12 Places to Travel to This Holiday Season

4. Goa

If you’re willing to spend half a day on a plane, then you should think about heading to western India for a vacation over Christmas. Goa is India’s most liberal state, and they celebrate Christmas in a big way, even though their temps in December usually hover around 80°.

People primarily come to Goa to party, and the year’s biggest party always happens on New Year’s Eve. The cities in Goa are always packed in the week between Christmas and New Year’s, as more tourists arrive and gear up for the main event. Spend your days wandering through a city strewn with tinsel and lights, and every evening, sample a new beach party locale, until you find the perfect one for New Year’s Eve.

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5. Leavenworth, WA

Leavenworth is a small town in central Washington State that doesn’t seem like much on a map, but when you arrive, you may be surprised by what you see. The town center is full of Bavarian-inspired chalets. Leavenworth prides itself on looking exactly like a German or Austrian mountain town.

If you want to live out your European Christmas fantasy without leaving the United States, book a night at the centrally-located Hotel Edelweiss, overlooking the surrounding mountains and pretend you’re in Bavaria. Each year, they host a massive Christmas market, and light up their downtown core in an amazing display of festive cheer.

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6. Sayulita, Mexico

The tiny village of Sayulita on the Riviera Nayarit in Mexico is one of the last few hidden gems in a country that regularly sees its waterfront areas overrun by tourists. Sayulita is the perfect destination for people who want a bit of privacy on their vacation, and want to enjoy a landscape that’s remained unspoiled by development.

Sayulita is well-known for their incredible surfing, boating, and other water sports. Go whale watching with a local guide, then explore the jungle on an ATV or mountain bike- there’s no limit to what you can do in Sayulita!

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Most Interesting Small Towns to Visit in the United States

If you’re used to living in a city or a big suburb, it can be hard to picture what life is like outside of all the hustle and bustle. In fact, U.S. cities house 62.7 percent of the population (as of 2015), but take up just 3.5 percent of the land area — and those numbers continue to grow as more people move into cities every day. If you need to get away for a bit, check out some of these incredible American towns. They may be small, but they’ve all got their own unique attributes that make them popular vacation destinations.

Most Interesting International Fast Food Chains We Wish Would Come to the USA

To connoisseurs of fast food, visits abroad bring the opportunity to see how the rest of the world eats on the go. Although we have our own fast-food chains at home — many which have spread around the world — the most exciting chains around today are regional chains, which use local ingredients flavored to perfectly suit the local’s palate. To get a taste at what’s out there, here are some amazing international fast food chains we wish would come to the United States.

Travel Destinations to Consider in 2019

Whether you’re looking to escape the cold winter weather or boiling summer heat or experience a different culture, there are endless potential travel destinations for you to choose from. But making the right decision may be challenging. Here are some of the top destinations throughout the world that you may want to consider visiting during 2019.