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15 Amazing Places in the U.S. You Should Go For A Warm Christmas

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15 Amazing Places in the U.S. You Should Go For A Warm Christmas

Before you know it, the sound of sleigh bells will be heard on your rooftop. If you love the holidays but hate the cold, why not trade in your heavy coat and wool mittens this year and celebrate a warm Christmas.

1. Savannah, Georgia

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    Savannah transforms into a southern wonderland of decked out trolleys, gingerbread towns, and boat parades. Festivities begin November 28 and run through Christmastime. Stay in one of the bed-and-breakfasts in the Savannah Historic District to be close to the action. Savannah averages 63 degrees in December.

    2. Beaufort, South Carolina

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      Beaufort is a small town with a huge heart and is located in heart of the Lowcountry. It is close to Savannah and Charleston, and a short drive to the beaches of Hilton Head Island. It’s location is great for visiting the larger cities and enjoying the sights and sounds of a small town southern Christmas. December temperatures average in the low 60s.

      3. Orlando, Florida

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        Enjoy everything in Orlando without the huge crowds of summer. Theme parks have special attractions this time of year, such as “Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas”, but be aware that some of the speacial attractions require a separate ticket. Orlando temperatures average around 72 degrees in December.

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        4. San Francisco, California

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          The City by the Bay comes alive in December as it transforms into a wonderland of lights. Stay near Union Square so you are close to all the festivities and can easily get around via the historic cable cars. San Francisco’s December temperatures average in the high 50s.

          5. San Antonio, Texas

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            The Riverwalk at Christmastime should be on everyone’s bucket list. The city offers special attractions that only happen during the holidays. Because this is a popular time of the year to travel to San Antonio, be sure and book early. The average temperature in December is around 64 degrees.

            6. New Orleans, Louisiana

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              Celebrate Christmas season in the Big Easy. The Oaks, visited by over 122,000 people last year, has one of the most beautiful Christmas exhibitions in the country. Many hotels in the area offer Papa Noel specials making this a very affordable holiday destination. December temperatures average in the 60s.

              7. Santa Monica, California

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                Ice skate, enjoy the “Candle Light Walk” to the Shopping Cart Tree at Edgemar Courtyard, and find some great deals at sidewalk sales. All while enjoying local bands and holiday parties up and down Montana Avenue. The average December temperature in Santa Monica is around 64 degrees.

                8. Honolulu, Hawaii

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                  Mele Kalikimaka! Santa presents himself on a surfboard instead of a sleigh on the big island of Oahu. Honolulu City Lights kicks off the holiday celebrations and is one of the premiere lighting of the tree festivals in the country. Make reservations early as this is also big wave season in Waikiki.

                  9. Delray Beach, Florida

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                    Delray Beach is one of the prettiest beaches in Florida. This small beach town transforms itself for the holidays with a tree lighting ceremony, ice skating, a holiday parade and carousel rides. December temperatures average in the mid 70s.

                    10. San Diego, California

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                      Christmastime is migration season for the California gray whales. Whale watching is just one of the 25 activities San Diego offers for free during the Holidays. This is a budget friendly town with accommodations from resort hotels to hostels. The average December temperature is around 65 degrees.

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                      11. Las Vegas, Nevada

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                        The City of Lights does not shut down for the holidays. Everything is open and I do mean everything. If you are coming to Vegas for the holidays, try and avoid the week of Christmas and New Years. It is one of the most crowded weeks of the entire year. December has an average temperature around 57 degrees.

                        12. Charleston, South Carolina

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                          Charleston is full of postcard perfect events during the holidays. Choosing which celebration to attend will be your biggest problem. A favorite is the progressive dinner with transport by a horse-drawn carriage. The coastal city of Charleston has average December temperatures in the low 60s.

                          13. San Juan, Puerto Rico

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                            Parrandas begins as a gift of music then grows into a street partiy that can overtake streets in Old San Juan. A parranda is just one of the unique Christmas traditions of Puerto Rico. Festivals begin after Thanksgiving and continues through New Years Eve. Puerto Rico is named a top spot for Christmastime travel by many travel experts.

                            14. St. Petersburg, Florida

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                              The popular Snow Fest will return to St. Pete again this year with real snow, toboggans, and of course, Santa. Glice skate in the park or climb the rock wall. St. Pete doesn’t let its average temperatures of 72 degrees stop it from a real winter celebration!

                              15. Tucson, Arizona

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                                Fiestas are in the Christmas spotlight of this old west town during the Christmas holidays. Take in the Southwestern version of “The Nutcracker”, where dancing chile peppers, coyotes, and the Calvary replace sugarplum ferries and other traditional characters in the ballet. The average December temperature is around 65 degrees.

