Don’t be a couch potato: have an all-action Christmas.
TrekAmerica (0844 576 1405; www.trekamerica.co.uk) still have a few places left on their 10-day active Christmas break, which includes hiking in the national parks, horse riding and mountain biking, reports the Telegraph. You leave the UK on December 24 and spend Christmas Day at the Grand Canyon, then travel to Arizona, Utah and Nevada. Spend New Year's Eve celebrating in the company of others in Las Vegas. The price starts at £1,099 including transfers and accommodation in lodges and a ranch, and an accompanying tour leader. International flights are not included.
Alternatively Exodus (0845 287 7415; www.exodus.co.uk) is organizing a trekking in Nepal holiday, which is actually a strenuous and challenging 18-night trek to the Everest base camp. The trip allows time for acclimatisation before reaching the camp on the Khumbu Glacier where you can enjoy views of the world's highest mountain. On route, you will stay in remote lodges and pass through a number of small villages before ascending to Namche Bazaar. The trek also takes in the stunning monastery at Thyangboche. The cost is £1,869, which includes flights, accommodation and some meals. If you have no ties, there’s a departure on December 12 specifically for single travellers.