Aussie’s love to travel at Christmas time, we get quite a few public holidays and we can string them together with annual leave and end up with a nice two-week break.
But, what can we do with this time off?
Before joining TravelSIM, I spent many years in the travel industry and I’ve made a list of some of the most popular overseas destinations for Australian’s at Christmas time.
Christmas Markets in Europe
Vastly different from our sun-drenched Christmas period, it’s winter in Europe and a wonderful time to experience the Christmas Markets. These markets provide an opportunity to pick up unique gifts and experience European Christmas traditions. With markets located in numerous European locations like Berlin, Prague, Dublin, Budapest and Vienna, just to name a few, you’ll be able to immerse yourself in this winter wonderland.
New York Christmas Season
The Big Apple knows how to ‘do’ Christmas. From ICE skating in Central Park, window shopping down 5th Avenue, Santa in the Macy’s parade or front row seats to the Rockettes Radio City Christmas Spectacular, New York has something for everyone at Christmas time. Take your beanie and gloves because it will be cold and make sure you extend your stay so that you’re in Times Square on New Year’s Eve to watch the Time Ball drop to count in the New Year.
Like here in Australia, Santa dons his board shorts for Christmas in Hawaii. The celebrations include a month-long Honolulu City Lights display with a parade, live music and a 15-metre tree. Check Qantas, Jetstar and Hawaiian Airlines for flights and packages to this tropical oasis.
Did you know that cruising is the number one choice for overseas holidays for Australian families? Princess Cruises and P&O Australia, which has been cruising from Australia since 1932, have numerous overseas itineraries. The South Pacific, New Zealand and Asia are popular choices and with all your food, accommodation and entertainment taken care of, every family member gets a break.
Travel Agents tip
It’s often said that ‘last minute’ deals are the way to travel at the lowest price possible but during peak holiday seasons this is not the case. Get in early, is my tip when choosing a Christmas holiday destination. This is especially important when booking flights, airlines release their early bird fares in August or September for travel the following year and now touring companies have caught on and have a bucket load of bargains up for grabs during this sale period.