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Travelling at Christmas can seriously increase the amount you spend – especially when you add in all those fun excursions – that’s why we’ve teamed up with Lonely Planet to giveaway THREE copies of it’s brand new book – The Best Things in Life are Free.  Scroll to the bottom to enter!

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180 Comments

  1. Carol Emmett
    August 9, 2016 / 8:39 pm

    Nowhere ! Xmas is for the familiarity and traditions of home.

    • Ruth Jeffries
      August 28, 2016 / 2:29 pm

      I’ve never been abroad for Christmas before, so it would be wonderful to experience new traditions-perhaps France-where they eat 12/13 desserts representing the apostles! Any excuse!!

  2. Christian Rogers
    August 9, 2016 / 9:15 pm

    ascension Island

  3. Tracy Richardson
    August 9, 2016 / 10:55 pm

    Australia

  4. Lynne OConnor
    August 10, 2016 / 9:47 am

    Lapland, for a real white Christmas but only if the whole family came too

  5. iain maciver
    August 10, 2016 / 3:40 pm

    Lapland no doubt

  6. sb
    August 10, 2016 / 4:02 pm

    new zealand,but we would all go

  7. Susan Smith
    August 10, 2016 / 4:45 pm

    New York, would love to see this place at Christmas, bet it is out of this world

  8. Hannah Scudder
    August 10, 2016 / 5:10 pm

    Lapland, have a white chritsmas. Would love a traditional log fire somewhere!

  9. lucy higgins
    August 10, 2016 / 5:29 pm

    New York!

  10. lisa sargent
    August 10, 2016 / 5:36 pm

    I would love to spend it in Finland 🙂 thanks

  11. andrea tinkler
    August 10, 2016 / 5:48 pm

    would love to do Disney in Florida at Christmas just to see how magical they would make it xx

  12. Lisa
    August 10, 2016 / 5:54 pm

    Has to be Lapland with the kids for a real Christmassy feel

  13. laura stewart
    August 10, 2016 / 6:13 pm

    i would love to go to florida x

  14. Jan Johnson
    August 10, 2016 / 6:39 pm

    nowhere I have to work every day but Christmas day the public insist shops open 363 days a year now…….

  15. Sharon Freemantle
    August 10, 2016 / 6:52 pm

    I’d go to New Zealand to visit family.

  16. Cw
    August 10, 2016 / 7:24 pm

    Fiji

  17. A (@A09105455)
    August 10, 2016 / 7:44 pm

    The USA.

  18. Sandra Lane
    August 10, 2016 / 8:46 pm

    I’d love to take the family to Lapland to meet the real Father Christmas.

  19. ElizM
    August 10, 2016 / 9:45 pm

    I’d take the kids to Prague or Vienna – I love the Christmas markets in these beautiful European cities

  20. Leanne Hansell
    August 10, 2016 / 10:00 pm

    If budget was no option, I would go to Lapland for Christmas.

  21. Lyndsey
    August 10, 2016 / 10:12 pm

    to the maldives

  22. Angela Paull
    August 10, 2016 / 11:26 pm

    Oh has to be Lapland, would love to do the whole Santa thing whilst the belief remains ❤️

  23. Nuala R
    August 10, 2016 / 11:33 pm

    Malta this year he he with my father in law that or New Zealand x

  24. Joanne Hayes
    August 11, 2016 / 9:55 am

    Id take my family to Iceland to see the Northern Lights x

  25. Karen Barrett
    August 11, 2016 / 11:28 am

    Mooloolaba to see my family

  26. Catherine Macnab
    August 11, 2016 / 1:19 pm

    Bethlehem – in the Palestinian Territories. I’d do an Israel trip through the holy land – go swimming in the dead sea on Christmas day – spend a day on the beach at Eliat.

  27. sarah fielding
    August 11, 2016 / 2:04 pm

    Hawaii!!

