A day of rest and recovery for some, prime time to hit the shops for the annual post-Christmas sales, or an opportunity to escape for a few days holiday before the New Year rings in, Boxing Day is undoubtedly the best placed public holiday on the annual calendar. If you’re yet to jet off on a holiday, or are looking for inspiration for your next trip, here are some of the best global destinations to kick back and soak up end of year charm.
From watching the pro’s ride perfect pipes on Oahu’s North Shore to trekking across cooled lava flows to see Kilauea spluttering steam and hot lava into the air on The Big Island, Hawaii is a dream destination for nature lovers. Kick back with the locals on Kauai , wander market stalls on Maui or hang ten with the tourists at Waikiki.
Where better to recover from a Christmas day feast than poolside at a private villa in Bali? Recline on a deckchair, cocktail in hand, or start your new year detox early with an abundance of fresh local food and ever-popular juice bars dotted along Bali’s streets. If you’re looking for extra relaxation, head inland for a nature fix in the mountains of Ubud, or a yoga retreat among the trees.
New York City
The holiday season is the most magical time of year to be in The Big Apple. Wander the streets downtown admiring the Christmas lights and enjoying carols playing from department stores. If it snows, enjoy the winter wonderland in Central Park, or find a cosy diner to sip on a hot chocolate and indulge in hot American pancakes while you watch the world pass by. As busy and exciting as New York is, it’s the perfect place to spend a lazy day people watching and enjoying the atmosphere of the silly season and the big city.
A palm-fringed playground in the Indian Ocean, Mauritius really is worlds away from reality. Nature and wildlife more beautiful than you’ve ever seen before, beaches more pristine and nothing to do but kick back and relax. If you’re looking for a holiday that leaves you undoubtedly refreshed, the luxury beachside resorts of Mauritius should be high on your list.
Paris is never more enjoyable than when the city is still, the streets are empty and you feel you have the magical city of light all to yourself. Boxing Day, when everyone is at the shops or still in bed, is the perfect time to walk off your Christmas dinner with a wander around the city’s oldest districts. Head to Saint Germain on the left bank, home to the Sorbonne University, the Latin Quarter and famous literary cafes Les Deux Magots and Cafe des Flores; on the right bank, wander north from the Palais Royal following the city’s Passages, old shopping strips that wind between buildings, home to traditional milliners, bookstores, jewellers and cobbers.
A melange of vibrant culture, tradition and flavours, Thailand’s bustling capital is the perfect antidote to busy life back at home. Be sure to bring your credit card as the city’s shopping is some of the best in the world, both in the street markets and air-conditioned super malls. Work up and appetite for the excellent food, and kick back at one of the city’s many rooftop swimming pools and bars.
New Zealand’s North Ssland comes into its own in summertime. Head to Auckland’s West Coast beaches for excellent surf, stunning rainforest walks and the black volcanic sand of Piha. Jump on the ferry to Waiheke Island for quaint holiday houses, excellent food and long afternoons hopping between boutique wineries scattered across the island.