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Monday
Dec192016

The Best Hot Christmas Travel Destinations

  From roller skating through the city streets to decorating mango trees, we give you the best hot spots this Christmas.


Australia

flickr | Anthony Tong Lee“Down under” Christmas falls in summer making it perfect for a hot winter escape. Christmas falls in the summer holidays so most Australians are long gone, allowing you to fully immerse yourself in an Ozzie Christmas. For those that stay you will find them at Carols by Candlelight concerts singing carols.

Look out for Rudolph the red nosed Kangaroo! Traditions in Oz say Father Christmas swaps his reindeer for ‘six white boomers’ or kangaroos.

Indulge in a traditional beach BBQ for Christmas Dinner and watch the sunset as the evening continues.

See Frontier's Austrailian Adventure Package to expierence it yourself!

 

Fiji

flickr | Adam SelwoodIt’s a white Christmas in Fiji but not because of snow. The beautiful white beaches are the perfect backdrop for a traditional Fijian Christmas, a month long celebration.

Christmas is more traditional in Fiji with church masses and caroling but there’s plenty of partying to be had. Two weeks before Christmas day, the whole community gathers in the largest house and celebrates there until two weeks after New Year’s Day. It is there you will see the traditional ‘Meke’ dance performed by women (as the fan) and men (the spear).

Small family gatherings are not how Fijians do Christmas and you will stumble across festive picnics and beach parties all over the island. Join in the fun and sip on the traditional drink of kava with some cake. Not before you’ve had your Christmas meal consisting of cold meats and seafood.

Dive into Fiji culture and their pristine and bio diverse waters with a Marine Conservation Diving Project in Fiji.

 

Venezuela

If you want to escape to somewhere hot and enjoy roller skating around town for a week than Venezuela is your ideal destination. From the 16th to 24th of December, the roads are closed off in the Capital of Caracas so inhabitants can blade to Midnight Mass. Pieces of string are dangled out of windows for passers-by to tug on and wake you if you oversleep.

Make sure to pack a yellow summer dress as many people believe that if you wear yellow on New Year's Eve you will have good luck the following year.

Bask in sights of the Andes and Amazon rainforest in a Conservation Project in Venezuela.

 

India

flickr | Ian D. KeatingChristians in India lack fir trees so opt to decorated mango trees around India. Indian festivals are always celebrated with lights and colors, and Christmas is no exception. Churches are decorated using stunning light shows and illuminate the night. Markets and stalls are all lit up with Christmas lanterns and lights.

After you visit the lights, grab some Christmas sweets at the stalls. Traditional sweets originate from Goa and are called ‘kuswar’ and they range from deeply delicious dense Christmas fruitcakes to rose cookies.

If you want a spicy Christmas lunch than India is your destination. Presents are not a tradition in India but instead homemade kuswar is handed over to neighbours and friends homes from all religious backgrounds.  In the evening, a traditional Christmas dance is held with friends and family until sunrise on Boxing Day. Many families opt to travel to the beaches to watch the sunrise on a new day.

Volunteer in Goa where the beautiful white beaches will be your backdrop. Teach local children, have cooking lessons, enjoy yoga on the beach and volunteer in a women’s shelter.

 

Mexico

flickr | James WillamorChristmas comes early in Mexico with the Festival of the Radishes! Yes, radishes! The vegetables are carved into human figures and are often used for nativity scenes.

If sweets are more your Christmas treat than have a crack at a piñata, a jar filled with sweets and decorated with papier-mâché hung from a tree. Grab a stick and a blind-fold and have a stab at getting to the goods inside.

The piñata is often decorated like a ball with seven peaks around it. The peaks or spikes represent the 'seven deadly sins'. Piñata's can also be in the form of an animal or bird (such as a donkey). To play the game, children are blind-folded and take it in turns to hit the piñata with a stick until it splits open and the sweets pour out. Then the children rush to pick up as many sweets as they can!

Learn Spanish in Mexico with Frontier's Language Project.

 

By Meike Simms - Online Media Intern 

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