Today's super-short Why Travel brings up a delicate issue: traveling for the holidays. And I'm not talking about the obligatory "everyone travels to Grandma's" for the holidays. I'm talking about getting outta dodge. Maybe everyone takes a trip together. Or maybe you sneak away like the premise of the movie Four Christmases: you tell each family you're spending the holidays with another family member but really you're in Fiji.
(Now I just want to watch Christmas movies…)
Besides the ability to avoid any unwanted family run-ins, there are some great reasons you should travel for the holidays.
Did you know the Disney parks are open on Thanksgiving Day? And that's typically the day with the lowest attendance? If you're interested in going to Disney and don't mind having Turkey Day before or after the fourth Thursday of November, then traveling to Disney over the Thanksgiving holiday might be a great option for you.
Thanksgiving is Only a Holiday in America
We traveled to China in 2012 and Italy in 2015 over the Thanksgiving holiday and loved it. Everything in the other countries is open, no one has crazy hours, and best of all, there's no Black Friday shopping. The Italians decorated in anticipation of Christmas so the entire country was extra jovial and festive. Not to mention, the Thanksgiving holiday is off-season for many northern hemisphere countries as it cools down for winter, making it an ideal time to score great deals.
So, if you don't yet have plans for Thanksgiving in America, this might be an opportune to be spontaneous and hit the road. You can make the holidays anything you want them to be. Enjoy and keep traveling!