  28. Lorna Roberts
    August 11, 2016 / 8:02 pm

    I’d head back to China. Spent a week in Beijing at Christmas when I was there doing TEFL and it was great, if very cold. Few crowds. Chinese food. Nothing better.

  29. Tracey S Anderson
    August 11, 2016 / 9:07 pm

    I have always fancied visiting the Austrian Tyrol for Christmas

  30. Stevie
    August 12, 2016 / 10:53 am

    I’d like to spend Christmas in and arout Scotland and of course for new year.

  31. Jennifer Aguero
    August 12, 2016 / 4:43 pm

    I’d take my fiancée to see his dying father. He hasn’t seen siblings or his father in over 10 years. Mexico is close but still costly when you have 4 kids to travel with.

  32. Kellie Steed
    August 12, 2016 / 11:30 pm

    Would definitely take the whole family to Disneyland in Florida for a nice warm Christmas and to see my little 2 year old’s face when he meets Buzz Lightyear!

  33. Justine
    August 14, 2016 / 1:39 am

    Brisbane Australia

  34. August 14, 2016 / 9:57 am

    I would love to tour around the Loire Valley at Christmas. When I spent a previous Christmas in France it was magical with decorations and Christmas trees everywhere. I would imagine that the Chateaus of the Loire Valley would be spectacular and the food would certainly be excellent.

  35. jo liddement
    August 14, 2016 / 2:05 pm

    Somewhere warm such as Hawaii

  36. Colin Gault
    August 14, 2016 / 4:58 pm

    Lapland with the kids

  37. Keith Hunt
    August 14, 2016 / 10:34 pm

    Take a Christmas cruise again on Cunards QM11

  38. Samantha ellershaw
    August 15, 2016 / 2:44 pm

    If budget wasn’t an object the Walt Disney world florida

  39. beth
    August 15, 2016 / 3:28 pm

    I would go to Antarctica.

  40. Mrs Susan Harris
    August 15, 2016 / 9:09 pm

    Lapland would be my Christmas ideal destination

  41. Michelle Giles
    August 16, 2016 / 2:14 pm

    i would love to explore different countries

  42. Corinne Peat
    August 16, 2016 / 7:19 pm

    I would love to go to Australia at Christmas. Lovely and warm!

  43. Michelle Sykes
    August 17, 2016 / 11:36 pm

    Barbados

  44. Kim M
    August 20, 2016 / 5:06 pm

    Love to go to New Hampshire x

  45. daryl gott
    August 21, 2016 / 10:07 pm

    bora bora

  46. David Allen
    August 22, 2016 / 3:01 pm

    Australia for a sunshine Christmas

  47. Rachel Butterworth
    August 22, 2016 / 6:26 pm

    Canada or Alaska. Somewhere where a white Christmas is guaranteed.

  48. Rebecca Saunders
    August 23, 2016 / 8:52 pm

    Easter Island

  49. Rachel Rudkin
    August 23, 2016 / 11:34 pm

    A large, beautiful house overlookiing the Norfolk Broads. It would have huge, floor-to-ceiling windows with views of water and wildlife, and room for all my lovely family. It’s not Christmas without family!

  50. Emily Carter-Dunn
    August 23, 2016 / 11:52 pm

    I would go to Iceland

  51. Julian Norris
    August 24, 2016 / 5:36 pm

    Christmas Island, in the Indian Ocean. Always wanted to go to a remote island!

  52. carole n
    August 27, 2016 / 9:31 pm

    Australia would be great

  53. David Reeves
    August 28, 2016 / 6:54 am

    In orbit around our wonderful planet!

  54. Bob Clark
    August 28, 2016 / 7:14 am

    California – the Pacific Coast

  55. Kelly Miotti
    August 28, 2016 / 7:31 am

    Home! Always where ever my family are.

    Or New York City as long as i could take my family with me.

