Gear up for your Year End Holidays!
Have you already started considering the many different sights to view and places to shop during the Christmas holiday this year? After a long year of hardwork, it’s time to give yourselves a treat, pamper yourselves and re-energize for a whole New Year of challenges. Perhaps you are looking for a whole new experiences, soak into the healing waters, shop till you drop, enjoy the intimate moments with your partner or simply relax, destress and rejuvenate together with your family and best friends, we have you covered for the wonderlust year end hot spot destinations to visit.
Our travel engine has gathered some very useful data so that we can find out which countries and cities will be worth going to during the festive season.
1 Rovaniemi in Lapland Finland
There’s no place like Rovaniemi, the Hometown of Santa Claus, for a genuine Christmas experience. The city’s most famous resident can be visited every day of the year in Santa Claus Village right on the Arctic Circle, an attraction that draws more than 300 000 annual visitors from all around the world. In addition, witness the Northern Lights in Rovaniemi also known as Aurora Borealis. The Phenomenon sights are visible up to 200 nights a year in Finnish Lapland.
In Rovaniemi, the spellbinding astral show can be witnessed in and around the city from mid-August until mid-April.
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2 Camiguin White Island, PH
Time to explore Mindanao! Camiguin is literally an “island born of fire” because of the seven volcanoes that make up most of its land. The island may be small but it’s not short of amazing things to see and do. Dip in hot and cold springs, trek to volcanoes and waterfalls or laze around on white sandbars. It’s best to visit Camiguin on the 4th week of October to join the Lanzones Festival, a celebration of the bountiful harvest of its famed fruit, lanzones.
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3 Taipei, Taiwan
During the year-end, the climate in Taipei is perfect: cold enough for people in the tropical to feel like it’s winter, but not too cold that they can’t enjoy themselves. The city has lots to offer in terms of eating, dining and shopping, and culture-lovers will find so many wonderful places to bask in the rich traditions of this great Asian destination. Taipei is a great place to close out the year with the people you love.
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4 Bali, Indonesia
The beautiful beaches of Bali has charmed many visitors to stay put in Bali – a placid island of Indonesia. Nusa Dua (which implies ‘island two’) was once a separate island, the realm between Nusa Dua and Bali was reclaimed for the airport. Friendly, hospitable people; a magnificently visual and spiritual culture; and spectacular beaches with nice browsing and diving have made Bali the top vacationer attraction in Indonesia. Over the weekend, you can have a relaxing spa or a spiritually-cleansing yoga retreat as well.
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5 Tokyo, Japan
Tokyo has a vast array of sights, but the first items on the agenda of most visitors are the temples of Asakusa, the gardens of the Imperial Palace (in Chiyoda) and the Meiji Shrine (明治神宮, in Harajuku). Tokyo has many commercial centres for shopping, eating and simply wandering around for experiencing the modern Japanese urban phenomenon. Each of these areas have unique characteristics, such as dazzling Shinjuku, youthful Shibuya and upmarket Ginza. These areas are bustling throughout the day, but they really come into life in the evenings.
The colours of autumn will take your breath away. If you crave something more modern, the fairy-lit lanes of Shinjuku and Shibuya will put you in a festive mood. Enjoy counting down with friendly locals while listening to the temple bells ring you into the New Year.
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6 Seoul, South Korea
A fascinating blend of ancient traditions and cutting-edge digital technology, home to endless street food vendors and vast nightlife districts. A winter wonderland in Asia! Jimjilbang, Korea’s traditional spa for soaking and grooming is a must-do activity in winter. In October, you’ll experience autumn at full blast as the weather fights between warm to cold, and you’ll be able to see some fiery colours. From November, take in the vibrant Christmas trees, festive carolling and free concerts.
Some 20 metre tall Christmas tree will put you in a Christmassy mood too, no wonder so many people choose Seoul for their year-end plans.
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7 Hong Kong
The Pearl of the Orient is calling to you! This warmth and bright lights bustling city will make you think twice about going anywhere else – especially with its scents of delicious cooking wafting past your nose and tempting bargains beckon you into shops and markets. Can you imagine when you’ve got the gleaming skyline spread out beneath your feet? This exciting city is easily navigable and you’ll always find something to eat and something to buy around every corner.
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