Christmas holidays are approaching, this time of the year is a period of time much used by travelers. But the dilemma is always: where to go? What are the places to visit in December? Climate is (or at least should be) a decisive factor in choosing a travel destination and is what can make an unforgettable trip or make your vacation a complete failure.
December is typically characterized by a stormy and cold climate in most parts of Europe, North America and North Asia. This excludes these areas from those most suitable to visit during this time of the year. Despite the cold weather, the month of December is the month of the famous Christmas markets that take place in most European countries, mainly in Germany, Austria, Switzerland, France, Italy and the UK.
Among the world’s best areas to visit this month are the Caribbean and Central America areas. The Caribbean islands and Florida have just ended the rainy and the hurricanes season. The hurricane season in the Caribbean lasts from June to November, with most of the hurricanes occurring during the months of August and September. Also in the South American part of the Caribbean area, namely Colombia and Venezuela, this month has a little rainy climate.
In South America December is a good month to visit Argentina and Chilean Patagonia, during this time rains is less and the temperatures are warmer. Northeast Brazil can be a good destination for a trip in December. The month of December is also great for visiting Antarctica, in particular the most easily accessible part of this remote continent, the Antarctic Peninsula, in this time of the year, during the short summer season you have almost 24 hours of light and the Climate is the mildest of the year.
In Africa Ethiopia is a good destination to visit in December. Even the African countries south of the Sahara and north of the equator enjoy the beginning of their dry season. The Cape Town area also has a warm and dry climate this month. Countries in the Mediterranean coast of Africa have a mild climate in December, among which Egypt has a very good climate in December.
In Asia, Indochina – Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia – is perfect to visit during this time, in fact, December is part of the dry and fresh season and is great for visiting these countries. But also Thailand (the north of the country and the west coast), Burma, much of India, much of the Philippines and the southern part of China (Yunnan, Guangxi, Guangdong, Hainan) are good destinations for a trip in this time of the year. The Persian Gulf and the Middle East countries are good at this time because winter weather attenuates heat by making temperatures more pleasant.
In Oceania December is among the best months to visit South Australia and New Zealand, this month is the beginning of summer for these countries. While it is not suitable for the Pacific Islands because this is generally the rainy and cyclones season in much of the southern Pacific.