The holidays are an incredibly joyous time of the year. If you’re like most families, you’ve set out routines for yourselves in terms of how you celebrate: location, food festivities, days in which you open presents (we’re more Christmas Eve “un-wrappers” ourselves!), etc.
However, it’s possible that your holiday routine may take a different turn on the road. Some years require travelling. Whether you’re visiting family in other areas or have decided to take a well-deserved vacation, there are many things to take into consideration for a fun, safe and healthy trip. Here are ways to prepare for such events. Travelling during the holidays can feel like mayhem, but it’s always lovely to take get away and not have to play host/hostess for a year – everyone deserves a break!
How To Spend Christmas Away From Home
Pack in Advance
This time of year is busy enough as it is. Make sure you start your packing list as early as possible. At work, most employees experience holiday rushes (many companies go through year-end at this time so lots of people face overtime and stressful work days). You’re not going to want to go home and pack just before your trip after a long day at the office. Plus, this gives you time to go over your list and head to the mall for any last-minute purchases. Of course, malls during the holiday season are complete mayhem: this is why I advise that you do everything as far advanced as possible.
Be Prepared for High Ticket Prices
Transport and accommodation can get really pricey during this time of the year. Make sure you’re working out a budget that fits best for your family. Ensure that you’re shopping around for as many deals as you can find. There are so many resources that can help you get a bang for your buck!
Talk to Your Kids
Talking to your kids about your travel plans is especially important when they’re used to being home for the holidays. Breaking holiday routines can be scary and unfamiliar so explain how things will just be as jolly and loving like any other year! It’s good to make a plan so that you can carry on some traditions over to your destination. For example, perhaps you can prepare one of their favorite holiday dishes or explain how Santa is fully aware of your location on Christmas day.
When you travel, you can learn so much. Traveling for the holidays with your kids can open their minds and have them engage in new traditions. Perhaps they will try something new that they will love and even want to continue in future years!
The Gifting Situation
If you plan on travelling for the holidays this year, plan out how you’ll be doing presents. Will your vacation be the gift for the entire family? Are you visiting family members? Will you open your presents in front of them or do it at your home beforehand? Make sure you communicate this with your partner – it’s always best to weigh the pros and cons. Every situation is different but it’s a conversation that has to be made!