Make Your Holiday Destination a Home Away From Home

Holiday travel traditions come in many forms. Some families like to snuggle up to the fire at home while others enjoy traditional trips to grandmother’s house. Here at Pure Wander, we are always looking for ways to take advantage of vacation days from work and school to get a family trip on the calendar, so we think the holidays are the perfect time to travel to a new destination.

031This year, take your family’s holiday traditions on the road and let your kids explore a new city without sacrificing the comforts of home. Whether you plan to relax in a tropical paradise or find adventure on snowy slopes, you don’t have to sacrifice family favorite recipes and holiday traditions for a special travel experience.

Pack. Ship. Go.
Don’t let baggage fees, airline restrictions or even space in your car stop you from packing everything you need to make your holidays special! Skip the extra checked bag or the bubble on top of your car by shipping your extra items to your destination ahead of time. From choice decorations to presents and holiday treats, pack everything you need to make your family’s celebration festive and memorable without stressing about space. Flat rate boxes ship for less than the cost of an average checked bag ($12-16 for medium to large boxes), and you can avoid the hassle of waiting at the bag carousel or potentially losing your luggage. Insurance available through shipping services also offers protection for particularly fragile items that could get damaged en route to your destination. If you are going overseas, take advantage of luggage shipping services such as Luggage Free.

Home away from home
Impersonal hotel rooms can feel like the farthest thing from home, especially when you’re traveling during the holidays. Consider renting a house or apartment through a site like AirBnB or GowithOh. Not only will your family have more room to enjoy each other’s company, but you’ll also have access to a kitchen and other amenities that will make your travel accommodations a home away from home to celebrate the holidays.

DSCN7265A sweet treat
Every family has favorite recipes—especially sweets—that make the holidays special. Before you travel, spend a day baking together so you can pack your family’s favorite holiday treats to snack on during your travels. If you’re traveling out of the country and unable to bring baked goods along, consider packing your recipes and baking together when you reach your destination. For an easy (and very packable) holiday treat, hot chocolate is a perfect option for special nights as a family while you travel.

Get in the spirit
The holidays wouldn’t be the same without classic stories, movies and songs. Singing along to holiday tunes in the car can make your road trip festive, but your family will feel right at home when you bring their favorites along on your trip.  Snuggle up together with a holiday book at night or pop in a holiday movie while you sip on hot chocolate.

Go local
As you plan your holiday travels, research festivals and holiday events where ever you are celebrating Catch a holiday play or musical performance, visit a holiday market or take in a light show for a memorable evening on the road. Traveling to New York this holiday season? Then plan to stake out a spot along the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade route or visit the iconic Santa village at the department store. Or if you plan to spend your holidays in Europe, the holiday markets that pop up in cities across the continent promise caroling, toys and treat to delight children of all ages. While these popular holiday traditions are sure to get your family in the holiday spirit, lesser-known, local events also offer holiday cheer and a unique opportunity to experience the true flavors of your destination. Discover events large and small wherever your travels may take you this season by checking out our World Events Calendar for holiday events around the world. 

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Meghan Miranda has worked with a number of travel and lifestyle publications including Little PINK Book and Four Seasons Magazine. She is also the World Events Editor at Pure Wander. Learn more about her losing battle with the travel bug by connecting with her on Twitter @Meghan_says

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