I love traveling. It’s a fact. However I’ve never though about spending Christmas elsewhere than out house. Somehow in my mind Christmas is home, decorating our tree, and house, putting the wood in our fire place, eating fish soup and opening presents.The idea of spending Christmas abroad occurred when we got an inquire on homeexchange (check out my blog post about it) to spend the holidays in Paris.
I was hesitant. Is it possible? How does it even work? For the first time ever my parents were more open to the idea to travel than me. We exchanged a few e-mails with the French family and decided we were doing it. Everything was sorted out. We had to cover 1500 km and to save money we did it by car. After a night couchsurfing in Germany we arrived to the beautiful apartment is the heart of Paris, just 15 minutes walk from Champs-Élysées. We were amazed. A decorated Christmas tree was waiting us along with some wine and cheese. How nice!
We spent our days exploring the city, going to Christmas markets, ice skating under the Eiffel Tower, drinking mulled wine and visiting the happiest place on Earth: Disneyland.
It was my favorite Christmas ever. I spent a lot of time with my family, not just on Christmas Day, but before that as well. The atmosphere was nice and we sort of escaped from all the hustle Christmas can involve.
If you think spending Christmas abroad is expensive think again. You don’t have to travel to the other half of the world. You can just visit a country next door and with homeexhcnage you can save a lot of money. Not to mention it will provide a nicer atmosphere than spending it in a hotel room.
So Christmas is coming up. It’s not too late yet to organize your holiday. What would be your dream destination to spend Christmas?