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Reindeer, Massages and Mickey Mouse: Great Holiday Getaways for Every Type of Traveler

By Edited Jul 2, 2016 0 6


Not in the mood for festive baking, singing and general jolly-making? Don’t feel like spending your holiday lighting apple-spice candles and being social 24/7? Fear not—there are plenty of holiday-appropriate destinations where you can relax and not feel like a Scrooge.

Just grab your passport, your travel insurance and your toothbrush and be on your merry way! If you are:

Traveling With Small Children

Go to: Disneyland

Credit: disneyland.disney.go.com

Yes, the holiday season is one of the busiest times of year, but crowds aside, this is a great time to visit. Why, you ask? Because it's the only time when the 15 Minutes of Torture—err...I mean the It’s a Small World ride—plays something other than its famous theme song. To break up the monotony, the creepy dolls also sing Jingle Bells and Deck the Halls. Go now.

Filthy Rich

Go to: Necker Island

Necker Island(69108)
Credit: Virgin/neckerisland.virgin.com

Owned by Virgin mogul Sir Richard Branson, Necker Island is 82 acres of paradise. For a mere US$53,000 to $54,000 a day (according to Wikipedia, anyway), you too can enjoy the island’s all-inclusive lifestyle, complete with flamingos, tortoises, pristine beaches, swimming pools, kayaking, kitesurfing, snorkelling, waterskiing and all the champagne you can drink— all the while being pampered by 60 staff members.

A Last Minute Traveler

Go to: Your Computer

Credit: Wikipedia

If you’re not picky about where you spend your holiday, head online to find great last minute deals. Airlines always need to fill seats! And who knows, you just might find your new favourite vacation spot.

A Surfer (or Want to Learn how to Surf)

Go to: Christmas Island

Christmas Island(69110)
Credit: christmasislandsurf.com

Christmas Island is probably most famous for being the site of nuclear testing in the 1950s, but it’s also a great surf spot during the northern hemisphere’s winter months. Its remote Pacific location ensures it's never crowded, and if you're a newbie, you'll have no trouble finding someone to teach you. Plus it’s called Christmas Island, which makes it a great place to visit during, you know, Christmas.

Allergic to Heat

Go to: Lapland, Finland

Credit: VisitFinland.com

In Lapland, located in the far, far, far north of Finland, it snows 175 days to 225 days a year. The official tourist bureau also says that temperatures can plunge to -50 degrees Celsius and that sun doesn’t rise in the winter because the area is so far north. The perpetual dusk gives off a calming, bluish glow that you can only find north of the Arctic Circle. Lapland isn’t for everyone, but if you want to get in the true holiday spirit it’s a great place to go!

Looking for the True Santa Experience

Go to: the North Pole (the real one, not the town in Alaska)

North Pole(69430)
Credit: polar-expeditions.com

To get to the North Pole, you can either hop on an ice-breaker or travel by air, followed by some walking. You probably won’t find Santa, but it’ll be one heck of a trip.

In Need of Pampering

Go to: The Bora Bora Hilton

Hilton Bora Bora
Credit: Hilton

With prices starting at around $500 per night and topping out at just over $1000 (I checked their website), the Bora Bora Hilton isn’t a budget-friendly destination, especially when you factor in the issue of getting there. But where else will you get to stay in an over-water hut with a glass floor? And enjoy a hilltop spa with babysitting services and spectacular 360-degree views of a tropical paradise?

In Need of Pampering But Don't Want to go into Debt

Go to: The Dead Sea

Dead Sea
Credit: Menahem Kahana/AFP/Getty Images

If you don’t want to fork over cash for frou-frou spa treatments and exquisite tropical scenery, head to the Dead Sea. For zero dollars (excluding flight), you can go for a swim, slather yourself in mud and treat a rainbow of ailments. You can also take a photo of yourself floating and reading a newspaper, which, after mud slathering, appears to be the most popular tourist activity.



Dec 11, 2011 1:02pm
Enjoyed the variety of ideas you suggested. Congratulations on your feature!
Dec 11, 2011 7:49pm
great ideas and i like the style; a bit of humor! nice feature!
Dec 11, 2011 8:44pm
Great article and good use of pics.

I wanted to put a pencil through my ears after each ride of It's A Small World.
Dec 12, 2011 4:12pm
Best comment I've ever received! That's EXACTLY how I feel on that ride. I always forget to bring a pencil though :(
Dec 12, 2011 6:50pm
Love the wit- keep 'em coming!
Dec 15, 2011 5:46pm
Loved the article. What's wrong with dreaming?!
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