With Christmas right around the corner, if a vacation is part of your holiday plans or is an actual holiday gift, this list might be just the ticket. Head to one of these shoppers' paradises to do your holiday shopping and get in a little retail therapy at the same time...
Dubai -- Deemed one of the Middle East's most lavish places to shop, Dubai has its fair share of malls and boutique havens. Choose from hand-made arts and crafts like sheeshas (water pipes) at Al Karama, where bustling markets reel in consumers who know how to haggle. Not in the mood? Pick up designer duds like YSL, Gucci, Prada and Louis Vuitton at the higher end spots. Search and compare cheap flights to Dubai.
New York City -- Among many other reasons, New York makes the list for its lengthy list of diverse shopping genres. In one day go from discovering vintage fabrics and one-of-a-kind pieces in NoLita and SoHo to browsing the high-priced designer fashion of Bloomingdales, Saks Fifth Avenue and Tiffany & Co. Find killer knock-offs along Canal Street but, for a more authentic (albeit pricey) experience, check out the original artwork for sale in Chelsea. Search and compare cheap flights to New York.
Paris -- For those who love labels, there is no place like Paris. The ongoing debate on which is better -- the food or the fashion -- keeps travelers coming back for more. Find international haute-couture labels along rue du Faubourg St-Honoré and avenue Montaigne in the 8th arrondissement, or check out the Galeries Lafayette and Printemps, which are next to each other on Boulevard Haussmann in the 9th. Looking for something a little more bohemian? Head to the maze of boutiques in Le Marais. Search and compare cheap flights to Paris.
Hong Kong -- From cutting-edge technology to designer boutiques and mega malls, Hong Kong is a serious player in the game of retail. Popular artists like Vivienne Tam, William Tang and Walter Ma fill enormous malls, and the streets of Li Yuen East and West offer street vendors selling porcelain vases, silk garments and Chinese artworks at Stanley Market. Stroll through the Jade Market in Yau Ma Tai for traditional jewelry that represents good health and fortune. Search and compare cheap flights to Hong Kong.
Salzburg -- For shoppers who celebrate Christmas and want an old-world spin on their season's preparation, head to a market that sells everything from roasted almonds to nativity sets. Travel to Salzburg for the Christkindelmärkt, which opens five weeks before Christmas. Enjoy hot chestnuts, mulled wine, gingerbread hearts and other specialties while you meander through the stalls of Dom and Residenz Squares. It's not a red carpet event, but it certainly works for getting in the festive spirit. Search and compare cheap flights to Salzburg.