09 December 2013

Posted by Discount Insurance on Monday, December 09, 2013
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The final month of the year marks the time when people in northern climates start looking around for an escape to the sun. Fortunately, there are big parts of the world that have their best weather of the year at this time, and are very cheap as well, once you get there. 

At Discount Insurance, we have prepared a guide to some of the best places to visit this December.

The Northern Lights in Lapland

There has been a huge amount of hype in the Northern Lights this year – and with good reason. It is supposed to be the best showing of the aurora borealis in some time this winter.

Nature’s most spectacular lightshow is supposed to be on vibrant form in various countries including Iceland, Sweden and Finland.

You could even combine it with a day-trip to see Santa Clause in Lapland.

Nile Cruise in Egypt

Due to the negative coverage of Egypt in recent months, the foreign office has recently changed its tune, permitting tourists to return – to places most took for granted before the troubles began.

If you’re prepared to take a slight gamble that the situation in the country is prone to change, then it could be a great time to book. You’re likely to find some good value deals for your voyage down one of the world’s most beguiling and historic rivers.

Barcelona by train

If you prefer long-distance travel by train, there’s an interesting new route that has started from Paris. You can now venture from the French capital to Barcelona city directly.

The new service takes passengers from Barcelona to Paris in exactly six hours and 25 minutes or to Giona within five hours and 50 minutes.

Those who start their trip in London St Pancras will be able to leave London at 9.31am and arrive in Barcelona at 7.40pm.


The islands of the Caribbean are at their finest at the moment. Early December is a good time to visit in term weather, and is also still low season so likely to be easier on the purse.

For those on a budget, how about Grenada, one of the Caribbean’s best inexpensive, beachfront hideaways.

Christmas markets in Germany

Few places truly capture the festive spirit as successfully as the German cities with thriving Christmas markets.

Nuremberg Germany’s “classic” Christmas market, with Dusseldorf as a very strong option.

Outside of Germany, meanwhile, you may want to consider the markets of Budapest, known for its good value.

New Years in Edinburgh

When it comes to seeing out the year, nowhere does it as well as Edinburgh.

Around 80,000 will take to the streets of the Scottish capital welcome in 2014.

There will be music and fireworks – and for the more active, even British’s largest outdoor Keilidh.

ICEHotel, Sweden

The very best of the ice hotels to spring up at this time of year is in Scandinavia.

It is now in its 24th incarnation and its reputations as a cutting-edge design hotel looks likely to be delivered again with designs for the sub-zero structure coming from Swedish, Italian, Dutch and Brazilian artists.

This year fire alarms have been installed – curious guests are likely to be on the lookout for them in between the ice blocks.

Skiing in Val Thorens/ Whistler

Skiing is also looking good this year, with several tour operators citing increased interest in pre-Christmas trips, and a spike in bookings with the snow already looking healthy in many places.

Val Thorens in France is one of the most reliable for good snow cover.

Those prepared to travel a little further should consider Whistler in Canada, which opens 13 days early this season.

Whales in California

One of the world’s great migratory spectacles is to occur in the waters off the coast of California where thousands of grey whales are due to pass around this time, nearing the end of one of nature’s most epic journey from Alaska to the warm waters of the Baja peninsula off Mexico, as well as the Gulf of California.

Looking to getaway this Christmas? Then make sure you get a quote on your Travel Insurance from Discount Insurance.

Gaurav Ahluwalia


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