Whether you're flying to see your friends and family or travelling to a foreign country for an enchanting Christmas break, these seven tour tips will assist you in making the most of your merry vacation.
1. Plan In Advance
You can have a more carefree and considerably economical Christmas weekend if you organise and reserve your transport well in advance. Look out for more affordable rail services over the celebratory period and book as early as you can to guarantee you get the train you want. Reserve air travel as soon as possible too to evade price hikes. Enable additional time for driving, especially on the weekend ere Christmas! Because it is one of those times when tens of thousands of people use roadways to travel to their homeland.
2. Embrace Local Traditions
If you're flying overseas for Christmas, partake in local fiestas whenever you can. Christmas in Europe means candlelight, delicious Christmas bread, and nativity puppets; and in Asia, it is all about sweets and street parties. If you're travelling to the southern realm of the planet, December falls during summer - so Christmas day is often considered down under with Aussie lifestyle! Do some research about Christmas celebrations at your destination before you start, so you know what to expect, and do in the foreign country.
3. Bring Some Festive Items From Home
If you're touring with kids, it can be an excellent idea to bring a few celebratory things from home, so Christmas day doesn't seem too foreign. You can pack a Santa Claus costume that you can use to surprise your children and leave gifts by, and bring a traditional Christmas pudding in your baggage. If you're bringing Christmas cookies and crackers on a flight, ensure they go in your main luggage, or they won't get through security!
4. Shop Like Santa
Christmas markets are a spectacular festive bounty in many cities in December - whether you're in Europe, South America or Asia you are treated with a bunch of stalls retailing hand-crafted goodies and yummy offerings. Christmas purchasing feels like a pleasure rather than a mundane chore in a fascinating open-air market - particularly when there's an abundance of mulled wine to escape the wind chill! If you're heading to a shopping mecca such as Dubai or New York, look out for discounts at pre-Christmas sales events.
5. Pack Gifts With Caution
If you're taking gifts with you when you are flying, be watchful of customs and import laws in the travelling country and be mindful not to surpass your allowance if going outside India. Customs administrators may want to inspect your baggage, so don't cover gifts before you pack them. Blanket glass bottles and other fragile items in a sweater, so you can prevent your gifts from being damaged before it arrives at the travelling destination.
6. Safeguard Your Home
If you're going elsewhere for a long weekend during Christmas, check on your gas regulator and switches; these are simple chores. However, the havoc it can cause is beyond repairable. If you're travelling for longer than a couple of days, it might be an excellent thought to drop your house keys with a trusted acquaintance so they can check on your home from time to time - when you're gone! Ensure they know how to use the valve in case of crisis!
7. Go Where The Snow Is
Christmas time on the snow-hills is a real gift for snow lovers, so if you're thinking a fun-snow break in December take a look at snow forecast to discover where all the best snow activity is to be found this Christmas period. Kulu and Manali currently seem like good pick this 2019 - don't forget to carry your Santa-themed ski hat!