Emily Williams, dnata Travel’s resident globetrotter, reveals where to travel in December 2019
Playa De Carmen
With palm-fringed sandy beaches, turquoise waters brimming with reef wonders and a spicy foodie scene that delights all palates, this beachside city ranks right up there with Mexico’s upcoming spots. Add a prime location (it’s just a one-hour drive away from lively Cancun), as well as a treasure trove of diving sites and its no wonder its on top of the list of where to travel in December 2019. Plus, with Emirates launching direct flights to Mexico City, it’s never been easier to go.
1 Walk through century-old stalactites that open up to crystal clear natural pools, and enjoy a refreshing dip at Cenote Chaak Tun.
2 Learn all the tips and tricks to mastering a traditional Mayan dish at El Pueblito Cooking School.
3 Tap your feet to the rhythm of a live mariachi band and take off on board colourful Mexican Gondolas at Xoximilco Park.
Sitting on the shores of the South Island’s Lake Wakatipu, against a dramatic backdrop of the majestic Southern Alps, this thrill-a-minute city is famously known as the birthplace of bungee jumping and all things exciting. Whether it’s hiking in the surrounding landscapes, jet-boating, white water rafting, canyon swinging or jumping off the Kawarau Gorge Suspension Bridge, the list of adventures you can throw yourself into here is endless.
1 Chill out with a drink in hand amid ice-carved interiors and check out the amazing showcase of sculptures at Below Zero Ice Bar.
2 Join award-winning photographers as they show you around the best off-the-beaten-track destinations worth a click on a photo safari.
3 Tiptoe quietly into the darkened kiwi houses at Kiwi Birdlife Park and marvel at these eccentric birds.
The largest of the Visayas archipelago, this natural hub draws water babies with its wide expanse of white-sand beaches, azure waters, cascading waterfalls and colourful coral reefs that are perfect for diving and snorkelling, with wild sightings such as whale sharks to watch out for. Back on dry land, the city is brimming with buzzing eateries serving the freshest of seafood, and a burgeoning shopping scene for those in the mood to splurge.
1 Discover the history and legacies of the Spanish government, and view well-preserved Spanish artefacts at Fort San Pedro.
2 Embark on a cultural journey at Cebu Taoist Temple, which aims to preserve the teachings of Lao Tzu, the ancient Chinese philosopher.
3 Get a bird’s-eye view of Cebu’s panoramic skyline at Tops Lookout and watch the sun set over the Mactan Bridge and neighbouring islands.
Watch as Norway’s capital city transforms into a winter wonderland this month. Get out on the snow and speed down the slopes at Oslo Winter Park, shop at the bustling festive markets, visit Oslo Opera House, unwind in a floating sauna, or take a dip in the cool waters of the Oslofjord. It’s also the peak season to see the Northern Lights, so book one of the many available tours and go on the hunt for the flickering marvels.
1 Discover the world’s best-preserved Viking ships and finds from Viking tombs around the Oslo Fjord – it’s all on display at the Viking Ship Museum.
2 Ponder nature’s power and admire She Lies, a floating ice sculpture created by Italian artist Monica Bonvicini to embody nature’s constant change.
3 Visit Vigeland Sculpture Park, an extraordinary open-air showcase of 200 sculptures by Norway’s best-loved sculptor Gustav Vigeland, including the park’s stand-out centrepiece, The Monolith.
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