santa travelThe holidays are upon us, and it’s a fabulous time of year for everyone. If you’re in need of some ideas for unusual holiday destinations, you’re in luck! Santa Claus recently arrived in New York City to spread plenty of festive cheer for throngs of eager holidaymakers. It is the season to be jolly and for those of you a little short of ideas about your vacation plans, you may wish to consider some of these fine options.

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European Vacations

Spain is a hotspot for visitors from around the world. Renowned for its passionate people, love of song and dance and idyllic beaches, this is a country of many great treasures. While most people head for that part of Spain known as the Costas, there is another area of Spain that is equally alluring in the Northern part of Spain. This is an area of Spain featuring some of the most amazing sites in the world. Medieval towns, virgin beaches, vibrant cities, undulating hills and salt of the earth people pepper the landscape. Of course, there are so many examples of gorgeous European destinations – many of which are among the world’s best kept secrets. These include cycling holidays in the picturesque Catalonia, gorgeous coastal walks in Costa Vicentina in Portugal, and Turkish delights in Lycian Way, to name but a few.

Tuscany is always a favourite jaunt for holidaymakers. There are fabulous hotels scattered throughout Tuscany, with terrific food, incredible spa treats and so much more. One of the most acclaimed resorts can be found near Siena, known as the Forteverde Tuscan Resort & Spa. It was purchased back in the 17th century by the Medici family, and it is well worth a visit. Another famous holiday vacation destination is the lesser-known Grotta Giusti Resort Golf & Spa. One of the draw cards of this resort is its DNA analysis for its longevity program.

The United Kingdom should never be discounted from a list of Europe’s most impressive vacation hotspots. There are many quaint, delightful villages, seaside resorts and cities in the United Kingdom that have an appeal all their own. For example, you could take a few days to frequent Feather Down Farms, or you could spend the night in a lighthouse. One of the most impressive, timeless and scenic resort towns in the UK is Cornwall. There are all manner of Scandinavian-designed lodges, with a wildlife centre that is certainly worth seeing. The United Kingdom has a fascinating history that dates back thousands of years. You can take a tour of archaeological sites and even visit Hadrian’s Wall. The British countryside also features many fantastic opportunities for mountain biking weekends and road cycling. These destinations include the Cotswolds, the Scottish Highlands, and even the Lake District.

Fancy A Long Haul Vacation?

Santa Claus in all his worldly travels and wisdom has come across some of the most iconic, exclusive and exotic destinations you could ever imagine. There are vacations that defy expectation; they are so unique and so wildly entertaining that they simply have to be experienced to be enjoyed. There are plenty of volunteer-related vacations that you can enjoy in some of the most incredible destinations imaginable – spanning countries like Thailand, India, Costa Rica and even New Zealand. If you’re looking for rolling beaches interspersed with lots of local culture, try out the Cape Verde Islands. In total, there are 6 exotic islands that you can enjoy – each of them very different to one another. These include the evergreen Santo Antao, the volcanic island of Fogo and the cultural heartbeat of the Cape Verde Islands – Sao Vicente.

If you’ve ever visited the Canary Islands, you know what pristine beauty looks like. These islands off the coast of Morocco are among the most exotic, stunning and crowded islands in the area; two particular Canary Islands stand out – Lanzarote and Tenerife. If you don’t like the bustling hubbub, you may wish to drop anchor at La Palma which is easily accessed from the United Kingdom. The other islands that you can visit on the Canary Islands include La Graciosa and La Gomera. These two islands are some of Santa’s favourite summer holiday destinations in the world!

A Dream Come True Vacation: South America in its Pristine Beauty

Brazil is considered by many to be the pulse of South America. The Carnaval is perhaps the most iconic Brazilian attraction of them all, but the country is a hive of activity in every way, shape and form. From its majestic coastline to its fun and friendly people, Brazil and its rich Portuguese history is one of the most incredible holiday destinations in the world. Of course, the Argentinians would take umbrage to that, since they consider their country to be the home of everything that is beautiful. They have wild pampas regions, glacier fields located in Patagonia and the most passionate football fans – alongside the Brazilians and Colombians – which you could ever hope to meet.

Chile has vast salt canyons, and there are scores of volcanoes that are located in an area known as the Atacama Desert. This place is widely regarded by travelers as one of the driest places on the face of the earth. If you’re looking for a little mystery in your holiday sightseeing, try out Easter Island with its 887 weird and wonderful statues. Incidentally, Latin America is one of the holiday destinations that has largely been neglected by tourists from the United Kingdom. One more thing before we leave the continent: the Galapagos Islands are a dream-come-true holiday destination for many people, and quite rightly so. Some have said that you have never seen true beauty until you have seen the Galapagos Islands!