Christmas is not my favourite time of the year. Blasphemy, I know, but I’m really not a fan. The minute October ends, Christmas immediately begins and doesnt seem to end until it hits New Years Eve, and even then you’ll find decorations or Christmas themed food popping up all over the place. My usual indication that Christmas is approximately 50 days away is the sudden change in decorations in Starbucks or Costa. Black bats are swapped for red baubles, everywhere.
Let’s be clear: I’m not trying to rain on anyones parade. You enjoy Christmas? Cool. Want to decorate every inch possible in sparkly, itchy tinsel? Go for it. But personally, I’d rather hibernate through the entire Christmas season- or go have an adventure. I’ll admit I haven’t had the chance to travel around Christmas before, but after researching it, I’ve found at least 5 reasons that are really pushing me to escape the carol singers this year.
1. Flights can be cheaper around Christmas!
Although I can’t give you a definite answer as it does depend on which airline you use, flights can be cheaper around the Christmas holiday. Its not commmonly advised to travel on Christmas day, however according to The Telegraph, the 23rd of December or the 30th of December tend to be the best days to fly out of the UK. Obviously it is best if you book your flights in advance: the further away your holiday is, the cheaper it is. So if you’re like me and want to fly away next Christmas- start booking about March or May; or at least a few months in advance!
2. Swap out the snow for sunny skies… or go full Winter Wonderland.
The cold is not one of my festive highlights. Instead of shivering your way around the house, why not spend it toasting on a beach? According to the MET Office, some of the hottest places to be in December are Melbourne or Barbados (and many more), with temperatures circulating 25 to 30 degrees and several hours of blissful sunshine. On the other hand, if the odd snowflake isnt your cup of tea, then why not go someone colder? Finland and Iceland both often fall to -10 degrees throughout December.
3. Bored of the Christmas routine? Find a new one in a new culture! Make travelling a new ‘festive’ tradition.
Sometimes it can be boring to keep going round to the same house every year, eating the same food and fake smiling at another pair of socks. Have you ever wondered how different cultures celebrate Christmas? Some weird and unusual traditions include the Gävle Goat in Sweden (a massive ‘statue’ of a goat is build to celebrate the Advent, with locals trying to burn it down every year), or the Giant Lantern Festival in the Philippines (a competition between villages to build the most elaborate and extravagant lantern possible).
4. If you have family members or frieds abroad, why no go visit them for a change?
Taking the time to see your family members that you don’t see very often, could really make their day. Christmas is supposed to be a family time to begin with, so if you have family and friends who live a while away, it may be a nice change of scenery for you and them.
5. Go the Grinch way: travel to a country that doesnt celebrate christmas.
If you want to skip out Christmas all together, then I have only one solution for you: travel somewhere where the holiday doesn’t really exist. Russia, Turkey, China, Egypt and Morocco (to name a few) don’t commemorate Christmas. The usual reasons for this due to religion. A lot of these countries either don’t celebrate Christmas in their own religion (if you are muslim, for example) or have replaced the holiday with another one, which either takes place around the same sort of time or on another day completely. Christmas can just be another ordinary day!
I don’t know about you, but all of these reasons seem like great excuses to skip this holiday season to me. Will you travel somewhere new this Christmas? Start a new tradition? Let me know down in the commments below! 😀
Disclaimer: I’m not the best photographer (yet!), but I’m hoping that with the following Tea-Stained Photo Journals (TSPJ) I can practice my skills in both photography and editing so that I can eventually look back on such blog posts to see my improvements over time. For now, I hope you enjoy spontaneous pictures!
(All pictures are taken with Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge, and edited with the free version of Adobe Photoshop Express.)
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