Holiday Madness Escapes
It’s that time of year again. The weather is still balmy, but your local mall is beginning to stock Christmas decorations. Some years you feel all warm and fuzzy with a heart full of holiday cheer and look forward to hanging with the family, finding that perfect gift for your significant other and putting all the trimmings on the holiday table.
But some of us face years when the thought of eggnog and turkey make us throw up a little in our mouths, our pocketbooks can’t handle the strain and maybe we’re not feeling so much love for (or from) our loved ones. And the wreaths, the window dressings, the Santas and the “harvest” decorations remind us every day that we are not onboard this year.
If crowded malls, mistletoe and fat men with white beards wandering the streets have you down, why not escape to a place where Christmas does not exist because, well, not everyone in the world is a Christian?
November and December are fabulous times to visit many of the Buddhist countries in Southeast Asia when the cool season ushers in mildly warm temperatures. (Spring is the hot season and summer is the wet season).
Airline prices drop dramatically in early December and hotels offer deals to keep rooms filled during this extremely slow season. If you can be flexible about place and exact date, try Last Minute Travel for ridiculously low-priced fares and packages.
Trisha Creekmore is a travel writer who bounces between mildly holiday phobic to full Scrooge. The Patara Elephant Farm in Thailand is probably the most magical place she has ever been.