Around the World, Around the Web is a monthly list of travel-related links for wanderlust inspiration. This month’s theme is Christmas in July, because it’s time to start planning a Christmas trip!


Lone Mountain Ranch, Big Sky, Montana
Zurich Switzerland
Andaz Papagayo Costa Rica

1 // White Christmas in the US

2 // White Christmas in Europe

3 // Tropical Christmas



1 // Dreaming of a white Christmas in the US? Consider a trip to Big Sky, Montana, an easy 1-hour drive from the Bozeman airport (BZN). The early season snow is good, so there are typically plenty of ski runs open in December at the biggest ski area in America. Though the apres ski scene is quiet, there are rarely lift lines, even between Christmas and New Year’s. Other winter activities abound, including snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, spa treatments, and dog sledding (don’t let the circa 1995 website fool you, it’s legit!). Take a snowmobile tour through Yellowstone National Park–about 45 minutes away–or take the whole family for a moonlight sleigh ride to candlelit dinner at Lone Mountain Ranch.



2 // If Christmastime in a charming European city with snow-capped roofs and Christmas markets is what you’re after, here are a few cities and hotels I’ve had my eye on:


Vienna, Austria — The Ring Hotel & Park Hyatt Vienna

Zurich, Switzerland —  The Dolder Grand

Geneva, Switzerland —  Hotel de la Paix Geneva

Copenhagen, Denmark — Nimb Hotel  & Hotel d’Angleterre

Nuremberg, Germany — Le Meridien Grand Hotel Nürnberg



3 // Want to escape to warmer climes for Christmas? Here are some tropical destinations to consider:


Papagayo Peninsula, Costa Rica — Andaz Papagayo (my review) & Four Seasons Costa Rica

Valladolid, Mexico — Coqui Coqui Residencias

Maui — Fairmont Kea Lani (my Maui guide)

Antigua — Hermitage Bay




P.S. Did you know I always list our next trip at the bottom of my FAQs?




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