There are plenty of reasons for festive cheer in the UK, whether you’re a fan of mince pies, carols or decorating your home with an array of twinkling lights. But for some of us, the season comes around all too soon, and leaves us struggling to be jolly.
To solve this dilemma, more and more Brits are heading to sunnier climes to enjoy an alternative Christmas – you don’t have to stay stuck on home soil.
Here are five reasons you might want to consider heading abroad to enjoy the festivities:
Grey, cold weather anyone? Thought not. And while we might hope for snow, let’s face it – if this does appear, it’s unlikely to be around Christmas Day, transport grinds to a halt, and unless you’re a young family, it’s not all about building snowmen. Summer holidays are great, but winter sunshine is even better.
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2. Avoiding awkward family situations
While it may be lovely to catch up with family, there are probably a few people you’d rather not be forced to see over the festive period.
Alternatively, it can be a particularly difficult time for those who’ve lost family or loved ones. Going away may prove the perfect break to celebrate in different surroundings and create fresh memories.
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3. Better value
The winter period is considered off peak, depending on the destination – so play around with dates over Christmas and you could snap up a bargain. You may find there are various deals that you would never be able to get over typical holiday periods, with Christmas dinner wrapped into the deal.
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4. Do something different
Christmas tends to elicit feelings of déjà vu. The party season, present buying, Christmas jingles that start playing in the shops earlier each year, and push to see as many friends and family as possible. It may be fun, but also stressful. So why not get away, avoid the pressures, and do something different? You’ll probably feel far more refreshed to kick start another year than you would remaining at home.
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5. Avoid crowds and packed transport
You know the feeling – it’s Christmas Eve, and you try to hit the road or get on a train to head home to family, but find yourself stuck. Delays, over-packed carriages, and stressed people. Or you want to do some last-minute Christmas shopping but the high street is swarming with people. It’s a crazy time of year, and heading to a destination where crowds are few and everyone truly has some cheer can be a blessed relief.
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