Bah, humbug! Top 10 places to go to avoid Christmas
OK – so you’re dead exhausted after a month’s worth of Christmas parties and carols are starting to give you the jitters. Your family Christmas reunion resembles the Griswald’s on an epic disaster scale. Then, why not skip it, and head off for a couple of weeks for a peaceful retreat? Somewhere the word ‘Santa’ will be met with a quizzical stare, and that other popular name, ‘Jesus’, won’t incur the frosty wrath of your elders while used in vain. Here’s ten inspirational images to get you motivated.
Go to India. There it will be hot, cheap and not a pine tree in sight. In Goa you can stare at the sea and let the sound of the waves drown out those Christmas carols once and for all.
See Turkey blanketed in snow during the winter months, minus the tourists.
In Marrakesh, Christmas carols are thin on the ground in their shopping “malls”. I’d rather shop here, anyday!
Solve all your Christmas shopping issues right here! Buy a goat for a poor family in the Middle East. Directly. From an Oman souq.
Who visits Taiwan over Christmas? Noone. That’s why you’ll love it.
Heady Hong Kong’s Western population might encourage a bit of Christmas cheer, so head to some of the lesser known islands such as Lantau.
Nothing could isolate you more from Western culture than a warming trip to Kenya. Get native as the sun goes down.
Indulge in a hedonistic trip to Bali for a week. The Balinese will definitely be celebrating the festival of something, but it won’t be Christmas…
Head to Sarawak in Malaysian Borneo and embrace the hospitality of the local Dayaks for a couple of nights in a longhouse. It might be Christmas there too, but with plenty of arak (rice wine) on hand, you will soon forget what you are celebrating.