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WHY CHOOSE CUSTOMTRIP.ORG–PERSONALIZED TRIP PLANNING SERVICES?

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There are so many tour agencies and trip planning services out there that it is easy to get confused. We decided to point out the differences between some of the companies who specialize in Customized Itineraries/Custom Trips.  It might sound strange to you, in the greedy world we live in today, but we do want our clients to feel sure about their choice of travel planning company. Yes, we need you–the client–to do business, but we want you to be happy and choose what’s best for you. Planning and going on a trip is exciting and requires some work in the same time. We hope that our comparison list below will be helpful!

1. BREKKE TOURS&TRAVELS

Brekke Tours & Travels offers some packaged tours to exotic destinations, such as Australia, Belize, Southern Caribbean. Prices are anywhere up to $2500-$3000 a person and they work with Princess Cruise Line as their partner. Their other tours are to Russia, Europe, North America and the Scandinavian countries. When it comes down to their Customized Itineraries their fill-out form is quite detailed. They even ask for your passport number and their questions about dates of travel could be a bit confusing. They charge $100 non-refundable fee that must be paid upon submission of your travel request. The fee is deducted from your customized itinerary ONLY if the total cost of your trip is more than $1500. You can choose between paying by credit card, debit card or check. Located in North Dakota, Brekke Tours & Travel‘s specialty are their Scandinavian trips.

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WHAT’S DIFFERENT BETWEEN CUSTOMTRIP.ORG?

√ Our total price for planning a customized trip are based depending on your request for countries to visit, cities, venues, etc. Everything is tailored, discounts are available, and we usually give FREE “cities” and/or “venues”, which are again tailored to the specific request. You can see our cost here.

√ Our contact form is user friendly and we never ask for your passport number or other confidential details. Our Privacy Policy is in full compliance with the GDPR /General Data Protection Regulation/ that the European Union has passed and we only ask for the basic of basics in terms of data.

√ At the moment we only accept payment via PayPal. Whether you choose to purchase one of our pre-made customized trips or to receive an invoice, our payment is secured and your payment protection, and/or refund if necessary, is guaranteed. Our site is also SSL certified.

√ Although we are capable and knowledgeable to plan trips to any destination in the world, our specialties are Europe and the United States.

2. OLD SOD TRAVEL

Old Sod Travel is another travel service company that comes up when you request a search about “custom trips”. Their specialty is the U.K, but primarily focused on Ireland, Scotland and England.

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They offer group travels, short visits, chauffeured trips, or study abroad programs. You can easily fill-out a Customized Itinerary form request as it is located on every page at the right sidebar, but prices or business physical address are not listed anywhere on the site. Old Sod Travel is a great company to use if you are interested in visiting the U.K. in particular.

WHAT’S DIFFERENT BETWEEN CUSTOMTRIP.ORG?

√ We offer Custom Trips to any destination in the world and not only to the U.K.

√ Our costs are calculated and estimated to the penny. The total costs posted on our website are the maximum.

√ Our contact form asks for few more details, which will help us to plan your trip faster and better.

3. JOURNY

Journy is one of the best designed websites for Customized Itineraries. Their team comes from wide backgrounds, but primarily from the food and restaurant industry. They are listed in some of the most popular travel news sites, such as Travel+Leisure, TechCrunch, WSJ and Cool Hunting. Their prices range from $25-$50 p/day of travel charged to you depending on your request and they offer 15-20 min free chat with a travel consultant. Usually, the faces behind Custom Trips operations/services are travel lovers who are either travel bloggers too or they just like to share their experiences with fellow travel enthusiasts and charge a minimum fee for their services.

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Journy has had the financial back-up that most Custom Trips planners don’t, which also allows them to have an OK app you can download on your iPhone /not optimized for Android/. In order to request your customized itinerary you need to register on their site.

WHAT’S DIFFERENT BETWEEN CUSTOMTRIP.ORG?

