is home to the greatest football club in the world – Real Madrid. So, there is something for everyone.

Weather in December: Average temperature is 7 degrees Celsius. Sunny in the mornings, chilly in the evenings.

Average budget per head for 5 days (excluding flights): Rs. 55,000

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Photo of Cape Town, South Africa by Prateek Dham

Considering the places to visit in December in Africa, this is the most happening city in the continent. Cape Town encapsulates South Africa's general spirit of beautiful mayhem. This coastal town is just perfect to soak in the sun while lazing on the beach. If you are looking for fun beyond the beaches, there's the Table Mountain, a great winery called the Groot Constantia, the National Gallery of Art, and a fantastic monument called the Rhodes Memorial with a restaurant on top that provides a breathtaking view.

Weather in December: Average temperature is a pleasant 20 degrees Celsius. Sunny in the mornings, pleasant in the evenings.

Average budget per head for 5 days (excluding flights): Rs. 40,000

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Photo of Orlando, FL, United States by Prateek Dham

Well, they have the original Universal Studios. This alone should be reason enough for you to go and chill in the American city of Orlando in December. There is so much to do in this sunny metropolitan that you'll actually have to spend the major time of the year end here. Besides Universal Studios, other attractions here include Disney's Animal Kingdom, the Magic Kingdom – famed amusement park with six themes, the Wizarding World of Harry Potter for Potter heads, the Blizzard Beach, and of course several natural beaches.

Weather in December: Average temperature is 20 degrees Celsius. Sunny in the mornings, pleasant in the evenings.

Average budget per head for 5 days (excluding flights): Rs. 60,000

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Photo of Montego Bay, St. James Parish, Jamaica by Prateek Dham

You know you're going to have a good time when you are in the land of Bob Marley. These very surroundings inspired the king of Reggae to write songs that have now become anthems to chill to. The weather in December is absolutely perfect with warm sand on the pristine beaches. Sandals Cay is the most famous beach here, while the Doctor's Cave Beach Club is where most of the town parties. This should be right on top of your list of places to visit in December.

Weather in December: Average temperature is 25 degrees Celsius. Sunny in the mornings, warm in the evenings.

Average budget per head for 5 days (excluding flights): Rs. 35,000

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Photo of Galle, Southern Province, Sri Lanka by Prateek Dham

Looking for best places to travel in December but don't have a particular affinity towards flights? Don't worry, our neighbours provide a wonderful place to spend your year's last days. Galle is blessed with beautiful beaches that are surprisingly peaceful in December as well. Apart from the beaches, there's the Galle Lighthouse that gives you the view of a lifetime at night. The National Museum and the National Maritime Museum are two other major attractions.

Weather in December: Average temperature is 27 degrees Celsius. Sunny in the mornings, warm in the evenings.

Average budget per head for 5 days (excluding flights): Rs. 30,000

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Photo of Punta Cana, La Altagracia Province, Dominican Republic by Prateek Dham

Staying put along the Caribbean Sea, the Dominican Republic is still the hidden gem of the world when it comes to beaches. The Catalina Island is a paradise for people seeking adventure activities in the most unadulterated waters. There you can go for snorkelling and scuba diving, and afterwards, just lie down on the beach with a couple of beers in hand. Altos de Chavon is a huge amphitheatre, which regularly showcases plays on Caribbean legends.

Weather in December: Average temperature is 26 degrees Celsius. Sunny in the mornings, pleasant in the evenings.

Average budget per head for 5 days (excluding flights): Rs. 33,000

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Photo of Lima, Peru by Prateek Dham

From the north to South America now. This part of the world is generally a lot cheaper than its northern counterpart, and it's such a different place from everywhere else you've ever been to in your life that you'd be amazed. Peru is a developing nation, which has only recently opened its gates fully to tourism, and hence its capital, Lima, is a fantastic bet for December. The city is brimming with culture and traditional monuments such as the Cathedral of Lima, Larco Museum, Monastery of San Francisco, the Archbishop's Palace, and the home ground of a very famous South American Football Club, called Estadio Nacional de Lima. Since it's pretty reasonable too, it's easy to splurge in your time here. This is the best place to travel in December in the whole of South America.

Weather in December: Average temperature is 23 degrees Celsius. Sunny in the mornings, humid in the evenings.

Average budget per head for 5 days (excluding flights): Rs. 35,000

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Photo of Cairo, Cairo Governorate, Egypt by Prateek Dham

One word – pyramids. If you wish for anything else, the Egyptian capital will oblige you with locations you've never visualised even in your wildest dreams. The mystical city of Cairo hosts churches as well as mosques, museums as well as synagogues, quiet fortresses as well as historical palaces, and islands as well as bustling bazaars. Just go and spend your entire December here.

Weather in December: Average temperature is 15 degrees Celsius. Sunny in the mornings, cold in the evenings.

Average budget per head for 5 days (excluding flights): Rs. 40,000

Credits: Michael Dawes

Photo of Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia by Prateek Dham

Living up to the name, you strike gold once you go down under. Gold Coast is a haven for sun and sand. It's the party capital of the southern hemisphere. Because there's a whole world to discover when you are here, the only downside being the expensive Australian Dollar. Unless you come from a relatively well to do family, I do not recommend you visit this city in December. If your pockets are deep enough, though, there are several places such as the Warner Bros. Movie World, Broadbeach, Dreamworld, the Wet 'n Wild Gold Coast, Harbour Town, and a lot of other places to make your December memorable. If best holiday destinations is what you're looking for, this is it!

Weather in December: Average temperature is 26 degrees Celsius. Sunny in the mornings, pleasant in the evenings.

Average budget per head for 5 days (excluding flights): Rs. 53,000

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Photo of Luang Prabang, Luang Prabang Province, Laos by Prateek Dham

Not everyone wants their December to be loud. Not everyone wishes to go to Thailand and Singapore. Laos is the ultimate destination for such people. The town of Luang Prabang is replete with all things ancient and mystical. First, the food here is the best you would have, second only to your mom's cooked curries. Mount Phousi is a sublime waterfall whose view you won't forget for years to come, and then there are the palaces and temples that will be a treat to every eye. Go to Laos, it's one of the best December holiday destinations there are.

Weather in December: Average temperature is 29 degrees Celsius. Pleasant in the mornings, same in the evenings.

Average budget per head for 5 days (excluding flights): Rs. 28,000

If I have kindled the wanderlust in you enough, do let me know what you feel in the comments section below.

Also, are these really the best places to visit in December? Thoughts are welcome.

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"If I have kindled the wanderlust in you enough, do let me know what you feel in the comments section below." I feel burnt. XD
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Location: Kanpur, India. Average budget per head for 5 days: Rs. 1,000
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