“Oh, the weather outside is frightful, but the fire is so delightful, and since we’ve no place to go… let it snow, let it snow, let it snow…”
Merry Christmas in July!! I know, I know… too soon? Well, in the world of travel, now is NOT too soon to be thinking about your plans for the holidays! In this edition of The FFTraveler, we will be sharing all of the fabulous ways you can celebrate the 2019 Christmas Season around the world!
In the wise words of Dr. Suess... "Maybe Christmas doesn't come from a store... Maybe Christmas, perhaps, means a little bit more." Create lasting memories with family and friends this holiday season with the gift of travel!
Did you know?
According to Today.com, “Sixty two percent of adults say they remember childhood trips more clearly than birthdays.” WOW! I wonder how other celebrations stack up? Think about how much of an investment is spent every year on toys at Christmas that may or may not be forgotten in a few years. That to me is a risky investment! How much more bang for your buck (and let’s be honest, an investment in family time) could you get with a travel experience as a Christmas gift?
**Read #3 in the next section for tips on making “The Gift of Travel” exciting for loved ones this Christmas!
The Ho-Ho-Holidays are Just Around The Corner
#1: See Iconic Christmas Markets on a European River Cruise
Dreaming of storybook villages sprinkled with holiday charm? Interested in wandering down narrow, twisty streets sipping a warm mug of Glühwein, Germany’s famous mulled wine. Or how about listening to the distant lull of holiday music as you warm yourself by a crackling fire in one of Europe’s iconic river cities? On a classic Christmas Market River Cruise you will be able to experience the joy of Christmas in places deeply rooted in our holiday traditions.
**Don’t miss the opportunity for GREAT saving on this season’s Christmas Market Cruises! Values such as $1,000 per person savings, a complimentary stateroom upgrade as well as a $50 per person onboard credit with luxury and family operated cruise line AMAWaterways. Or discounted airfare with Viking Cruise Line**
Begin your holiday season with an unforgettable European Christmas Market vacation!
#2: All you need is Faith, Trust and a little Pixie Dust
You can’t get much more of a magical experience than a visit to Walt Disney World around Christmas-time! Whether it is the astonishing 1,300 decorated trees throughout property, or the 16-foot-tall gingerbread house at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa, or maybe even the 100 percent chance of snow flurries during Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party, Walt Disney World knows how to create an unforgettable Christmas-time adventure. Festivities at Walt Disney World begin in November and last all the way through the New Year. Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party, holiday concerts, special parades, holiday themed food and cultural experiences, and much more await you when visiting The Mouse this holiday season.
**Take advantage of "The Ultimate Disney Christmas Package," the "Delight in Festive Fun Family Vacation Package,” the "Savor a FREE, Delicious Offer,” or save up to 20% on select Disney Resort Hotels**
Don't let the magic of Christmas at Walt Disney World slip by this season! Let us help you start planning this incredible experience today!
#3 Giving the Gift of Travel
"Christmas is like candy; it slowly melts in your mouth sweetening every taste bud, making you wish it could last forever.” - Richelle E. Goodrich. The Christmas season may melt away, but the memories you create this season can last for a lifetime. Why not try something new this holiday season and give the gift of travel!
Now, you might be thinking... how does one give a gift that isn't exactly tangible like a toy or present? Or, I like to stay home on Christmas Day... do I have to travel over Christmas Break to give the gift of travel to my loved ones? While it's always a fun surprise to tell the kiddos... "pack your bags, we're heading to Walt Disney World... now!" There are other ways to give the gift of travel in a very special way that might not be leaving immediately or traveling on Christmas Day.
Below are some ideas for making Christmas Day special with the gift of travel, while foregoing a lot of the typical toys and nicknacks...
#1 Do you have someone special in your life that enjoys craft beer or good wine? Why not take an unforgettable European River Cruise with a wine or beer focused itinerary? Try wrapping a beer stein or pair of wine glasses with the trip's itinerary printed and placed inside the glass. Fill the glass(s) with yummy international candies from the countries you will visit along the way. That's sure to be a delicious Christmas surprise!
#2 Thinking about taking your kiddos on a tropical cruise? Or maybe a trip to Walt Disney World? But you don't want to go during the week between Christmas and New Year's? Try purchasing a few gifts that will serve as clues for your kids to discover where they are going. For example, if going on a cruise purchase a snorkel and mask, a nice dress, and some sunscreen. Wrap them up and put them under the tree for the kids to discover on Christmas Day. Have the last gift they open be the cruise boarding passes! For Disney, buy some Mickey Ears, a princess or pirate costume, and an autograph book. To help keep the excitement alive until the trip, have Disney Movie Marathons in preparation for seeing all your favorite characters, or if going on a cruise play island themed music periodically and have a Caribbean themed dinner night.
The options for creating a fun and exciting Christmas Day while forgoing the toys and clutter and instead giving the gift of travel are endless! So, this year why not try something different... let Christmas be like candy and linger on as you plan an unforgettable vacation and give the gift of travel this Christmas season.
Here's A Holiday Travel Tip
If flying with presents for those special folks in your life, do not wrap them up, especially if you intend to carry them on the plane. Even in checked baggage, there is a strong chance they will be unwrapped for inspection by security personnel. Consider gift bags instead of wrapping paper — you can easily remove the items from their bags if required, and you won’t have to do a last-minute wrapping job at your destination.
Last-Minute Fall Deals
End 2019 with a bang! The Fall is a great time for last-minute travel deals to the Caribbean and Mexico before the holiday season! Do you have the flexibility to take a trip within the next 30 to 60 days? September-November is considered a lower traveling season for cruise lines and all-inclusive resorts in this area of the world. Enjoy crystal clear waters, warm beaches and vibrant cultures at a discounted price. Extra cruise amenities, resort credits, and low prices are what you can get with Last Minute Fall Deals. Contact us today to plan a great getaway!
Off The Beaten Path
Hello there! We are the travelers of the Rogers Clan. Pat, Kyleen and Kara welcome you to follow us on our travel adventures, experiences with family, and good times with friends. The next adventure is just around the bend. Come join our roving romp and let us help you experience your own unique wandering!