√ We charge p/city, p/country or p/venue/interest. Our total price is almost half less than what a customized itinerary with Journy might cost you.

√ We don’t ask for our clients to register on our site because that requires giving out personal detail and exposing themselves to unwanted mail spam. We respect our clients’privacy and make sure their personal information is kept strictly confidential and used ONLY to plan a trip.

√ We are more flexible when we create the customized itineraries.

4. TRIPIT

Tripit is the best app to create your own customized itinerary. It is free to download and the basic features you can use for FREE. If you travel more than three times a year, it is worth paying the $50 p/year fee for more advanced features. TRIPIT combines all of your travel details into one so you can access it at any time. However, you do need to e-mail all of

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those details to a general TRIPIT e-mail. Featured in Forbes, WSJ, New York Times.

WHAT’S DIFFERENT BETWEEN CUSTOMTRIP.ORG?

√ We only operate through our website or social media channels. No app yet.

√ We have real people sitting and working on your customized itinerary while with TRIPIT it’s all computerized.

5. THE TRIP TROTTER

The Trip Trotter offers packaged tours and customized itineraries. Their prices are not clearly stated on the website, but they specialize in European trips. The Trip Trotter is a member of the U.S. Travel Association, Member of Signature Travel Network and Tzell Travel Group. Physical address of the company is not listed on the site, but they do offer affiliate links for hotel, flights, rental cars bookings. The Trip Trotter’s website is easy to navigate and very user friendly.

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WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE WITH CUSTOMTRIP.ORG?

√ Our prices are clearly stated

√ We create customized itineraries to any and all destinations

√ Our blog posts vary in thematics

√  Our contact info is complete and clear

 

If you need some TIPSforTRIPS or travel advice, please don’t hesitate to contact us at mytrip@customtrip.org or via our on-site chat! We’d love to share our knowledge and expertise with you and help you out with your trip brainstorming ideas or making it all possible by proper budgeting. Bon Voyage!

 

 

 

 

 

TOP 5 MOST INTERESTING ISLANDS TO VISIT IN SUMMER 2018

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Do you still wonder where to spend your summer time off? Then, stop wondering right now and continue reading! We have chosen the Top 5 Most Interesting Islands for you to visit in summer 2018. Stunning beaches, gorgeous sunrises and sunsets, cocktails, water sports–it is  all just a few clicks away from you.

TOP 5 MOST INTERESTING ISLANDS TO VISIT IN SUMMER 2018

Greece is probably the first place that comes to mind when thinking of island vacations. The islands of Malaysia is second behind, followed by Hawaii, the Bahamas or the Bermudas. Those are all wonderful island destinations, but are they really the top 5 most interesting islands? The truth is that there are so many islands in this world that it is impossible to visit all of them in this life, but you can still visit the top 5 most interesting islands and according to our research, evaluation and opinion they are: Rhodes, Greece; Newport, Rhode Island; Martha’s Vineyard, MA; Fiji and Hvar, Croatia . As you can, our list combines more popular with less popular islands, but each one of them is unique, so lets explore them briefly.

RHODES, GREECE

The largest of Greece’s Dodecanese islands, Rhodes offers you a perfect combination of history, archaeology, gorgeous beaches and more. Dotted with many small and beautiful towns and villages, Rhodes is the island where you

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Lindos,Rhodes, Greece. Photo Credit to Custom Trip

will always want to return. A bit further down from Athens, Rhodes is accessible via a fairly long ferry ride or a quick flight out of the Athens International Airport. The capital, Rhodes City, it’s popular with its Medieval Street of the Knights and castle like palace of the Grand Masters. Beaches are few steps away from most accommodations and the nightlife is suitable to all tastes. What’s better than drinking wine under a sky full of stars in the company of your friends/loved one/family or even by yourself? Rhodes is fairly safe and there is a great public transportation between cities. Food prices are close to the inland part of Greece and you will be amazed how many street cats live there! We like to call it  “the cat island” because there are so many cats. The most interesting part is that they live in groups and not alone. Rhodes holds Italian, German, Ottoman and WWII history. It’s close proximity with Turkey allows you to do a one-day-ferry-trip to the next island, which is in Turkey, so you get “two birds with one stone”.

