celebrating the festive season abroad!

Thursday, December 04, 2014

If you ask me Christmas is the perfect time of year to sneak in some cheeky travel!

While everyone else is heading home, munching on mince pies (yuck!) and generally having a few too many bubbles or whiskeys, I'm normally on a plane headed somewhere new and exciting...

In the Northern Hemisphere the Christmas travel season starts at the beginning of December when Christmas Market season officially begins. Germany is my country of choice - if I had my way I would drink gluhwein and eat stollen every day. Last year I made it to Ludwigsburg for it's gorgeous traditional Christmas market and Cologne - where I visited seven Christmas Markets in total!

German Christmas Market - Cologne
my first mulled wine at Cologne Christmas Markets - 2013

As Christmas day draws nearer, my anticipation grows. Here's where I've spent Christmas most recently...

Christmas 2009 - Cusco, Peru
After four months on the road we settled into Cusco for a few days over Christmas, and were amazed by the famous Christmas eve markets...

women sell grass and moss for making nativity scenes - Cusco, Peru
women selling grass and moss for making nativity scenes - Cusco, Peru
{image via The Only Peru Guide}

Christmas 2010 - skiing in Bulgaria
We took our Christmas presents up to the top of the mountain and opened them in the sunshine while sipping on hot chocolate...

Christmas 2010 - Borovets, Bulgaria
Christmas 2010 - Borovets, Bulgaria

Christmas 2011 - sunny Madrid
In Madrid we found a whole square of Christmas stalls selling festive hats. We bought wolf hats - perfect for keeping our heads warm after sunset...

Christmas stall - Madrid 2011
Christmas stall - Madrid 2011

Christmas 2012 - Hong Kong
Spurred on by Air NZ premium economy flights that were a fraction of a regular economy seat we headed to Hong Kong on Christmas night 2012...

Christmas in Hong Kong, 2012
Christmas in Hong Kong, 2012

Christmas 2013 - skiing in Val Thorens, France
Last year we opted for a all-inclusive week of fabulous skiing in Val Thorens...

on the slopes - Christmas 2013 - Val Thorens, France
on the slopes - Christmas 2013 - Val Thorens, France

And this year? Christmas 2014...
This year we are heading to Turkey for two weeks, including some Christmas ballooning in Cappadocia. I can't wait!

winter hot air ballooning in Cappadocia
winter hot air ballooning in Cappadocia
{image via Anadolu Agency}

Speaking of the festive season - I'm off to Germany tomorrow for a few days to indulge once again in the fabulous Christmas Markets. Frohe Festtage!

Thanks to Emma and friends for this lovely festive blog hop.

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20 comments

  1. Happy holidays !! Enjoy your trip to Germany !

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    1. Thanks Ingrid. Happy holidays to you too!

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  2. Have fun in Germany and enjoy a mulled wine for me!

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    1. Thanks Jenna, of course I will :) What are your Christmas plans?

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  3. You have had some often travels over Christmas time! I am hoping to make it to the Christmas markets in Germany next year.

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    1. Oh Kiki, definitely do! Book the trip in now. The Germans Christmas markets are just spectacular!!!

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  4. How fantastic to travel at Christmas, good for you! The German markets always look so beautiful. :)

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    1. Thanks :) As much as I love travel I do miss family Christmases too. Hoping to get back to NZ next year.

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  5. Turkey for Christmas! Amazing! My friends are there at the moment and I am so jealous!

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    1. I can't wait! Gobble gobble :)

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  6. How cool that you've been somewhere different every year! What an amazing thing :)

    Charli | Charlotte Rose

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    1. Thanks Charli. What are your Christmas plans??

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  7. Enjoy your balloon ride for Christmas! Taking a balloon ride is on my bucket list. I cannot wait to read about your experience!

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    1. I'm a bit scared actually, as I'm not always the best with heights. But not going to let that stop me!! Watch this space in January and Merry Christmas :)

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  8. We tend to do the same, although this year we're hosting Christmas in London. Have fun in Turkey! It's fantastic and you've got me jealously plotting my return (we lived there for a year, so let me know if you need any recommendations!)

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    1. Owww wow - I would love recommendations for Istanbul - sightseeing, shopping and eating if you have any :) Thanks Alyson.

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  9. What a fabulous bunch of memories for Christmas - much better than a dry Turkey dinner!!

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    1. Ha ha thanks Emma. We are hoping to get back to NZ next year though... something to look forward to. Merry Christmas.

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  10. A balloon ride! On my bucket list for sure!! You have been to so many different places for Christmas!

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    1. Thanks Holly. I'm hoping next year we'll make it home to New Zealand. How about you - did you have a lovely Christmas?

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