These Christmas and travel related images that will inspire you to take a trip somewhere this festive season. Picture: Instagram.

Christmas is a few days away, and many people are already enjoying the festive season all over the world. IOL Travel found some cool Christmas and travel related images that will inspire you to take a trip somewhere this festive season.

Christmas cheer in London



The famous Carnaby Street, a shopping street in Soho in the City of Westminster, Central London, is one of the most iconic places for shoppers this season. With a kaleidoscope of colour, the street is decorated with bright lights and all things Christmas. 

@liilaaleena posted the snap on Instagram. It shows hundreds of shoppers casually walking the street. Now, don’t we all wish we can scroll through this busy street, while indulging in some London sightseeing.


France Christmas cheer


Imagine driving pass the Hôtel de Ville in Paris, France, and seeing its brightly coloured lights and the view of some of the most gorgeous Christmas trees. Instagram user, @hlneeng posted a night shot of the iconic France monument. 

Hôtel de Ville is the building that houses the city's local administration. Standing on the place de l'Hôtel-de-Ville in the 4th arrondissement, it has been the headquarters of the municipality of Paris since 1357.

Fun in Finland

Are throwbacks still acceptable if they’re on a Tuesday? 🤷🏼‍♀️ ::::: Given that there is only one week left to completely bask in all that is Christmas, and since I’ve received so much positive feedback surrounding my current Christmas insta grid, I thought I’d share with you this guy from my trip to the Arctic circle last Christmas 🦌🤶🏼 ::::: A destination not so commonly known to North Americans (to my understanding), I first heard of “Lapland” only last year, when I moved to Eastern Europe to begin my Masters ❄️🌲 :::::: Now, I’ll let you use your imagination to envision what I may have first thought “Lapland” was (🤔😅), but let me tell you — a magical winter fairytale land was not what I was expecting! 🙈 ::::: Exploring Finnish Lapland and venturing around the arctic circle was one of the coolest things I did this last year during my studies abroad! ✨ ::::: Visiting the ‘real’ home of Santa Clause, snowmobiling and skiing through one of the most beautiful landscapes I’ve seen, and ending my days with a traditional Finnish log cabin sauna and a cup of hot cocoa by the fire — it was the ultimate pre-Christmas experience!🎅🏼 ::::: Have you ever been to Lapland? If not, would you ever book a winter holiday to the Arctic?❄️🎄

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What’s Christmas without reindeers? This shot by @lilyslensonlife showcases the beauty of Savukoski, located in the province of Lapland, Finland. The user posted on the experience: “Exploring Finnish Lapland and venturing around the arctic circle was one of the coolest things I did this last year during my studies abroad!

“Visiting the ‘real’ home of Santa Clause, snowmobiling and skiing through one of the most beautiful landscapes I’ve seen, and ending my days with a traditional Finnish log cabin sauna and a cup of hot cocoa by the fire — it was the ultimate pre-Christmas experience.” (sic)

We agree, that is what a true Christmas experience should be.