NEWPORT, RHODE ISLAND

The East Coast of America offers a rich variety of inland and off-land activities. Newport, Rhode Island is one of the best places to visit in summer. The island dates back to the early settlement of the continent and holds a rich French

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Newport, Rhode Island. Photo Credit to Custom Trip

heritage. Bellevue Ave is dotted with mansions from the 1800s that will leave you breathless. Each mansion has been hand crafted and the grounds are built with an experienced touch for beauty and elegance. Some of the mansions are still inhabited by their owners while others are part of the Newport Conservation Society and offered for tours.

Newport is also home of the International Tennis Hall of Fame where many “stars” of the respectable sport have a place today. Its Cliff’s Walk will give you a nice, longs stroll on the Atlantic coast and open great opportunities for professional or personal photography. The town’s main street–Thames St–is packed with restaurants offering fine dining, worldwide cuisine options and numerous distilleries and breweries. The city has a public transportation system, but it is also available by foot or bike. Come to Newport and leave a Newperson!

MARTHA’S VINEYARD, MASSACHUSETTS

America’s most magical island is located less than 100 miles south of Boston. Part of the Cape Islands and neighboring with Nantucket, Martha’s Vineyard is truly a magical and in ways mystical island. Away from the daily worries and stress that the rest of America experiences, the island takes pride with its diverse community, endless beaches covered with white sand or rocks, hiking trails, film festival, ginger bread houses and the oldest carousel.

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Martha’s Vineyard, Photo Credit to Custom Trip

The six towns of the island offer you six unique experiences. Whether you like history, fishing, farming or shopping, you can find them all on the small island of Martha’s Vineyard. The historic district of Edgartown will present you with Old Whaling Captains’ homes, still inhabited and well maintained. Oak Bluff’s ginger bread houses are as cute as they could be and do look like houses taken out from ferry-tale stories. Menemesha’s fish market it is a must go to place if you like sea food and you will even get the chance to catch and/or choose your own lobster, and it will be skillfully cooked at the spot. Martha’s Vineyard has excellent public transportation system during the summer months, but it is also very bike friendly and once inside the towns you can easily reach places on foot.

FIJI

The islands of Fiji used to be a dream to many in the ’90s, but somehow their fame have gone down in the past decade. Why is that?  Weather is one reason, for sure, but also–let’s be honest–they are n

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ot the easiest destination to reach or the most affordable one. However, we highly recommend that you do visit, at least once in your life, the Fiji islands. The crystal clear water will provide you with once-in-a-lifetime swimming or water sports experiences while eating coconuts under a palm tree  during the ‘breaks’. The two most visited islands are Viti Levu and Vanua Levu.  Snorkeling, scuba diving lessons and coral reefs will be at your feet. Imagine the golden skin tan color you will have upon your return home? The Fiji Islands always have and will continue to offer the most exotic island experience to everybody.

HVAR, CROATIA

Croatia is still an emerging tourist destination, but for the seeking and curious traveler it is an easy to find destination. Located on the Adriatic sea, Croatia has numerous islands. Hvar is mostly a famous summer destination and its hillside tops, 13th century fortress, and main square dating back to  the Renaissance era proudly place it on our top 5 most interesting islands to visit in summer 2018 list.  Dubovica is its best beach, which is highly compatible in terms of pleasurable experience with the nearby lavender fields.

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Hvar, Croatia

Numerous boats can take you from Hvar to other Croatian islands if you’re looking mostly for an “island-hopping” experience, but Hvar still remains a favorite to most of Croatia’s tourists. Hvar is reachable by bus and boat and you will most likely fly in-and-out of the capital Zagreb.

