Who says you need to spend your winter holiday in front of the TV eating cookies? While there's certainly something to be said about relaxing at home, you can do that most evenings of the year. Instead, why not finish off the year with a little adventure? Grab some cheap tickets today and take to the skies!
These are some of the best winter holiday destinations that won't break your travel budget:
1. Boulder, Colorado
If you're a fan of skiing, snowboarding and sipping hot cocoa in the lodge, there's no better place to do so than on the slopes near Boulder. Whether you go for a long weekend or a whole week, you'll find plenty to do both in town and in the mountains. Families can enjoy staying in mountainside resorts and couples can snuggle up by the fireside and watch the falling snow outside.
2. Honolulu, Hawaii
If snowy weather isn't your style, then you should consider heading to the Pacific for a green Hawaiian Christmas. In Honolulu, you'll be able to hit the surf or relax under the sun on a white sand beach. Grab a festive hat, a Hawaiian lei and top your eggnog with a pink umbrella for an island holiday you'll never forget. Don't forget to greet everyone with a hearty "Mele Kalikimaka!"
3. Edinburgh, Scotland
Edinburgh is a magical town that blends the old world with the new. It's the perfect place to spend the winter holiday as the whole city is decked out in Christmas decorations. Here, you can spend an afternoon ice skating, take in a musical at one of the local theaters and welcome Old Saint Nick at the castle on the hill.
4. Mexico City, Mexico
The people of Mexico City know how to celebrate. In the capital city, you'll discover brilliant lights, beautiful songs and lots of delicious food. Join in the festivities in the old town and visit one of the city's iconic cathedrals for a Christmas celebration that rivals any other on the planet. Don't forget to dig into a plate of delicious corn tamales while you're there!
5. Barcelona, Spain
The weather in Barcelona is quite mild compared to most places in the U.S. around the winter holidays. Here you can celebrate "La Navidad" with a meal of fresh-caught seafood. Plus, you can do all of your Christmas shopping in the city's various Christmas markets. On a walking tour of the city, you'll find street markets filled with handmade crafts and delicious treats.
6. Sydney, Australia
In the southern hemisphere, springtime is full bloom. Christmas in Sydney is truly unique as the city celebrates the holiday with colorful flowers and warm ocean breezes. While you're in town, you can enjoy the stunning views from Sydney Tower, take a dip in the water and visit the country's one-of-a-kind animals in a wildlife reserve.