Christmas is a joyous time of year, but many Europeans do not travel internationally during this time.
Traditionally, this is a time when home and hearth dominate the world. It’s a way to get away from “normal” life by spending time with family and eating good food in whatever form it takes. However, for some, the quiet days between December 25 and New Year’s Eve are the ideal time to indulge their wanderlust. As I will be spend Christmas abroad this year for the first time as a Brit living in Australia, I sought advice from online communities of digital nomads, ex-pats, and travelers.
The following are their thoughts and suggestions for handling Christmas’s precious, exhausting, magical, and frustrating glitter ball.
Is it better to stick with the old ways or try something new?
This seems to be the most important question for those who are used to celebrating Christmas at home. Of course, there is no right answer; however, there are numerous experiences.
Nina Clapperton, a full-time digital nomad from Toronto, has spent the last five spend Christmas abroad alone, whenever possible, outside of the United States.
She asserts, “I find it best to fully enter the culture you’re in.” I held a fish fry on the beach while I was in New Zealand. I went to three Christmas markets in a single day in Germany.
The 27-year-old blogger still enjoys FaceTime participation at family gatherings. In order for her to appear in the photo of the grandchildren, her family attached a Santa hat to the iPad.
Christmas is simply too much for me. Nina adds, “There is a lot of pressure at big family events.”
Even the idea of “have to” in traditions makes me feel a little confined. It’s been great to be able to change it up every year, not have any expectations, and let myself do what I want rather than what others want. I finally relish Christmas once more!
Summer Rylander, a movement essayist living in Nuremberg, is another continuous merry flyer. She has been streaming off with her significant other around 23-25 December consistently beginning around 2017.
Summer responds, “As far as traditions go, I say embrace the unconventional.” If you’re going to spend the entire vacation trying to feel like you’re back home, what’s the point of going somewhere else? Take pleasure in trying something new!
Another travel journalist, Portia Jones, has previously celebrated spend Christmas abroad, where she “embraced the weirdness of Christmas on the beach eating a turkey sandwich.”
This summarizes the approach taken by many vacationers: not wanting to detract from the adventure, but not wanting to completely miss Christmas.
On vacation, how can you keep the Christmas spirit alive?
Most ex-pats wanted to keep the more conventional trimmings. Since Lin De Leeuwerk and her family moved from Kyoto to Bangkok a year ago, they have been putting up the same decorations: the same small Christmas tree with identical ornaments, the same advent calendar, and the same candles!”
If you want to add some festive detail to your day, food and drink are key ways to create a little doorway to home.
Christina Gawe, a TV reporter and owner of a cafe in Bangkok, recalls, “Music, the smell of freshly baked cookies, gingerbread latte, mulled wine… just like at home in Germany.”
She also enjoys the city’s “tropical variety,” which includes gingerbread men and women in bikinis and mulled wine on ice.
Betsy Palmerston, who initially flew to Thailand to escape the cold winters in Toronto, says, “I connect through the arts.” However, she ended up staying after COVID struck.
I sing in a choir that performs a very traditional English Christmas carol service. At home, I listen to Christmas music. I watch every well-known film.
She jokingly remarks, “And if I really need to feel cold to get in the spirit of the holidays, well, well, there’s always the mall.”
Mary Chong, a travel writer from Canada, enjoys Caribbean cruises during the holiday season and has a suggestion for making the accommodations more inviting.
She elaborates, saying, “We’ve seen many cruisers decorate the exterior of their stateroom doors for the holidays.” With magnetic clips, you can easily hang things on the interior walls and metal doors.”
How is Christmas celebrated around the world?
Being a seasoned traveler provides fascinating insights into the practices of other nations and cultures.
Because Thailand is a Buddhist nation, Christmas is mostly a business event, with extravagant decorations in shopping malls and festive events in five-star hotels. An inhabitant starting around 2005, Christina has developed to cherish the mix between frigid European customs and the warm Asian form.
Megan Eaves-Egenes, a London resident, has spent numerous Christmases abroad because she considers it “a fab way to use an otherwise wasted automatic vacation period.”
According to her, “I like going places that don’t have a western Christian Christmas tradition, so either orthodox or non-Christian, because everything is open.” A life highlight was going to the Hagia Sophia on Christmas Day and watching the Nutcracker on stage in St. Petersburg on Christmas Eve.
Traveling to locations that are even more festive is appealing to some people. Liz Warkentin says that “no one does Christmas as well as they do in Germany and Austria” after experiencing the “fabulous” buildup to the holiday season in both countries.
However, she has also enjoyed learning about new customs from other cultures. On December 7, Liz observed the Day of the Little Candles in Colombia. In remembrance of the Virgin Mary and her Immaculate Conception, which the Catholic Church dates to the following day, people light candles outside their homes.
She recalls, “It was very pretty and really enchanting.”
Christmas is celebrated in a different way by everyone who celebrates. Also, it’s a good time to remember that everyone who travels does so for their own reasons; A little extra kindness is always appreciated. Publish By World News Spot