As they say, December is the season to be jolly, and without doubt offers a whirlwind of fun and interesting activities. Finding a balance between shopping for holiday gifts, attending company parties, and setting aside family time can be daunting, but those who are lucky enough to squeeze in some time to get away will find affordable rates, seasonal revelry, and stunning landscapes, perfect for ending the year on the right foot.
During December, the winter’s best features are displayed. Between the fresh snowfall, twinkling storefronts, and yummy drinks that warm your core, it’s all in all probably the best time of year. Some of the best holiday markets in Europe can be found in Prague, which is one of the best places in the world to spend Christmas. In Edinburgh, Scotland the people celebrate Hogmanay, a three-day festival that features musical performances, public dancing, food galore, and of course, fireworks!
If you’re looking for the perfect romantic setting, rush over to Quebec City, where you can ride in a horse-drawn carriage and sip on hot cocoa in low-lit cafes. If you’re not a fan of cool weather and looking to escape the frost, you can head over to sunny beach getaways like Hawaii, Mexico, or the Bahamas. December’s travel options are the best and cheapest of the year, so here are some great places (cold and warm) to head over to during this time.
Frankfurt has a whole lot going for it. With innovative supper clubs, futuristic architecture, mouth-watering restaurants, and cozy cocktail dens, you’ll never run out of things to do here. Throughout December, ice-skating rinks are open to the public and the town’s famous apple wine is served at every corner. If that’s not enough, Frankfurt is the cheapest place to visit during this time, as hotel rates dip to their lowest points.
At the famous port-city, Kochi, you can find endless houseboats cruising the backwaters, wellness retreats nestled inside jungle forests, and life that moves at a leisurely pace. In December, the area welcomes in a blissfully cool climate, making it a perfect time to visit. Kochi’s notorious historical center will invite in a new taste this season, as it welcomes the Kochi-Muziris Biennale, an exhibition displaying a collection of contemporary art, that combines Indian and established international talents.
Siem Reap, Cambodia
Among the many great things about Siem Reap are its refreshing, cool weather and consistently clear skies. With comfortable temperatures, you can take on active pursuits like walking tours of Angkor Wat or cycling through the extraordinary city streets. December is the high season for Siem Reap so your best bet is booking your trip ahead of time. One of the best hotels the city has to offer is Phum Baitang, which hosts 45 stilted villas, topped off with soaking tubs and a one-of-a-kind spa that specializes in coconut-milk massages.
Everyone looks forward to that time when they can pack up their bags and go on vacation. Of course, a camera is an essential item to take on a trip, and whether you’re heading to the beach, going skiing, or exploring cultural sites, you are sure to get some great snaps. Sometimes though, not all goes as planned.
This happy beachgoer thought she had made a furry friend, little did she know that Pumba the warthog was more interested in lunch than finding a new best friend.
Dogs Are Truly Man’s Best Friends
This cheeky puppy was fearless while he tried to steal his Mom’s bikini top, but it was her boyfriend that found it hysterical.
These women had the scare of their life by a sea creature that just wanted to be in the photo
It is no surprise this young couple wanted to capture the moment they became engaged to one another. It is a moment they want to remember forever, but it seems that they had a friendly visitor who wanted to watch the proposal in action. When this man decided to ask his girlfriend to marry him during a visit to the zoo, one hippo was not going to miss this being played out and stayed to watch the whole thing. It turns out, their photo became one hilarious engagement photobomb.
The Leader Of Love
Don’t mind the guy struggling in the water guys, you just get your cute picture, he’ll be ok! These honeymooners were just having a romantic horseback ride in the water and wanted to capture their love for one another in a picture. A shot they would have forever from their vacation in Jamaica, it is no surprise they wanted to have the memory in a photograph. Little did they know, their picture would be of each other, two sweet horses, and… their seems-to-be drowning tour guide.
Just Got Back From Paris
This girl just could not wait to post her vacation photo on her Facebook page to let her friends know she had just been in Paris. After visiting the Eiffel Tower and capturing the moment of her standing alongside the historic landmark, she wasted no time in letting people know where she had been. Seems she lost part of her body in the process, however, but blames “jet lag” as the reason behind her looking a bit different than what her friends are used to.
Kiss The Stone
The belief of Blarney Stone at Blarney Castle in Ireland is that it has magical powers. The stone has the potential of granting you the gift of the gab, but you must kiss it to be honored with this. This is not just a quick lean and peck, but rather, a more acrobatic skill is required. Kissing the so-called powerful, centuries-old stone requires bending backward and giving a kiss upside down, while another human holds onto you. An interesting move to kiss a stone that many have locked lips with.
Does It Look Like I’m Holding It Up?
Once again, the classic leaning on the Leaning Tower of Pisa is captured. This time, however, it is at the exact moment every tourist in the vicinity is trying their luck at claiming it was their strength that led to this architectural wonder. While you may be impressed by a photo where the plan has been executed well, you have completely different thoughts looking at this photo. Seeing everyone trying their luck from this view, makes them look like they’re just trying to protect their faces from a serious wind.
