Where can I travel from the US this December?

    Written by Laura Birtles
    Luxury Botswana Safari Holiday | Where can I travel from the US this December | cazenove+loyd

    If you are dreaming of your next vacation but wondering where to go, we are here to help. Below, we have compiled a list of the destinations that are open and ready to welcome you this December, and can be visited with no quarantine on arrival. Our experts will meticulously craft your trip and take care of everything from beginning to end, so you can just relax and enjoy a much-needed break. 


    Now is the time to experience the African continent at its very best. “There is no better place for getting away from the crowds,” says Claire Ferguson, Head of our Africa + the Indian Ocean team. “Travelling here is very much about isolation, endless space miles away from civilisation and being surrounded by nature. All the camps we suggest are very small and many can be booked out exclusively. Or for something remote and wild, go on a mobile-safari expedition and you will have the wilderness all to yourself.” 

    The collapse of tourism in Africa due to COVID-19 has had a terrible economic effect on the continent, threatening the livelihoods of so many people, as well as the future of its wildlife. Tourism is the main funder of conservation in Africa, but with this year, protected areas have been starved of this essential source of income. Therefore, we must all travel there as soon as we can. 

    Whether you’re looking to meet the gorillas in Rwanda or Uganda, cruise the Nile in Egypt, spot the Big Five in Tanzania or laze on a powdery beach on the Kenyan coast, we can design the journey of a lifetime this December. The following countries in Africa are ready to welcome you: 

    Botswana + Egypt + Kenya + Madagascar + Malawi + Morocco + Mozambique + Namibia + Rwanda + São Tomé & Príncipe + South Africa + Tanzania + Uganda + Zambia + Zimbabwe

    Elephant Safari | Tanzania | Where can I travel from the US this December | cazenove+loyd

    Herd of elephant spotted on a Big Five safari in Tanzania 

    Indian Ocean

    The Maldives and the Seychelles are open and ready to welcome guests. These glorious island idylls are home to chalk-white beaches, gin-clear waters, vibrant coral reefs and rich marine life. Each has its own character and appeal, and our Destination Experts know them inside out so can select the right one for you. 

    For travel this December, there are some superb offers of up to 35% off – exclusive to cazenove+loyd clients – at some of our favourite island retreats, including Six Senses Laamu and Joali in the Maldives and Six Senses Zil Payson and Constance Lemuria in the Seychelles.

    Six Senses Zil Payson, Private Island Beach Resort in The Seychelles | Where can I travel from the US this December | cazenove+loyd

    Seclusion and stunning views at Six Senses Zil Payson, a private island beach resort in the Seychelles

    Turks + Caicos

    If you’re looking to laze on some of the world’s most sublime, white-sand beaches, these isles will provide a laid-back and beautiful setting for some winter sun. This is a fabulous time of year to travel here, and we recommend staying at Amanyara, one of our favourite hotels, which lies on the northern shores of the island of Providenciales and would be a heavenly place to unwind and soak up the rays. 

    Dinner with a view, The Ocean Cove Pavilion at Amanyara in Turks + Caicos | Where can I travel from the US this December | cazenove+loyd

    Dinner with a view: the Ocean Cove Pavilion at Amanyara in Turks + Caicos 

    Central + South America

    Many countries here are now open and December is a great time to go. Remarkably diverse, this region’s awe-inspiring landscapes range from dense jungles to majestic mountains and dramatic deserts. We can arrange anything from a riding holiday in Patagonia or a beach break in Brazil to a private boat journey in the Amazon or a trek in the Andes. 

    Aria Amazon Luxury Amazon River Cruise Ship | Where can I travel from the US this December | cazenove+loyd

    Explore the Amazon River onboard the Aria Amazon, a luxury rainforest river cruise ship

    Every country has endless hidden gems that you need a specialist to uncover, and our Latin America expert, Milly Warr, is constantly in touch with our guides and friends on the ground, so can give you the inside track wherever you decide to go. She knows the best places to stay, including some gorgeous private houses in Colombia, Mexico and Costa Rica if you’re looking for complete privacy.

    “Now is a great time to go Central and South America as the weather is glorious in most parts and you will have the region’s stunning wilderness areas all to yourselves,” says Milly Warr, our Latin America expert. “Wildlife destinations, such as the Amazon and the Galápagos Islands, are pristine at the moment too. Without any tourists since March, nature has taken a break and visitors can expect to see the Galápagos as it was 20 to 30 years ago,” says Milly. Here, we can organise for you to set sail onboard one of our favourite expedition yachts – Theory or Origin – which is the best way to explore these wildlife-rich isles. In normal years, these boats would be sold out well in advance, but they currently have availability this December and have some incredible offers for c+l clients on set departures as well as up to 30% off on charters. Some other extraordinary retreats in Latin America, including explora and Awasi in Chile, are also offering amazing value at the moment. 

    The following countries’ borders are open, so get in touch to find out more and start planning your next trip now:

    Brazil + Chile + Colombia + Costa Rica + EcuadorMexicoPanama + Peru + The Galápagos Islands

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