While the idea of jetting off for a family Christmas may appeal, the logistics of travel over the Christmas season can take a little more planning than usual. After all, you don’t want to get stuck in masses of traffic on Christmas Eve as people rush home to see their families, do you?
Spending Christmas with your loved ones is one of the most special times available during the year. Congregating at one of your family member’s homes, huddled around a lovely log fire or playing games together gives you all an incredible chance to catch up on lost time and enjoy eachother’s company.
It’s not just the travel you have to think about, either. Packing your car with all the things you need is a logistical nightmare, too! When you’ve accounted for the clothes and essentials that you and your family will need for the duration of the stay, and you’ve packed the car with any gifts for the family members you’ll need (and of course, left space for your other half and the kids), there’ll be very little space for much else!
Heading abroad by plane for the festivities leaves you with even more limitations. You’ll only be allowed a certain amount of baggage and trying to stick within these restrictions when you have gifts to take can be impossible.
Rather than trying to figure out how to lug everything through customs, be sensible with what you take. Choose small presents for the family that can easily be packed without taking up much room and limit what you take for eachother.
The great thing about spending Christmas abroad is that, if you’re wise with what you take, you can almost have a second Christmas Day at home. Take a few choice gifts for your children rather than trying to fit their entire stash into a suitcase. Perhaps some books, computer games or some action figures would be good for older children or an interactive cuddly toy such as the Dance and Play Puppy from Fisher-price for little ones.
The rest of the gifts can remain at home until you return after the festivities. Make the most out of the time spent with your family overseas and make an effort to appreciate the local traditions. Spending the festive season abroad can be a joyous experience – just leave of the material things at home, waiting for your return!
Have you spent Christmas abroad?
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