Are you planning to travel during the holidays but are unsure where to go? We compiled a list of alternative destinations for those who wish to venture out from the norm and spend your holiday in a new environment – whether you envy a tropical, beach destination or a cozy, winter white getaway – these destinations are sure to inspire you.

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Vienna, Austria

One of Europe’s most beautiful cities happens to take the Christmas holiday very seriously, making it an ideal location if you fancy incredible Christmas markets, decorations galore and pure holiday joy. Whether you are strolling around the finely lighten streets or listening to a classical concert at St. Stephansdom Cathedral, the spirit of Christmas is alive in every corner of the town.

Want to know more about the amazing Christmas markets in Vienna? Learn more.

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Cancun, Mexico

If you prefer to spend your holiday sunbathing on a beach with the Caribbean breeze flowing through your hair, then Cancun is perfect for you. Sit-back, relax and enjoy your day by basking in the hot sun, then spend your evening at the Kukulkan Plaza where you can experience the Mexican Christmas traditions through concerts and dance performances. To learn more about a Christmas vacation in Cancun, Click here.

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Oslo, Norway

If the marvelous city structure did not captivate you, then the smell of Christmas cookies, the sound of holiday concerts and the warmth from open fires is sure to do the trick. Experience the celebration of Saint Lucia on December 13th and enjoy the many Christmas markets and events happening around the city.

Learn everything Oslo has to offer during the Holiday season.

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 Canary Islands

This tropical paradise offers you a lot of alternatives to spend the holidays. If you like the beach, there is a beautiful coast, with numerous water sports to try. If you are most likely to enjoy adventure, there are many tours around the mountains you can enjoy; all of these while experiencing the Christmas atmosphere of joy and love on these islands. Plan your Christmas under the sun here.

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Istanbul,Turkey

We know Istanbul is beautiful year round, but during New Year’s Eve it gets even better. Experience the fireworks show over Bosphorus, the New Year Bollywood Eve Party or the annual concert at St Antoine’s Church. Being surrounded by the lights and delicious smells of seasonal foods may make you never want to leave! Click here to find out the Christmas and New Year’s Eve activities happening in Istanbul.

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Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

And finally, Rio de Janeiro. A city that offers visitors a Christmas full of traditions and culture and then transforms itself into one massive party for New Year’s Eve, locally known as “Reveillon”. During the holidays, celebrations are happening on every corner; there is no doubt you will learn how to party Brazilian style. One of the main traditions is the incredible fireworks show that takes place all over the Coast of Rio; a spectacular show of lights and magic that is sure to give you a most memorable New Year’s Eve. More details on the events in Rio can be found here.