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Holiday Travel Ideas from Sophisticated Travelers

by Billie Cohen | October 25, 2019
Idyllic tropical beach with white sand, turquoise ocean water and blue sky at Antigua island in Caribbean
Antigua island in the Caribbean
colorful buildings Puerto Vallarta Mexico
Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
vineyards with snow-capped mountains in background Mendoza Argentina
Mendoza, Argentina
Great Barrier Reef aerial view
Great Barrier Reef, Australia
Rio Celeste Waterfall photographed in Costa Rica
Costa Rica
kayak on turquoise water Koh Lipe island Thailand
Koh Lipe, Thailand
the red sand of Chile's Atacama desert with tall mountains in the distance
Atacama Desert, Chile
camel trek through the Sahara Desert, Morocco.
Sahara Desert, Morocco
Blue-footed booby, Galapagos Islands.
Galapagos Islands
Leafy town square with fountain in a picturesque village in Provence, France
Saignon, Provence, France
paragliding Masada Israel
Masada, Israel
Udaivilas Oberoi hotel Udaipur india lake view
Udaipur, India


A lot of travelers write to us seeking suggestions for unusual Christmas-New Year’s destinations. They want to go where everybody else isn’t going. Depending on what sort of experience they’re after, Wendy might suggest anything from Malta to Abu Dhabi.

As for the holiday travel plans that travelers have already made, among the most popular locales are Argentina, New Zealand, and Thailand.  Travelers who want to explore the world closer to home are bound for Mexico, Costa Rica, the Caribbean Islands, and Belize.

If you haven’t planned your holiday trip yet, now is the time, as many flights and resorts fill up months in advance. For inspiration, browse the lists below that show where your fellow travelers are headed. We’ve also got helpful monthly articles on Where to Go When. If you have other ideas or plans for your winter travels, let us know in the comments where you’re headed!

Top 10 Countries Booked by WOW List Travelers for Christmas/New Year’s Trips

Costa Rica
New Zealand*
Caribbean Islands

* = tied with the country listed above it

Top 16 Countries Already Booked By WOW List Travelers for Winter Trips
(November through February)

New Zealand
United States*
Caribbean Islands
Costa Rica*
The Galapagos Islands*

* = tied with the country listed above it

Be a smarter traveler: Read real travelers’ reviews of Wendy’s WOW List and use it to plan your next trip. You can also follow her on Facebook, Twitter @wendyperrin, and Instagram @wendyperrin, and sign up for her weekly newsletter to stay in the know.

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