  56. Tom Baines
    August 28, 2016 / 7:40 am

    this year off to cyprus fo the holiday yahoo sunshine

  57. Wayne Maxwell
    August 28, 2016 / 8:04 am

    New York
    Specifically the The Plaza Hotel used in the film Home Alone near Central Park. Creating some of that Christmas magic!

  58. bex allum
    August 28, 2016 / 8:09 am

    Dubai

  59. daniel baugh
    August 28, 2016 / 8:15 am

    That hotel in Finland where each room is a dome so we can star gaze from the comfort of our bed

  60. Nicola Lynch
    August 28, 2016 / 8:44 am

    New Zealand to see our group of friends out there from when we lived there a few years back.

  61. Fiona K
    August 28, 2016 / 9:01 am

    Australia – so as to have a warm sunny Christmas

  62. Sarah Parker
    August 28, 2016 / 9:01 am

    USA

  63. Jackie ONeill
    August 28, 2016 / 9:02 am

    New Zealand

  64. Maggie
    August 28, 2016 / 9:38 am

    New Zealand – Christmas on the beach with friends would be great

  65. Emma Brown
    August 28, 2016 / 9:52 am

    New York – for the Christmas tree and ice skating!

  66. Julia Hebron
    August 28, 2016 / 10:21 am

    Iceland! I studied the language for a year but still can’t afford to visit the place.. .would love to.

  67. Mary Houlihan
    August 28, 2016 / 10:22 am

    I’d love to spend it in Borneo.

  68. Paul Mawson
    August 28, 2016 / 10:47 am

    While the kids are still young I would love to take them to Lapland to visit Santa and see the Northern Lights

  69. Ben
    August 28, 2016 / 11:04 am

    has to be new york for christmas.

  70. August 28, 2016 / 11:33 am

    Australia, to visit my family that I haven’t seen in seven years

  71. Simon tutthill
    August 28, 2016 / 12:29 pm

    Would love to spend it in Lapland,it would be truly incredible to see a real White Christmas

  72. Emma Hawkins
    August 28, 2016 / 12:30 pm

    I would travel to Canada

  73. Jen Rogers
    August 28, 2016 / 1:24 pm

    Santorini – in Greece – my Atlantis

  74. M Smith
    August 28, 2016 / 1:48 pm

    Lapland would be a dream come true, children meeting Father Chrismas

  75. jenni
    August 28, 2016 / 2:04 pm

    New Zealand beautiful country and lovely people

  76. Lauren
    August 28, 2016 / 2:19 pm

    Portland, Oregon.

  77. Rachael G
    August 28, 2016 / 2:40 pm

    Bora Bora

  78. Alison
    August 28, 2016 / 3:15 pm

    Lapland

  79. Zoe
    August 28, 2016 / 3:49 pm

    I would love to go to Disneyland Florida for Christmas

  80. frank sedgwick
    August 28, 2016 / 4:03 pm

    new york, just because .

  81. Matthew Popplewell
    August 28, 2016 / 4:19 pm

    the moon :-)))))

  82. Lisa Parker
    August 28, 2016 / 4:44 pm

    I would love to go to Norway so that I could have an open fire, a real Christmas tree and snow for Christmas x

  83. Michael Groll
    August 28, 2016 / 5:03 pm

    Marquesas Islands – beautiful, remote and difficult to travel to especially if you live in Europe. A real once-in-a-lifetime destination.

  84. eric pomphrey
    August 28, 2016 / 5:06 pm

    I would spend take a boat trip from Scotland up past Iceland, Greenland, Canada ad then Settle in Alaska

  85. Sally Elvish
    August 28, 2016 / 5:07 pm

    International Space Station – but that’s not likely to happen!!

  86. eric pomphrey
    August 28, 2016 / 5:07 pm

    I would take a boat trip from Scotland to Icelad, Greenland, Canada and Alaska!

  87. Ruth Shaw
    August 28, 2016 / 5:16 pm

    Anywhere I could watch the Northern Lights; Iceland, Alaska/Canada, Northern Scandinavia

  88. Rebecca williams
    August 28, 2016 / 5:17 pm

    I would spend christmas in Disneyworld 🙂

  89. Marycarol
    August 28, 2016 / 7:45 pm

    Barbados ????