Mountains are mountains, but islands have always been the preferred destination for vacationing during the summer months. The attractiveness of the blue waters, sandy beaches covered with palm trees and the relaxing experience all of this atmosphere promises can’t be ignored when looking for a vacation destination. We hope that our list of Top 5 Most Interesting Islands  to Visit During Summer 2018 has pumped you up for a memorable summer and are here to answer any questions or help you plan your trip!

CUSTOM TRIP: THE ONLINE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE

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CUSTOM TRIP: THE ONLINE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE

Custom Trip is the newest way of travel planning, trip organizing, and travel booking. Custom travel has been becoming more and more popular within the past 5 years and it will only get better. Searching for a specific, already put-up together, travel arrangements and tours are becoming less popular and soon will be overtaken by the Customized Trip industry.

Our Custom Trip is one of the first businesses to specialize in Customized Travel Itineraries only!

“THE ONLINE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE”

Custom Trip is truly your go-to Online Chamber of Commerce. Have you ever contacted a physical Chamber of Commerce? What did you ask them? What were you looking for? It is our guess that you were looking for ideas of where to go, what to see, how to get there, correct? This is what custom travel services do nowadays. Someone has already collected all that information, stored it, organized it and now it is easily accessible. There is no need to collect brochures from all the places you have been to or you want to visit because Custom Trip can give you all that information with a click of a “send” button.

The world is pretty big and it could be overwhelming to keep track of all events and arising in popularity touristy destinations, but that’s why so many traveling nomads, travel bloggers and Custom Trip, regularly post fresh content that covers these subjects, plus many more wonderful ideas of where to go, what to see, when to visit, and for how much. This is free information and easily accessible to you, as well as weekly newsletters. And we do like to call ourselves “ the online chamber of commerce” because with few clicks on the web we promote many local businesses from all over the world by sending them, tourists and curious visitors.

WHAT DO WE DO?

We have compiled a rich database of what we like to call “travel network”. In this travel network, we have the personal connections (on site people) who are available to provide us with any information we need in regards to current local events, best restaurants, best places to visit, etc. We have also compiled separate sections with hotels, hostels, restaurants, venues, activities, etc., that we use when we customize travel itineraries. We follow the client’s request and strictly keep things according to (in this exact order) his interests, budget, and timetable.

Our website, https://www.customtrip.org/ is simple and easy to navigate. We use it to gather clients’ trip requests under ‘plan here’. Our contact form is quite long, but also detailed. We try to get to know our New Custom Trip Traveler from step 1. We want to be as familiar as possible with his availability, points of departure and return, preferred activities, available budget for this particular trip so that we can create the best and most suitable customized trip plan for him. Once we have this information on an average, it takes about 10-15 min for a client to complete our contact form-we have 48 hours to prepare the travel itinerary including all travel logistics from the airport of departure to the return destination. Depending on the length of trip requested, we may plan it all in 24 hours. After payment is submitted (we use a secure payment system) we send the trip itinerary, i.e., customized trip plan.

We specifically customize all travel requests so no two trip plans will be the same and the final cost will differ too, again, based on customer’s preferences. 

We are not a travel agency, so we don’t do any of the booking or reservations. We suggest our top 3, based on your interests, budget, and timetable, and let you book it yourself. We do all the hard work to organize your trip, perform a detailed research and explore all possibilities, and all you have to do is say: “Yes, I love it! Then, book it!” The total time our clients spend on planning a trip with us is no more than 30 min.

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LOGISTICS AND TRAVEL GUIDES

Custom Travel is not an easy job neither for the traveler nor for the business. If you want to travel, but have no idea where you’re going then, chances are you are already lost. It is difficult to plan the logistics on how to get from point A to point B when visiting a foreign country. Unfortunately, cell phone data is still not available at all corners of the world, plus international data could be quite expensive.

