Categories Jamaica Kenya Mexico Sri Lanka Tanzania UAE

5 hot Christmas escape

Saturday, November 23, 2013
5 hot Christmas escapeLike0

It has always been a dilemma. Christmas is always equal to snow. At least in our minds. There is always this urge though, on December 27th, to pick up and go. The gathering of families and festive seasons would be almost over and we always felt we needed to celebrate more by traveling just so that the holiday feelings don’t go away. We always seem to chose an island for some reason or another. It’s strange because one would think Australia would be on the list because it is actually a great hot Christmas escape. However, a 14 hour flight from Dubai, is more like a migration to neverland. So we always say, if we would travel THAT long, then we would like to stay for 90 days. It’s our 90 day rule. With the exception of the Caribbean of-course. Still, the earth is so big for us to just narrow them down to 5! But here they are, after our own experience.

Travel Junkie Diary

 

1. Caribbean

It will always be our number one getaway. As commercial as it gets, you just cannot help but dream of it’s crystal clear waters, white sands, music, cocktails and  a surrendering feeling to the island life. Jump into a postcard, grab their history and culture and just join them! Go back in the 1950’s era of Cuba’s history, learn about the Mayans in Mexico, adapt the Rastafarian life in Jamaica ( even if it’s for one day) or just dance to their reggae tunes. If you are flying from the middle east, the Caribbean will never leave your heart because it’s a day away! We flew Emirates to London and then took Virgin Atlantic to start of at Montego Bay airport and cruised from there. The love affair with the Caribbean will always hold a special place in our hearts. A small tip, do not stay in Montego bay, head out to Port Antonio or Ocho Rios. We loved GeeJam Boutique Hotel.

IMG_9338

 

2. Sri Lanka

Another version of the Maldives, only cheaper, more things to do and delicious food! December is perfect for a quick getaway (if you are in the Middle East). Our 5 days escape resulted in extensive research to be able to tell you that you should only stick to one or 2 areas. The East is stunning, but 8 hours drive from the airport, so if you go East, you stay East. South is famous for their wonderful beaches. North is mostly temples, mountains, Nuwara Ellia and Kandy. Pick your choice and stick to it! Driving is not easy, so do not waste time on the road. Jetwing Galle is a highly recommended hotel along with Galle Fort. Activities are fun packed from whale watching to island safari, spice markets and fishing markets.

Read more on SriLanka diary here and we used iamsrilanka.com as our preferred tour guide and let them know we sent you for extra love! Number: +94772276557

 

Sri Lanka - Hikkaduwa Beach

 

3. Zanzibar, Tanzania

Days are hot and sunny with often not a cloud in the sky, and temperatures can range from the mid-twenties to the low thirties throughout the country. Clear sunny days are the norm, with clear night skies offering perfect opportunities for star-gazing or romantic evenings on the beach. Zanzibar is just a perfect for unspoilt beaches and water excursions.

The island can be divided into five: Nungwi in the north, the east coast, the south-east, the west coast, and a few offshore islands. Zanzibar’s east coast is lined with long, powder-white beaches. To the north, numerous small resorts boast similar beaches, yet all are quite different. Offshore you’re find the magical Mnemba Island – the ultimate island lodge for those who can afford it! By far this website about Africa has guided us so well in getting around! We loved Melia

You can read more on Zanzibar diary here with Sheena Kay from Radio One in Dubai.

 

Zanzibar

4. South East Asia

South East Asia has become a favorite of ours. No matter what you do, you always end up discovering a new part of yourself. That’s really what it’s all about. Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar (Burma), Thailand, Vietnam, Malaysia, East Timor, and Indonesia are our top favorite. There is a forgiving feeling every time we visit. Forgiving to Tsunamis, to earthquakes, volcanoes and typhoons. The people forgive and move on. They build and unite. The facade of the ruins and pain still exists, but they are in peace. From beautiful island beaches and wild life, to great history and temples, to medieval times and meditating and learning more about Buddhism changes you. There comes a point in your life where you are in a transition phase and I find South East Asia has some answers for the next chapters in life. It will linger in your thoughts forever.

