Christmas travel: Where would you spend your dream Christmas?
All of the Progressive Travel Recruitment team have worked in the travel industry, and thoughts of wonderful trips away are never far from their minds. We asked our colleagues where they would choose to spend their dream Christmas, with whom and what they would pick to eat…
Simon I love Christmas but not the weather at this time of year, so my dream would have to be a Christmas getaway to a sunny Caribbean island with my family. Our Santa hats will stop us getting sunburnt heads and, after a morning of presents and playing with the kids in the pool and sea, my son and I would challenge our special guests Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo to a 2 v 2 kickabout on the beach.
When it comes to the meal it has to stay traditional with a Christmas turkey dinner with all the trimmings as I’m one of the very few people who actually likes Brussels sprouts. Once the kids were in bed, my wife and I would relax with a drink or two watching the sun go down on our perfect Christmas day. Maybe next year…
Fiona Without a doubt, my Christmas travel dream would be at ‘home’ – in Cape Town. I lived there for 10 years and my kids are from there. I’m in the UK now and I haven’t seen my Capetonian friends for 4 years and am desperate to go back. Christmas would be the perfect time. We’d open presents in the sunshine and then go down to the beach for a while before coming back to cook Christmas dinner. It’s a great place to socialise. People gather or pop round for drinks throughout the festive season.
My Christmas foodie treats would start with a breakfast of South African rusks and tea while the kids open their presents. We’d have amazing South African wines to go with dinner and malva pudding instead of Christmas cake (a bit like sticky toffee pudding – I am making it this year for my kids) and some springbok shots afterwards.
Lucy My perfect Christmas lasts about 3 weeks. For actual Christmas I would be in the mountains with tons of snow, skiing with my family. We’d have lots of lovely wine and cheese and bit of après thrown in for good measure. (I’ll be living this dream this year and I cannot wait!)
But the build up to Christmas is equally as important. For the last 5 years we have had a friends meet-up where we get rid of the kids for the evening and just have fun, with lots of drinking and dad dancing. This is followed by weekends packed with Christmas dinners with family, exchanging gifts and generally getting into the Christmas spirit. I love Christmas.
Lee I’d love to be snowed in, in a log cabin in Europe somewhere with Jensen Ackles (Dean from Supernatural) and a good case of Argentinian Malbec.
Genna So, mine would be somewhere where I could have a white Christmas, as I live in South Africa. There would be loads of Christmas lights, decorations, music… The whole works. And I’d be with my family, all wearing our Christmas woolly jerseys, having a lamb roast with red wine, and Dom Pedros for dessert.
Claudette My ideal Christmas would definitely be a big white snowy Christmas, somewhere in the US or anywhere where there is just snow in sight. It would be like in the movies, with loads of Christmas lights and decorations. Living in South Africa we always have a hot Christmas, and spend it by the pool, so I’ve always dreamed of a white Christmas. I would love to spend it with my family, building snowmen and drinking hot chocolate. Just being happy and merry and eating till we fall over.
James Well, I’m answering this on my phone from a cruise in the Caribbean, so I’m pretty much set! Sunset drinks on deck, plenty of relaxation, and some lovely stop-offs. I definitely crave and need sunshine at this time of year. Merry Christmas everyone.
Bianca My ideal Christmas travel trip would be to take all my close friends and extended family from the UK, back to Australia. We would have a traditional Australian seafood BBQ on the beach and Santa would arrive on his jet-ski to give the children presents. My kids would love that. As an Australian abroad, I definitely prefer a hot Christmas; being cold at Christmas still feels wrong to me.
Claire Going a bit picture-postcard traditional here… I’d love to be in a wooden lodge, nestled in snow-covered woods, surrounded by mountains, with a frozen lake beside it that we could skate on (I can’t ice skate, but this is a fantasy, so in this reality I can). The lodge would be decorated to the max, with roaring fires and Mariah Carey would be flown in to sing ‘All I Want for Christmas is You’, then flown straight back out again as no one needs her diva demands ruining their turkey dinner. All my family would be there, plus the dogs (of course) and I’d have both Jamie Oliver and Gordon Ramsey battling it out in the kitchen to create us delectable all-day feasts. As special guests, I’d invite Mickey Flannigan to add a bit of humour and RuPaul for the glamour.
Nicola My dream Christmas is somewhere cold and snowy in a wood cabin with a fire and massive Christmas tree with all my family and extended family. We’d have a traditional turkey roast dinner with all the trimmings. I have spent Christmas in Australia before and being hot felt so wrong.
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A very merry Christmas from all of us at Progressive Travel Recruitment. We hope you’re enjoying some happy Christmas travels and we look forward to working with you in 2020.