6. Bondi Beach, Australia
Bondi is the contrast of northern-hemisphere Christmas cliches: sun, sand and surf replace snow and fairy lights. December end, the beach acts as a magnet for backpackers a long way from home, who rejoice alongside other “Christmas orphans.” Bands and DJs rock the Gazebo, everyone checks out everyone else, and a festive atmosphere predominate. You have to take out items you may not ordinarily take to Christmas dinner: swimsuit, sunscreen, sunhat.