7 International Trips To Take Instead Of Flying Home For The Holidays – Black Girl Nerds

When it comes to vacation travel, would you rather take a trip to visit relatives or vacation in Europe? If you are leaning more towards international travel, you are not alone. According to KAYAK, which polled American travelers about their vacation plans, 52% stated that they would rather go abroad than stick to their holiday traditions.

The reason so many people go against the norm has a lot to do with what is currently going on in the travel industry and the economy. KAYAK monitors tour trends carefully and wrote to BGN to share that tour prices are up 46% for Thanksgiving and 47% for Christmas. With these numbers, it can make you want to travel outside the country where the plane tickets are not only cheaper but the currency exchange rate is also in your favor. The Euro, British Pound, and Japanese Yen have fallen to 20-year lows relative to the US dollar, which means you can get more bang for your buck.

If you’ve been thinking of doing things differently this holiday season, here are 7 destinations you’ll want to add to your travel list.

1. Reykjavik, Iceland

KAYAK’s search engine shows a trip from New York to Reykjavík, Iceland, with an average price of about $700. In contrast, flights from New York to Oregon can run up to $1,000. These huge price differences are not the only thing that makes Iceland such an enticing place to visit.

Reykjavik is the perfect place for a snow-white holiday. Average temperatures range from 33°F to 46°F, so you’ll need to pack warm clothes, but you’ll be busy with a bunch of things to do.

With the ground covered in snow and the tops of buildings covered in lights, you won’t miss the Christmas spirit in this European country. A must-do on your trip to Iceland is to visit an ice cave. In these magical ice capsules, you’ll feel like you’re in a fairy tale as you marvel at the crystalline formation of the cave’s interior. In addition to the caves, another great outdoor attraction in Iceland is seeing the northern lights.

If the cold starts to become unbearable, Wake Up Reykjavik suggests warming up in a heated pool located at various hotels or trying one of Iceland’s natural hot springs.

2. Lima, Peru

In this South American country, you don’t have to worry about packing your winter clothes, as temperatures at this time of the year range from 40°F to 70°F, although November and December are known to be the wettest months, it will be There are many. So much sunshine and so many opportunities to explore.

Black owned businesses to visit.

Black owned company in peru

One must-try is El Rincón Que No Conoces, a family-owned restaurant that has been in business since 1978. Their food carries on the legacy of founder and Afro-Peruvian chef Teresa Izquierdo. Here you can eat Afro-Peruvian cuisine that has been in the Izquierdo family for generations.

3. Dublin, Ireland

If you’re a Christmas fanatic and worried that international travel might kill your holiday spirit, Dublin, Ireland will keep your holiday cheer alive.

The capital of Ireland is known for the vibrant celebration of Christmas. While many of the cobblestone streets are filled with Christmas lights, the most magical place to visit is Dublin Castle.

Christmas at the Castle is the only place you’ll be filled with the holiday spirit. The castle features Christmas markets, music from various choirs, and many food vendors selling Christmas-themed foods.

Black owned company in dublin

If you are craving some traditional Afro-Caribbean food that you usually eat during the holidays, Anu’s Kitchen will answer the calls of your heart. Entrepreneur and trained chef Anu Rosiji serves customers both traditional and contemporary Afro-Caribbean dishes with European flair.

4. Vienna, Austria

Vienna is another winter wonderland in Europe. With KAYAK showing a 26 percent drop in prices and an average trip price of $423, you might want to add this central European country to your list. From mid-November until the day after Christmas, you can experience the world of Christmas in Vienna. It is one of the largest Christmas markets in the world. There you can find everything from festive drinks to holiday gifts.

Black owned company in vienna

To visit Black-owned Vienna, you’ll want to visit Villa Vida. Not only is this café known for its great food and coffee, but it is also a safe haven for the queer community. It’s a place where everyone is welcome and they serve one of the best deals in Queen Brunch.

5. Rio de Janeiro and Gramado, Brazil

The vibrant country of Brazil is another winter escape destination. Similar to Peru, because Brazil is located in the Southern Hemisphere, visiting during the holidays means visiting during the spring and summer.

Since many travelers want to take advantage of the warmer weather in Brazil, you can expect the capital city to be packed with activities and festivals. However, this Latino country still sticks to the Christmas spirit even though everyone is wearing shorts and sandals.

Gramado is a town that transforms its Alpine-style homes to feel like a Christmas village. Here they host a huge event known as Natal Luz (Christmas of Lights) which is sure to make anyone feel festive.

Black owned company in Rio de Janeiro

To support a local black-owned business in Rio de Janeiro, take a tour of Little Africa.

This tour will take you through the historic streets and build your understanding of the African influence in Brazil. You will have the opportunity to visit two World Heritage Sites: Pedra do Sal, an important site for Samba, and Cais do Valongo, where enslaved Africans first came to Brazil.

6. Istanbul, Turkey

Turkey is the happy medium when it comes to winter weather. With average temperatures between 60 and 44 degrees Fahrenheit, Turkey offers just enough coolness to make it feel like a vacation but not too much to overwhelm you.

Istanbul, though a popular tourist destination, is known to have fewer crowds in December. This means that you can explore the beautiful mosques and temples without large groups of people.

7. Antigua, Guatemala

This Central American country might just be the perfect winter getaway. With warm weather consisting of sunshine and very little rain, visiting Guatemala can feel like you’re traveling to a whole new world.

In the city, you can still experience the Christmas atmosphere by shopping in the Mayan artisan markets. Also, if you’re interested in something other than holiday ham, you can try Guatemala’s infamous Christmas tamales. These holiday foods come with olives, peppers, peaches, chicken, and pork. Most tamales are made from potatoes, rice, or corn and have a sweet and savory flavour.

Holidays are usually a time for family gatherings and holding on to various traditions. However unpredictable it is in the world, sometimes it’s okay to break away from normal and head somewhere new.

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