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Why You Should Leave Town During the Holidays

Updated on November 19, 2016

Most people would eschew the idea of leaving home for the holidays, but the truth is that there are a number of good reasons for doing so.

Among them are issues such as:

  • enjoying yourself more,
  • eliminating holiday stress, and
  • avoiding relationship problems.

If you are a person who cannot stand being separated from friends and relatives for the day or two when you would normally be with them, then read no further.

However, if you are tired of the stress, expense, work, and aggravation that you put up with every year both at Christmas and Thanksgiving, then read on!

Leaving home for the holidays has numerous benefits.
Leaving home for the holidays has numerous benefits. | Source

How Can You Do This?

While getting away for a few days during these special times may seem a rude or thoughtless thing to do, it is, in fact, something that your relatives and friends may well consider to be a favor because it will create one less

  • mouth to feed,
  • personal conflict to deal with, and
  • gift to give.

These things translate into the saving of money and work. They also reduce stress levels for all involved!

How Will People React?

While there may be some who will balk at your decision to take a short vacation, there will undoubtedly be quite a few who will be glad to see you go or who might even envy you.

Furthermore, getting away does not necessarily eliminate the fact that you’ll still have to do a few things in advance that will calm any upset, such as sending holiday cards or even having a nice gift shipped to the host the day of the get-together.

Additionally, you should make it very clear to all concerned, well in advance, that you and your family need some R and R and will be gone specifically for the purpose of relieving your stress.

Don't assume that people will be angry because you took a holiday vacation.  Many, in fact, will be happy about your decision.
Don't assume that people will be angry because you took a holiday vacation. Many, in fact, will be happy about your decision. | Source

Will You Feel Guilty?

Be forewarned that once you decide to follow this path, you will have to deal with feelings of guilt. These may be reinforced by those you plan to leave behind.

However, if you stick to your guns, you’ll find out before too long that the guilt will quickly disappear.

I know this because it was only a few years ago when my husband and I made the decision to take a Christmas vacation.

  • I thought people would consider this a terrible thing to do, and I felt as though we were the only people in the world who would be so selfish.
  • Those thoughts completely disappeared once we arrived at our destination. There were literally thousands of people there doing the same thing!
  • They were enjoying great restaurant meals, walks on the beach, beautiful weather and wonderful entertainment.
  • Everybody was in a great mood, and I saw nobody who seemed sad or drenched in guilt.

It was a real eye opener.

The real shocker was when we returned home and found that nobody was upset with us. In fact, our friends and relatives wanted to hear about our vacation.

Some even decided that they would try to do the same in the future.

Plan a Vacation That Works for You

  • If money is an issue, or if you don’t want to be bothered with public transportation or holiday crowds, plan a very short trip to a spot that is close to home.
  • If these things don’t bother you, do something more exotic and exciting.

Whatever you do, you can avoid a great deal of stress by making your arrangements far in advance.

It does not cost much to rent a cabin at a local campground or spend a few days at a local bed and breakfast.

Conversely, you can hop a plane and spend a few days at a nice spa or a big tourist venue.

You can also be a little sneaky and rent rooms at a local luxury hotel and give yourself a staycation that allows you to treat yourself to shows and great restaurants you might not otherwise get to enjoy.

Remember that once you leave home and turn off your cell phone, nobody will know where you are!

The bottom line is to find something to do that you will enjoy and will require as little work or stress as possible.

Plan a Holiday Vacation That Allows You to Relax!


There are many places you can visit, but the one you decide on should meet your needs.

No matter your choice, you don't have to go too far to get all of the benefits. The trick is to not tell anybody where you'l be and to keep your plans simple.

Here are some ideas that can help:

  • spend a few days at a local luxury hotel,
  • go camping with the kids,
  • take a short cruise,
  • fly to Las Vegas, or
  • rent a cabin in the mountains.

The only thing stopping you will be finances and time limitations!

There are literally thousands of things you can do, but the good news is that every year, you get to choose a different one!

Wouldn't you rather be doing this?
Wouldn't you rather be doing this? | Source

Why Do All of This?

You probably are wondering why you should risk irritating the people in your life or breaking with tradition, but the answer is simple.

  1. You have the right to enjoy yourself during the holiday season, as well as to protect your mental and physical health.
  2. More people have heart attacks and die in drunk driving accidents during this time of year than at any other.
  3. More hard feelings are created among people for petty, stupid reasons and many relationships end as a result.

If you value your family and friends and want to keep yourself, your spouse, and your children healthy and happy, leaving home for the holiday season is the best thing you can do for all involved.

Thanksgiving and Christmas used to be fun, but for many people, these holidays have morphed into days that create tons of stress and huge amounts of work.

People fall into these traps and sometimes suffer greatly as a result, when all they need do is refuse to totally participate.

Anybody can leave home for a few days twice each year and avoid the problems associated with the holiday season.

Certainly, this is something worth thinking about.

My husband and I have been doing this for years and will continue to do so as long as we can.

We don’t want to sit at tables with people we dislike or give presents because we are expected to do so.

We much prefer to free ourselves of these burdens, and you can too.

Have a happy holiday season!

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