Tempted to skip town for the yuletide? Here are a few alternative ways and places to spend the festive period. Jump on any of these and you could have yourself a romantic, adventurous, fulfilled and amazing Christmas whether you’re travelling with family and friend or on a solo excursion.

Maldives – Where dark clouds are replaced by sunshine and sadness by a smile

Jennifer Tuffen: Dinner with a view at Gili Lankanfushi in the Maldives. Such a perfect evening at one of my favourite hotels.

Affordable luxury in nature sunken paradise is what the Maldives promises. You are free to make of your holiday what you wish, from sipping wine and lazing on stunning white-sand beaches to exploring an amazing underwater world, you will surely leave this exotic, paradisiacal island nation with a truly one-in-a-lifetime Christmas experience…. because the Maldives is the World on an Island!

Dubai – Best of East-Meet-West

TwoTrends: How magical is this view from our hotel Shangri-La Dubai.

From sky-kissing skyscrapers to amazing ocean view and beautify desert. Dubai promises you’ll never have a dull movement when you visit this Christmas. Shopping opportunities are at an awe-inspiring level, and there are a load of activities to fill each day. Check out the Burj Al Arab, a hotel that thrives on its vanity size and amazing view. There is also the Burj Khalifa, and the Dubai Mall with its amazing mix of sights and activities. The Mall even has the largest indoor snow park in the world (3,000sqm), and a skill resort that will make your trip to Austria look like a picnic.

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Tunisia – the epic place you never thought about

 

Untouched, untapped, underrated and seemingly ignored, Tunisia is definitely an epic place you should go this yuletide – especially if you’ve never thought of travelling there. It is not a tourist destination; it is a traveller’s paradise – some form of top-secret for avid travellers. Hop onto the beautiful Mediterranean coastal beaches for some relaxing time, then leap on a camel and ride through the desert dunes and arid mountains. If you are in town between December 19 and 22 2019, hit Douz, for the Douz’s annual International Festival of the Sahara. It’s a celebration of traditions featuring hair dances (expect sultry ladies), camel parades, drumming troupes and horseback acrobatics. Then head into the desert proper for a Christmas-free camping expedition of camel rides, four-wheel-drive safaris and campfire dinners under starry skies.

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Singapore – amazing country that’s foreign but familiar

It is summer all -year-round in Singapore, but at Yuletide, the atmosphere is full of magic. A cascade of colours, food and fun make Singapore one of the best places to spend Christmas. It’s a nation like no other – the melting pot of Southeast Asia; beautiful, pristine and safe, Singapore is a fascinating destination that’ll become one of your absolute favourites once you visit. The people are wonderful, food – shockingly delicious, and an awe-inspiring innovation hub. The part you’ll probably love the most is the food, especially if you love to travel the world on your stomach as I do. If you care to, make sure you visit the Hawker’s Centre – a popular food centre with hundreds of stalls each manned by an individual chef who is a master of a few dishes. The cuisine blends Chinese, Indian, Malay, Thai, Indonesia, Middle-eastern culture to produce what I call the culinary apex of Southeast Asia. If you visit, ask for the Chicken rice…tell me how it tastes afterwards…

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Cape Verde – sand, sea, and sunshine, a beautiful blend of both worlds

Vast beaches and bare mountain create a dramatically beautiful world in the Atlantic. It’s the Cape Verde Islands, partly Portuguese, partly Africa, the Islands is as mysterious as it is beautiful. The magic wand here is to take it easy. Both Christmas and New Year in Cape Verde comes with spectacular firework displays and lavish gala dinners, especially in large hotels. Imagine Christmas or the New Year with a fabulous feast under the stars, followed by dancing the night away to Cape Verdean rhythms? Visit the island this Christmas and feel free to share the experience.

 

 

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Michael Alvin

Michael Alvin

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Michael Alvin is a lawyer and a UNESCO certified journalist. At Afro Tourism, he blends creativity with his training in telling moving stories about his personal experience on his various trips across Africa.
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