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  • Shannon Wolf | November 20, 2016 11:00 PM ET

    Unique Worldwide Holiday Destinations

    Unique Worldwide Holiday Destinations

    PHOTO: Nothing is cozier than curling up with a hot drink in your own glass igloo watching the Northern Lights above you. (photos by Shannon Wolf)

    Most of us are rockin’ around the Christmas tree in our hometowns — looking out the same old window with the same old snow, waiting for Santa to come with his reindeer in frigid weather just to eat our cookies and drink our milk.

    I don’t know about you but I’d rather use my milk money for something new. Below are the top unique holiday destinations to ring in your New Year right!

    Into The Wild

    KENYA

    If you love the wilderness and only dreamed of lying in a bed full of stars, you’ll want to head straight to Loisaba Star Beds, which sits over the Ewsao N’giro river. Don’t worry about bugs, it’s sheltered.

    As described on the website, “These handcrafted four-poster wooden beds sit on raised wooden platforms jutting out from a thatched-roof accommodation and are rolled out each night for guests to enjoy the most memorable sleep under the endless African sky.”

    PHOTO: Forego the cold and spend your Christmas with natural beauty and warmth in Kenya.

    Winter Wonderland

    FINLAND

    If you’re looking for a one-of-a-kind winter wonderland, look no further than Kakslauttanen Artic Resort in Finland where you can curl up in your own glass igloo, mesmerized by the Northern Lights.

    SWITZERLAND

    For an eco-friendly experience, wake up to incredible alpine views in the Swiss Alps thanks to a cozy pod in Valais, Switzerland. On top of the unique accommodation, you have access to seven km of ski slopes with private ski lifts, skis, boots and poles, Snowscoots with helmets and sleds.

    If time is on your side, head over to Gadmen, Switzerland to walk across the Trift Suspension Bridge: a 328 feet high and 557 feet long pedestrian-only suspension bridge which is the longest in the world.

    GREENLAND

    Although cold is an understatement, the memory will stay warm in your heart for years to come. If you’re looking for the ultimate winter rush, head to a place far off the beaten path and full of natural beauty. Greenland has some of the best dog sledding in the world along with landscapes that will leave you in awe — and its no surprise why.

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    PHOTO: For a truly unique winter experience, sledding with dogs in Greenland should be on your list!

    Pushing Limits

    GUADALUPE ISLAND, MEXICO

    With no scuba certification needed, spend your holiday season with one hell of a rush. Off the Baja Peninsula, you can swim with great white sharks in a shark-proof diving cage.

    Budget Beauties

    PORTUGAL

    If you’re looking for a destination that really knows how to give you the best of everything without the hefty price tag, you’ll want to book the next flight over to Portugal.

    From the diverse landscapes to mouthwatering meals, you won’t be disappointed. Sea, sun and sand makes the south of Portugal world renowned and as you make your way further north you will be taken back to fairytale castles in Sintra, cobblestoned streets and butter tarts in Lisbon followed by the picturesque UNESCO World Heritage site of Porto where you can spend your days drinking and celebrating each day of your holiday.

    SOUTHERN INDIA

    If you want budget friendly, India is the best bang for your buck. The winter months of December and January are the best times to visit the South. From unique house boating through “Little Venice” in Kerala, rock climbing in the real life version of ‘The Flintstones” in Hampi or soaking up the sun and getting your trance on in Goa — your money will stretch as far as your experiences.

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Shannon Wolf Tales From the Leap

Shannon Wolf Shannon Wolf is a freelance photographer and writer, traveling across the globe with an open itinerary and no intent of stopping. Originally from Toronto, Canada, she left behind a fast paced life to truly live and not just exist in an attempt to inspire others to follow their bliss. At age 26, Shannon has visited 20+ countries on four continents around the world. She has travelled overland by chicken-bus and tuk-tuks, hitchhiked by fruit trucks and through islands on horse and buggy. She has slept in the jungles of Nicaragua, on benches in London, secluded hidden beaches and she’s only getting started.
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