Can you believe it, Christmas is almost here? I know, crazy right? Now, before you start frantically scribbling a list of things you need to buy that person, or this person, just calm down, everything will be alright; especially if you're in a different country having the time of your life.
Spending Christmas and New Year's Eve abroad is a fantastic experience that everyone should have at least once in their lifetime. In fact, being away in winter is pretty awesome, full stop! Just imagine sipping cocktails on a beach whilst everyone at home is trudging to work in the cold and rain, sounds pretty sweet, right?
Well with a little forward thinking and some inspiration from us you could be having the best Christmas and New Year's you've ever had! And, if you already have plans this year, why not treat yourself to a little winter sun in the New Year, and wash those January blues away.
Spend Christmas in...
Yosemite is beautiful whatever the season and a visit at Christmas will be a truly magical experience. Just imagine walking through forests of Sequoias and hearing the crunch of freshly fallen snow underfoot. As soon as you lay eyes on the Giant Sequoias covered in a blanket of snow, you will feel like you have stepped right into a Christmas card. It may be freezing, but it's Christmas so what better way to warm up than with a cup of hot chocolate, by a roaring fire in Yosemite Valley. And with snow comes great skiing opportunities, so embrace the white stuff and have yourself a very Merry Christmas.
If you're a total sun worshipper and you want to spend Christmas doing something completely different to the norm, then how about Christmas in Key West? How amazing would it be to wake up on Christmas Day and head straight for the beach and spend your day feasting on delicious seafood in 26 degree temperatures? So grab your swimsuit, Santa's hat and find yourself a hammock, 'cause Christmas just got hot!
Spend New Year's Eve in...
New Orleans and all that jazz is a wicked place to celebrate the start of a new year. With constant celebrations throughout the year, it's no surprise that their New Year's Eve celebrations are pretty spectacular. Head down to Jackson Square where the party kicks off with an incredible mix of music playing through the streets, and the drop of the Fleur de Lis. Follow the celebration as it moves to the Mississippi River where you'll witness an incredible display of fireworks, then move on to the iconic Bourbon Street, where the party will continue into the early hours!
If there is one city that knows how to party, it's definitely Vegas, Baby! On New Year's Eve the entire Strip closes to traffic and the party people take over. Grab your silly hats and your holiday cheer, 'cause you're in for one hell of a party as tourists and A-Listers descend on Vegas for the ultimate celebration. There is no better way to ring in a brand new year!
The best places for some winter fun...
New York is a city that you have to experience in every season, but with all that Christmas money burning a hole in your pocket, why not treat yourself to a shopping spree down 5th Avenue or visit Broadway to see one of the many spectacular shows? Our Northeastern BLT tour starts and finishes in this awesome city and ventures into Canada taking in the epic natural wonder that is Niagara Falls. Get you city kicks with a trip to the top of the Empire State Building and then head down the entire east coast all the way to Miami on our Atlantic BLT tour. Those winter blues don't stand a chance!
The Deep South of America is the perfect winter warmer and listening to jazz-tastic tunes and dancing to country music, is sure fire way of making sure you have a great start to the year. Forget left-over turkey, it's time to treat yourself to a big ole' bowl of Gumbo. Search for adventure in the Great Smoky Mountains on our Deep South BLT tour or brush up on your Civil Rights and Rock n Roll knowledge in legendary Memphis on our brand new Southern Dixieland tour. You'll definitely be toe-tapping your way through the rest of the year.
Be the envy of your friends and head to the lush tropical rainforests, and white sandy beaches of Mexico. Grab some scuba gear and explore the crystal clear waters of the Caribbean Coast, or simply chill out some of the most beautiful beaches you will have ever seen on our Mexican BLT tour. Let's be honest there is nothing better than having a tan in winter, right?
Southwest USA is full of stunning red rock national parks, arid deserts and awesome scenery. Winter is a great time to visit as the parks have fewer tourists, and Death Valley National Park being the hottest place on earth is definitely far more enjoyable. The trails throughout the Grand Canyon National Park are quieter giving you better opportunities to take in this awesome landscape without weaving in and out of crowds of tourists. Both our Wild West and Southerner tours will make sure your new year gets off to an awesome start!