With trips to Mexico, St. Lucia, and Hawaii coming up before December, we’re starting to think about the holidays. Should we go big or stay home this year? Since I started writing a few sponsored posts for Contiki, I haven’t been able to get off of their site or get a few destinations out of my mind. It’s become a starting board for me; a place where dreams begin and the wheels start turning for new adventures. Thailand has moved up on my list as well as Australia. Darren only has so much vacation time; maybe we should utilize it for a Asian or Australian vacation. Do we need to be in our home to enjoy the holidays? Let’s weigh the options.
If we stay home for the holidays, we can decorate and make it feel truly festive with lights, a tree, and stockings hung by the chimney with care. Oh wait; we don’t have a chimney, but we do have an abundance of decorations for our house in Charlotte that would make our place in California look like a National Lampoon’s Christmas. We could save the excessive amount of money it would cost us to fly during the holidays and the stress of planning a vacation. We could avoid taking extra vacation days and save them for a cheaper, easier time of year. We could make a traditional Christmas dinner and invite our good friends to share it with us. Doesn’t that all sound like a reasonable, good plan?
I don’t know if Darren and I, and even Athena for that matter, are very good at taking the reasonable, good route. We live for the extremes and the hustle and bustle of the holiday season is more our pace. Besides, there are tons of ways to spice up the holidays while traveling.
Maybe we could spend the holidays and New Years in Thailand and cross that long-standing item off our our lists. Rather than turkey dinner and stockings, we could find cheap Thai food at a market or visit age-old temples and ruins rather than practice age-old traditions like putting up a tree. Affordable massages and spas sound like refreshing Christmas gifts and add to the experience gift rather than the norm and we could trade in a Christmas tree for an entire Thai forest.
Getting friendly with koalas and kangaroos in Australia sounds like an equally appealing option as well. The average temperature in Sydney, Australia in December is 25 degrees Celsius, which sounds just about perfect for the famous Manly Beach. Rather than decking the halls with boughs of holly we could be decking the beach with towels and scuba gear. I’m up for a white sandy holiday; how about you?
We’re always excited when planning a visit to a new country and the possibilities are endless for unique experiences when traveling during the holidays. Stepping off the plane onto new soil, for us, is a natural high and the best gift the holiday season could bring.
We’re establishing routines and traditions of our own as a family. Maybe it’s time to break away from the traditional holidays and start something that is more suited to our family and our lifestyle. What do you think? Will you be spending the holidays and New Years at home or somewhere else?
***This post is sponsored by Contiki, but all thoughts, ideas, and beliefs are my own.