Singles with vacation time available during the Christmas holidays have many options to choose from. Select a destination that matches your preferences and decide on a budget. Before going, research your vacation choice by using the Internet, library, travel books and magazines, or a travel agent. Popular Christmas vacation ideas for singles include skiing, beach resorts, taking a cruise or going to Las Vegas.
If you like to ski or snowboard, a ski resort might be the right Christmas vacation spot. Ski-minded singles abound at resorts all over North America. The main attraction is the slopes, but they go for the nightlife as well. In addition, many resorts offer a variety of après-ski activities such as pubs, nightclubs and yoga classes. These activities give singles a chance to socialize with each other.
According to Theskichannel.com, in 2009 the best resorts for singles were Park City, Utah; Whistler/Blackcomb, Canada; Jackson Hole, Wyoming; Winter Park, Colorado; Mammoth, California; Killington, Vermont; Lake Tahoe, California; Breckenridge, Colorado; Vail, Colorado; and Sugarloaf, Maine.
Singles can kick off their shoes and walk barefoot in the sand during Christmastime at a number of beach destinations. Beach vacations give singles an opportunity to both escape the cold and mingle with others in a warm environment. Soaking in the sun and taking in the nightlife are not the only things to do on beach vacations. Singles with adventuresome streaks can try parasailing, scuba diving, deep-sea fishing, horseback riding, surfing or kayaking.
Writing for the News Direct website, Adrianna Noton recommends the following as the best beach vacation destinations in winter: the Bahamas; Todos Santos, Mexico; Oaxaca, Mexico; Punta Cana, the Dominican Republic; the Florida Keys; the Caribbean; and Hawaii.
Many singles choose to sail the seas during Christmas vacation. The appeal of a singles cruise is the camaraderie of traveling with others and meeting new people and seeing new sites. According to Cruisemates.com, "Not all cruise lines treat singles equally." There are often additional room charges for solo travelers. If the cruise is not geared specifically toward singles, consider joining a hosted singles group. Activities for singles range from cocktail parties to offshore excursions.
Cruises are becoming increasingly popular with single parents. Less cooking and cleaning equals more time to spend with the children. Popular Christmas vacation cruises include the Caribbean, Hawaii and the Mexican Rivera.
Vegas is the place for the single who wants to spend Christmas vacation surrounded by hordes of people, bright lights, one-armed bandits and glitzy shows galore. The city is host to innumerable bachelor and bachelorette parties and all-girls or guys-only weekends. All ages and budgets can enjoy what Sin City has to offer, including its iconic casinos, magnificent hotels, hedonistic nightclubs, fine shopping, endless entertainment, grand shows, elegant restaurants, never-ending buffets and Elvis impersonators. No one will check if you have been naughty or nice. Travelchannel.com rates Las Vegas as one of the top singles hot spots.