Where to go in December

Only one month left for travelling in 2011! Not sure where to go? See what Lonely Planet Magazine suggests:

Patagonia, Argentina

Take a road trip along the coastal Rio Negro during the Argentine summer - milder weather means the fossil-laden cliffs, sea caves and Welsh settlements are much easier to explore.

Further reading: Top 10 things to do in Patagonia


Some of Europe's best skiing, Salzburg's snow-covered cobbled streets and the festive smells of cinnamon and glühwein emanating from the Christmas markets make a trip to Austria a superb way to shake off the winter blues.

Further reading: Castle hunting in Austria and Where to get steamy in Austria: top spa experiences


A visit in the dry season ensures Thailand's superlative beaches are at their best. Try the less-visited Trang region for typically fantastic coasts and islands, but also for a more authentic taste of Thai life.

Further reading: Thailand - a little something for everyone

Kerala, India

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With the passing of the monsoon, Kerala begins its drier winter season revitalised. Start your trip through these lush backwaters and vegetation with a visit to Kollam, a tranquil trading town and one of the oldest ports in the Arabian Sea.

Further reading: Explore with our mini guide to Kerala


December and January, when penguins are hatching eggs and feeding chicks, are the height of the austral summer, bringing warmer temperatures and up to 20 hours of sunlight every day.

Further reading: How to spot penguins and Planning your dream Antarctic holiday