Summer may have only just arrived (or if the past week is anything to go by, never happened) but if you’re looking to spend your Christmas somewhere a little different now is the best time to book. Whether you’re looking for a hit of winter sun or to experience a totally new culture during the festive season, a walking holiday is the best way to explore the detail and landscapes of a new country.
Spend Christmas exploring the diversity of Kerala in Southern India, trekking among the forests and grasslands of the Western Ghats and visiting a number of UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
Cambodia’s top highlight, the Angkor temple complex, is scattered across a vast area of jungle and best explored on foot. Hike to waterfalls, villages and elephant sanctuary
Enjoy the sunny skies and warm temperatures of Gran Canaria, where the walking trails pass through dramatic volcanic landscapes, steep gorges and unspoilt villages.
Walk among the Troodos Mountains, the Akamas Peninsula, Byzantine churches and crumbling amphitheatres on a walk around the perennially sunny island of Cyprus.
Enjoy the balmy temperatures of Jordan in December, hiking between the rock-carved city of Petra, the canyons of Wadi Rum and the ancient routes of the Nabateans.
Venture into an unspoilt part of the Mediterranean, following mountain trails and coastal paths with views of the sea, and enjoy an alternative Christmas dinner of home-grown Cypriot classics.
Morocco may be mostly arid plains, but over the winter months the Atlas Mountains are capped with a dusting of snow. Try an alternative winter break and climb Mount Toubkal over Christmas.
Many people head to the Caribbean over Christmas, but instead of the packed resorts of the smaller islands why not head to Cuba, for culture, adventure, lively music and beautiful tropical reserves.
Travel to two of Central America’s most exciting countries, Costa Rica and Nicaragua, to enjoy beautiful beaches, diverse wildlife, colonial cities, smouldering volcanoes and much more.
New Zealand is a compact yet beautiful country that’s at its best over our winter months. Fly to the Southern Hemisphere for Christmas and explore the Maori heritage, pretty cities and natural wonders for yourself.