It's always the big question around this time of year: yea or nay to traveling over the holidays? And, we're not talking "let's drive down the road to see Grandma" traveling; we're talking "let's pack our bags and get the heck out of here" traveling.
There are definitely pros and cons to traveling during the holiday season.
Flights can be expensive
Because many people head home for the holidays, trying to book flights this time of year can make you want to rip your hair out. But, if you decide to go really far away and perhaps travel ON the holiday instead of around it, you still can find some deals.
It can be crowded
Want to go somewhere really popular? Say... New York or Sydney for New Year's? Well, then be aware that you will not be the only one with this brilliant plan. While a lot of people travel to see family during the holidays, others plan trips abroad, too, since kids are off school and parents are often not working.
Your relatives might not be happy with you
If your family goes all-out on get-togethers and outings this time of year, they might not be excited to learn that you'll be skipping out. But, don't sweat it - these holiday gatherings happen every year, after all.
It's a change of pace
Let's face it: even the most exciting holiday family traditions get old after years and years of going through the motions. Going away during this time of year can sometimes offer a much-needed change of pace, perhaps a respite from tired traditions, and the chance to make completely new and unforgettable holiday memories that will stand out for years to come.
The holidays aren't just a festive time of year here in the States. No matter where you go, the holiday atmosphere will still be there - it might just be in another language. Perhaps head over to Europe for the famous Christmas markets and mulled wine?
A different climate can be unique
Instead of a snowy Christmas, why not a sandy one? Plan a vacation to Hawaii or Australia, and spend your holiday getting a tan instead of bundling up in scarves and mittens. Heading to a different climate can be fun this time of year - both to escape the cold, AND to have an exceptionally different and memorable holiday.
What do you think? Do the pros outweigh the cons? Would you travel during the holidays?
Graduate student by day and avid traveler and blogger by night (and on weekends and during holidays), Amanda is just a small-town Ohio girl trying to balance a "normal" life with a desire to discover the world beyond her Midwest bubble. Amanda's adventurous nature and inability to say "no" have led her to some pretty amazing adventures all around the world. But she has no desire to stop exploring anytime soon. Read Amanda's blog, A Dangerous Business, or follow her on Facebook, Twitter or Google Plus.
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