For those who aren’t big fans of Christmas, spending winter in the UK isn’t an exciting prospect. Christmas decorations in shops in September, long, dark days, lashing rain and the festive madness that descends from the start of December can be enough for anyone to run for the hills.
So what’s the best way of avoiding the crazy season? We asked for some advice from Travelbag, the holiday experts, who specialise in organising holidays for people who prefer to go through the end of the year without seeing a Brussels sprout or wearing a novelty jumper.
Dubai is the perfect place for escaping the Christmas frenzy. It’s far enough to enjoy endless days of sunshine, but it’s only seven hours flight, which means you can fly out mid-morning and be there in time for dinner. In fact, the most difficult thing is choosing what hotel you want to stay in – there are so many different places that will treat you like royalty, all with great bars, luxurious rooms and private beaches.
Despite the fact this is a Muslim country, the hotels do, of course, cater to tourists with Christmas festivities. But there are options for those looking to spend 25th December without seeing a single bit of turkey too!
If you fancy a long haul trip, Thailand offers a wealth of places to celebrate your own anti-Christmas. Avoid Bangkok and the more touristy parts of the various islands. Phuket and Krabi have some once-in-a-lifetime holiday spots that will enable you to unwind in the warmth of the sunshine, cocktail in hand without any danger of hearing Noddy Holder screaming “IITT’S CHRRISSSTTTMASSSSSS!” on the nearby radio.
Beautiful beaches, stunning accommodation and fantastic weather in December make the Maldives a great winter option for anyone. But the fact this Muslim country doesn’t celebrate Christmas makes it even more appealing with those who would rather escape the retail madness and Christmas songs.
Christmas in the Sun
Whether you’re a fan of Christmas or a bit of a Scrooge, there’s something pretty special about enjoying beach weather in December. Wherever you spend Christmas, make sure it’s a good one!