Christmas in July 🎄🏝️

Happy Thursday Hidden Gem Travel community! It’s been super hot across the US and the pond over the past week or so. I hope you’re finding ways to stay cool.  

One way that may help is thinking about the cold December days now – Christmas/the holiday season in July. If you like to travel during the holidays, now is the time to book — don’t wait until the fall as prices will rise while availability shrinks. This recommendation also applies to winter 2024, peak season in the Caribbean.

I’m working with families dreaming of Caribbean escapes and wanting to learn about island options. I’m also planning small group celebrations for couples and friend groups looking for island fun. If you’re thinking the same, check out this collection of short videos for inspiration:…

There are many decision points when it comes to choosing a Caribbean Island vacation, and that’s where I come in to help you find the best match for your experience.

Island accommodation options range from 5-star resorts to relaxing villas with views. You will pay a premium during peak season but spending time with family is priceless. At some resorts (scroll down to see the group of hotel elite programs I belong to), you’ll get some really valuable exclusive amenities – Hyatt, Four Seasons, Fairmont, Rosewood, higher-end Marriott brands, and more. 

Looking for alternatives to sun and sand spots to get into the holiday spirit? Regular readers of this newsletter know I love Europe’s Christmas Markets, and river cruises are a fantastic option for families and couples alike. I’ll match you to the best countries and routes.

💎Hidden Gem Tip: If a trip to any of the incredible destinations is on your travel bucket list, let’s talk about the best itinerary for you.

Wishing you and your family happy travels,


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Hi, I'm Susan Wilson

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