Traveling during major Holiday times.........

Travel Forums General Talk Traveling during major Holiday times.........

1. Posted by Cottonwood (Budding Member 113 posts) 1w Star this if you like it!

Here in the USA, we are approaching our Thanksgiving Holiday which is a big holiday weekend for us.......but when you add in Christmas/Hanuka, New Years eve, Easter, other internationally known Holiday's...........or even the local holiday's of other foreign countries......Do you travel then or avoid traveling during that time?

My parents made a point to take me to New York City one Christmas to see Rockefeller Center ice rink and tree/decorations back in like 1987 I think it was.
I also just so happen to visit Norway during May and experience their independence day and same thing for Guernsey Island in the Channel Islands. It wasn't planned, just worked out and it was a fun event as part of the trip.

How about you?

2. Posted by leics2 (Travel Guru 1028 posts) 1w Star this if you like it!

Guernsey doesn't have an 'independence day'. I think you must mean 'Liberation Day', which remembers and celebrates the island's liberation from Nazi occupation in 1945...not at all the same as 'independence'.

I generally avoid travelling in the UK (other than to stay with family) in the UK or Europe over Christmas or New Year because the holiday fortnight is high season and the cost of flights & hotels reflects that.

I usually avoid travelling on other UK bank (public) holidays because public transport is always greatly reduced, traffic is very often dreadful and 'attractive' places e.g. seaside, historical cities, national parks etc have the same sort of high season price hike.

I don't usually worry about public holidays in other European countries though I avoid Rome over the Easter long weekend because it is always very, very crowded.

[ Edit: Edited on 25-Nov-2019, 20:24 GMT by leics2 ]

3. Posted by Cottonwood (Budding Member 113 posts) 1w Star this if you like it!

[quote=leics2]Guernsey doesn't have an 'independence day'. I think you must mean 'Liberation Day', which remembers and celebrates the island's liberation from Nazi occupation in 1945...not at all the same as 'independence'.

Your right, I should have said that about the Channel Islands. It still was a fun night in St Peter's Port that night with the fireworks, food fairs and local beer every where. I had friends there that I was visiting and they said, as long as your in Europe, visit us that weekend, more exciting things to do then.

4. Posted by leics2 (Travel Guru 1028 posts) 1w Star this if you like it!

Guernsey has beautiful landscapes, excellent walking and some stunning prehistoric sites..but I wouldn't want to revisit for Liberation Day: too many people. I prefer to visit places out of season anyway. :-)

5. Posted by Beausoleil (Travel Guru 1290 posts) 1w Star this if you like it!

We specifically avoid our local holidays because traffic is so bad. We have traditional fun at home and leave the car in the garage.

We do often go to France in May and there are something like 5 holidays during May. There are some closings but that is made up for by extra activities in many places. We've also been in France for their FĂȘte nationale on July 14th and we try to arrive wherever we'll be staying a day ahead so we don't need to drive on the holiday. There are always lots of parties and fireworks so that is great fun. We've gone to Christmas Festivals in France and love those but have never actually gone on Christmas Day. We like to be home on Christmas.

I guess it's okay to "be" someplace on a holiday, but we don't want to "go" someplace on a holiday. On the other hand, Christmas and Thanksgiving are great travel days if you're flying because most people have already gotten to their destination and the airports are nearly empty.

We always look forward to Patrimony Days in France when you can get into most museums free. Not so excited about Nuit Blanche unless we check ahead to see where the music is that we like. We were routed from our hotel room once in Paris when a very loud rock groups set up across the street. We walked to nearby Place St. Sulpice and instead watched a really fun school group perform for mostly parents and relatives. They even put us to work carrying chairs and holding doors. We had a great time. A bonus was a teacher who also performed and was an exceptional musician.

6. Posted by greatgrandmaR (Travel Guru 1330 posts) 1w Star this if you like it!

We traveled to the Virgin Islands for Thanksgiving and the planes were empty. When I traveled places at Thanksgiving I had to make the reservations early and come back the Tuesday after or there were no seats. I don't think I've traveled for Xmas other than driving 100 miles or so.

We were in Barbados on their Independence Day and it was fun. Spring break is not so much fun - the same for Bike Week in Daytona.