Spending Thanksgiving Abroad

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How to Avoid the Holiday Stress

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Thanksgiving is a beloved in the U.S. because of all the great food and drink available (turkey, mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce, gravy… oh, sorry, is that distracting?). But the more people traveling and driving around can make the whole thing a little overwhelming? Is it really worth it to get stuck in traffic for three hours just to spend the day pretending to enjoy the company of your relatives?

The holiday is one of the biggest travel periods of the year in the United States. In 2016, a record-setting number of people hit the road to travel 50 miles or more during the week of “Turkey Day.” Will 2017 break that record?

With all this in mind, it’s no surprise that a new trend has been on the rise in the past few years among Americans who, for whatever reason, are looking to avoid all the hustle and bustle involved with Thanksgiving: more and more people are traveling abroad towards the end of November.

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“Honey, let’s back away slowly and get in the car…”

Why Spend Thanksgiving Abroad?

When you think about it, this makes sense in so many ways. First of all, November is one of the first months in the U.S. where it can get really cold for long periods of time. In some places, it’s not all that farfetched to get snow around Thanksgiving. If you’re the type of person who likes to show off a tan all year-round, then you need somewhere to go to bronze up!

Second, if the roads really are as crowded as the statistics imply, then why risk getting into an accident just because you’re trying to get to Aunt Petunia’s for some undercooked bird meat? Third – and here’s the best reason – if less people are traveling abroad around this time, then the price of plane tickets is going to drop. Think about it: if everyone’s driving around or flying domestic, then the international terminal at the airport can’t be all that busy.

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The Mont Blanc Resort in the French Alps

Where To Go?

Europe is the most visited region around this time of year, but depending on what country you want to go to, you might not find much difference in the weather from where you already are. For many people, this is not a problem; some even prefer the cold weather. If you fall into this category, then be sure to look into which ski resorts in the Alps of Switzerland, Austria, France and Italy open their slopes early.

If you want a beautiful coastal experience, but aren’t a fan of the summer’s higher temperatures, the Thanksgiving period might be the perfect time for you to finally cross “Mediterranean getaway” off your bucket list. Coastal regions like Spain, Greece and Southern Italy get moderate temperatures during the winter months.

A boat in Marmaris, Turkey (the country this time!)

Marmaris, Turkey, located on the country’s southeastern coast, stays around the mid-50s. This port city is known for its scenic bay views, boating opportunities and its historic Ottoman castle, as well as having further history that dates all the way back to the age of the ancient Greeks who had settled the area. While your relatives are arguing about politics and eating turkey, you could be having the time of your life in Turkey!

For anyone looking to escape the cold winter months altogether, then consider somewhere in the Southern Hemisphere, because these destination will be entering their summer months. A city like Buenos Aires, Argentina has average temperatures between 70 and 75 degrees Fahrenheit from November to March. On top of that, it is one of the most romantic, cosmopolitan cities in the Americas.

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The obelisk in Buenos Aires

What Are You Waiting For?

With all this potential for traveling abroad around Thanksgiving, you’ll be asking yourself, “Should I stay or should I go?” As always, TakeTours.com is here to help you, whatever your travel needs may be. Once you’ve figured out where you want to go, be sure to check out what sort of tours we offer in that area. We strive to make travel simple for you, so you and your family can relax and enjoy your vacation.