December Travel Plans

December Travel Plans

December is gearing up to be an exciting, but busy month! After our weekend trip to Barcelona, Dave and I were wanderlusting like crazy. So, within two days of getting home, we’d already filled the month with as much travel as possible.

Our first stop in December is…


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The first weekend in December is a long weekend for Dave, so we thought this would be the perfect opportunity head to Germany. I’ve been keen on the idea of visiting a German Christmas market since we decided to move to Europe, and when I pitched the idea of Germany in December Dave he was sold.

As a student of sustainable development, Dave’s was interested in visiting Hamburg to explore and learn more about its efforts to improve the quality of life for its residents while shrinking its ecological footprint (source); combine that with my desire to drink mulled ciders while basking in the glow of Christmas lights and it sounds like Hamburg in December will be the perfect fit for us!


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After a couple of weeks at home, we’ll join Dave’s parents for a week of much needed relaxing and exploring in stunning Las Palmas in the beautiful Canary Islands.


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Just 24 hours after we return from the Canary Islands, Dave and I will be back on a plane and on our way to Helsinki (talk about changes in temperature!) to cheer on Canada at the World Junior Hockey Championships. We’d always joked about going but when we saw the price of tickets we were sold! We have two days of hockey games planned, and a day of exploring the Finnish capital before we board the ferry to…


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We decided to visit Tallinn on a bit of a whim. I was looking at a map trying to plan out future vacations when it occurred to me we should try and fit in a day trip to Tallinn while we’re in Helsinki. One thing led to another, and within a few hours flights had been booked, ferry tickets purchased and hotel rooms reserved. Although Tallinn wasn’t exactly on our travel radar, we’re both really excited to have 1.5 days to explore this smaller European capital that is filled with so much history.

Although our travel dates will be quickly upon us, we’ve only really just started our research. Have you visited any of these cities? Any recommendations on activities? Sights that can’t be missed?

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4 thoughts on “December Travel Plans

  1. Elena says:

    Hi Kate! Great list – all the destinations are fun! I’ve been to all of them except Las Palmas 🙂

    I live in Helsinki and recommend to check out this list: There are some tips on my blog as well, but they are mostly about the things to do in spring-summer. The weather is quite different now, so…If you would like to try some traditional Finnish food, the Sea Horse restaurant is the place to go. Feel free to reach out to me if you have any particular questions or need more tips 🙂

    Here are the few tips from me on what to do in Tallinn: In addition to that, there will be an awesome Christmas market at the Central Square. Enjoy your trip! 🙂

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