Top Travel Trends For Christmas Destinations
Travel Trends For Christmas? But where is everyone going?
The travel site showed the biggest trends in destinations this year, including a very interesting survey on the busiest and least busy days to travel.
According to the study, Bangkok is the number one destination people head to during December and January.
I guess nothing beats a good week of warm weather, beaches and cheap food?
New York came in second, I’m guessing because it’s a great shopping mecca and because their Christmas decorations are among the most spectacular world wide – not to mention the New Year’s eve party.
Sofia, in Bulgaria, were people in Britain’s third choice, something which surprised me quite a bit. Perhaps there are budget airlines flying there, and Sofia is pretty cheap and fun, but yet there is nothing special in my opinion about that city.
Here are the rest of the results in the top 10 destinations:
10. Cape Town
As you can see, Brits are spreading out all over the world and going global. The most popular continent after Euope is Asia, but Africa had two cities in the top 10, so it’s definitely on the rise.
Who They Fly With
Now I’m not talking about whether they fly with their family or friends, but which airlines they choose. The top five most used airlines are British Airways, KLM, EasyJet, Lufthansa and Air France.
Busiest and Least Busy Days
Now for the best part, and probably most interesting for those planning to go away on the holidays.
If you’re flexible with your schedule you can avoid both the biggest crowds and chaos, and at the same time manage to get some cheap tickets even during the holidays.
The least busy day in the UK during the Christmas holidays is December the 25th, which is not unexpected. Most people don’t want to be spending Christmas day on a plane, but would rather be at their destination by that time.
So if you’re not so fussy about traveling on the 25th, you might find some great deals.
The 31st of December, on New Year’s eve, is also a very quiet day, for the same reason as Christmas day. So is the 1st of January, supposedly because the last thing most people would want is to go and catch a flight with a massive hangover.
In fact, most people don’t actually want to move anywhere from December 30th until January 6th, which makes that week a very quiet travel week.
The days before New Year’s and just before Christmas are pretty busy, but the busiest days are Saturday and Sunday 21st and 22nd before Christmas.
So if you’re planning to go away for Christmas and New Year’s, choose your dates wisely…and check your fares on Airfares Flights
Celebrating Christmas Around The World
Christmas is often seen as a “family holiday”, but these days more and more people choose to spend Christmas abroad. Some want to get away from the boring weather, others from their extended family members – and a few simply because they want to see what Christmas is like in other places.
We’ve celebrated Christmas in countries all over the world over the past few years, and they have all been very different.
This year we will be celebrating in Berlin, Germany, and we’re really looking forward to visit the Christmas markets there and sample some of the German Christmas food.
Here are a few places where we’ve celebrated Christmas holidays:
Christmas is a beautiful time to visit Switzerland – Snow caped mountains, traditional cottages with paintings on the walls and Christmas lights in every window – the small villages up in the Swiss Alps really turn into a winter wonderland.
In the Swiss alp villages the traditions are very strong and important, so during the Christmas month you will see some nice celebrations, like the week before Christmas when children dress up and visit homes bringing small gifts.
Christmas dinner is also very traditional, when you typically eat the infamous ”Cheese fondue”, where you dip bread into melted cheese.
Tradition has it that if you drop the bread into the cheese you have to do a dare – or clean the pot after dinner, which is not an easy task..!
Christmas in New Zealand and Australia is – for a European, a very strange experience.
They have the same traditions as in the UK, where they decorate Christmas trees, hang up Christmas lights on the streets, fill the houses and shops with Santa figures, red socks and mistles – but you know something isn’t quite as ”it should” when the only snowmen you see outside are inflatable.
The most common way to celebrate Christmas in New Zealand is to have Christmas dinner outside together with friends and family at the beach and then go surfing or for a lovely swim.
Christmas at the beach and during the summer is very weird for someone from Sweden, who is used to spending December inside trying to avoid the cold, grey snowy weather outside.
Celebrating Christmas in Thailand won’t be a very traditional experience, but that can be quite nice for a change sometimes.
Holidays in Thailand during the Christmas period is becoming more popular, and we were seriously considering taking one of the many 2 weeks holidays to Phuket over Christmas this year because we found a crazy cheap flight.
But we celebrated Christmas in Thailand last year, and did everything we otherwise normally wouldn’t do on Christmas, which was really fun.
It was nice to get away from the traditions – do what you want and eat what you want, because let’s face it – half of the things on the traditional Christmas table are things we never eat at any other time of the year because they simply don’t taste that good.
So having our favorite curry, banana pancakes and hanging out in a bar in the evening was such a relief!