The end of the year isn’t just a time for celebrating festivities like Christmas and the New Year. It’s also the time that many of you will try to clear off any leaves you have left. For families, this is the perfect time to go on a break together as it’s also the school holidays.

There’s a quote that has been getting really popular of late, “Fill your life with experiences, not things”. The end of year holidays is the perfect time to do just that. Here are some of the best experiences you can have this end of year season:

1. Take a Hot Air Balloon Ride Over Putrajaya

The best way to start your adventure is by appreciating the beauty of your own country. Now you can see the administrative capital of Putrajaya like you’ve never seen it before; from the sky. Enjoy breathtaking views of Putrajaya lake, Wawasan Bridge, Putra Mosque and the Palace of Justice from a hot air balloon. This trip starts in the morning before sunrise, and they’ll even provide pickup from your hotel and breakfast after the balloon ride.

Where do I start?
Viator is offering this experience starting from RM960.

travel experiences
Image credit: Viator

2. Get Christmassy at Gardens By The Bay, Singapore

Every Christmas, you’ll be able to see Gardens by the Bay decorated in different Christmas themes. It’s no different this year as you’ll be able to experience Singaporean creativity in the form of brightly lit trees and various interesting additions. They will make for awesome pictures that will light up your albums. A full day ticket grants you access from daytime until night, so you can take in the different aspects of this bayside garden.

Where do I start?
Buy your tickets to Gardens by the Bay at Klook starting at RM71 per adult

 Gardens by the Bay , Singapore travel experiences
Image credit: The 3B’s @ Flickr

3. Be Astounded By the Northern Lights

Also known as the Aurora Borealis, the Northern Lights are a natural phenomenon where lights or various colours are seen appearing as magical waves in the sky. The Northern Lights only happen during late autumn to winter, so you can only catch it between November to March. One of the countries you can see the Aurora Borealis in is Iceland. If you can find your way to Reykjavik, the capital of Iceland, you can take a half-day bus tour and see this amazing natural phenomenon with your own eyes.

Where do I start?
For only RM207, you’ll be able to book a tour on Klook to see the Aurora Borealis from any pick-up point in Reykjavik, Iceland.

northern lights travel experiences
Image credit: Pxhere

4. Experience Snow in South Korea

The end of the year also means that it’s winter in the Northern Hemisphere. One of the closest countries that you can travel to experience snow is South Korea. Book yourself a trip to Nami Island and the Elysian Ski Resort, where you can play with soft snow, take precious pictures and even go sledding. Both these locations are close to one another and about a one and a half hour’s journey from Seoul.

Where do I start?
Viator has a tour to both Nami Island and the Elysian Ski Resort starting at about RM500

Elysian ski resort, seoul
Image credit: Viator

5. See Mount Fuji Up Close

Winter is probably one of the best times to see Mount Fuji’s iconic snow-covered summit. The good news is, it’s reachable by bus from Tokyo and you can make a day trip there. Apart from viewing the mountain from a strategic location, you’ll also be treated to a cruise on nearby Lake Ashi.

Where do I start?
This day trip to Mount Fuji is available as a tour package on Viator for about RM490.

Lake Ashi cruise
Image credit: Viator

6. Go Island Hopping Off Phuket

If winter and snow just isn’t your thing, and you want sun, sea, and sand, you can hop on over to Phuket which is just a short flight away. The island of Phuket itself is surrounded by many tinier islands that are in pristine condition and great for a tropical holiday experience.

Where do I start?
Klook has an island-hopping package to Racha Yai and Coral island, which are some of the most stunning smaller islands surrounding Phuket, starting from RM102.

Coral island off Phuket
Image credit: Klook

The sooner you plan your trip, the more savings you’ll have. End the year with a bang and surprise yourself. Book your next adventure today — We promise you won’t regret it!

Check out our travel promo offers today. Shop Viator and Klook via ShopBack for bonus cashback!