Even with the economic crisis looming over the country, Spaniards still excel at celebrations.
Visiting Italy during the Christmas season offers two bonuses: You'll avoid the high summer season tourist crowds, and you'll get to see the country decked out in all its holiday finery.
I love the holidays for the pure fact that it's all about family. Hanging out watching movies, playing in the snow, EATING and just relaxing by the fire.
While the cargo doors of the aircraft were being secured, one of our baggage handlers raced up into the cockpit to advise us that they'd heard a buzzing noise coming from a suitcase. Everyone started looking around to see who the culprit was that was holding up the departure.
Every time I plan a vacation, I turn to TripAdvisor for advice, and you know what? It's a baaaaad idea. That site totally messes with my head.
Tons of visitors descend upon New York City during the holidays, and for good reason. After all, few places boast such a cheery holiday spirit with beautiful window displays, Christmas lights galore and holiday pop-up shops on every corner.
Upon one of the arrivals at JFK, an agent called my office to advise they had a 12-year-old unaccompanied minor, his luggage, and no parents to sign for him. After six hours, my fear was that the parents had gotten into a serious accident rendering them powerless to call.
Rome is an ideal place for the week between Christmas and New Year's Day. Chilly, perhaps; potentially rainy, but truly festive. As always, the city is crawling with tourists, but the hordes are noticeably thinner than in the summer and refreshingly short on Americans.
Lines, lines and more lines. That's what you can expect when traveling this December. An online check in not only saves you waiting to check in, but also the awkward juggle of digging out your credit card to start the process.
Modern day Bolzano presents a magical convergence of the area's rich, ancient past with its modern, vibrant present. One of the best times to visit is from mid-November through most of December, when the area is transformed into a winter wonderland and is bustling with visitors who come to experience the famous Christmas Market of Bolzano.
From gourmet goodies to decadent bath products to home décor, hotels have plenty of items that can make the perfect present -- so swipe something on your next hotel stay (and pay up, of course!) or simply swipe the suggestion!
Having grown up in Australia, there's always a part of me that's quietly resented winter's monopoly over Christmas. You know exactly what I'm talking about: the "white Christmas" hoopla.
Here are some ways to help take the stress out of flying this holiday season.
Spaniards do celebrate Christmas by spending holiday meals together, giving presents and lighting up spectacular decorations around the city centers, but many traditions are unique to their culture.
Cape May is quintessential American throughout the year, but come the holidays it's all-out Mayberry.
Mulled wine, skating rinks, reindeer-drawn sleigh rides through the snow, St. Nick lookalikes -- Christmas has arrived in Europe!