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Escaping the Winter Blues

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As the winter draws and nightfall comes earlier, so thoughts turn to getting away from it all. The draw of a warmer place to spend Christmas is strong; who hasn’t wished they could be on a beach on Christmas Day, rather than facing a view of a typical grey English winter day? Of course, if it snows it looks pretty, but the fact remains it is cold, uncomfortable, and often depressing. The great thing is that, thanks to affordable air travel, travelling to a warm climate for Christmas can be reality for many of us, so where would you choose to go if you had the chance?

Some recent research by the well-known website My Voucher Codes has revealed that as many as 30% of people on the UK would happily spend Christmas elsewhere to get away from the dull UK winter. However, further questioning confirmed that while 58% of those would like to get away would go abroad for a warmer experience, almost a quarter would like to take a break in a cold country! Perhaps the change is the attraction (indeed, more than 50% of those polled gave this as the reason).

Reasons for Leaving

The money saving advice website My Voucher Codes asked a sample of more than 2100 adults in the UK whether they would prefer to stay at home or go abroad for Christmas, and also questioned them on the reason for their choice. As stated above, half cited the attraction of a change of scenery, while a quarter said they wanted to get away from the cold. Other reasons were wanting to have more of a Christmas experience by visiting somewhere such as Lapland (19%), not wanting to celebrate Christmas at all (3%) and an equal one 1% split between visiting family abroad, and wanting to get away from them!

Perhaps surprisingly, 17% of those polled said they would like to spend Christmas in the UK, but not at home. A cottage or hotel elsewhere in the country were the preferred options. Planning for Christmas can be a chore, as acknowledged by My Voucher Codes Managing Director Chris Reilly in the article, where he also pointed out that for many people, the cold and dull weather can lead to them feeling somewhat under the weather.

Where Would You Prefer to Be?

For many people, Christmas is a time for getting together with family, perhaps those that they may not see often, but for others it is simply a stressful occasion that they could do without. It’s no surprise, then, that so many UK adults would prefer to spend their time in the sun, sipping cocktails and relaxing, rather than slaving over a hot stove and making sure the turkey and sprouts are cooked to perfection! So, with so much choice, where would you go for a Christmas with a difference, and who with? Wherever you choose, the opportunity to celebrate this most festive of occasions somewhere warm, bright and sunny is one that you may want to consider.

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