To be even more sure it’s wise to check recent reviews to make sure that recent guests say that things are good. And rural villages will also be tough. -Roger. Any suggestions? -Roger. If you’re looking for extra space and privacy for your brood, the large villas are perfect. Switzerland As you may know, all of the islands aside from Oahu are never very crowded, and the resorts and towns there are nicely spaced out. It’s very popular around Christmas, partly as it’s their summer, but the USD is strong enough there that you could still pull off a pretty good trip without spending a fortune. Hotels in Puerto Rico can be a bit expensive, but the rental market is more reasonable. Ok so as a single male in his 40s I’m looking for a sunny week’s vacation end of Dec – early January somewhere new – looking at your list I’ve been to cancun/cozumel, Puerto Vallarta, and I want to stay close to the Americas (vs far east, Australia etc). I lived in Portland for a few years myself recently, and unfortunately there are no inexpensive winter places that are close. I’m happy to help and I understand the heart break thing. Thailand has a MUCH better tourist infrastructure and far more people speak English there, so it’s easier to get around and do what you want to do. we plan on staying in airbnbs for much of the time or low cost hostels if possible. They are also very expensive. We can not go there any more since my husband and my daughter got really sick last time we were there. I’m a bit of a newbie to travelling internationally so would want somewhere safe and possibly reachable by coach to save on money. It was built in the fifties, but was recently renovated and maintains its retro vibe. As well as spacious suites with oversized balconies, there are multiple pools, a spa, a golf course, and plenty of activities for kids, including poolside movies and daily lawn games. You could also consider Los Cabos, but I find that Puerto Vallarta has more options in different price ranges. So I’m specifically referring to Guadeloupe, Martinique, and St. Martin (which is the northern half of the island with the Dutch Sint Maarten in its south). -Roger. The warmest part of the continental US is obviously south Florida, namely Key West. Costa Rica not only has beaches and water sports, but also jungles and zip lining and plenty of other adventure activities, as well as a lovely volcano area to visit. I hope this helps. However, I’ve done all-inclusive research trips as a solo person and I find that it’s often hard to meet people since they tend to be dominated by couples and families. In fact, you might still consider looking into the San Juan area, which is already running close to normal again, with power on in the main tourist areas. While it's remote and has generally been safe from the turmoil nearby, most of its fans are choosing to go elsewhere at the moment. Croatia French Polynesia There are villa rentals on those islands, but also beachfront hotels that are surprisingly cheap and very nice. Tanzania Roger, This is an awesome place I accidentally stumbled up on, thanks for helping fellow folks with your great knowledge of the travel destinations. Slovakia And there are some large resorts on their own north and south of the city. Any suggestions for a young-ish, solo, African American woman from Seattle? My friend (girl), and I are looking for somewhere warm and beachy to visit leaving the day after Christmas and returning after new year. Grand Cayman I’ll try to help. We are deciding between Colombia, Belize, and Costa Rica right now, and I’m mostly wondering about safety of each (I’m guessing Costa Rica is the most safe but I would like something less overrun with tourists), and ways to get involved locally volunteering if you know about that! I’m happy to try to help. Singapore is very cool, but it’s insanely expensive compared to the other nearby countries, especially for alcohol. -Roger. It would help to know your starting airport, but it sounds like you are somewhere in the US or Canada based on the places you mention. United States Set on 265 acres of lush gardens in California‘s Carmel Mountains, Rancho Bernardo Inn is a charming hotel with a low-key vibe. Senegal There are many resorts and hotels all around Playa del Carmen that are family oriented, and you can spend most of your time at the resort, and also take a shuttle ride into the town center for a bit more culture. I’m happy this has been helpful. A huge majority of the people who are well off enough to fly internationally are those living in countries that have a Christmas holiday, and that's no secret to hotel owners. Recife, My favorite area is called Condado, and it’s adjacent to Old San Juan, but you can probably find something cheaper if you stay in Isla Verde, which is closer to the airport. Miami Beach, The peak weeks are Christmas and New Years, and by mid January it’s slower so you should be able to get a good deal. If you wanted something with real sunbathing weather in December you might think about San Juan, Puerto Rico. Singapore Cusco, It’s more expensive than the Canary Islands, but it’s very good value and it’s very nice. Roatán Island I went from Saigon into the Vietnam Delta by bus and then hopped a boat for a ride up to Phnom Penh. The Arizona Grand Resort & Spa is a luxurious resort that sits at the edge of the South Mountain Preserve, one of the world’s largest urban parks. That said, as a solo traveler I think staying somewhere central is desirable. The weather in late December is predictably perfect with barely a chance of a quick thunderstorm, much less anything worse. Looking for a destination to go for 4 nights from east coast after Christmas till new year. -Roger, Rodger.Just enquiring whether Bali would be a good vacation for a family of 5.This includes 3 adult children- early twenties and parents.Fun activities? Looking forward to your suggestions. My hunch is that Cambodia would be a bit easier than Indonesia because there are more tourists on the mainland, but I have heard that Indonesia is fairly easy and quite rewarding itself. Krakow, It’s a bit ironic because you wouldn’t even need that passport to get there. Personally I like being in a town with endless choices and plenty of activities. We were in Guanacaste for a week when in Costa Rica a couple of years ago. -Roger, looking for a place to go from Dec26th-Jan 31st with my husband as he is turning 50. thanks, do you have website or facebook? Yihyi. -Roger, Hi Roger, Something different. All of that said, it’s worth it and plenty safe if you are careful. So it depends on what you mean by “not too cold.” You could meet in Barcelona, for example, and have a lot of fun and not have to bundle up much, but of course it’ll be way to chilly for the beach. They are fast and easy to reach from Texas and the east coast and they have a combination of nice beaches and great nightlife choices and interesting local sights just to name a few things. -Roger. -Roger. Kiev Lima 19 Cheap and warm places to go over 2020 Christmas & New Years weeks. -Roger. AUSTRALIA IS THE BEST!!! Spain Egypt Phuket is the easiest and largest island destination there, but there are others I could mention if you are interested. My understanding is that there are still some rural areas that are not back to normal, and definitely at least some hotels that were damaged and never reopened. If you’ve often envied those families that head off on Christmas getaways but your budget balks at the mere idea, ... where your Christmas vacation will run a whopping $112 per … Bermuda Some of the larger hotels have Kids’ Clubs and that sort of thing, but otherwise it doesn’t seem too kid friendly. West Coast travelers can plan a relaxing family Christmas in California where charming coastal towns offer a number of holiday events. After much thought i have selected 2 locations SHARM EL-SHEIKH Egypt or Cape Town or Durban in South Africa, now need your advice on the following. Personally, my other favorite inexpensive place in the Caribbean aside from San Juan is Playa del Carmen, which is just south of Cancun. Shopping? Maybe Amazon River cruise, but I read it’s dry season so maybe not as much to see. That’s still plenty close enough to be able to walk everywhere. Are there other places you’d recommend, closer than Puerto Rico, cold or warm ? Jamaica could be good if you don’t mind constantly being harassed by aggressive local merchants, and even that probably isn’t an issue once you get outside the main tourist areas. Two other options that are a bit different would be Belize, which has kind of a Jamaican feel. I cover travel rewards, my … Feel free to let me know more about what you have in mind and I can give you more information about where to find it. I am interested in Cartagena Columbia at Christmas time. You'll find that flight+hotel package prices are especially appealing to the DR, and those who book early will usually get the best deals. We are looking for beautiful beaches, vibrant culture, and natural beauty. It is tragic about Puerto Rico, and I think it’s wise to go elsewhere for the time being. No problems . We have kicked around: California, Arizona, Florida. 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