Where are you travelling this festive season?

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1. Posted by AndyF (Moderator 1287 posts) 2w Star this if you like it!

For me the week between Christmas and New Year when the business world stops has always meant it's an ideal time to travel. Well, ideal in terms of not wasting those days off work, but less than ideal in terms of the climate at home or the prices due to travelling at peak season!

So I imagine a lot of us are going travelling soon? Tell us about your planned trip.

I'm off back to New Zealand and Hong Kong again. Both are old favourites I keep returning to, but I'm certain I'll find new things to see in both of them. In NZ I'm covering some new ground on the route from Queenstown to Oamaru to Mount Cook to Tekapo. I've not visited the Mackenzie country before apart from a one night stop at Lake Ohau fifteen years ago while passing through. After that I'm visiting some old favourites before having a couple of weeks in Auckland's North Shore staying with a pal and taking days out from there - which will be a different perspective as I've always treated Auckland as a gateway. Maybe you know the old gag from back-country NZ: "Any Aucklanders in tonight? Welcome to New Zealand!"

2. Posted by Kathrin_E (Travel Guru 365 posts) 2w Star this if you like it!

I would never even dream of travelling over Christmas - I'm probably too German for the mere idea;-) Christmas is a family holiday and spent with family, in my case at my parents' place, with all the traditions involved. Being stuck in a strange hotel room on Christmas Eve would feel like a nightmare to me.

3. Posted by Sander (Moderator 5296 posts) 2w Star this if you like it!

Quoting AndyF

In NZ I'm covering some new ground on the route from Queenstown to Oamaru to Mount Cook to Tekapo. I've not visited the Mackenzie country before apart from a one night stop at Lake Ohau fifteen years ago while passing through.

Lucky you! This'll be your first cup of hot chocolate at the Mt. John observatory cafe at Tekapo! (One hour up via the steeper forest trail, one and a half via the trail parallel to the lake shore, and then doubling back.)

Xmases with family tend to be a bit of a must, but we've done many NYEs abroad. Nothing planned yet for this year, but then, we're more than two weeks out still, so that's not saying anything yet. *g* (On the other hand, over the last few years we've moved to consciously trying to limit 'frivolous' plane flights (only taking the hit with environmental impact for 'significant' trips), so there's less chance of a spontaneous trip far abroad then there used to be. Maybe it's time for our habit of not planning far in advance, to catch up with that policy...)

4. Posted by Andrew Mack (Respected Member 517 posts) 2w Star this if you like it!

Quoting Kathrin_E

Christmas is a family holiday and spent with family, in my case at my parents' place, with all the traditions involved.
Being stuck in a strange hotel room on Christmas Eve would feel like a nightmare to me.

For me the real excitement of Xmas disappeared in my teens when I started seeing how fake the whole event was.
IMO It's an event for children to enjoy and adults to endure....

My best Xmas was in Munich, just my (now ex) wife and myself.
Away from the family (they're fine for a short time but more than a day becomes tiring).
Away from the fake traditions I've seen every year for far too many years...

Unfortunately family (and a few other things) are what's preventing me travelling this Christmas.

5. Posted by AndyF (Moderator 1287 posts) 2w Star this if you like it!

Luckily I've no kids or religion so I can opt out of the xmas festival of shopping.

Being willing to be travelling on xmas day has saved me a lot of money over the years. One time the Caribbean cruise was £400 cheaper, presumably because everyone wants to be at their destination in time for 25/12. So I spent my day eating a turkey dinner and watching tv, just like everyone else.

6. Posted by Old Man At (Budding Member 19 posts) 2w Star this if you like it!

I dont know yet. Maybe in India, Maleisia or Indonesia. All depends a bit on how soon I will be bored in India.

P.s. @Katheryn: don't mind the humbuggers ;) (sorry guys) cerebrally I can fully understand and accept the Christmas is commercial nonsense stuff, but an atmosphere of love and friendliness, spending time with family and loved ones... well I will take any excuse for that, if it happens to be Christmas, great!

[ Edit: Edited on 01-Dec-2018, at 09:46 by Old Man At ]

7. Posted by Cottonwood (Budding Member 58 posts) 2w Star this if you like it!

Taking a Holiday? During Christmas/New Years? While living and working in popular ski resort town? Are you kidding? I work more now than any time of the year. I do get Christmas day off only as a payed day off because the store I work at is closed that day. Last time I took a vacation during this time of the year, I was a teenager back in the 1980's going on a ski vacation to the place I know work for.

8. Posted by Kathrin_E (Travel Guru 365 posts) 2w Star this if you like it!

@ Old Man - don't worry, I don't. I know that the "Bah Humbug" folks feel so much 'cooler' than those who ike and enjoy Christmas ;-)

Let them be. To each their own, I'd say. Live and let live.

9. Posted by Borisborough (Moderator 1135 posts) 2w Star this if you like it!

I'm not a fan of Christmas for several reasons so we haven't had a Christmas at home for ten years or so.

It's summer in NZ so we get a long holiday from school - time to get away for seven weeks. This year It's Ethiopia, Djibouti, Hargeisa-Somaliland (the safer part of Somalia), Asmara-Eritrea, Khartoum-Sudan and then the Seychelles for a bit of RnR on the way back.

We'll unfortunately avoid Andyf - he flies in on the day we fly out and he'll be we'll gone by the time we get back. May be next time?

Enjoy your Christmas travels everyone, however far that might be.

10. Posted by greatgrandmaR (Travel Guru 839 posts) 2w Star this if you like it!

We started traveling on the holidays when my daughter-in-law invited us up to Pittsburgh for the US Thanksgiving. This would have been an 8 hour round trip. Since all my children were married and had children of their own, we just started traveling on the holidays. We went to Bermuda, Barbados and the Virgin Islands for the next three Thanksgivings. Like Christmas, I found that traveling on our Thanksgiving was much cheaper, The time between Thanksgiving (third Thursday in November) and about the middle of December is also cheaper so we often travel then.

My children and grandchildren are spread all across the US - Vermont, Connecticut, Maryland, Virginia, South Carolina, Florida and Texas. (Two of the grandchildren are in school in Rhode Island and Oklahoma, but I don't count them because they will be home for Christmas). So we would have to pick one to go to and since Bob doesn't like flying we would have to drive- that would be a nightmare.

If all of us were together at one time in one place there would be 29 of us. We do get together periodically - it just isn't at Christmas. We had a big gathering in June 2016 with all but 7 of us but there were 3 extras for a group of 25. There was a wedding in 2017 and another wedding in 2015. For our 50th anniversary in 2009 we managed to have all but 2 of us (the two from Vermont).

This Christmas we are doing a cruise from December 22nd to January 4th. A smaller ship (600 passengers) and going to four ports which we have never been to and one where we have not been in 20 years. We will see the Florida children/grandchildren and the ones in South Carolina on the way down and back. (I saw the Texas children/grandchildren in June, and some of the Maryland ones for Thanksgiving this year).

[ Edit: Edited on 01-Dec-2018, at 11:29 by greatgrandmaR ]