December travel recommendations
April 24, 2009 4:46 AM   Subscribe

Where is the best place to travel in December?

December in Canberra is hot, windy and deserted -- help us have a fantastic time somewhere else!

Our holidays are in December this year, and we (late 20s couple) are wondering if there are any places around the world where December is the time to visit. We're based in Australia, but willing to travel anywhere.

Is there a December event or festival that simply can't be missed? Or a spot where the climate is perfect this time of year? Neither of us is religious, so Christmas isn't a consideration -- except as far as it concerns Christmas markets and their delicious components.

Bonus points for options that include non-air travel for at least part of the trip -- think trains, or interesting car trips.
posted by impluvium to Travel & Transportation (9 answers total)
I usually spend December in Cairo. Wonderful time of the year to visit, very mild weather wise, I always wear a T Shirt but the locals are generally in heavier clothes.

Got pictures from a 2003 and a 2005 visit here to entice you. I worked there for a spell as well, and December is the time to be in Cairo; June & July are oven like by comparison.

Although when Cairo gets a little too tense politically, I've gone to Bombay. Weather is pretty much the same, folks are somewhat less pushy trying to sell you stuff
posted by Mutant at 5:29 AM on April 24, 2009

It's a popular time of year to visit Southeast Asia.
posted by TWinbrook8 at 5:39 AM on April 24, 2009

Queenstown, NZ is good at any time of the year...
posted by ryanbryan at 5:44 AM on April 24, 2009

Hong Kong around Christmas time is pretty awesome. The generally fantastic lights of the city are even more extensive then.
posted by chiefthe at 5:49 AM on April 24, 2009

India's good. Perfect beach temperatures in the South while in the north you might be able to score a few hipster points by skiing in the Himalayas.
posted by rhymer at 6:17 AM on April 24, 2009

Thirding southeast Asia.
posted by Civil_Disobedient at 6:37 AM on April 24, 2009

During December there are some cool Christmas markets in western Europe, and it's also a relatively quiet time for tourists here, so it's a nice time for a visit actually. It's not so crowded and you can get cheaper airfares and accommodations. (As long as you don't mind, long nights, coldish temperatures, and the possibility of a long stretch of kind of dismal weather -- but seriously, it's a cool time for a slightly more unusual trip to France, Belgium, Germany, etc.).
posted by dseaton at 7:39 AM on April 24, 2009

i had a great time in both buenos aires, argentina and barcelona, spain when i was there in december.
posted by alkupe at 7:43 AM on April 24, 2009

Death Valley and environs are actually pretty nice when it's not Summer in North America.
posted by notsnot at 8:23 AM on April 24, 2009

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