16th December 2016

5 Ways to Escape Christmas at Home

 Shuddering at the thoughts of spending another Christmas break at home? Here are 5 ways to go rogue this festive season.

Run to the Sun

Because… A: Being cold and miserable is nobody’s idea of a happy Christmas. B: It doesn’t have to be this way. For winter sun getaway inspiration, check out these 10 Hotter than Home Destinations and 9 Perfect Holidays to Beat the Winter Blues.


Have a White Christmas




With many of Europe’s twinkliest Christmas markets running until January –  and crucially, DUSTED IN SNOW, a late December city break equals absolute treat. Read our Big Fat Christmas Market Guide for tips on where to get those cosy winter wonderland feels.


Leave Cabin Fever at Home and Work up a Sweat Abroad



We’re talking adrenalin-fuelled thrills.  Think skiing and snowboarding in the alps. Fitness camps in Lanzarote and surf adventures in Fuerteventura. For a step in the right direction, see More than the Sun: Active Lanzarote, Waves & Warmth: Surf Fuerteventura and DIY Holidays: Be Your Own Travel Agent.


Give Santa the Old Heave – Ho 


Big man in red not doing it for you?  Boycott Rudolph & co entirely and head straight for the exotic surroundings of Morocco. On 25th December, it’s business as usual in the souks of Marrakech and on the sand dunes of the Sahara. And not a mince pie in sight. For insider advice on what to do while you’re there, check out our Local’s Guide to Marrakech with Amanda Mouttaki.


Annnd Relax… 


Get as far away from turkey sandwiches and bad telly as possible with a detox break or spa weekend somewhere fabulous and remote. Look no further than these 10 Perfect Spa Break Getaways  for stress-free hiding places.


Fiona Hilliard

Fiona Hilliard

A love of new cultures is what drives Dublin travel writer Fiona Hilliard to explore the cities of Europe and beyond.

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