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Christmas getaways traditions with kids and without

It’s been over 10 years since we don’t celebrate Christmas at home or in any traditional sort of way.  2005 we started our Christmas getaways traditions in Cuba and being spoilt with 7 years old rum, white beaches and amazing diving, we decided that’s the way to go.

In Havana we’ve been particularly spoilt at Christmas with a Buena Vista Social Club in Hotel National – one of the best Xmas presents to ourselves up to these days!

And technically since then we alternated though Xmas and NYE exotic places with a great track record. After Havana, there was Brazil, followed by a very hot Xmas on a safari in Kenya and a cold NYE ski filled in Kitzbuhel.

Thereafter Hawaii – Maui for Xmas, Oahu NYE.

Next year Miami, both Xmas and NYE – can’t think of a better place to change the decade.

Followed by Thailand – Koh Samui.

Afterwards Xmas in Guatemala and NYE in Mexico.

Christmas getaways traditions continued with the first babymoon in Bequia, West Indies both Christmas and NYE.

And once kids were around we kept on going and dragging them with us: Abu Dhabi.

And St Vincent, Grenadines – second babymoon.

Chrexit by now is not only very fashionable but quite an established term. 2016 we decided to try something different and London was lovely and relatively deserted given the amount of Chrexiters.  Xmas and NYE rediscovering our own city – as afterall London has the most fabulous treats. Same spirit though: no kitschy consumer fest but rather a break at home, challenging ourselves to travel differently and discover new within familiar. Refused to call it staycation but rather some meaningful time with little ones, friends and oneself.

Banyan Tree, Angsana Velavaru

Banyan Tree Angsana Velavaru

2017 we are back on the road & to our Christmas getaways traditions : Maldives with friends and Banyan Tree Angsana Velavaru. And apparently Santa is coming to town via a Catamaran!

For the Non-Chrexiters choosing to stay in London, there are tones of festive fun, our favourites & tested this year being Bricklive at Saatchi, Gruffalo’s Child at Lyric Theatre West End, Magical Lanterns, Ferrari under the skin at Design Museum. And of course the classics fabulous Xmas in London that we wrote about last year: Christmas at Kew, Father Christmas at the Hall, Iceskating Natural History Museum or Queens Skate Dine and Bowl. And if you’re really stuck and in need of more ideas, Kidsorted comes as usual at parents rescue!

Merry Chrexit to you all and Happy New You – last part improvised last year by our 3 years old !

24 comments on “Christmas getaways traditions with kids and without

  1. Zen Babytravel
    November 30, 2017
    Untold Morsels
  2. Nicky @ GoLiveYoung
    December 1, 2017

    Wow…what a fabulous way to spend Christmas and New Year each year. We were in the Maldives in the summer and loved it. Enjoy. Hope Santa makes it on his catamaran! #FarawayFiles

    • Zen Babytravel
      December 1, 2017

      Maldives is just fab, we are so looking forward! Nicky where did you stay and do you have any articles on Maldives topic pls?

  3. Hilary
    December 2, 2017

    While we don’t always travel on actual Christmas like you, we’ve been know to do so every few years, and this will be one of those years! I just love seeing the way that Christmas is celebrated in other countries and in warm climates. This seems like such a perfect post for #FarawayFiles Happy Holidays!

    • Zen Babytravel
      December 4, 2017

      Thank you Hilary, indeed fascinating to see Christmas celebrated differently and reunite with lots of other international friends with their cultural luggage all over the world ! Italian friends for example completely hillarious with their cotechino and lentiche – pig’s legs have been literally flown to Mexico and Thailand! Brazilian friends with their yellow underwear for Nye – brings money, and so on! Thank you for the inspiration, I guess I need to either expand this article or wrap up another one with traditions and superstitions for the year end !

