The Best International Holiday Destinations to Visit This Season

Planning to skip town this holiday season? You’re not alone! While many Americans fly home for the holidays, a good amount chooses to spend Christmas abroad, visiting some of the best cities the world has to offer. That said, choosing where you want to go can be quite the challenge. Looking to book a vacation abroad this winter? We share the best international holiday destinations, ahead.

Amsterdam is one of the best international holiday destinations to visit this winter. | dennisvdw / iStock / Getty Images Plus

Best international holiday destinations

Whether you already have plans to travel abroad or are looking to book a last trip, there is plenty to see and do around the world during the holidays. Here are some of the best international holiday destinations to visit this December:

1. Frankfurt, Germany

If you’ve had your eye on Germany, the holiday season is a great time to visit. Frankfurt, in particular, is one of the most popular international holiday destinations, according to Priceline data shared with The Cheat Sheet. From the Cathedral of St. Bartholomew to the Eurotower, there is plenty to do in Frankfurt, Germany.

2. Amsterdam, Netherlands

Amsterdam is another popular vacation destination. So much so that it’s even a hot spot for holiday travel. From the museums to the skating rinks to the trendy coffee shops, there is so much to see and do in its winter wonderland.

3. Crawley, England

London might be an obvious vacation destination in England — however, it’s not the only one. Case in point: According to Priceline’s data, many booked holiday trips to Crawley, England last year. Famous for its stunning parks and gardens, this winter escape is a must-see.

4. Denpasar, Bali

If the winter season isn’t for you, consider a stay in Denpasar, Bali. The popular holiday destination features stunning views of Sanur Beach and is home to the Pura Blanjong Temple. That combined with the warm weather makes it the perfect winter getaway.

5. Milan, Italy

Planning a trip to Europe this holiday season? While you’re there, hop on over to Milan, Italy — aka, one of the best holiday destinations. Located in northern Italy, the popular vacation spot boasts plenty of good food, fashion, culture, and more.

6. Bogotá, Colombia

If you’ve ever dreamed of visiting Colombia, winter is a great time to do so. And, it’s capital, Bogotá is one of the best holiday destinations. Home to colonial-era landmarks, cobblestone streets, and some of the most popular museums, there’s plenty to see and do while visiting the beautiful South American city.

7. Paris, France

This wouldn’t be a list of the best holiday destinations without the city of love! Paris, France is a hot ticket destination no matter the season, but Paris in December is truly spectacular. Whether you already have plans to be in Europe or are looking for a last-minute trip, spend the holidays abroad in the most romantic city in the world. From the food to the landmarks — hello Eiffel Tower! — Paris is one city you don’t want to miss.

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