Travelling can be so much fun if the destination to visit is on your bucket list since forever. Going around the world or country is nonetheless adventurous even if the world is hit by a severe pandemic. Travel freaks will always find out a way to pack their bags and visit the best places around the world. Hence, here we are with a list of the Top 10 places to visit in December amidst COVID-19.
2020 has been hard and grim for each one of us. But, we are still quite hopeful of getting rid of the deadly virus soon. The major impact that this outbreak has caused, is on the travel industry. People all over the world fear traveling. In addition to this, Governments of every country have set up restrictions and safety guidelines.
Keeping in mind the current scenario and also the future, listing out the top 10 places to visit around the world involves a lot of research. But, all you travel lovers, don’t worry! We got your back. There are a few places that will surely be allowing travelers by December.
The most important concern is definitely safety. Following the new normal, i.e., wearing masks, sanitizing, and keeping a social distance is extremely important. Air travels strictly follow these norms and so does the hotels and resorts that you check-in to. Hence, making this sure and following the rules diligently is important.
When it is winter in Asia, New Zealand enjoys sunny weather. If you have a taste for adventure, the outbacks of New Zealand are perfect for wild experiences. It is a new place for thrill-seekers and adventurists. No wonder it was a great place to shoot Lord of the Rings.
Places to visit in New Zealand: Queenstown, Auckland, Rotorua, Christchurch, Wellington
Things to shop: Jade necklace, The One ring, Merino wool, charm bracelet
Things to do in New Zealand: sandboarding, kayaking, zip-lining, learn about Maori culture, visit Glowworm caves, wine tasting tour.
Weather in December: It is hot in New Zealand in December. So, if the sun is what you seek, then you should migrate to New Zealand for a month.
How to reach: Take a connecting flight from Singapore to Auckland as there is no direct flight from India.
If you are an adventure junkie, make sure you visit these places in New Zealand:
- Auckland– Aptly known as the “city of sails’; this beautiful city of New Zealand offers sailing experience in various types of wooden boats, yachts, and water vessels throughout the city’s scenic harbors. If you still wish to instigate the adventure-freak in you and experience some electrifying water sports in New Zealand; try surfing, paddle boarding, and sea kayaking along the pristine beaches of Auckland.
- Queenstown-With water sports options like jet boating, white water rafting, canoeing, kayaking; Queenstown is undoubtedly one of the best places for water sports in New Zealand, that every adventure freak must visit. Though the natural beauty of the place charms every heart but nothing can be more exciting and exciting than white water rafting and canoeing on Skipper Canyon and jet boating on Shotover and Kawarau River. Moreover, if you want to chill out and enjoy a thrilling adventure; try kayaking in Lake Wakatipu and Queenstown Bay.
- Rotorua- Another name in the list of places of water sports in New Zealand is none other than Rotorua. Adorned with lakes and streams, this place is an obvious spot for exciting water sports like surfing, rafting, parasailing, kayaking, and jet boat tours. Lake Rotoiti is a hotspot of such water sports and more. Fishing and leisure kayaking are also there for those who are not fond of extreme adventure stuff. But those who have a daring heart; gear up for a thrilling adrenaline rush while enjoying stand up paddleboarding in Blue Lake, Tarawera, and the Ohau Channel.
Winter and snow always go hand in hand, and what’s a better place or time to find both in Auli in the month of December. Renowned for being the skiing destination of India, it’s flocked by tourists from within the country and from abroad as well. December is the best time to be here to witness the incredible amount of snowfall that takes place. Play around with snowball fights, indulge in some skiing and other adventure sports, or relax and take in the scenic views of the Himalayas from your resort. Whatever you do, you’re in for an unforgettable winter vacation!
Shillong Hills, Meghalaya
Born in the laps of nature, Shillong is the capital of Meghalaya and offers every one of its bequeathed elements for exploration to the wanderlust. The light drizzles and the cooling gentle wind in December in Shillong add to the joy of visiting this hill station. Shillong is also known as the ‘Scotland of the East’ due to its exciting mountain peaks, crystal clear lakes, breathtakingly beautiful golf courses, and museums. Visiting Shillong in December is an experience of a lifetime and it is also famous as the music capital of India. Many prominent musicians have hailed from this place and music events keep happening throughout the year, making it a very youthful and lively place.
