Oh There’s No Place Like Home For The Holidays….Or Is There Someplace Waiting For You?

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The “most wonderful time of the year” is approaching and destinations across the United States and the world are feeling the festive spirit.
The best places to go for Christmas are destinations that offer cheerful decorations and festive events that capture the holiday joy — and it doesn’t hurt if there’s also beautiful scenery.
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16 Holiday Travel Tips Every Smart Traveler Needs to Know

Via Reader’s Digest

If you do not prefer the rush of holiday travelers, consider asking your travel agent to help you visit somewhere that others rarely visit at that time of year. During the holiday season, people want to travel to The Caribbean, Mexico, and Hawaii. Why not travel to Europe instead. You can still experience warm weather in southern Europe like Italy, Greece, and Spain. Shake things up this holiday season and think outside the box.

7 Trips Inspired by Your Favorite Christmas Movies

Via Travel + Leisure

From It’s A Wonderful Life to A Christmas Story, snuggling up to watch holiday movies with loved ones is a magical experience. What if we told you that you too could embark on these adventures and experience parts of your favorite holiday movies in real life! You could stay at Ralphie Parker’s home or stroll through Central Park to feel like Buddy. Try something new this holiday season!
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Are you bummed that you have not been able to experience the joy of a white Christmas in a while?
​Perhaps, you are dreaming of a sandy holiday season? Looks like it is time for you to branch out and travel!
Be amazed by festive lights, new traditions, light-strew palm trees, and the Christmas Spirit.

1. New York City – New York

Festive lights, holiday markets, ice skating rinks, exquisitely decorated store windows, and special events make New York a perfect city for getting into the holiday spirit. See the famous towering Christmas tree in Rockefeller Plaza. Take a stroll along Fifth Avenue to admire the extravagant window displays in stores like Bergdorf Goodman and Saks Fifth Avenue. There are many places to stay in​​ the Big Apple but consider staying in the luxurious Conrad New York Midtown or the Smyth Tribeca.

2. Miami and Fort Lauderdale – Florida

If you dream of lounging poolside in warm sunny weather, consider Southern Florida for this holiday season. You can get into the holiday spirit with the Fort Lauderdale Winterfest Boat Parade on December 11th or see a seasonal classic “The Nutcracker” at the Miami City Ballet. If you are looking for a luxury stay at the Mandarin Oriental, a five-star hotel, that features a private infinity pool, a spa, and bayside dining.

3. St. Lucia

Located in the Caribbean Sea, this lovely island has a diverse landscape with tropical rainforests, jungle, volcanoes, mountains, and beaches. Spend your Christmas exploring what this island has to offer. On December 13th is the celebration of the island’s patron, St. Lucia, and the National Festival of Lights and Renewal in her honor. Stay at the Windjammer Landing All-Inclusive Resort with ocean views, a fantastic restaurant, and a private beach.

4. Aspen – Colorado

Aspen is a winter wonderland decorated with beautiful lights and garland. Spend your time doing winter activities such as skiing or snowboarding. Some of the ski resorts open as early as November 25th. If you are not much a downhill skier, there are loads of activities such as snow biking, tubing, dog sledding, or snowshoe hiking. After a long day playing in the snow, relax by the fireplace at the Aspen Street Lodge.

5. London – United Kingdom

London brings out the Christmas cheer. Spend your time in Trafalgar Square, where visitors can see the Christmas tree, an annual gift from Norway, and witness carolers singing. Ice skate with loved ones at the Natural History Museum. After a long day of festive fun, head back to The Stafford in the West End for a Christmas Day feast.
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Try something new for New Year’s Eve and travel to one of these amazing destinations.
Watch the world’s biggest firework show in Sydney, attend the biggest block party celebration in Las Vegas or share a midnight kiss on a gondola in Venice. 

1. Sydney – Australia

Sydney offers a delightful experience to anyone who is longing for a thrilling night out on New Year’s Eve. The Sydney New Year’s Eve Party is one of the largest and most advanced fireworks displays on earth. If you are traveling with young ones, there is a family firework show at 9 pm. If you are wanting to watch the fireworks at midnight book a luxurious Coast Harbor Cruise to celebrate the New Year with drinks, fancy food, and dancing. Another great option is to book tickets with Sydney Harbour YHA for a lavish party that has a spacious rooftop terrace that overlooks the Sydney Opera House and a perfect view of the fireworks.

 2. Las Vegas – Nevada

Las Vegas is already a lively city with loads of ambiance and thrills. Although, Las Vegas comes to life on New Year’s Eve with its lively casinos, nightclubs, hotel events, crazy fireworks, and a lot more. The entire strip is shut down to traffic and becomes one giant block party. Gold Diggers, Lavo Casino Club, Drai’s Nightclub, Club 101, Omnia are some of the best nightclubs in Las Vegas to witness the best New Year parties

3. Venice – Italy

Venice is the picture-perfect place to spend your New Year’s Eve. Temperatures rarely drop below zero and the gigantic fireworks at St. Mark’s Square are unforgettable. Start your night off with a lavish dinner on a boat through the canals-viewing stunning architecture. Those who fancy art and theatre should check out the concerts put on at the La Fenice Opera House. Make your way over to St. Mark’s Square to countdown the rest of the year. At midnight the couples kiss to the sound of the bells of the Campanile before a very colorful firework display illuminates the Riva Degli Schiavoni.
Sara is the owner of Platinum Travel and specializes in creating luxury, customized, stress free vacations for people who want to see the world and all things Disney.
She also owns Autism Friendly Vacations where she helps families who have a member on the Autism spectrum get the vacation they deserve. Visit AutismVacation.com for more information.
You can reach her at 414-377-8611 or Sara@PlatinumTravelWI.com to start planning your vacation today.

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