What's it like to leave behind your own beloved traditions (including that delicious home-cooked family dinner) to celebrate the holidays in a brand-new place? That's the question we asked the staff of IndependentTraveler.com and its sister sites, Cruise Critic and Family Vacation Critic. In response, we received stories of exploring Christmas markets in Vienna, watching New Year's Eve fireworks in Quebec City and sharing a Seder in New Zealand.
In the following gallery, you'll discover what IndependentTraveler.com staffers loved -- and hated -- about traveling in a foreign place over the holidays. Click on any image to the left to start the slideshow.
--written by Sarah Schlichter