Treat Yourself! ‘Tis the Season to Travel

While the holidays are great for family time, it’s also the perfect time to squeeze in a relaxing getaway. Let's face it, despite our age we all have a little wanderlust deep inside of us. And with so many destinations to choose from, why not pack your bags and experience something new?

You can finally check off those bucket list items that you’ve always wanted to do. After all, material items have become so overrated. This holiday season, give yourself the gift of a travel experience!

There are vacation spots suitable for anybody's level of activity. Alert1 is here to help you pick the perfect travel destination to make the most of your holiday season. Here are a few suggestions.

The City That Never Sleeps

New York skyline

One of the best places to visit during the holidays is New York. The months of December and January are the perfect times to travel to the Big Apple to see the festivities. You can be in town for Christmas, New Year’s, or both!

Take a look at holiday decorations all across the city, there’s a vast amount to be found. Don’t forget to visit the Rockefeller Center! You will find a giant Christmas tree with amazing decorations and lighting.

Visit New York’s many holiday markets to find unique homemade gifts, festive decorations, and eat delicious holiday treats. Visit the Union Square Holiday Market and Bryant Park Holiday shops. They are two of the most popular markets in New York.

Stick around for New Year’s celebrations to make the most of your trip. The city becomes even more festive with parades and concerts all around. Go aboard a fireworks cruise as you ride the Staten Island Ferry!

Watch the New Year’s Eve ball drop in Times Square with over one million people. Be a part of the event that the entire country watches and ring in the New Year. Make sure to get there early, it’s guaranteed to be crowded.

Although the snow adds to the holiday spirit, remember it can also be a hazard by making your path slippery. Make sure you bring your Alert1 mobile fall detection system with you. With our industry leading fall detection technology, you’ll be in good hands in the event of a fall.

All Roads Lead to Italy

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All year round, one of the most popular travel destinations is Italy. Italy is a land filled with special traditions, rich culture, and of course, wonderful food. The holiday season is an excellent time to visit. Holiday festivities in Italy start on December 8th and end on January 6th. Just remember, proper planning is a must when going overseas. Make sure you are prepared!

Attend religious festivities and celebrations that include parades, bonfires, and fireworks. Rome and the Vatican City are a must-see. Catch the Pope during a special Christmas Eve or midnight mass. Make sure to plan ahead and buy tickets before they sell out!

Visit St. Peter's Square and Basilica to find a giant Christmas tree, life sized nativity scene, and stunning architecture. Whether you are religious or not, the holiday spirit is all around you at this iconic location.

Watch New Year’s fireworks at some of Italy’s most well-known tourist sites. A great part about visiting Italy during the holidays is that many tourist sites remain open. Watch beautiful fireworks at landmark locations like the Coliseum, Florence Cathedral, and Leaning Tower of Pisa.

Anchors Away

cruise ship sailing in the sea

If the previous options don’t suit your needs, then a cruise is for you! Cruises are an excellent option for those who want a more relaxing way of spending the holidays. On a cruise, you are able to celebrate Christmas and New Year’s away from the holiday madness. You can do as much or as little as you want. One of the best parts about cruises is that they meet the needs of all people, no matter what your level of activity is.

Watch scenic views in a resort style atmosphere and sail away like you never even left the comfort of your home. Relax on deck or from the balcony of your luxury room as the beautiful scenery passes by.

Attend concert performances, comedy shows, cooking classes, massages, casinos, and wine tastings. There are many different types activities to choose from that suit all tastes.

Enjoy sandy beaches and warm ocean water during shore stops. Try snorkeling, and float along the coast as you view underwater scenery and watch fish swim by.

Embrace Nature at Yosemite

Yosemite covered in snow

National parks are great options for those who want keep their vacations simple. Yosemite National Park in California is a perfect place to spend a quiet Christmas or New Year’s. You won't find any huge celebrations here. Have a peaceful holiday with the sound of wind in the trees instead of loud fireworks. The park’s majestic scenery in a small area makes it a great option to escape from your normal routine at home. You won’t have to walk too far to see all that Yosemite has to offer.

Sit back and explore nature at the same time by attending one of Yosemite’s many guided car tours. Yosemite is easy to navigate through, and a tour is the perfect option if you yearn for some adventure.

Relax in a hotel or cabin and still embrace the outdoors. Visiting a national park doesn’t mean you must camp. There are a variety of accommodations that so you can have the most comfort possible and still be in touch with nature.

Travel throughout all of Yosemite’s landmarks as they are covered in snow. All of the trees and monumental cliffs like El Capitan and Half Dome are covered in white which makes the scenery one of a kind.

Pack Your Bags and Go

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It's never too late to travel! The holiday season is the perfect time to try something new and exciting. From staying local by visiting New York, to traveling abroad to Italy, there are many options for you to consider. And don't forget, Alert1 will keep you protected with our mobile medical alert systems if you stay within the United States. Adventure is out there!