Christmas Tree on Display in Beijing, China

It has been many a year since Dave and I celebrated Christmas on Christmas day with our families. We always tend to be traveling during the winter months and have yet to put down any roots to start a regular holiday tradition.

Our holiday tradition has been to run away from Christmas at home and go somewhere else. Anywhere else.

We have been feeling a little blue this year. We are missing our Christmas at home with our families more than ever.

Maybe it is because we were too busy and working too hard this past summer .  We had many goals that we wanted to fulfill during our three months in Canada and we neglected the people that matter most in our lives.  Instead we had our noses in our computers and the summer months flew by. Before we knew it, we were leaving again and had only seen our family and friends a handful of times.

So here we are celebrating another Christmas by ourselves in yet another country.  This year it is Thailand and we will be kickboxing through the entire holidays. That will definitely help to take our minds off of not being at home.

To cheer ourselves up, we reminded ourselves just how much we enjoy our Christmases abroad.  We have always chosen to go away and our families now have their own traditions without us.  We will just have to make our own Christmas traditions and it looks like our tradition is going to be to travel through Christmas. It is what we have done for the past 10 years, no sense changing things now.  By revisiting our past Christmases, we are reminded just how natural it is for us to be away.

Look Where We have Spent some of our Past Christmases

Eating Fine Cuisine in Quebec City. By far the best place that we ever spent Christmas.  It was freezing and snowy and we had to walk around the city in our snowboarding pants and Sorel boots all bundled up in our down jackets, but it was beautiful.  Quebec City is the most beautiful city in Canada and the Christmas lights made us feel as if we were in a fairy tale.

quebec city

Skiing at Apex Resort in British Columbia. We were living in Vancouver at the time.  Our families lived in Ontario and we didn’t have anything better to do, so we went skiing for Christmas.

Snowboarding in Mont Tremblant, Quebec. We booked the cutest bed and breakfast over the Christmas holidays in Mont Tremblant village and spent Christmas Day on the slope.  The line ups were atrocious, because all of the hotels and timeshare resorts in the area were booked solid, but the conditions were perfect.

Mont St. Anne, Quebec.  What were we thinking?  The weather was so cold that we couldn’t stop for lunch or even a coffee.  If we stopped, we would never get ourselves back on the hill because of the intense chill.  At one point we were snowboarding in such white out conditions that we couldn’t even see each other let alone any obstacles in our way.  We were pretty sure that a blizzard had come in while we were on the slopes.  We made it down to the chalet and spent the rest of the day sitting by the fire drinking wine.

christmas vacation, snowboarding in Quebec

Skiing and Snowboarding at Christmas are our Traditions

Chillaxin in The Dominican Republic. It was our first trip together off the Continent. It was our first time to the Caribbean and it was our first time at a beach resort.  We loved every minute of it. Someone brought a mini Christmas Tree along with them and brought it to the beach.  Everyone put their empty glasses and drink umbrellas under it like little Christmas presents when they were finished with them.

Suntanning in Mexico. We had both finished The Zone diet and were ready for some fun in the sun.  We stayed at the now infamous Barcello Maya Resort the year it opened. We found an amazing opening resort special and fell in love with Mexico.

Scuba Diving in Honduras.  We spent a few months traveling and diving around Mexico and Central America and happened to be in Honduras working on our dive masters right around Christmas.  Not very festive, but a lot of fun.

Dive Central America for Christmas Holidays

Diving is an excellent way to enjoy the Holidays

Overnight Train in Vietnam. We had just finished an amazing time in Sapa. The most beautiful place in Vietnam.  We trekked through the rice terraces and slept in homestays getting a feel for the hill tribe culture.  Christmas eve was spent on an overnight train back to Hanoi.  Christmas day was spent looking for a place to stay and then a very long afternoon nap.

Hotel Hunting in Mumbai India. We were terrible at planning our itinerary in India and ended up in Bombay 2 days before Christmas arriving from Kerala.  Everything was booked and we couldn’t find a room.  We ended up having to spend a large chunk of cash on an upscale hotel and had to move on Boxing Day because they were fully booked.  We loved every minute though.  We stayed in bed curled up in our fluffy duvet and watched movies all day.

Rock Climbing in Thailand.  It was our first time to Thailand and we spend it climbing in Raleigh Beach with King Klimbers. This was the trip that changed our lives.  We’ve had the travel bug ever since.

christmas holidays rock climbing in Thailand

Rock Climbing in Thailand during the Christmas Holidays

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  2. Audrey

    We’ve also been abroad for most of the Christmases this past decade. While it’s always kind of sad to be far from family, we’ve had some fantastic adventures along the way. This year, we’re spending the holidays with Dan’s best friend who lives on Koh Samui. Our close friends from Prague are also coming for a few days. So, it’s not quite the same as being at home, but it’s really nice to be with some friendly faces and to have a kitchen to cook Christmas cookies!
    .-= Audrey´s last blog ..Panorama of the Week- Coffee Berry Hill at Lake Atitlan- Guatemala =-.

