Keeping up productivity during the holiday season can be a tall order for the remote worker. All of your colleagues seem to be impossible to get a hold of, the usual scenery is getting a little boring, and you suddenly have the itch to get away. Put plainly, remote work during the holidays can be tough.
Unfortunately not all of us can just drop everything and take a vacation. But you can take a little work retreat, spending the days working and the evenings exploring a new place, taking advantage of the holiday festivities.
Here are some of the top cities to squeeze in some remote work during the holidays.
New Orleans, Louisiana
If you think a visit to NOLA should be reserved for Mardi Gras, think again. Avoid the tourists there during peak season and go in December to experience a myriad of traditions. The Celebration of the Oaks features millions of lights covering the oak trees in City Park. And don’t skip out on the Reveillon dinners served nightly at restaurants across the city. They’re a modern spin on a customary Creole feast of oysters and veal after midnight mass on Christmas Eve. You can also head to the levees on the Mississippi to watch massive, creatively-built bonfires guide the way for Papa Noël.
San Diego, California
Despite the endless summer vibes of Southern California, San Diego sure knows how to put on a show for the holidays. There are endless parades (including one of boats covered in holiday decor) throughout the month of December to get you in the holiday spirit. And don’t forget to hit the beach!
If you’re looking for a frosty, big city escape, then Boston is for you. The New England snow alone is sure to put you in the holiday spirit. Boston hosts multiple light shows and holiday marketplaces, but make sure to have some indoor plans too, like the symphony or the Nutcracker, just in case it’s too chilly.
December is the perfect time to visit the southwest. It’s no longer blazing hot, and you might even get to see a dusting of snow on the red rocks of Verde Valley. Sedona is two hours from the Grand Canyon if a day trip strikes your fancy, but otherwise there are plenty of outdoor activities in Sedona’s Coconino National Forest. Or if you’re not the outdoorsy type, Sedona has an active arts scene and lots of Christmas light displays.
Careful with this one! It’s easy to get distracted by all that fresh powder at this Colorado ski town. Vail goes all out for the holidays, with horse-drawn carriage rides and fireworks in the mountains for New Year’s. Imagine cozying up by a ski lodge fire to get your work done, then heading outside to wander through the Kris Kringle Market.
Take a trip to the past in this historic city. The holidays in Savannah feature Charles Dickens-inspired walking tours of the city’s oldest homes and old town trolley tours. Don’t miss all the festivities on River Street, where arts and crafts vendors and concerts featuring local music can be found all month long, leading up to Savannah’s Lighted Christmas Parade.
Key West, Florida
Known for its coral reefs and snorkeling, Key West is still in full swing with summer activities come December. But there’s still plenty of holiday spirit on this island getaway, like the annual Holiday Classic Car Show. And who wouldn’t want to spend a December night on the beach watching one of Key West’s famous sunsets?
With a list like this you are sure to find the perfect spot to ride out the end of the year, wrap up projects and plan for the bright future to come.
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