1.ANTARTICA – Go watch the penguins in the Antarctic summer: you’ll see million-strong rookeries of penguins laying their eggs, as well as seals, whales and walrus.

2.TURKEY – It’s certainly cold in Turkey at this time, but also dramatic, with good possibilities of snow in Istanbul and Cappadocia, and most important, the Whirling Dervish Festival in Konya, where the famed Sufi artistes try to attain the higher state.

3.MALAYSIA – Malaysia hosts its annual shopping festival, the Year –end Sale. Stores throughout the country will offer great discounts and promotions.

4.NORTHERN EUROPE – Come winter, northern Europe is covered in Christmas markets – from Copenhagen to Birmingham. Head to Cologne, Munich and well, most of Germany, Prague, Vienna and Tallinn in Estonia are for big ones.