Christmas is just around the corner and for those of you dreaming of spending it in a flurry of snow, there are plenty of places to escape to this festive season.
The ultimate festive destinations that are guaranteed to give you a Christmas you’ll never forget are spread far and wide across the globe.
If you’re looking for a perfect winter getaway, here’s a few of the essential Christmas holiday destinations that might take your fancy.
Where better to experience the magic of Christmas than with a visit to the home of Father Christmas in Lapland?
Regardless of whether you go to Sweden, Finland or Norway, it’s guaranteed to be exceptionally cold and exceptionally snowy.
Husky or reindeer sled tours, or even the slightly faster snowmobiles, enable you to see the sights while you might even be lucky enough to see the Aurora Borealis.
For those of you who are not in the know, that’s the astonishing spectacle of the Northern Lights, which are best seen during the darkest times of year – Christmas.
Still one of the greatest cities for shopping in the world, Christmas in the ‘Big Apple’ is an experience that definitely won’t be forgotten in a hurry.
The glow of Christmas lights weaves its way across every street, while the festive season just adds to the magic that makes New York so special on every other day of the year.
Ice skating in a snow-covered Central Park below the most famous skyline on the globe is one Christmas experience which is definitely not to be missed.
The city that never sleeps is more alive than ever at Christmas and is certainly not to be missed.
For those who love skiing and for those that just love a winter paradise, the Alps are the perfect place to head this Christmas.
Ski slopes can be found in their droves, while the traditional chalets and houses look even more impressive when covered in a layer of snow.
The iconic mountains and scenery make it a great place to get away, relax and enjoy Christmas while beautiful views exist whether you are in Italy, Switzerland or France.
Some of the most beautiful geography in the world can be found in Iceland and there’s plenty to keep you entertained during the festive season.
From the geothermal waters of Blue Lagoon to the colourful surroundings of Reykjavik with its cathedrals, galleries and museums, you can truly immerse yourself in the Christmas spirit.
That is provided you can celebrate one day early of course, as Icelanders celebrate on December 24 – a day ahead of the rest of the world.
And, as with Lapland, the Northern Lights might also make an appearance.
Prepaid travel cards allow you to travel with all your funds on a card and means there will be no sudden surprises when the bill comes through following your winter getaway. Prepaid travel cards also ensure that you have limited exposure to fraud abroad as your card is usually not linked to your bank account and hence, your exposure is limited to funds on the card only.
Expert Comment: Prepaid travel cards also ensure that you have limited exposure to fraud abroad as your card is usually not linked to your bank account and hence, your exposure is limited to funds on the card only. In fact, it may even be a good idea to get a card that is linked to a separate digital wallet and allows you to move money between the card and the wallet; that way you only move funds from your wallet to your card when you need to use it and protect your funds altogether. Some providers allow you to do this using a mobile App, making it extremely convenient, safe and secure. – Amit Sharma
Amit Sharma is the CEO and Founder of www.prepaid365.com and a senior prepaid industry consultant. You can follow him on LinkedIn.