                                These 15 warm Christmas destinations are just a sampling of what the U.S. has to offer. From small town celebrations to larger city festivals there are too many to cover.

                                What is your favorite Christmas time celebration? You should share in the comment section below. I would love to check some of them out!

                                Featured photo credit: Flickr by JRP via flickr.com

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                                The Importance of Making a Camping Checklist

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                                The Importance of Making a Camping Checklist

                                Camping can be hard work, but it’s the preparation that’s even harder. There are usually a lot of things to do in order to make sure that you and your family or friends have the perfect camping experience. But sometimes you might get to your destination and discover that you have left out one or more crucial things.

                                There is no dispute that preparation and organization for a camping trip can be quite overwhelming, but if it is done right, you would see at the end of the day, that it was worth the stress. This is why it is important to ensure optimum planning and execution. For this to be possible, it is advised that in addition to a to-do-list, you should have a camping checklist to remind you of every important detail.

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                                Why You Should Have a Camping Checklist

                                Creating a camping checklist makes for a happy and always ready camper. It also prevents mishaps.  A proper camping checklist should include every essential thing you would need for your camping activities, organized into various categories such as shelter, clothing, kitchen, food, personal items, first aid kit, informational items, etc. These categories should be organized by importance. However, it is important that you should not list more than you can handle or more than is necessary for your outdoor adventure.

                                Camping checklists vary depending on the kind of camping and outdoor activities involved. You should not go on the internet and compile a list of just any camping checklist. Of course, you can research camping checklists, but you have to put into consideration the kind of camping you are doing. It could be backpacking, camping with kids, canoe camping, social camping, etc. You have to be specific and take note of those things that are specifically important to your trip, and those things which are generally needed in all camping trips no matter the kind of camping being embarked on.

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                                Here are some tips to help you prepare for your next camping trip.

                                1. First off, you must have found the perfect campground that best suits your outdoor adventure. If you haven’t, then you should. Sites like Reserve America can help you find and reserve a campsite.
                                2. Find or create a good camping checklist that would best suit your kind of camping adventure.
                                3. Make sure the whole family is involved in making out the camping check list or downloading a proper checklist that reflects the families need and ticking off the boxes of already accomplished tasks.
                                4. You should make out or download a proper checklist months ahead of your trip to make room for adjustments and to avoid too much excitement and the addition of unnecessary things.
                                5. Checkout Camping Hacks that would make for a more fun camping experience and prepare you for different situations.

                                Now on to the checklist!

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                                Here is how your checklist should look

                                1. CAMPSITE GEAR

                                • Tent, poles, stakes
                                • Tent footprint (ground cover for under your tent)
                                • Extra tarp or canopy
                                • Sleeping bag for each camper
                                • Sleeping pad for each camper
                                • Repair kit for pads, mattress, tent, tarp
                                • Pillows
                                • Extra blankets
                                • Chairs
                                • Headlamps or flashlights ( with extra batteries)
                                • Lantern
                                • Lantern fuel or batteries

                                2.  KITCHEN

                                • Stove
                                • Fuel for stove
                                • Matches or lighter
                                • Pot
                                • French press or portable coffee maker
                                • Corkscrew
                                • Roasting sticks for marshmallows, hot dogs
                                • Food-storage containers
                                • Trash bags
                                • Cooler
                                • Ice
                                • Water bottles
                                • Plates, bowls, forks, spoons, knives
                                • Cups, mugs
                                • Paring knife, spatula, cooking spoon
                                • Cutting board
                                • Foil
                                • soap
                                • Sponge, dishcloth, dishtowel
                                • Paper towels
                                • Extra bin for washing dishes

                                3. CLOTHES

                                • Clothes for daytime
                                • Sleepwear
                                • Swimsuits
                                • Rainwear
                                • Shoes: hiking/walking shoes, easy-on shoes, water shoes
                                • Extra layers for warmth
                                • Gloves
                                • Hats

                                4. PERSONAL ITEMS

                                • Sunscreen
                                • Insect repellent
                                • First-aid kit
                                • Prescription medications
                                • Toothbrush, toiletries
                                • Soap

                                5. OTHER ITEMS

                                • Camera
                                • Campsite reservation confirmation, phone number
                                • Maps, area information

                                This list is not completely exhaustive. To make things easier, you can check specialized camping sites like RealSimpleRainyAdventures, and LoveTheOutdoors that have downloadable camping checklists that you can download on your phone or gadget and check as you go.

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