For many, Thanksgiving is the most traditional of all North American holidays, a celebration unique to both Canada and the United States, albeit on different days. It strikes our hearts and emotions, as it is a time to return home, or be home, with your closest family and friends.
For some though, either because they love traveling during the holidays or are bored with celebrating the holiday the same way year in and year out, the world is their oyster. While most of the continent will barely step outside their homes on Thanksgiving, these people will be traversing the globe to experience something different.
If you’re one of those pioneering souls, read on for our list of great destinations this Thanksgiving season.
The Cayman Islands
Sure, cooking turkey and stuffing at home while a fire roars in the fireplace can be romantic and fulfilling, but maybe the reality is you’re tired of the gray, cold weather and endless crowds. Why not exchange all that for the tropical ease, bone-warming sun and calming waves of the Cayman Islands? Whether you go to lay motionless on the white, sandy beaches or fancy a more active experience conquering the myriad watersports available to you on the azure-blue waters, the Caymans are the ideal place to appreciate life and give thanks. In addition, you’ll forget all about the Thanksgiving food you eat every year when you taste the endless food choices here. Don’t want to leave the family behind? You don’t have to, as the Caymans are expressly family-friendly and offer activities for those of every age group.
New York City
If tradition is, in fact, your thing but you don’t want to experience it the same way you always do, then there is no better place to head than the Big Apple. Famous for its legendary Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, New York is full of people, holiday spirit and festive activities during this magical time of year. You’ll spend hours walking in the brisk outdoors and see things you’ve never seen. When you’re hungry, you’ll find every traditional and non-traditional Thanksgiving meal at your disposal.
Want to turn things a bit upside down and put fun first? Head to New Orleans, the party capital of the country, where fun is king and food and music are a close second. After all, this is the birthplace of turducken, a delicacy only New Orleans could make work. Beyond that, there are endless entertainment venues and culinary treats on every corner. What more could you ask for?
So don’t settle for the same old turkey and gravy. Plan your escape now.