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It’s almost Christmas, and no doubt we’re all going to spend it consuming outrageous amounts of roasted carbs and ropey mulled wine, while simultaneously trying not to upset our relatives…
But you have to admit, if you had the chance, you’d love to spend it somewhere else, no? Perhaps on the beach in Australia, or even in Lapland with the reindeer themselves…
For your chance to win our amazing bundle of top travellers Christmas gifts – including the SteriPEN Ultra, a Gorillapod and a beautiful Ethnotek bag – answer us this:
Where would you rather be this Christmas?
This Christmas I would love to return to Nepal, to do the Thorung La pass for a second time on the Annapurna circuit, the most incredible thing I’ve ever done
Can you beat a cosy british cottage in a Cotswold village with a log fire, all your family and a fridge stuffed with seasonal food, mulled wine bubbling on the stove and a pub open on the big day within stumbling distance? Pure bliss. Put yourself into a food induced coma in front of the tv in a leather chair sat next to an oversized christmas tree. Then come round for cold turkey sandwiches and the funnier second half of the obligigatory game of charades.
I live in the Lake District and there is no better place for a cosy Christmas, but we leave the cold in January armed with a small bag and our Rough Guide, Vietnam, Burma, Cambodia, Laos and Thailand would be an ideal choice.
I would like to cut the ‘ali’ out of Australia and swap Summer for Winter, a swimsuit for a ski suit and a shrimp on the barbie for goose and gluhwein.
I would be in Guatemala, hiking along the Mayan ruins and basking in the utter rawness of it. Feeling the presence of generations from a different world, seeing animals descendent of an untouched time, and taking it in with a smile and inner peace would be perfect. My mother had always wanted to go, but was sick for a number of years before passing away on Christmas day three years ago. It would be such an uplifting and spiritual journey to be there at Christmas.
It’d have to be overnighting in a snowhole or winter camping in the Cairngorms. Seeing as a trip to Lapland and a stay in The Ice hotel costs an arm and a leg.
But there’s nothing like a bunch of friends camping out and communal cooking, to get the feelgood factor and camaraderie sky high.
I would love to go see how another country celebrates Christmas with their own traditions. I’d particularly love to go to Brazil and see their amazing displays or in Australia to check out a sunny Christmas day!
Last christmas me and my bestfriend wanted to go to her hometown in Tromsø(North in Norway) to see the aurora borealis because it was said it was going to be a lot more brighter, but of course we forgot to do it… But we promised each other that we were going next year(This year) to see her home town and the aurora borealis(which I in fact since I am norwegian – I have never seen the famous aurora borealis)
However my best friend died this summer and I was and are devastated… and now I really really want and need to see the aurora borealis for her and me!
Although there’s no place like home, I’d like to be exactly where I am, in Ubud, Bali… but I would love to have my family and boyfriend out here with me!
I’d do anything to be back on the Cattle Station I worked on in Western Australia: 500,000 acre farm, 120km from the nearest town, 5 AM starts, cattle driving, fencing, no cell phone reception! Sounds like hard work (and believe me it is) but slugging away for 11 hours in 40 degree Celsius heat makes the sunrises and sunsets worth it, as do the BBQ’s and few beers under the Southern Cross on the weekends, I won’t be there for this Christmas, but I definitely will be there for Christmas 2014!
Although most answers will probably be somehere exotic,this Christmas I want to spend it at home with my family in Manchester, UK, as come Januray 2014 I’ll be starting out on my round the world trip!
I’ll be going to Central America, South America, New Zealand, Fiji, Australia & next Christmas will possibly be spent in Indonesia. I’ll be doing it on my own which is both terrifying & exciting but hope to make friends with lots of lovely travelling peeps along the way so you see, I really need lots of fabulous travelling goodies to help me on my trip of a lifetime :o)
Exploring a tropical island like Sri Lanka, spending some time on the beach and in the jungle. Tasting the foods of South Asia.