To holiday or NOT to holiday, during the holiday season. Not a tongue-twister, but a serious debate for some.
Some folks hate the crowds and increased prices, while others appreciate the escape from the work involved in hosting family and friends. Some just wont forego a ‘white Christmas’, and yet others say the beauty and excitement of holiday festivities in the tropics make for a great mid-winter break.
Save the date
We’d all love to have the freedom to choose our vacation dates, but often it’s not that simple. We’re tied to our employers, our families, or even when our finances dictate the optimum time to take that break. An All Inclusive vacation is always a great idea, but would you consider packing up and heading for some sunshine during the holiday season? With the festive season fast approaching, it might seem like the perfect plan…!
Should I stay or should I go?
There are plenty of good excuses to escape the holiday season, and lots of reasons to stay home – so let’s take a look at both the pros and the cons of holiday season travel – perhaps they’ll help you make up your mind and plan ahead for that festive and fun All Inclusive resort vacation.
Christmas: Love it, or hate it?
Pro: You will neatly escape the tedious tree-trimming and the tacky tinsel. Yes, if you find yourself whispering “Bah Humbug” more than Ebenezer Scrooge, then Christmas is an ideal time to pack up and go.
Con: You’ll miss out on family gatherings at a time of year when distant and far-flung family comes together, perhaps even the only time you all see each other in the same place (unless you ALL go on vacation that is!).
Pro: So soon after Thanksgiving, you’ve had enough of that tough old bird. No, not your nearest and dearest, how could you?! We’re talking turkey. Turkey sandwiches, turkey salad, turkey curry. It’s time for some international food, and an All Inclusive does it best for choice, value and outstanding gastronomy. Worried about putting on extra weight? Then choose a resort that also gives you a great workout!
Con: Perhaps you’ll feel as though you’re missing out on that big family dinner with all the trimmings. Or maybe not!
Time is of the essence
Pro: You’ll escape the bad weather traffic jams, grumpy commuters, and cancelled trains.
Con: You might be delayed at the airport en route to your vacation, should there be ice, fog or snow at the departure end. Ensure you have adequate travel insurance, and avoid that rookie travel error.
Let it snow, let it snow
Are you dreaming of a white Christmas?
Pro: Take a white sand beach instead. There’s no need to wrap up! Feeling nostalgic for real Christmas weather? Don’t be. We all know snow actually means slush, digging out your driveway, fixing snow chains and long delays instead. That white powder is really just the stuff of movies!
Con: It might not feel terribly festive on that long stretch of white sand, with a turquoise ocean lapping at your toes. But, really – it’s not a hardship either!
A costly Christmas?
Pro: By taking your vacation during the festive season, and avoiding all those family visits, you can cut the cost of your usual Christmas gift shopping right down. Send them all a case of wine and a postcard instead.
Con: Traveling at Christmas can incur higher costs of both your airfare and accommodation, so shop around for the best deals available. If in doubt, ask the experts!
Pro: You’ll spend time working on your tan, and come back looking like a million dollars in time for New Year’s Eve and that strappy and sexy cocktail dress.
Con: You’ll miss out on the office Christmas party, one of many, and avoid kissing your worse-for-wear boss under the mistletoe. Then again…you might find a wonderful seasonal holiday romance on your All Inclusive festive trip – one you don’t have to avoid eye contact with when you return to work!
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