Our 8th Day of Sparkle comes from Instagram user intlnabers, who points out that “The Christmas spirit is alive & well in Malaysia! Gorgeous holiday scene at #PavilionKL #tcholidaylights #andinapredominantlymuslimcountrynoless.”
Our 7th Day of Sparkle is from New York City, thanks to Instagram user vpedrianes. Keep sending us your best holiday lights photos using the hashtag #TCHolidayLights!
Day 6 of our 12 Days of Sparkle was taken in Temple Square in Salt Lake City Utah by Instagram user anditraveler. Keep sending us your best holiday lights photos with the hashtag #TCHolidayLights!
Day 5 of our 12 Days of Sparkle comes from the Shops at Columbus Circle in New York City, thanks to Instagram user issamas. Send us your photos using the hashtag #TCHolidayLights if you’d like to be featured!
Here at Travel Channel, we’re travel junkies (I know — gasp!), so it shouldn’t come as much surprise that we’ve all got travel-related gadgets on our list for Santa this year. As you can probably tell from our picks, we’re a pretty diverse group — so if you’re still looking for the perfect gift for a fellow world wanderer, chances are there’s something here that they’d like. Check out a few of our favorite picks below, or browse the full gallery. THEN, tell us, what’s on YOUR travel wish list? Leave it in the comments, or tweet using the hashtag #TCWishList.
American novelist Sinclair Lewis once wrote, “winter is not a season, it’s an occupation,” and who could argue with his words? Winter means shoveling and plowing snow, slipping and sliding to work and school and bundling up from head to toe. This year, we’re saying “no thank you!” to winter and migrating south with the birds. Here are weathertrends360’s top 10 picks for getaways with the best weather this season:
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Florida is a popular destination for travelers with the winter blues because of its humid subtropical climate. Mid-January is a great time to visit, as the forecast is mainly dry with temperatures in the mid-70s.
Whether you want to be a “Winter Texan” or are looking for a Spring Break destination, South Padre Island is the place. The average high temperature in winter is in the low 70s — perfect for those looking for warmer, but not hot, weather.
3) San Jose del Cabo, Mexico
San Jose del Cabo is a relaxing alternative to sister city Cabo San Lucas, a well-known party destination. Winters are warm with high temperatures in the low 80s and scarce precipitation. Visit in March for the driest, sunniest and warmest weather.
4) Manzanillo, Mexico
Manzanillo is a great winter getaway, especially for deep-sea fishing enthusiasts. With winter comes drier and less humid weather, with virtually no risk of tropical cyclones. Winter high temperatures average in the low 80s.
This winter, take a trip to the sun-drenched beaches of Guanacaste. The hot and dry climate of this Costa Rican province is perfect for those craving a winter dip in the ocean. High temperatures in the winter hover around the mid-80s.
Winter is an excellent time to visit Jamaica, as the threat of a tropical storm is virtually non-existent. High temperatures average in the mid to high 80s during the winter months.
7) St. John’s, Antigua
Antigua makes a great destination for those wishing to shed some layers. Winter high temperatures range from the low to mid-80s. Visit in late February or late March for the driest weather.
8) Lima, Peru
What better way to cure the winter blues than heading to an area where our winter is their summer! January through March is the best time to visit Lima as sunshine is the most plentiful during this time of the year. But be warned: avoid visiting from the end of January to the beginning of February, when the risk of wet weather is the highest.
9) Melbourne, Australia
The Land Down Under will melt away your cold weather plight. Like Lima, Melbourne is also in its summer season during our winter, and daytime high temperatures from January through March typically range in the upper 70s to low 80s. But avoid visiting in early January, mid-February, and early March.
An African safari is sure to warm up any adventurous traveler. Johannesburg, near the famous Kruger National Park, is a popular stopover for travelers heading on safari. Temperatures in the city typically range from the upper 70s to low 80s from January through March. This year, mid-January and early March will be the best times to visit.
- weathertrends360 staff
Weathertrends360 specializes in creating accurate long-term weather forecasts. The meteorologists use a historical weather database of 6.4 million locations around the world, combined with their in-depth understanding of the many climate cycles that affect weather patterns, to accurately predict the weather for the coming year.
Venture to Vancouver’s Inner Harbour for day 4 of our holiday lights Christmas countdown, courtesy of Instagram user icecreamcastles. Keep sending us your photos with the hashtag #TCHolidayLights!
Our 3rd Day of Sparkle takes us to Poland, courtesy of Instagram user Vistulaaparmtents. Keep sending us your photos with the hashtag #TCHolidayLights to be featured on our blog!
Our second Day of Sparkle comes from Instagram user Vpedrianes, because who doesn’t love New York City at Christmastime? Well, minus the crowds. This photo, of course, is of the iconic Christmas tree at Rockefeller Center. Would you like your photo to be featured on our blog? Send us your best holiday lights shot with the hashtag #TCHolidayLights!
We asked our fans to Instagram their favorite holiday lights photos using the hashtag #TCHolidayLights. Our first pick comes from Instagram user bostonthek. Despite the Starbucks Coffee sign, we instantly knew that this photo was taken in Germany. In fact, it was taken in the city of Esslingen, a small city on the Neckar River in Southern Germany. Come back tomorrow for another Day of Sparkle, and keep sending us your holiday lights photos!