Best Vacation Places, Pictures and Information
Low cost vacation places in 2018
Currently the cheapest long-haul tourist destinations worldwide, based on typical holiday spending are:
1: Tokyo, Japan
2: Cape Town, South Africa
3: Mombasa, Kenya
4: Colombo, Sri Lanka
5: Hoi An, Vietnam
6: Bali, Indonesia
7: Tamarindo, Costa Rica
8: Orlando, Florida, USA
9: Penang, Malaysia
10: Punta Cana, Dominican Republic
November – December in the Northern Hemisphere is frequently about winter sports or moving briskly between indoor cultural activities under damp and dreary skies.
Of course in the Southern Hemisphere it’s summertime so northern sun seekers need to head south. Easy, good value choices for Europeans lie in Africa – South Africa is particularly attractive, good value and easy to reach fore Europeans, or pricey Dubai for guaranteed winter sun and serious bling – while North Americans just have to nip down to Latin America for incredible, colorful cultures or to Caribbean islands that escaped Irma (check below) for magnificent beaches and sunshine.
US Vacation Places November – December 2018
The ‘activity’ pool of the RIU Palace in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico (this is not an advert and we have no connection to the resort, sadly!). Temperatures should be around 58F night – 77F day (14C-25C) in winter. Photo by Clemens Vasters.
Beaches on most of mainland USA are pretty much out of the picture in wintertime. The best bet is the Florida Keys.
Temperatures rarely fall below 50F (10C) and usually hover around 72F (22C) with lots of sunshine, so a Christmas dip off Miami beach is chilly but definitely doable, while up the road in Fort Lauderdale dozens of decorated boats cruise around the Intracoastal Waterways during the Winterfest Boat Parade on December 14.
For beaches, good value and decent weather expectations Mexico is an obvious choice, with two coasts offering varied experiences tho’ we would guess that the waters of the east side Maya Riviera will be marginally warmer than the Pacific coast’s Cabo, Acapulco or one of the more bohemian beaches further south.
Alternatively the Caribbean’s brilliant selection of varied islands, cultures, costs and beach experiences moves into peak season December to March, tho’ some islands are still suffering after last year’s hurricane damage, so do web check your choice before pulling out the credit card. Among destinations badly damaged were: Puerto Rico, BVI, USVI, Turks & Caicos.
And don’t forget that months up to and including November are still hurricane season.
For winter sports the homegrown Rockies have attractions other than just mind-blowing skiing these days, just get a sniff of what’s smoking in Denver, Colorado.
Canada Vacation Places November – December 2018
The view from the Roundhouse Lodge terminal for Whistler Mountain Gondola, British Columbia, Canada. Photo by Mogodore.
Canada’s main vacation places:
Canada tourism begins properly in May and runs thru September.
Best wildlife: Churchill (Manitoba), British Columbia, Alberta.
Best winter festival: Ottawa Winterlude, Ontario.
Best summer festival: Calgary Stampede, Alberta.
Best beaches: New Brunswick (Atlantic Provinces) and Vancouver (British Columbia).
Best cuisine: Quebec province.
Latin America Vacation Places, November – December 2018
A Coati on a beach in Costa Rica. Photo by Ryskas.
Further south in Latin America the weather and colourful cultures of Argentina, Chile, Guatemala, Mexico and Costa Rica should be brilliant in November but only the last four countries will still be fine in December, along with Ecuador’s spectacular Galapagos Islands.