Christmas. I automatically think of waking up in the morning to white frost, big Christmas dinners, warm cosy pyjamas, and most importantly, spending time with my family. For many of us, this is how we have spent Christmas for many years and will do in the future too.
However for me this year, and just like many other people, I will be spending Christmas away from home and my loved ones.. This year I’m spending Christmas in Brisbane, Australia, on the beach in 40 degree heat. Even though I’ll be staying with my family out there, I don’t think I will ever stop thinking about my family back home on Christmas Day.
This will be the first Christmas that I will be spending away from my immediate family, as much as I would of loved to book a flight home for Christmas, but it really wasn’t an option once I had looked into the prices at flights. So spending Christmas and new year in Brisbane was the next best option.
I’ve been thinking a lot about how I am going to make Christmas feel homely and I thought I would share my tips with you, if you are/will be spending Christmas away from home.
Don’t get me wrong, spending Christmas away from home, has a couple of downs, but it certainly has it ups too! Depending on where you travel too, you could be spending Christmas and New year in style if you can get pass the expensive prices to travel at this time of year! Everything seems to double or triple in price. Yes, it sucks to be away from your family and friends, but you can really experience how different cultures celebrate Christmas, and theres nothing wrong with making your friends and family a little bit jealous when your sat in the sun and they are back home in the freezing cold!
My 5 tips for spending Christmas away from home
One: Try to make plans so that your not alone:- Spending Christmas Day away from home can be difficult, especially if your spending the day alone. Try and find and meet up with friends or family so that you are still surrounded by people that you love. If you don’t have that option, try and spend your day with other solo travellers who are in the same boat as you. You could organise a meal or share a few beverages with them!
Two: Find some of your home comforts:- I am the sort of person that travels to a country and will only embrace their culture, eat their foods and stay away from typical English cultural traditions as much as I can, however I think during the festive season, it’s acceptable to hunt down an English pub for a proper roast, or find some home treats in the supermarket.. I found Walkers Shortbread in my local supermarket last week and that made me very happy!!
Three: Make sure you can call home:- Travelling away from home is so much easier nowadays because all you need to do is pick up the phone. You can talk to anyone that is anywhere in the world whenever you want too. Find either a cafe or a hotel that offers wifi and sort out a date/time that you can either FaceTime or Skype your family back home.
Four: Treat yourself:- If your spending Christmas alone this year, your probably not feeling very festive at the minute. More than likely you might be dreading the big day. So why not give yourself something to look forward too; book yourself a few nights in a posh hotel, buy yourself a present that you have always wanted, or treat yourself to a nice meal!
Five: Make sure you do something that you will enjoy:- Even if your not with your nearest and dearest, I still think it’s so important to enjoy the festive period and make memories that will last forever. Not many people can say that they have been abroad for Christmas, so embrace the opportunity you have and have fun!
Have you ever spent Christmas away from home? What are your tips?