Kaziranga National Park, Assam
Kaziranga National Park is a UNESCO World Heritage Site in India and a well known, protected animal reserve. It is known for housing more than half of the world’s one-horned rhinoceros and that’s not even it. It is also an important tiger reserve, with a large density of tigers present within the national park. Set along with the mighty river the Brahmaputra, the park floods during the monsoons from June- August. Kaziranga comes alive in the winter month of December with warm days and cool nights, opening up the perfect conditions to spot wildlife. You can also spot leopards, foxes, deer, flying squirrels, pelicans, hornbill, and plenty of other floral and faunal species, which makes it an exciting trip for family vacations and photography enthusiasts alike.
Kanchenjunga Hills, Sikkim
One of my picks, from the Top 10 places to visit in December amidst COVID-19 is Sikkim. This small state, located in the north-eastern region of India, is a small state with a big heart. Traveling across this Himalayan state is particularly highlighted by the dramatic contouring of the scenery from thick woodlands to colorful meadows to few barren patches to the panoramic views of the snowcapped mountains. Occupied by warm-hearted people offering some of the best hospitality and boasting of magnificent treks, snow activities, and scenic views, Sikkim is truly a destination people fall in love with! Sikkim is amazing in winters if you love snow treks, frozen lakes, and picture-postcard worthy winter landscape.
This beautiful coral islands situated in the Arabian Sea is free of COVID. No cases have come up as of now. So this Islands becomes another favorite among the Top 10 best places to visit in December amidst COVID-19. The name Lakshadweep in translation means One Lakh islands. It is a group of 36 islands, located off the Kerala Coast on the Arabian sea, out of which only 10 are inhabited and only 5 are accessible to tourists. The island system is deliberately kept detached to tourism, as a measure to preserve its rich natural habitat. It is the smallest Union Territory of India, located around 400 km off India west coast into the Arabian Sea.
Lakshadweep is accessible from Kochi and a permit is required to visit Lakshadweep for all tourists (including Indians). Indians are permitted to visit all the It is the only place in India where one can find a coral reef formation that is multi-hued and very beautiful. The water here is crystal clear which actually helps one to see through it and enjoy the vibrant reefs. The presence of corals makes the water shallow and easy to wade into, the rich marine life and the coral reef formations simply add to the mystique of the islands. A point to be noted – picking up corals from the reefs is a criminal offense and is punishable by law. However, foreigners can visit only three islands. The permits is given from Kochi.
The 1000-year-old Norwegian capital sits at the head of Oslo Fjord. This stunning setting gives hints of the wild wonders that lie just beyond the city. From taking in visual delights at Vigeland Sculpture Park, the Viking Ship Museum, the Munch Museum, and Holmenkollen, to the challenging content within the new Nobel Peace Centre and the Holocaust Centre, Oslo offers plenty of food for thought. The Oslo Pass allows free travel on public transport, free parking, and many museums and sight admissions. Oslo is the top foreign destination from the top 10 best places to visit in December amidst COVID-19.
The South Pacific is a destination which crops up in travel fantasies – palm trees whispering above beaches of a fine powder; the sea sighing and swaying as a barely plausible shade of perfect blue. Samoa consists of six main islands. Of these, two – Savai’i and Upolu – are the biggest. Upolu has the capital, Apia. The capital is an engaging place and can detain the traveler for a couple of days.
It is, though, in its natural beauty that Samoa really appeals. Savai’i, for example, is host to the hiking and bird-watching oasis that is Tafua Peninsula Rainforest Preserve. A beautiful, less known place in Polynesia, Samoa is an escapade during this pandemic period as there are no active COVID-19 cases. Hence it is another popular and safe option among the top 10 best places to visit in December amidst COVID-19.
These are the safest and most reliable travel options this year-end. Hope you have a rocking and positive end to the year. Happy Traveling!