11/04/2011 08:29 am ET | Updated Jan 04, 2012

Thrillist Picks The 7 Coolest Vacations Around The Globe (PHOTOS)

With the holidays coming up and the kids soon to be on leave from school, it's time to start brainstorming winter vacations. Sure to grandmother's house we could go, but that ranks as a less exciting option. And, of course, there's Orlando, New York and all of the great cities of Europe. Been there, done that?

Instead of those vacation standards, how does spending the night in a treehouse, visiting a reality TV show set or getting up close and personal with sharks sound? To break out of the vacation box, has shared with us seven on the most unique vacations around.

Bonus: Some of these alternative vacays are located in warm destinations--perfect for escaping that whole winter wonderland thing.