This is what we specialize in: travel logistics for tourists. Custom Travel requires customized travel logistics and we provide you with those from the moment you leave your home to the day you return. No more confusion, no more “I asked, but they didn’t understand me because I don’t speak the language”;”I got lost”; “I missed my train or the taxi driver overcharged me because I am a foreigner.”-those you can completely forget about!

It takes time and specific skills to be a travel logistics planner and we have mastered those. 

Our travel guides and suggestions could be general and mentioned in an article or specifically designed as an online travel guide. Either way, the information is 100% accurate, verified and great to use when brainstorming your next trip.

Custom travel will be becoming more and more popular. It will take time, trust and adjustment to this type of travel planning and travel, but it will be way more rewarding at the end. You can still visit the classics such as Paris, London, Dubai, New York City, but now you can experience more than the hop-on-hop-off bus tour for the same amount of time and less money. Customized trips give you the freedom and independence to create your own travel itinerary from A to Z. You are in charge of it all! The people who offer custom trip plans are there to simply guide you and give you a hand.

BRIEF BIO: Silviya is the founder and managing director of https://www.customtrip.org/ Silviya’s natural curiosity and thirst for knowledge has always pushed her to explore the beautiful world we live in. She likes to visit new places, discover new things, and meet people with different backgrounds and to study foreign languages. Silviya’s most favorite travel destination is Greece and her specialty. She adores the Mediterranean cuisine, music, culture, and lifestyle. Silviya created Custom Trip because she believes that the best trips are the “spontaneous” ones. She is a firm believer that travel agencies overcharge for what they offer and rarely give you the opportunity to really dive into the local culture and places as you could have independently. Silviya supports “travel and learns” instead of “travel and shop”. She likes to have fun when traveling but also puts a great importance on visiting enriching cultural, architectural, culinary and artistic venues and museums.

 

TOP 5 EVERGREEN CHRISTMAS MOVIES

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TOP 5 EVERGREEN CHRISTMAS MOVIES

We all have favorite movies, but Christmas movies tend to be a bit more special for some reason. Perhaps, it is the magic that is hidden in them? Or the mystery? Maybe it is the anticipation that something is going to happen or that Santa is going to knock on the door? Whatever the reason, Christmas is the season to be jolly and our specially selected Top 5 Evergreen Christmas Movies make it even more fantastic and magical

#1. Home Alone 1&2

How many of you grew up watching Home Alone 1&2 and Kevin McCallister? How many of you wished, at that time and age, that you could be left alone in a big house full of toys later to become surprises for couple “professional thieves”? It is always good to rewatch a good movie and what better time of the year than Christmas!

#2. Jingle All The Way

Toy shopping could become very interesting for some parents. Watch how Arnold Schwarzenegger overcomes challenge after challenge to prove to his son that he is a good and loving father.

#3. Miracle on 34th Street

“Miracles happen on Christmas Day” and so they did on 34th Street. Believes and imagination could be more powerful than we think. Rewatch this movie and write down your own miracles this Christmas season!

#4. Jack Frost

“Once upon a time…” there was a big snowman called Jack Frost. This heart-touching Christmas movie will make laugh, will make you cry, will make you think, will make you cherish your loved ones even more at this special time of the year. Love is a verb and if it is true love, it never dies.

#5. Our Top 5 Evergreen Christmas Movie is the Nativity Story

Last, but not least comes one of the best movies about the Birth of Jesus Christ. After all, Christmas is His Birthday! Wish Him a Happy Birthday by watching this beautiful movie and appreciating once more what He did for all of us!

Whatever Christmas means to you and however you are used celebrating it, a good movie will never hurt. Feel free to comment below and share what’s your most favorite Christmas movie!

Now that you’ve got your top 5 Evergreen Christmas movie list it’s time to get the popcorn popping, snuggle with your favorite blanket and enjoy the holiday! 

