9 Places to Go to Leave the Holiday Madness Behind

Enjoy a low-key holiday season, or get away from the madness completely, in one of these 10 places
Coron, Busuanga Island, Philippines


An aerial view of Coron Bay on the north end of Busuanga Island, Philippines. 

The holiday season is upon us and the madness is in full swing. From Black Friday into the new year, you’ll find insane shopping lines due to sales and last-minute shoppers, unbearable traffic, and herds of people everywhere (especially if you live in a major city). Now, you don’t have to be a Scrooge to find these things bothersome at times — we all have reasons to be annoyed during the holiday season craziness. So it’s understandable that you’d want to escape the chaos during this period, if only for a few brief days.

9 Places to Leave Holiday Madness Behind


Figuring out what specifically you’re trying to escape from will help you to narrow down your selection of places. If you want to get away from the cold but still want some festivities, places like Belize or Cambodia are calling you for a winter escape; if you’re trying to avoid the holidays altogether, the remoteness of Nauru should do the trick.