Crafting Cheery Christmas Trips During Your Career in Tourism

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While Bing Crosby might have crooned about the virtues of being home for Christmas, for many people the holiday season is the perfect time for a trip far, far away. When you pursue a career in travel and tourism, crafting Christmas trip ideas could be a fun pre-holiday challenge. To help you out, we’ve included four Christmas trip ideas for every type of traveller.

Grads of Travel and Tourism Programs Can Plan a Traditional Christmas

There are some places in the world that just do Christmas really well. For example: there’s the Christmas markets throughout Germany, the iconic Christmas tree in Rockefeller Plaza in New York City, or Quebec City’s festively decorated European architecture.

During your tourism career, you may want to suggest Quebec City as an excellent Christmas destination

During your tourism career, you may want to suggest Quebec City as an excellent Christmas destination

To really take your traditional Christmas trips up a notch, think of some fun activities that will get your clients in the festive mood. For example, you could plan a ride in a sled pulled by reindeer in Lapland, Finland (which, for good measure, also claims to be the home of Santa Claus) or a northern lights tour during a trip to Iceland.

It doesn’t feel much more like Christmas than a reindeer-pulled sled ride in Finland

It doesn’t feel much more like Christmas than a reindeer-pulled sled ride in Finland

Other Clients Would Rather Build Sandcastles than Snowmen at Christmas

Not everybody considers Jack Frost good company during Christmas. During your career in tourism you’ll want to come up with holiday vacations that are a little more sun-kissed for these clients. Some sunny destinations prove you don’t need snow in order to have a merry Christmas.

In Key West, Florida, for example, palm trees, historic buildings, and even the boats in the harbour are festooned with colourful Christmas lights. In Sydney, Australia, meanwhile, Christmas is often enjoyed with an outdoor barbeque and a day at the beach, where a surfing Santa may be spotted! A vacation to Sydney during Christmas can also be extended to take in the city’s famous New Year’s Eve celebrations.

A Christmas trip to Sydney can also take in the city’s world-famous New Year’s Eve fireworks

A Christmas trip to Sydney can also take in the city’s world-famous New Year’s Eve fireworks

For Couples, Craft Christmas Vacations that Emphasize Romance

A successful travel and tourism career will entail catering trips to clients’ different circumstances. During Christmas, many travellers are couples without children who want a romantic getaway during their time off. For these clients, certain destinations really stand out. Paris, for example, is always a good idea, but especially so when couples can enjoy mulled wine next to the Louvre and see the Eiffel Tower lit up in holiday colours. Or, for couples who want to stay closer to home, Niagara Falls has long been a top destination for lovebirds. During Christmas, the Winter Festival of Lights transforms the falls into a romantic winter wonderland.

Christmas in Paris is always a good idea, especially for couples on a romantic getaway

Christmas in Paris is always a good idea, especially for couples on a romantic getaway

A Family Christmas Vacation Can Be a Magical Travel Experience for Everyone

When planning a Christmas vacation the whole family can enjoy, some places offer more than others. The Charles Dickens Museum in London, for example, puts on a traditional Victorian Christmas and even Ebenezer Scrooge himself is known to make a visit! Meanwhile, Walt Disney World in Orlando is where kids can see Cinderella’s Castle transformed into an ice palace and families can attend the biggest event in town, Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party.

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