The Top 5 Places You Need to Visit During the Holidays

The holidays are traditionally the time of year when most people spend time with family. But instead of packing everyone in the SUV on a road trip to grandma’s house next year, consider these 5 great holiday travel destinations instead:

1. Key West, FL

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Escape the cold December weather and head to Key West, there’s plenty of holiday fun to be had! Be sure to check out the annual lighted boat parade, the Holly Jolly Trolley or catch a performance of The Nutcracker!

 

2. New York, New York

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Kevin had the right idea in Home Alone 2. Staying at The Plaza. Seeing the holiday tree at Rockefeller Center. Taking in some holiday music at Carnegie Hall. New York is the perfect place to get in the holiday spirit!

3. Puerto Rico

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Another trip for the cold adverse traveler. Be warned though, Puerto Rico really knows how to celebrate; holiday festivities in Puerto Rico start in late November and can continue until mid-January!

4. Nuremburg, Germany

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What better place to visit than the home of the original Christkindlmarkt? You can get lost in all the market has to offer for days!

5. Chicago

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We may be biased because Percipia is located in Chicago, but The Windy City is our favorite place to spend the holidays! There’s plenty of indoor and outdoor ice skating rinks, The Joffrey Ballet’s performance of The Nutcracker, ZooLights at the Lincoln Park Zoo, and America’s very own Christkindlmarkt. (Check out our blog post on Chicago’s Christkindlmarkt here)

Top 5 gifts for travelers

Looking for the perfect gift for the traveler in your family? Here’s five great ideas sure to make any wanderlust person’s list!

1. Under-the-jack pack

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Chances are if you are traveling, especially for work, you’ll be bringing a laptop with you. Instead of having to carry it around in a bag, Betabrand’s ultra slim under-the-jack pack lets you carry your laptop under your jacket. Check it out here. Speaking of laptops…

2. MacBook Air

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The MacBook Air is one of the best laptops around for travelers. It’s slim, powerful and durable, perfect for carrying across the globe.

3. Battery cases

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Another great option: battery cases. The last you want while traveling is a dead phone. A good battery case, like the ones from Mophie, can increase your phone’s battery life by up to 100%.

4. Luggage

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When traveling, you want to invest in quality luggage. Herschel Supply has that and then some. Definitely check out their cool, portable duffles if you want to up your carry-on game. You’d be surprised how much can fit in there.

5. Outlet converters

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If your traveler spends a lot of time out of country, an outlet converter is a perfect stocking stuffer for them. It allows you to plug into almost any foreign wall. Check them out here.

Christkindlmarket

One of the best things about December in Chicago is going to the Christkindlmarket.

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Christkindlmarket is an annual Christmas market held in Daley Plaza every year around the holidays.

The market features all kinds of Christmas-themed vendors and attractions, from baked goods to holiday ornaments and dance groups to bass brands…and of course, Santa!

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Christkindmarket is inspired by Christkindlesmarkt, a German holiday market dating back to the 1500s!

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Christkindlmarket first came to Chicago in 1996, thanks to the German American Chamber of Commerce of the Midwest.

Now in its 19th year, the market brings in more than a million people annually!

 

There’s still plenty of time to check Christkindlmarket out! It runs until Dec. 24. For more information, check out it’s website here.

St. Patrick’s Day 2015

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In the 1600s, the Catholic Church created St. Patrick’s Day to commemorate the arrival of Christianity in Ireland. St. Patrick’s Day has become the world’s most celebrated holiday. In Chicago it’s a holiday when the Irish taverns are packed, crowds jam the city streets and the Chicago River sparkles brilliant shades of emerald green. Spectators come from all over the world to celebrate this grand Irish tradition.

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Dyeing the Chicago River:

Scheduled for 9:15 am, Saturday March 14, 2015 the dyeing can be best viewed from the East side of the Michigan Avenue bridge, the West side of the Columbus Drive bridge or upper and lower Wacker Drive between Michigan Avenue and Columbus Drive.

Parade:

Step off at noon, Saturday March 14, 2015. The Parade route begins on the corner of Columbus Drive and Balbo then continues North to Monroe.

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 Please let us know if you are attending this years festivities! Tweet @Percipia1

Labor Day Weekend 2014

Many of us will travel this Labor Day weekend; I know I will. So that’s why I am not going to drag this article on with statistical facts and statements about the holiday and the people traveling. I did find a great fact sheet from AAA that I wanted to share, just so you travelers know what you’re getting yourself into. 

Around 34.7 million Americans will travel 50 miles or more on Labor Day weekend. This is the highest volume for the holiday since 2008 and a 1.3 percent increase over 2013. Nearly 86 percent of travelers (29.7 million) will celebrate the holiday with a final road trip before summer comes to a close.

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Have a safe and fun weekend from PERCIPIA!