Nathalie Trad has a diary on Laos. Get inspired. Read her Diary.

LAOS, young monks & bikes

 5. UAE

Ahhh the UAE, home to thousands and thousands of expats, beautiful beaches, luxury hotels, fine dining, excellent outdoors activities and just the perfect weather! At this time of the year, everyone flees outside with each raindrop a celebration of joy is expressed amongst everyone. Open markets in the parks, outdoor restaurants and rooftop lounges. Beach goers and kite surfers are seen across every beach, the city is a much happier place.

For all this related to Dubai and around the UAE, read the diaries and our reviews on lifestyle.

Jumeirah Beach Residence - View from Dubai Marina Beach

Travel Junkie Diary

A bohemian traveler

Leave a Reply

Follow @ traveljunkiediary
  • Legend says that there is an intangible string of fate that binds two souls destined to be together... Whether as best friends, lovers or two crossing paths.
Those connected are bound no matter of time, place or circumstance.
The red string of fate is derived from an ancient East Asian belief. According to this myth, the Gods tie a red string around the ankles of those that are destined to meet each other or help each other in a certain way.
And so, no matter how near or far you are from the person, the thread remains. 
There will be times when mentally or physically, you feel distant from the person, but that doesn’t affect the thread that binds you two together. 
If you feel that with a lover, friend, or someone you just met... take a minute to remember what you just read and always be kind to one another. 💫
  • She turns 7 and my world upside down and inside out. 
I gave her a heart stronger than a thousand warriors... but it will take her years to learn that not everyone loves like she does... and still... she will love. 💫
  • Are you at work or at the beach? 
I’m sitting on my laptop behind my desk at work... but all I want to do is be on the beach 🏖
  • You will always be the one person I’ll never stop looking for in a crowded place 💫
  • It’s been so good to be back to my second home in Dubai and back into routine work life. I know I’m very lucky to be always on the go, traveling and exploring but I crave routines sometimes. It keeps me grounded, a little balanced and back into my yoga practice. So I always try to have a balance of both worlds... even if it’s for a few days until I start craving the adventure again. 
A little bit of the @theitalianwayuae mood in my home this morning.
  • Maybe if I close my eyes strong enough and click my heels three times I could go back! Would that work?? Happy Sunday 😊
  • The Elephant is a symbol of strength, loyalty and power. In other cultures it also symbolizes fortune, protection and honor. 
There are 3 types of elephants: The African bush elephant, African Forest Elephant and the Asian Elephant. Which one do you think this beautiful elephant is from? 
Please don’t ride elephants and don’t support any organization that allows you to ride them 💕
@travel4apurpose
  • If you are a person who is always there for others, know that your heart is rare. 
Know that you have the ability to calm storms in people... know that you give people hope and feel like they have a purpose but, also remind yourself that your heart needs rest...
I just felt like sharing this today...💫
Thank you Bianca 💕
  • I’m craving the sun ☀️ who would you go with? Tag them
  • I’m not going to lie, 2019 is looking pretty damn big!!
That’s the only way I can think of expressing at the moment! 
A lot of changes happening in my professional career and it’s frightening in an extremely exciting way. Does that make any sense! 
Most of all, I’m so proud of what has become of @travelwithtjd and the beautiful team behind it, in which we are slowly building to help make it grow. 
In about month, I go back to Tromso to sail the arctic wilderness once again for the 3rd time, but this time, weather conditions will be even stronger than ever and all this will be covered in white snow!
2019 is opening more doors for conquering the polar regions and new windows for the southern regions. Hope I meet some of you on one of our @travelwithtjd trips!
  • Back in my element. From snowboarding to diving. I’m so in love with both but ready for the beach and warm weather for a little break.
Which do you prefer?
  • As we sometimes give all the love we have to others... we sometimes forget to love ourselves more. I’ve been on a little roller coaster ride the past couple days with mixed emotions... it’s a good reminder on how I need to always fight for what I believe in. 
Each one of us might be fighting a battle that no one probably knows of, or will ever know, so its always important to give people a break from time to time and let them just be. 💫