If you didn’t stick to last year’s New Year resolution to travel more, it’s still not too late! You can end the year on a high note by ushering in the New Year in a new country. The winter holiday season is one of the best times to travel with your loved ones, create new memories, and to discover unique traditions celebrated around the world.

If you need help in deciding the travel destination for your dream holiday, then here’s a list to get you started.

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Germany

Winter in this Western European country is nothing short of a fairy tale.  On New Year’s Eve, known as Silvester in Germany, taste the country’s traditional drink Feuerzangenbowle (fire tongs punch). Other unique experiences you can explore are snow sledding in Berlin, shopping in local Christmas markets (visit Aachen to eat the best gingerbread), and skating on the ice rink at the Zeche Zollverein. Book train tickets for all your inter-city travel needs via International Rail. You can buy an Interrail Germany Pass (starting at £139), a German Rail Pass or a German Rail Twin (starting at £138) pass depending on your needs.

Switzerland

Switzerland’s beauty multiplies in winter with its mountains and lakes glittering under a blanket of snow. Enjoy skiing and snowboarding on the Swiss Alps, particularly at St. Moritz, Zermatt, and Davos. Thanks to the gorgeous scenery, train rides across Switzerland are sure to be a magical experience. Book the Swiss Travel Pass (starting at £159) or the Flex pass (starting at £180) and get free access to over 400 museums. You could also buy the Interrail Switzerland Pass to enjoy unlimited journeys across the land.

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England

Embrace British customs and traditions this holiday season and get ready to sing, dance, and eat to your heart’s content. There’s no dearth of theme parties, cruises, live concerts, and dance performances at this time of the year.  You can get a whopping 20% low season discount for train bookings between November and February when you buy a BritRail pass through International Rail. Hurry, because the offer is available only until 24th February, 2017. If you can extend your stay, then buy any of the BritRail Europe low season passes and visit Wales and Scotland as well.

Besides these countries, you can also plan a Christmas trip to Japan, the USA, or to New Zealand with the help of International Rail’s handy and affordable train passes.

 

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