I hope you had a good day with your family and friends.
Yesterday I had the pleasure of celebrating this very special holiday at home with my husband and four fur-babies. This generally isn’t the norm. I’ve lost track of the amount of holidays I have had to re-schedule or just miss entirely. I know travel can seem like a glamorous thing – Jet setting around the world, meeting new people, and exploring new places. The reality is that you can miss out on a lot as well. Here are my tips on how to celebrate the holidays on the road or away from home.
We all get busy. Even if you can’t celebrate on the actual holiday calendar day, you can make holiday plans with significant others or close friends, so you can still get a sense of companionship. For those family and friends you can’t be near, give them a phone call, text or email to let them know you are missing them and want to connect. They will be glad to hear from you!
Holidays are a great time to stop and reflect on where you are in your journey in life. Make a mental or written list of everything you are thankful for. From this, see if there are ways to make any positive changes in your life or find ways you can help other people.
Take A Break
Travel is an exciting thing, but too much and too quickly can lead to travel burnout. Slow down. The travel destinations will still be there tomorrow. Life is short, make time for the people and things that matter.
Create Your Own Traditions
If you can’t do the things you would at home or with relatives, make your own traditions. Check the local community to see what traditions they celebrate and what events they have planned. Celebrate like a local. Make a point of scheduling your travels around countries that go all out for the holidays you are passionate about. If you know of any travellers who will also be in the same part of the world, make some plans together.
Host The Holidays
Having lived away from home for the last 7 years, I know all too well how it feels to experience homesickness close to the holidays. If you can’t get to your destination, see if you can host the holidays from your location. Traveling and celebrating the holidays together will make some awesome memories. For the last couple of years, we hosted Thanksgiving for some of our coworkers that couldn’t get home for the holidays. It was great making all the holiday fixings and having an evening full of laughter and good stories.
A Thirsty Tourist Thanksgiving
This year we kept things very low profile. We managed to keep our Thanksgiving budget under $25! All the fixings included a Ham, Mashed Potatoes, Stuffing, Green Beans and some Cranberry Juice. Unfortunately the Pumpkin Pie I bought with Whipped Topping didn’t make it to Thanksgiving, as it looked too appetizing in the fridge. Yum!
What did your Thanksgiving celebrations entail? I’d love to hear about them!
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