The Christmas holiday season can be a bit of a struggle as a traveller. Do you go home and celebrate during this time of togetherness? Or do you prefer to continue your adventures, save money on the extortionate flights and treat it as a normal day?
For some, it’s important to them that they go home, they feel drawn to their families and friends and would feel regret if they didn’t. For others, it’s not a big deal if they miss out – besides, they’ll see them another time, so why does it have to be on THAT day of the year?
If you choose to stay away from home this year, here are some things you can do to let your loved ones know that you’re thinking of them, and still feel like you’ve taken part from where you are in the world.
Celebrate on a different date
Arrange in advance to celebrate either before or after Christmas day, depending on your travel plans. You might prefer to celebrate Christmas at another time of year, when flights home are more affordable and at a time when you can all get together. Making up for missing Christmas means you can have your own celebration at a different time of year, so you’ve still got something to look forward to. Christmas in Spring could be fun, or swap Easter for Christmas!!
Send gifts home
If you’d still like to send gifts despite not being able to hand them over in person, why not send some gifts home or send something that represents where you are?
Make sure you plan well ahead though – sending via the postage system where you are could take a long time to get home, or costs could mount up if you’re sending large packages overseas. You may prefer to consider using an international courier like Shiply and have more control over which company you use with your chosen pick up date and estimated arrival dates.
You may wish to send all your gifts in one package to one friend or family member, who can then distribute them from your home country. Again, make sure you send everything in good time so it’s able to reach everyone before Christmas.
Set up a video call
Organise a time on the day for a video call. Depending on where you are, it can be tricky to work around the time difference, but there should normally be a time where you can make the call even if it’s not ideal. Don’t just spring it on them though, as they might be in the midst of a stressful cooking experience or an intense board game. Agree on a time in advance and let them know in good time if you’re not able to make the time you’ve agreed. Check your video equipment in advance to make sure everything is working correctly so you’re not scrambling around with the technology when the time comes.
Wherever you’ll be during this holiday season, enjoy it !!!