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9 Ways to Escape Christmas

Not a big fan of Christmas? Here are places where you can escape to this holiday season.

Let’s face it. The holiday rush can be quite a nightmare and it makes people want to escape it sometimes. The problem is that traveling during the Christmas season is even worse, and so most travelers opt to leave earlier than expected or go to destinations that are far from the holiday crowd.

If you’re not a big fan of Christmas, here are 9 destinations where you can escape to this holiday season and totally escape the festivities:

1. Go to New Zealand

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The land of the hobbits is an ideal destination because it’s just far from everyone else and it takes you at least 24 hours to get there if you’re coming from the Northern region. New Zealand is relaxed and less-commercialized.

2. Go to a non-Christian country

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Christmas is a Christian tradition. If you want to escape the frivolity of the holiday season, going to a non-Christian country is your best bet. Morocco is a favorite among those who like to escape the cold weather of the holiday season.

3. Go to a communist country

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By this we mean going to Laos. It’s the perfect place where you can be safe and, at the same time, be free from too much merry-making and celebration. And it’s cheap to tour the country, too.

4. Go on a retreat

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If you truly want to escape all the partying and holiday rush, go on a retreat. Take a yoga course somewhere, immense yourself in a spiritual retreat, or silent meditation and then come back refreshed and rejuvenated.

5. Go to a party town

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While this seems ironic, heading to a town like New Orleans during the Christmas season is actually a good idea. Their celebration of the holidays is a lot less stressful than others.

6. Do volunteer work

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Not only are you able to escape the Christmas rush, you’re also able to help others as you do volunteer work during the holiday season.

7. Find a remote island

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If you’re lucky enough to find a no-man island where it would be difficult to track you, better book the destination for several days and just bask in the glorious sun. Lundy is an island in Britain’s Bristol channel where signal is sparse, internet connection is unavailable and there are no TV sets at all. That’s it, disconnect from the world for awhile and experience the big difference.

8. Visit the London City Center

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Ironically, the London City Center is devoid of large crowds on Christmas day. No carolers singing Christmas songs or people heading to the malls for last-minute holiday shopping.

9. Experience the wild

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One of the best ways to avoid the rest of humanity during Christmas is to go on a trek or experience the beauty of the wild. India is a favorite destination for Christmas treks but if you’re averse to the cold weather, you might want to try something a bit more tropical like South America.

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13 Safe Destinations Around the World for the Solo Female Traveler

Women should never be afraid to travel alone. These countries are safe vacation destinations for females who would like to go on a solo adventure.

Traveling is a great way to discover new things about other people, their culture and of oneself. It’s a good way to invest in yourself if you want to enrich your personality- which is especially true if you are traveling solo.

The idea of solo traveling, however, tends to make some women reluctant because of the many possible dangers that can happen. The world isn’t exactly a safe place for anyone, more so for women, which is why traveling can be a problem.

To help the female population enjoy the benefits of solo traveling, we’ve collated some vacation destinations that are safe for the female traveler. ...

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6 Must-Visit Unfamiliar Islands Around the World

These islands will take your breath away and leave you dumbfounded because of its awesome beauty.

When we plan for beach vacations, we automatically plan out going to resorts or islands which we’ve heard off from friends or read about in magazines or the internet. They’re pretty much so commercialized that 'ooohs' and 'aahs' are spontaneous reactions.

If you want to really experience beauty, however, the kind that leaves you dumbfounded not because its commercialized but because it just really leaves you astounded, you might want to check out these six, exotic, unusual islands that have not yet been spoiled by heavy foot traffic.

1. Bora-Bora

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Welcome To The Town That Christmas Forgot to Visit

Somewhere in England is a small town that Christmas forgot to visit for the past two years.

Somewhere near famous Liverpool is Huyton, a small town where Christmas has been forgotten. In fact, the town has been dubbed by residents and nearby districts as ‘the town Christmas forgot’. Why? Because there are no Christmas trees nor festive lights and decorations to be found anywhere in this place.

A statue of former Prime Minister Lord Harold Wilson at the town centre. He must be wondering where all the decors are.

Residents say this isn’t even the first time this has happened in Huyton. How sad, isn’t it? It’s like stepping into twilight zone and thinking maybe you’re trapped in a bad dream. The people have been saying that the town has been devoid of any sort of Christmas décor for the past two years. Homeowners are speaking up on the “joyless” town centre and it being ‘in darkness’. ...

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