    1. davendeb

      Audrey, that is wonderful to be able to spend Christmas with Dan’s best friend. And in Thailand to boot! It sounds like you are going to have an amazing Christmas surrounded by good friends. Enjoy and do some baking for us:-)

  3. ciki

    There’s nothing like Christmas at home, but looking at your gorgeous photos and vivid descriptions I wish I could travel like D&D! Fantastic post .. what an adventure! Merry Christmas and Happy hols to the couple who totally inspire me to be the best I can be!

    1. davendeb

      Thanks Ciki. The memories are good, but I have to admit, some of my favourite Christmas memories are sitting around the dining room table after Christmas Dinner and playing board games with the family. Now those are good memories. Merry Christmas!

  4. LeslieTravel

    Wow, you guys get around on Christmas! Love the photos of you chillaxin’ (hehe) on the ski slopes. Looks like you have a great time wherever you spend the holiday.

    1. davendeb

      Thanks Leslie. I love that photo too. I took it just before our final hill into the chalet. We stopped for a look at the village and Dave just looked so good.

  5. Wes

    I’m surprised you guys don’t hit the Christmas Fair circuit in Europe. Well worth the trip and very Christmasy. And BTW if I was rock climbing in Thailand I would forget it was Christmas.

  6. ayngelina

    You know the lack of snow is really throwing me off. I have to keep reminding myself that Christmas is this weekend. I’ve decided to make a traditional Christmas dinner so at least I can have a little bit of home.

    Hope you enjoy yours as well!
    .-= ayngelina´s last blog ..How to make Peruvian ceviche =-.

    1. davendeb

      Andi, that is a great idea. What an amazing gift it would be to be together for a week somewhere without the pressures of life. I would love to do a Christmas with our families abroad. Heck, I would love for them to join us somewhere anytime!

    1. davendeb

      Thank you Liudmila. That means a lot to hear. I think you are absolutely right. We have heard from so many people that are older that tell us to travel now while we can enjoy it. And the older I get, the more I agree. We can go out and take on amazing adventures and have the stamina to live through epic bus rides, stay in not so great guest houses and trudge through jungles and crowded cities. I don’t know if we will have the stamina for this when we are older. I hope so, but you never know, so you are right…our time is now.

    1. davendeb

      Wow, I didn’t even know their were reindeer in Ontario. Shows what I know. We love snowshoeing. It is an excellent way to spend a day in the snow.

  7. Caz Makepeace

    You have had some really great Christmases. Craig and I love travelling at Christmas and wish we could do it every year. The hassle of a traditional Christmas really stresses us out now as we have had so many Christmases on our own, doing it the way we like. I’m trying hard to enjoy this Christmas, for my daughter’s sake, but I can’t help wishing I was in Thailand or a log cabin in the Rockies
    .-= Caz Makepeace´s last blog ..Tips on Life in Italy from an Expat Traveler =-.

    1. davendeb

      You are so right Caz. We forget that Christmas can be a hassle. I think that is what made us start to avoid it in the first place. It was agonizing buying the right presents for everyone, making sure that we made it out to our friends and families and having the extra pressure of having everything perfect. It was much easier to just take off:) I can’t say that our families appreciated it though:-) A log cabin in the Rockies sounds perfect for Christmas. That’s our dream, to have a cabin to come home to whenever we aren’t travelling.

  8. Shannon O'Donnell

    Your Christmas tradition of traveling sounds like it fits you two perfectly; and it may be non-traditional, but so is the lifestyle :) Merry Christmas! I’m intrigued to hear about how you fair kickboxing…something I totally want to try in 2011!

    1. davendeb

      Thanks Shannon. Merry Christmas back at you! We had some snags when it came to our kickboxing course, but we are back on track and starting right after Christmas now, on boxing day!

  9. Francesca

    I have spent only one Christmas away from my family, and that was five years ago in Tanzania. On one hand, it was great to not have to deal with all the drama that comes with the holidays (family squabbles, etc.), and to experience the Christmas traditions of another country and culture. But on the other hand, I don’t want to be away from my family for another Christmas! We could definitely spend Christmas away from home, as long as we’re all together. Quebec City there doesn’t seem like a bad choice… :-)
    .-= Francesca´s last blog ..Eating our way through Nashville =-.

  10. jobs in australia

    Kinda missing that kind of Christmas Celebration but this is a must do thing, so what else can i do?. You guys really give me a reason to miss something because you have a great Christmas. By the way Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays.

  11. Roiunlimited

    Christmas is a very big festival in world, everybody in a long holiday mood. The glittering lights, snow-covered trees and dangling mistletoe can only mean one thing — the peak holiday travel season is upon us! Merry Christmas to all!

  12. Nisha

    As we have had a white Christmas drilled into our heads, it seems strange to have Christmas in the the sun,but its becoming alot more common nowdays which makes you think, Christmas is what you make of it, so it shouldnt matter where you are! Lovin your adventures!

    1. davendeb

      You are right Nisha, it is becoming more common. I do love a white Christmas, but as long as I’m with Dave, it doesn’t matter where we are.

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