Tourism Capital Of The World
This family looks so proud to be in South Dakota, they even had to take a photo with the welcome sign on arrival. Unknown completely as to why they were entering the “Swinged Cat State,” they sure looked proud. They even prepped themselves perfectly in descending order to have the perfect family shot. The youngest child seems to be enjoying herself the most, so maybe this was her grand idea to make their way to this side of town.
Ambitionz As A Rydah
This woman certainly wanted to prove she was “Keeping’ It Real” by having rapper Tupac Shakur tattooed across her arm. It seems her love for the late rap artist got too much that she just had to commemorate it by inking herself with his name and face – especially to let others know her love for the rapper is real. She’s certainly kept his legacy real, because this is really going to stay on her forever, and it looks like her vacation has now been made.
No Thanks, I Got This
The invention of the Selfie Stick was a truly magical invention that allowed us to finally capture those perfect selfie shots without having to work out the best angle to fit our face in. It also makes traveling on your own that little bit less nerve-wracking because there is no longer the dreaded thought: “but who will take pictures of me and capture all of my vacation shots?” Hath no fear people, the selfie stick is the answer to all those old fears, and now you can roam around freely while, of course, getting in all those selfie shots.
Fear Of Flipper
One afternoon, the parents of this young child thought “wouldn’t it be a great idea to take the little one to the zoo?” After all, the animals and friendly creatures are sure to keep the child entertained for the day, so why should they think otherwise? Well, this photo proves why it maybe is not the best idea to try and get an animal in the background when the young girl thinks she’s just smiling for her mom and dad.
The Multitasking Man
One man’s trash is another man’s treasure, and this man was sure not letting this trash pass him by. The way it had been positioned, with a collection of different food and drinks, is surely an art, right? According to this man, it seems so, because he has positioned himself in a way where he means business. The forward lunge, while holding the camera in clear eye view, to take a photo of trash, he is sure in for gold.
A Magical Vacation Of Sadness
You say Disneyland is the happiest place in the world? Are you sure about that? Because this photo is sure to prove otherwise. While Walt Disney has been able to bring joy to so many for so many years, this family fails to see what all the hype is about. They did try to get into the Disney spirit, what with buying Mickey Mouse merchandise, but that wasn’t enough to convince them. Let’s hope no one gets a glimpse of this before paying for their magical experience.
Do Not Touch The Wildlife
It is not every day you encounter a small, sharp-toothed crocodile while swimming on vacation, but this woman got a real surprise when she came face-to-face with the reptile. We’re not entirely sure what the crocodile’s reaction was to this woman, but her face sure shows she was not enjoying this encounter whatsoever, and it does not seem like it could have ended so well either. Even the woman in the back was scared. Good to know someone was taking a photo rather than helping!
When the photographer says, “Look over here and smile” you are sure going to obey their orders. It’s unfortunate that at this same moment, one of the young children finds themselves stuck in their life jacket while dangling from the ground. What can you do though? The photo is of more importance, so the little kid clearly has to wait for the shot to be taken before he even gets noticed. It is safe to say he wasn’t having the best time right about now.
The Real Tour Of America
You see it on your TV screens and being driven on in the movies too, so why not check it out in real life? The highway is a real ‘this is what it looks like in the film’ moment, and this couple was going to experience it. Just a casual stroll along a highway is no big deal… surely. The two do not even seem phased that at any moment a rush of cars could come speeding past and disrupt their visit.
Hey Is For Horses
Kids sometimes like to disobey rules, not giving it a clear think as to why they have been issued in the first place. So when this little guy was told “do not open your window and throw your hands out,” he thought, “why, what exactly could happen?” Well, he soon learned that a huge horse could come and say hello and be a little too close for comfort. The young boy probably did not say hey back, and for sure never broke the rules again.
Distance Grows The Heart Fonder
Getting together to smile for the photo seemed like too tricky a job for this family. While the one child seemed pleased with the photo opportunity, the other was ready to jump out his carrier to see what was happening below, and the parents could not look less interested if they tried. If they were more interested in getting the boat in the shot than we’re left wondering what they would think when they look back at years to come and what they have to say about this riveting boat.
Smile For The Camera And The EMTs
It may have been after this photo was taken and looked at when it was printed that these ladies realized what was happening around them. If they had noticed at the time, they might not have wished to make this a photo opportunity. While two boys hover their heads over a trash can, there is an increasing concern as to the medical help on its way somewhere. We hope they weren’t smiling while there had been some unfortunate accident right out of the lens view.
In normal households, it is harder to get the children to get dressed than it would the parents. Not in this household. Mom had got her children ready for their family photo in their Disney themed pajamas, and together they would sit perfectly by the fireplace. Such cooperative kids. Meanwhile, dad is not so convinced that putting on clothes would be the best idea. Instead, he lies naked but keeps his modesty by covering up behind his wife and kids.
