Holidays are the most anticipated and enjoyed times of the year. Smiles and laughter filled out the air, joy of reuniting with long-no-seen family members, happiness and surprise of exchanging gifts and lots of traveling have been integral parts of every celebration since the beginning of civilization.
As the time passes, however, the holiday travel with its reputation of the busiest time of the year becomes a coin of two sides. On the one hand, the loud crowds, expensive airplane tickets and hotel rooms, pressure of choosing the perfect gifts can easily erode the holiday spirit. On the other hand, there is no better time to take advantage of travel perks that become available only during the holiday season.
WHAT ARE THESE HOLIDAY TRAVEL PERKS?
Holiday seasons are the best time to hit the road and cross off your bucket list those famous, notable national parks that have been luring you for a while. On top of having extra time for traveling, the holidays grant you a privilege of entering the parks for free. Either it is “Halloween Treat”, “Our Thank You to Veterans” or “Christmas Trick” (as a part of Sequoia National Park‘s Christmas celebration), these little gestures of giving make every holiday more special and appealing for traveling.
See Places in their Utmost Glory
Traveling the world to see the places as they are in real life without being influenced by highly photoshopped, color-enhanced Instagram pictures is one of the vital reasons why we set ourselves on the road. To intensify our experiences, traveling during the holiday seasons not only satisfies our desires of seeing our dream destinations in their authentic beauty, but, additionally, showcases the places in their utmost glory and traditional holiday spirits. You can hardly find a city or region that does not get glammed and glamorized to celebrate the important events and holidays. The time calls for some major decoration, and the world gladly complies with it.
Participate in Traditional Celebrations
What kind of holiday is this if it does not involve celebration traditions such as feasts, parades or dancing? The answer is simple: holidays without holiday traditions do not exist. And here comes our next holiday travel perk: participating in the traditional celebrations. Seeing the places in their full pamper and glory and joining locals in their traditional gatherings and festivals is a travel dream come true. This is your time to run with Santas during Santarun in Newtown, Wales or dive into a 15-day long celebration of Dashain in Nepal.
Believe in the Holiday Magic
On the eve of the holidays we all let the little children inside us wake us and begin to believe in the magic of the holidays once again. Embracing the festiveness around us, we stop being overly practical and somewhat skeptical and give ourselves permission to splurge a little bit. All over sudden, a small lottery ticket sneaks into our wallets. For the bigger risk takers, the images of jackpots start vividly dancing in their heads. If this is the case, and Las Vegas in not an option, try something different and test your luck online without taking away the time from the thrilling ski slides down the snowy hills of Big Bear during the magical Christmas time.
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Such fun adventures here! So inspiring!
Thank you very much, Caroline!
I agree, you can see the famous hang out spots with beautiful decorations during Christmastime. Disneyland parks would look really festive this time around.
Definitely, Mercy! But it is super busy as well 🙂
I love the idea of participating in traditional celebrations all over the world! It’s so special to have the opportunity to be a part of that. And I also so agree that traveling during the holidays enhances the experience because so many places are decked out with lights and decorations! No need to filter THAT on instagram!
Yes, Susie. It is a win-win situation accompanied with amazing memories and experiences. 🙂
Totally agree 🙂
That makes two of us 🙂
Great pictures! I didn’t know that during the holidays you can enter certain national parks for free, how cool is that! 😀
Yes. We were very surprised too when we were allowed to enter the parks for free. 🙂
Excellent pictures and a very inspiring post, Zhanna. Participating in traditional celebrations is an ultimate tip! 😉
Thank you, Agness! It is such an rewarding experience. You not only get to visit a new place, but also learn the culture and traditions at the same time 🙂
You look SO beautiful! Such gorgeous photos!
Have a wonderful week!
Much love, Len
Thank you very much!