10 MOST POPULAR PLACES TO VISIT FOR CHRISTMAS

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It is CHRISTMAS and “THE MOST WONDERFUL TIME OF THE YEAR”! Whether or not you’re looking into spending Christmas at home, with family, alone, traveling, working, or you see Christmas as another holiday, i.e., a day of festivities, you should still check out our specially selected 10 MOST POPULAR PLACES TO VISIT FOR CHRISTMAS.

#1. ZURICH, SWITZERLAND

Snowy peaks, fresh winter breeze, cobbled roads and … and … chocolate — what more could you ask for at Christmas? This fantastic combo takes us to Zurich, Switzerland. Beautifully situated in the magnificent Alps Zurich is among the winners for gorgeous Christmas Markets, especially the one located inside the train station. There are not many places in the world where one can see a singing Christmas tree, but at Zurich’s Werdmuhleplatz Christmas stories and fairy-tales come alive. Young and old enjoy guided Christmas theme strolls, as well as a bunch of caroling. Zurich awaits you for a memorable Christmas!

#2. NUREMBERG, GERMANY

Well, we believe Germany could be called the “Queen of Christmas Markets”. Travelers, from near and far have left the country astonished after visiting one or more of Germany’s Christmas Markets. The one in Nuremberg is not much different. At the Hauptmarkt you will find 180 stalls proffer toys, trinkets, candles, gingerbread, sizNuremberg Christmas Market, Free of copy rights photozling bratwurst and mulled wine. The Nuremberg Christmas market shopping is an outstanding experience that cannot be compared to the regular day-to-day mall shopping. Of course, it is best to visit the market after dark when millions of little Christmas lights will transfer you to a world of fairy-tales.

#3. DUBLIN, IRELAND

If you’re looking an untraditional Christmas experience, then Dublin is the right place for you. The Irish cracking sense of humor will welcome you with a morning swim on the 25th of December at the Forty-Foot sea-water pool. Once that’s over, you can visit the ’12 Days Christmas Market’ or enjoy more Christmas lights, cheesy pantos and ice skating with a lot of seasonal cheers at the Temple Bar. Most of all, do not miss the carols at the St.Patrick’s Cathedral.

#4. THE VATICAN, ITALY

Starting with roasted chestnuts sold at every corner to midnight Christmas Eve mass held at St.Peter’s Basilica, the Vatican is especially great to visit around Christmas. You can only see so many nativity scenes at one place, but here you can see countless of them in and around St.Peter’s Square, Piazza Navona and in the church of Santa Maria Aracoeli.  After all, it is the Vatican that pulls most pilgrims. The extra frisson that the city experiences throughout December will stay like a stamp in your heart and mind, truly a real Christmas experience. If you miss the Christmas Eve mass at St.Peter’s Basilica, don’t worry and attend one on Christmas Day.

#5. BONDI BEACH, AUSTRALIA

Perhaps, you are tired of the classical snowy Christmases or you don’t like snow at all? Perhaps, you prefer to swim on Christmas than go sledding? The good news is that such a place exists, just for you, and that is Australia. A land far, far away with its own specific climate, traditions and holidays. Here sun, sand, and surf are what snow and Christmas lights are for the Northern hemisphere. Bondi Beach is the typical Christmas day location for solo-travelers. Pack your swimsuit, sunscreen, and sunhat, and head out to mingle with other like-minded Christmas lovers, enjoy some great music played by famous DJs and soak in the heat of Christmas Day.

#6. NEW YORK CITY, USA

Christmas Tree at Rockefeller center. Credits to Michael Vadon

Christmas Tree at Rockefeller center. Credits to Michael Vadon

“Start spreading the news, [you] are leaving today…” as the old Frank Sinatra song goes,  New York is one of the few classical Christmas places to visit in December. Covered with lights top-to-bottom the tallest Christmas tree proudly stays at Rockefeller center. Of course, all of us know “perfectly well” what Christmas is in NYC, but how many of us have been there for this special holiday? Haven’t you? Come along then! Checking out the windows of the city’s largest department stores, millions of Santa Clauses greeting you all over the place and ice skating is a MUST experience while visiting the Big Apple. The famous ballet performance of the Nutcracker is also an old and beautiful tradition that New York City offers every year to its millions of visitors. 