It’s A Bull Market Out There
Most people would not choose to get up close and personal to a bull. For fear of losing their life to the massive creature, it’s a good idea to steer clear or observe from afar. With this in mind, this guy wanted to state that he had done otherwise, so took to the huge bull statue and got really up close and personal. It’s a mystery to what he would find in the butt of a statue bull, but he must now have all the answers for those curious.
What would a trip to Mexico be without having taken a photograph while donning the finest colorful sombrero one could find? Just to add to this Mexican vacation, a fanny pack is, of course, essential to keep all your personal things close by. After all, they need somewhere to carry their camera. Even if the kids do not look too impressed by their given attire, nor their new hats, mom was making sure they got this photo for the family album.
This would be quite the sight if you were the person sitting behind this woman looking as though she has quite literally lost her head. Meanwhile, looking just to the right and seeing a head floating on the sand without a body attached at the same time, makes this a hilarious photo opportunity that is too good to miss. Seems like the perfect pairing, at perfect timing, and we hope they complete each other because, to us, they look like they have found just what they were looking for in someone.
There is nothing quite like hitting the beach on a family vacation and spending the day frolicking in the sea and catching some waves. This family caught one quite literally, however, when they were just about ready to get their vacation photo taken. It was unfortunate timing, as they were not quite ready for what was about to come from behind and cause quite the ordeal. Meanwhile, the photographer was taking their duties seriously, and if the family asked for a photo, they would certainly be getting one.
Please Stay Behind The Bannister
This vacation had some pretty sights to see and explore, and photographs of everything they saw would have been the perfect addition to show their friends when they got home. Having come across this picturesque moment, the crew got ready to have their photograph taken while sitting on the banister. One vacation go-er got a bit too excited it seems, and all his excitement threw him over the edge and into the water. This is exactly the reason behind signs stating – “Do NOT sit on the banister.”
The Most Magical Place In The Underworld
Disneyland is where dreams are made. After all, it is not called the happiest place in the world for nothing. This Mickey Mouse is set to prove otherwise, however, instilling complete fear and sadness in one child who will probably be scared of Disney forever. The impossible has quite frankly been made possible by Mickey himself, and he has brought it all on himself. He was probably over the whole dressing up business and was looking for a way to get out of that one.
Watcha Got There?
There is a reason they say keep your hands and legs inside the car at all times during a safari drive because you never know how animals in the wild are going to act. It seems, however, that this girl forgot she was on a safari and surrounded by animals since she looks terrified at the sight of an ostrich standing next to her. With food already in her hands, it is no surprise the furry creature made its way towards the girl, and maybe she realized that wasn’t her finest decision.
Jumping photos are always so risky. The jumper and the photo taker have to be completely in sync to get that perfect moving shot, and it seems to have proven successful this time around. However, it seems as though this jumping shot was not intended for the actual shot, and this guy just photobombed a couple on vacation. Even if they weren’t hoping for some man to ruin their photo, we’re sure they can appreciate how his timing and execution went perfectly.
Do you think they were competing for who could get the best photo? From the same distance and view away from the real deal, these Lady of Liberty wannabes made their tourist identities clear to passersby with their foam crowns and cameras at the ready. In all fairness, they’re visiting New York, they have to pay a visit to the historic statue. But do they all need to be taking the same photograph which one could have taken and forwarded in an email to the rest of the family?
Kicking Tower Of Pisa
It seems that just trying to “push” the Leaning Tower of Pisa is not enough anymore and that it is time to go above and beyond to stand out from all the other photos. This girl certainly tried her luck at the famous monument and stood above the rest by standing on other people to “kick” the Leaning Tower. Fair play to her though, because it worked out perfectly and she managed to have her own original pose at the famous monument.
Wave That Flag
It’s America’s birthday, and the family is sure going to show they are up for celebrating this 4th of July. And what would an Independence Day celebration be if families did not dress alike and represent the colors of America while doing so? Seems like the youngest child missed out on the red, white and blue socks, but the grin on all their faces sure shows this was the least of their worries. Today was all about ‘Merica, and they were letting that be known.
You’re On Candid Camera
Nothing is getting in the way of this man and his photo. Even if it takes getting onto his knees and showing a little skin, he is going to do what it takes. His determination caught the eye of another photographer it seems, and little did he realize, he was a view in itself. Sometimes it is not a historic monument, a beach view, or a family photo that people really want to keep forever, but rather, it is the man wearing a fanny pack on the street.
Chillin’ With The Family
What a vacation this must have been, having the opportunity to be greeted by a polar bear. While many would run from fear at the company of this winter creature, this family smiled alongside it while happily holding yet another polar bear. They may have had their sticks at the ready for any sudden turn of events, but everyone seemed to be playing happy families on this occasion, and they found that cold conditions really were to make the finest vacation.