Jingle bells may not have started chiming all the way, but the yuletide is way closer than you think. And you know what? Nothing beats planning your Christmas vacation ahead. Aside the early bird advantage you enjoy with fares, you also have the luxury of time to select the best holiday spot that meets your taste and budget.
Here are our top 5 destinations for that dream Christmas holiday in 2016.
Where else in Africa are you likely to experience some of the most quintessential safaris in the continent? Your list will be incomplete if you take out this East African country. Kenya is home to the world's only game reserve located within a major city, the Nairobi National Park.
Kenya's landscape is beautifully dotted with sweeping valleys surrounded by snow-coated equatorial foothills, natural geysers and caves preserved over the years. If you plan to have a vacation in Kenya before the end of October, you are likely to experience firsthand the iconic, 1,200-mile Great Migration where hordes of gazelles, wildebeests and zebras throng the Serengeti in a somewhat dramatic fashion. You could steal some escape into the clear, sandy beaches of Mombasa for wind-surfing, water skiing or snorkeling. And should you have taste for amazing cuisines, riveting night life and cultural delights, Kenya is a destination where you experience more and even more.
If adventure is a major consideration for your choice of a destination, you may need to switch your gaze to Cape Town, South Africa's capital city this year.
Seated between the sea and a sprawling enclave of mountains, Cape Town oozes a seductive aura that is hard to resist. And when you finally plunge deep into its well-cobbled sights, pristine beaches and jaw-dropping monuments, you could go on and on, struggling to contain your awe and excitement.
On the crest of its rugged mountains, you can steal a panoramic view of some of South Africa's most impressive sights ranging from the Atlantic to the magical beaches bordered by plateaus and low-lying rocks. Despite the challenges faced by the tourism industry in 2015, Cape Town alone is projected to attract no fewer than 1.9 million visitors this year (2016). For a city that prides itself as the oldest European settlement in Africa, these figures only underscore why Cape Town is regarded as one of the most visited cities in Africa.
Unknown to most travelers, Morocco is one destination where the conversation of travel never stops. With mesmerizing coastlines, sprawling mountains and deserts, Morocco is a perfect mix of both African and Arab cultures, tastefully knitted to offer some of the most memorable travel experiences the world has ever known.
From the medieval grandeur of Fez to the wonders of snake-charmers in Marrakech and the absorbing calm of Essouria, Morocco is a destination that should be top on your bucket list as you plan your vacation this Christmas. In case you are not sure of where to find the hottest holiday spots, you may consider exploring our guide to experiencing the energy and magic of Morocco.
Rwanda is not only the city of a thousand hills, but it's also a nicely-carved hub of a thousand and one thrills. Though small, and with an estimated population of nearly 12 million people, what Rwanda lacks in population figures, it makes up for its imposing cultural and historical heritage preserved through several civilizations.
Often underrated by many travel advisors, Rwanda is a must-see destination for anyone who appreciates historical marvels, and the Kigali Memorial Centre is one place where you are likely to come face to face with that rich history.
Sometimes, your best vacations happen in seemingly detached destinations; quiet and far removed from the bustle in big cities. After months of toiling through cubicles and corner offices, it's only fair to opt for a soothing and calm getaway in the natural ambiance of this archipelago.
So, go Seychelles and explore everything virgin and unspoiled - from clear, stunning beaches to tropical islands and littoral sand cays.