10 Winter Vacation Ideas Perfect for the Holiday Season

Summer is in full swing that means one thing…it is time to start thinking about winter vacation. You heard me. Winter is coming…and where are you planning to move?

It’s wonderful to spend the holiday season appreciating the end to the year and visiting with family. However, what if you would like to get out? With two days from work for Christmas and two weekends and New Year’s, it is likely to swing a getaway without taking holiday days. Sounds nice, right? So, where would you go?

If you read enough of our articles, you understand that we prefer experiences that are low and economical on audiences. Tim and I (and even Tyler and Kara) are brainstorming ideas for where to do this holiday season. Our plans are still up in the air, however here are some of the ideas that we’ve. The majority of these choices are inexpensive, but there are some a splurge if you would like to go all out there.

Some of these we’ve done, some of these we’re considering for 2017, and some sound like excellent ideas that were darn.

Here are 10 holiday tips for your winter holiday season.

Notice: the majority of these choices are best for US and Canadian inhabitants, yet this post may also be useful to people from different nations.

10 Winter Vacation Ideas

San Diego

We just finished a one-week trip up to San Diego. So why would we advocate it in December? All year round, since the weather is magnificent in San Diego. High temperatures are in the 60’s in the winter, which is hot for a US destination at the end of December.

Torrey Pines

Windandsea Beach at La Jolla

La Jolla Beach

It takes at least four to five times to see the sites in and about San Diego. With more time it’s possible to take day excursions to nearby locales. Joshua Tree National Park is just a few hours off, as is Los Angeles and Palm Springs.

Key West and the Everglades

Here is another “warmish” US destination. Spend a few days touring the Everglades road trip your way down the Florida Keys, finishing in Key West.

Daytime temperatures in Key West are in the low 70’s enough to go swimming. However, for most of us living in the usa and Canada, it remains a break out of snow and cold temperatures.

Skiing Vacation

If you don’t mind the high prices and audiences that are high, per week at a ski hotel sounds nice. In the United States and Canada, there are Plenty of areas to Select from, such as Vail, Beaver Creek, Whistler, Park City, Revelstoke, Aspen Snowmass, and Stowe.

If you’re ready to spend more and traveling how about a European ski trip? Combine a trip to a European city like Innsbruck with a few days on the nearby slopes, or Salzburg, Zurich, Cortina dAmpezzo.

Vegas, Anyone?

This really is. Vegas + Death Valley.

Death Valley is a place that we’d never see in the summertime, since it is the most popular place on the planet in this moment, but temperatures are much more agreeable during winter. Spend a few days here and finish with time in Las Vegas.

Tim and I had been in Las Vegas a few months ago. I asked our hotel staff what Vegas is like during winter months, and we had been advised that it’s a quieter, less busy time of year (which also generally means cheaper prices for lodging!) . I’d envision that Vegas would also be a wild place to welcome in the New Year.

Bryce and Zion National Parks

This is just another one we believed previously. If you don’t mind cold temperatures and the chance hiking in Zion and Bryce can be awesome this season. Doesn’t it sound nice…trekking on Zion’s hottest trails, staying cool, with very few other walkers at the park? How about the opportunity to observe the hoodoos in Bryce?

Bryce for Holidays

Zion NP

California Wine Country

Sipping on wine by the fire in a hotel decked out for the holiday season? Sure sounds nice for me!! Napa and Sonoma Valleys go all out with decorations, festivities, and parties, for the holiday season. This appears to be a holiday that is adults-only that is excellent, however there are strategies to make it fun for kids, too.


Think about dividing your time with Yosemite, Monterey, as well as San Francisco if seven to ten times sounds like an excessive amount of time in wine country for you.

New Orleans and the Florida Coast

Start the week away in the silent Florida panhandle. Rent a house or stay relaxing by the ocean.

Get your party on, seeing New Orleans. Stroll down Bourbon Street, then dine on turtle soup and Gumbo, also celebrate New Year’s Eve in the French Quarter.

NOLA House


Contemplate Thailand should you wish to travel far. We spent Christmas and New Year’s Eve here in 2014 and loved every minute of it.

Start at the beaches in Phuket or Krabi, basking in the sun, island hopping, kayaking, and rock climbing. For Christmas dinner, we all drank drinks, ate Pad Thai and seafood, also celebrated by a Thai guy.

Tyler Kara Krabi

Maya Bay

In Thailand’s shores, jump your way halfway through Bangkok. Chiang Mai is an awesome place to spend New Year’s Eve…that is where tens of thousands of people start paper lanterns to celebrate the forthcoming New Year. And the next day (midday in Thailand on January 1), see on tv like New York, Chicago, and Los Angeles all welcome the New Year with fireworks and confetti.

Chiang Mai Lanterns

Costa Rica

Costa Rica creates a wonderful destination if you envision your winter break being invested with white water rafting, and exploring the rain forest. Throughout the winter season, high temperatures have been in the 80’s and Costa Rica is dry. This is one of the best days of the year to see this country. This near ideal weather does make this one of the funniest days to visit with Costa Rica. You will need to make your trip arrangements far in advance if you plan on visiting Costa Rica at the end of December.

Zip Lining

Explore One (or Two) European Cities

Generally speaking, it is chilly in Europe at the end of December. However, you’ll have audiences, and therefore lower travel costs, than seeing during the summertime. We are eyeing up Paris, just because it’s my favourite place on earth and I am itching to come back again. A London — Paris mix makes an awesome excursion. Cities like Rome, Barcelona, and Lisbon will likely be warmer compared to northern European towns, if you don’t like the idea of cold temperatures.

Prague for Holidays

Barcelona for Holidays

Have you been planning your holiday travels? What ideas do you have? Comment below!

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