A Holiday Away From Home
Christmas at home is all well and good, but it’s also a lot of work. First, you’re inevitably going to have family over, which means that you have to clean up around the house – and not just your regular sweeping and wiping down of the table, but dusting, mopping, rinsing, waxing, laundering, and moving. Then you actually have family over, and that means you’re cooking for them – which really means getting up at the crack of dawn on your day off to put a turkey into the oven. When all is said and done, you’re cleaning up after family, and you’re more exhausted than when your holiday started.
Fortunately, there’s a way out of this kind of vacation-that-is-not-a-vacation, and that is to get out of town. Literally! Every year, individuals and whole families jet off to incredible holiday destinations to have a vacation that is more unique, and more relaxing, than all previous holidays. While some of these holiday destinations are rather expensive, many of them are quite affordable – and can be made even more affordable with the right travel service helping you along.
One of the top travel destinations today is Dubai, the most well known city of the United Arab Emirates. A hotspot for jetsetters and the international elite, Dubai is home to some of the most luxuriant hotels in the world, not to mention the tallest building in the world – and not what immediately comes to mind when you think of going somewhere for the holidays. Yet sometimes it is the iconoclastic vacation, the one that goes against what you would typically expect, that is the most memorable.
Dubai offers the travel experience of the Arabian peninsula: camping in the massive expanses of desert that stretch beyond the city, along with off-roading in those same deserts, ramping off massive dunes that might as well be mountains and enjoying a picnic of dates and camel milk under the hot desert sun. Yet Dubai is more than its Emirati heritage; it is also an eminently international city, and you will have access to the cuisine of a hundred nations, and the music of some of the biggest names in the industry who come to play there.
If you are more interested in a traditional holiday-season vacation, then Prague may be more your speed. While the city has a number of modern amenities, including a metro that is great for out-of-towners with a rental car to get anywhere they want to go, it is still an ancient city with a long history and beautiful architecture.
You can go shopping in the Old Town markets for gifts for friends and family, and take in the Prague Opera – one of the finest in the world. The cuisine, of course, is incredible, and if you have a traditional Christmas dinner there, then you may find yourself dining on the traditional fish dinner that is so different from what you have come to expect. And, of course, if you are a fan of beer, than you can enjoy some of the finest in the world with a holiday in Prague.
You don’t have to leave the United States to have a holiday-away-from-home. In fact, some U.S. cities and regions are the holiday destinations of people from around the world, so why shouldn’t you get in on the fun? Best of all, traveling to a domestic holiday destination is almost certain to be more affordable, which means you have a little more pocket money to spend on gifts for friends and family.
New York City tops the list of domestic holiday destinations, as it tops so many other lists as well. A holiday vacation to NYC has all the benefits of a trip to NYC during any other time – the food, the drink, the entertainment, it all seems endless, and in a city of this size that comes as no surprise.
During the holidays, you can also spend time shopping on 5th Avenue, Broadway, and in SoHo, tracking down holiday deals and enjoying the atmosphere of holiday shopping. You can hit up FAO Schwarz Toys if you have little ones to buy for, then go ice-skating at 30 Rock, and wrap things up with dinner at any number of incredible Little Italy bistros – all in a day, with a million other things to do the next.
Why not get away this holiday? Variety is the spice of life, and a holiday that is unique and relaxing is exactly what you need after a year of working hard. Best of all, a holiday vacation can be very affordable if you plan it right. All it takes is a little thinking ahead and the help of your friendly neighborhood travel service.