The year 2016 is coming to a close, and with the last month of the year approaching, almost everything becomes a whirlwind in preparation for the upcoming year. Christmas parties, holiday breaks and gift shopping can be time-consuming, but if you do manage to squeeze in a little time for travel to cap off another great year, then these places will be the perfect treat for you.
New York City always attracts a lot of tourists during the winter holidays. Join the hype as the people enjoy the exquisitely decorated storefronts to the amazing Rockettes Christmas show at Radio City Music Hall. Central Park in winter is also a must-see, as well as ice skating in the Rockefeller Center, or just sipping hot chocolate at Serendipity 3.
If you want to escape the freezing weather of the holidays, Rio De Janeiro is a perfect choice. Get a tan by sunbathing on its exquisite beaches and don't miss out on the festive celebration of the New Year in Copacabana Beach. If you're traveling with your family then go to Baixo Baby, if you're a surfer then Praia do Arpoador is the beach for you, and Sao Conrado Beach is perfect for those who like extreme adventures such as leaping from nearby peaks and hang gliding.
If you want to experience the real spirit of Christmas, go to Mexico City and experience their famous religious festival, the feast day of Our Lady of Guadalupe, the country's patron saint. It is usually celebrated on the 12th of December, when millions of people gather at the Basilica De Guadalupe in the north of the city.
Several days of fun activities are in store in this festival which will lead up to the main event so store in all energy and expect lots of food, drink and music across the capital.
Finish this year's travel bucket list as December is your last chance to splurge on this year's travel resolution before we welcome 2017. Winter is a magical season and let its magic influence you to go and explore new places. Wherever you go, bring the wonderful spirit of Christmas with you and cap this year off with a blast.