Wednesday, August 12, 2020 Edition: U.S. & World | Regional

Why You Should Go Away for Christmas

Christmas is generally a time when people travel, but usually travelers head home for the holidays. While that is traditional, who says you have to stick to tradition, even for Christmas? Why not change things up and go away for Christmas? Christmas may seem a long time away, but you’ll want to start planning now, especially if you have to let family know that you’re going your own way this year. If you’re thinking about taking a trip this year, here are some reasons why you definitely should go away this Christmas.

Skip the Family Drama

Christmas is supposed to be a time for joy and peace, but all too often it becomes a time for stress and strife! If your family gatherings are anything but merry, it might be better to skip the reunion this time. Why put yourself through all that? Take some time to relax and recharge, miles away from all the crazy. Christmas is a great season to spend time with family, but it’s also a great season for spending time with yourself… on a beach somewhere… with a glass of wine in your hand.
Skip The Family Drama
Enjoy Time with Family

Of course, if you love spending time with your family – immediate or extended – you can still have a family Christmas and get away for the holidays! Lose the Christmas stress by spending time with your loved ones in a place where relaxation rules the day. Let the room service and restaurants take care of the details while you have fun with family! Keep yourself out of the kitchen, for once. You’ll never forget these getaway memories of Christmas far away from home.
Enjoy Time With Family
Save Money

Can you really save money by going on vacation? If it means skipping the shopping, the cookies, the wrapping paper, the electricity bill, and all that pizzazz, then the answer is yes! Christmas is expensive. If you can skip all the expenses entirely, you might find that you can take a vacation and still have money left over. It may not have worked in “Christmas with the Kranks,” but it should certainly work for you.
Save Money
Escape the Cold

If you live in a cold location, you’re probably over the whole “white Christmas” thing. Let’s face it: it’s cold, it’s wet, and it’s not fun at all. Christmas can come without snow, though. So why stick out another freezing cold Christmas when you could do somewhere warm? Florida is wonderful in December! So is Phoenix, Las Vegas, and the Caribbean. Go somewhere nice! It doesn’t have to be fancy, as long as it’s nice and sunny. Snowmen are overrated, anyway.
Escape The Cold
Get to the Cold

On the other end of the weather spectrum, those of you in hot locations surely would love to experience a white Christmas! Travel during Christmas is never particularly cheap, but going to a cold place in the cold season is usually fairly affordable. This may also be your perfect opportunity for a ski vacation! If every Christmas past has brought only blue skies and sunshine, your winter wonderland awaits somewhere nice and cold.
Get To The Cold
Make a Change

Traditions are wonderful, but you don’t have to stick to them in order to have a great Christmas. How many years’ worth of photos do you and your family have wearing the same hats in front of the same decorations? Yes, it’s the way you’ve always done it, but this year is a great time to take some new photos in new places! A family Christmas photo in front of a palm tree or the Eiffel Tower would certainly shake things up—in the best way possible.
Make A Change
You Won’t Have to Give (Or Get) Unwanted Gifts

Everyone has that one family member who already has everything. Or that niece that just can’t be pleased. Or that cousin who gives the strangest gifts—and asks about them later! Get away from all of that when you give yourself the gift of a getaway, or pitch in for a trip as a family in lieu of gifts. Put that Christmas spending money to good use, for once! The thrift stores may be emptier and the exchange lines shorter, but you and your family will have lovely memories, which are more valuable than any packages or bows.
You Won’t Have To Give (Or Get) Unwanted Gifts
Experiencing a Different Culture

Every culture has a unique way to experience Christmas! You can enjoy picturesque Christmas markets in Germany, sip Caribbean rums in Jamaica, or meet Santa in Ontario this year. Of course, you don’t have to travel to a new country or even a new state to take part in a new cultural celebration! Each town has its very own way of doing the holidays, so a trip just a few hours away can give you an entirely new experience. Maybe you can even pick up some new Christmas traditions along the way! You never know what food, fun, and music you might encounter—and fall in love with.
Experiencing A Different Culture
Places to Go

If these sound like good excuses to you, all you have to do is decide where to go! If you want to go somewhere warm, try going to Anguilla. This is a calm, sunny place to lay around on the beach. Or, go to San Diego, where you’ll find sunshine and sand. Mexico, Orlando, and even Australia are great Christmas destinations for sun worshippers! If you want to go somewhere cold, Aspen, Colorado is the ideal ski town. Or, head to British Columbia, the Netherlands, or Boston. There are many wonderful places to go! It’s all up to you.
Places To Go
Are you convinced yet? There are so many reasons why you should go away this Christmas! Think about it—this could be your best holiday decision ever! Make some new memories and new traditions this Christmas. You’ll be so glad you did!


  1. Charles
    September 16, 2017 - 3:44 am

    Awww! This piece got me! For the past years, we don’t compromise traveling home to celebrate the festive season, but taking a critical look at it, its becoming boring. Christmas is barely three months away, and I think we have to go away this time. It’ll save us the family stress and troubles, as well make us save more money.

  2. Yassine
    September 16, 2017 - 1:23 pm

    This is definitely not a traditional article, i would see it all depend on how the family spend Chrismas, and what’s represent to them, but anyway skipping one Christmas or two is not the end of the world right ?

  3. Kyle Francis
    September 18, 2017 - 8:14 am

    It’s funny. I tried to change my dad’s mind to celebrate Christmas away from home this year and he refused. Now I asked him to read your article and he has already changed his mind. Thank you very much man. BTW, where do you think we will have more fun? Bondi Beach or Miami Beach?

  4. Richard G.
    September 19, 2017 - 6:26 pm

    So true.I didn’t really consider spending Christmas somewhere else till a friend of mine made me go through this article. Definitely, am going away this Christmas.

  5. Lisa Peters
    September 20, 2017 - 9:34 am

    I love the article but when I did go away for Christmas last year, I was still expected to bring gifts back! There is no avoiding that with some people! I did enjoy it a lot though. My husband and I don’t have kids and just wanted it to be me and him. We spent 2 weeks in LA, just a casual vacation away from the snow we are so used to seeing every year in New York. We are very tempted to do it again but I think my brothers and sister may get a bit mad haha


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