      • Hilary
        December 4, 2017

        Ooh! I meant this post was perfect, but traditions around the world would be awesome too!! Hope to read it… 😊

  4. vdaltonbanks
    December 3, 2017

    I’ve had a few Christmas’ away from London in hot places and loved it!! This year we’re back in London. But hoping to persuade my husband we should go away next year! you’ve had some incredible looking Christmas’! #farawayfiles

    • Zen Babytravel
      December 4, 2017

      We are so spoilt festively in London – we also loved staying in last year especially after 10+ of Chrexiting so to speak! Happy December to you and happy 2018 planning!

  5. katy@untoldmorsels
    December 3, 2017

    Loving that term Chrexit! I’d love to gift ourselves a holiday at this time of year but I think we might be disowned by the rest of the family. Enjoy this year’s escapades and thanks for joining #farawayFiles

    • Zen Babytravel
      December 4, 2017

      Hehe Katy, managing family expectations always tricky but by now they have given up on us – as long as we are happy and skype them a bit, they declared themselves content 😉 Pleasure to link in as usual!

  6. Zen Babytravel
    December 4, 2017
    T ravel Loving Family
  7. Can’t beat a bit of winter sun if you ask me! #MondayEscapes

  8. Esther
    December 4, 2017

    Excellent! Husband and I also love going away over the holidays and we have done all sorts of things. We have been to Germany, Luxembourg, Morrocco and loved it all! I like the idea of the Maladives… SWOON!
    #MondayEscapes

    • Zen Babytravel
      December 11, 2017

      Thanks Esther, as you say, so much joy in exploring for Xmas ! Hope you also get to go to Maldives soon, it’s bliss and we are so over excited about our trip! Will keep you all posted!

  9. Allison
    December 4, 2017

    That is an awesome term. Though I personally enjoy spending Christmas at home, I also love spending Christmas other places and discovering how other cultures celebrate the holiday. I could never quite give up all the Christmasy things but we have been known to have pretty small Christmases since both my husband and I hate all the commercialism and greedy vibes that are prevalent around this time of year. #MondayEscapes

    • Zen Babytravel
      December 11, 2017

      Hehe Allison, great to hear you like the Chrexit terminology! As you say going away is a great way to focus on what’s important to you and your dear ones rather than be swallowed by the mad shopping lists and spree !

  10. Nano @ Travel With Nano B.
    December 4, 2017

    So great to have regular family tradition on Christmas. Maldives sound absolutely amazing, hope you’ll have tons of fun! xx

    • Zen Babytravel
      December 11, 2017

      Thank you ! Will keep you posted! Xo

  11. Lisa Marie
    December 4, 2017

    Spending christmas somewhere warm sounds awesome, though I feel like it wouldn’t feel like christmas if I’m not surrounded by snow and cold. Maybe I should just give it a try next year and see how it goes. You definitely gave me some great suggestions here! #MondayEscapes

    • Zen Babytravel
      December 11, 2017

      Hi Lisa, ocassionally we’ve been also tempted with skiing and snow mountains! Keep us posted on your choice next year and will certainly keep you posted on Maldives with the kiddies!

  12. Lisa (Travel Loving Family)
    December 5, 2017

    Oh wow I’m not surprised you’ve given up on a traditional Christmas! You have enjoyed some fabulous holidays over the last few years. Enjoy the Maldives! (Ps I have the same pic by the clock on South Beach, Miami;) Thanks for sharing your experience on #MondayEscapes

    • Zen Babytravel
      December 11, 2017

      Thanks Lisa! Will keep you posted on our Maldives holidays! Funny yo mention SoBe clock, were you there also 2009/2010? 😉 Pleasure to link in as usual! X

  13. Claire at Tin Box Traveller
    December 6, 2017

    What great Christmas adventures you’ve had. We often wake up in a different place on Christmas morning but no where so exotic. Enjoy this year’s trip! Thanks for liking up with #MondayEscapes

    • Zen Babytravel
      December 6, 2017

      Thank you Claire! Pleasure to link in, will message you shortly as I could really use your view on a funny topic!

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