#7. SANTA CLAUS VILLAGE, FINLAND

If you couldn’t meet enough Santas in New York City, then pack your arctic gear and head north to Finland’s Arctic Circle. The fatty dressed up in red is this neighborhood’s most famous and valuable resident. Imagine the reindeer-dotted forests, numerous Christmas shops, traditional Christmas activities, deep wintertime snow and the Santa Park amusement park, and you’ve got yourself in Christmas Land. Unless you are a complete Grinch, nobody leaves this place without a big, happy smile!Santa Park, Finland, photographer unknown

 #8. SALT LAKE CITY, USA

Utah, famously known for its excellent ski slopes, deep powdered snow, beautiful hiking destinations, gorgeous and unique national parks, is still not a worldly known place to visit for Christmas. What a miss! The Temple Square at downtown Salt Lake City offers the best Christmas lights viewing one has ever seen! The putting up of lights begins in early Fall and the crew is done taking them off by end of winter. There is not a tree branch or a leave that is left without a light! The grounds are decorated with hundreds of lights representing Christmas decorations and/or Nativity Scenes. The best of all you can find in the reflection pool in front of the Latter-Day Saint Temple. If you’re lucky, you might get to see and listen to the Mormon Tabernacle Choir who perform at the Old Tabernacle Building and who have beautified the world with their angelic voices. Utah does not only have the best snow on Earth but the most beautifully decorated square at Christmas!

Nativity Scene at reflecting mirror, Temple Square, downtown Salt Lake City. Credits to Custom Trip

Nativity Scene at reflecting mirror, Temple Square, downtown Salt Lake City. Credits to Custom Trip

#9. ANYWHERE IN BULGARIA

Christmas Eve dinner in Bulgaria. Traditional Meals. Credit photo: wikicommons

Christmas Eve dinner in Bulgaria. Traditional Meals. Credit photo: wikicommons

Bulgaria is probably the last place you would plan on visiting for Christmas. Partly because of its bad reputation from the communist years, or perhaps of its status (somewhat true, somewhat not) as the poorest country within the European Union, Bulgaria remains undiscovered. However, you might be surprised to see that Christmas in Bulgaria is truly an amazing experience! Although the streets and residential buildings are not covered top-to-bottom with Christmas lights and there are no Santas on every corner, Bulgarians are proud of their Christmas traditions. Traditions originating from many years ago. Most of them come from the influence of the Orthodox Church, but the most important ones are the family traditions. Many Bulgarian families have been transferring, from generation-to-generation, strong traditions. If you can get yourself to spend a Christmas Eve at a typical Bulgarian home, you will be amazed! What matters at the end of the day is who you are with and not where you are at! Plovdiv, Bulgaria is a good start.

#10. BETHLEHEM, ISRAEL

 

Manger Square in Bethlehem on Christmas Eve. Credit photo: wiki commons

Manger Square in Bethlehem on Christmas Eve. Credit photo: wiki commons

Whether or not you are a believer, Bethlehem remains part of history. To celebrate Christmas and the Birth of Christ (if you celebrate it) at this special place is a once-in-a-lifetime experience. One does not need tall Christmas trees, millions of Christmas lights or a Santa Claus greeting you at the door, not at Bethlehem. The place is magical on its own and the atmosphere and spirit felt here will give you a life-long memory. The kind of memory you want to have during the rough times in life and the kind of memory you will re-tell to more and more people every year. The energy felt at Manger Square and in the Old City on Christmas Eve could light a forest of Christmas trees. There is a mass held at St.Catherine’s Church exactly at midnight.

 

We want all of you to have a VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS! Let us help you plan your memorable Christmas trip this year by sharing your own Christmas fairytale with us HERE

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