  90. Claire Kyle
    August 28, 2016 / 7:50 pm

    Canada, never been and always fancied it.

  91. Lisa Evans
    August 28, 2016 / 7:55 pm

    The Maldives!

  92. Jen A
    August 28, 2016 / 8:06 pm

    I’d just stay in the UK to have all my family with me and visit The Lake District – my favourite place in the world.

  93. Lisa Buckley
    August 28, 2016 / 8:26 pm

    I’d definitely head to New Zealand!

  94. Paul M
    August 28, 2016 / 9:10 pm

    Alaska

  95. Aimee Carter
    August 28, 2016 / 9:59 pm

    I’d love to go to Japan for Christmas. I love all the lights and sounds from a british christmas… I just assume Japanese Christmas will be more intense.

  96. Gemma Laird
    August 28, 2016 / 10:05 pm

    It would have to be Riviera Maya in Mexico, it looks absolutely stunning there

  97. Gemma Laird
    August 28, 2016 / 10:06 pm

    I would love to go to Riviera Maya in Cancun, Mexico. It looks absolutely stunning there

  98. Helen Ellis
    August 28, 2016 / 10:07 pm

    New York!

  99. andrea smith
    August 28, 2016 / 10:33 pm

    Canada – to take my Mum to visit the penfriend she has been writing to, but has never met, for 70 years!

  100. andrea smith
    August 28, 2016 / 10:34 pm

    Canada

  101. Jane H Shaw
    August 29, 2016 / 6:39 am

    I would love to celebrate Christmas in New York thanks

  102. Annette Brampton
    August 29, 2016 / 7:37 am

    I would love to visit a country that has a hot weather at Christmas time.
    Just so I could experience it and also to be able to visit a beach on Christmas Day would be lovely.

  103. Mrs Heather Harris
    August 29, 2016 / 7:56 am

    To my sons to see my grandson that in birmingham so I too would stay home

  104. Pam Young
    August 29, 2016 / 9:05 am

    Sydney, Australia

  105. donna large
    August 29, 2016 / 11:35 am

    new zealand

  106. Karen Baylis
    August 29, 2016 / 11:42 am

    Iceland to (hopefully!) see the Northern Lights

  107. Tammy Tudor
    August 29, 2016 / 12:08 pm

    New York it’s always been a dream to go there at christmas time!

  108. Harsa Dhokia
    August 29, 2016 / 1:50 pm

    I would love to spend Xmas in Scotland, Edinburgh, with all my family

  109. August 29, 2016 / 1:58 pm

    Rome is top of my list of places to visit and I think Christmas in Rome would be magical.

  110. Laura Nice
    August 29, 2016 / 3:58 pm

    lapland would be a dream come true!

  111. Lisa Robinson
    August 29, 2016 / 4:04 pm

    I’d love to spend Christmas down under in Oz!

  112. georgie pope
    August 29, 2016 / 4:07 pm

    anywhere but home! mexico would be fab

  113. Helen
    August 29, 2016 / 4:22 pm

    Rome

  114. Kim M
    August 29, 2016 / 5:51 pm

    Lapland would be magical x

  115. Lorna Leach
    August 29, 2016 / 6:43 pm

    Christchurch, New Zealand to spend it with my friend who I’v not seen in 4 years and who’ll be on summer holiday.

  116. August 29, 2016 / 6:43 pm

    It would be New York for me – it looks magical at Christmas time!

  117. Mark Dabbs
    August 29, 2016 / 7:25 pm

    Tokyo

  118. Tina Lawton
    August 29, 2016 / 7:42 pm

    I’d love to spend Christmas in New York 🙂

  119. Victoria B
    August 29, 2016 / 9:12 pm

    A lovely log cabin anywhere, with snow outside would be fab.

  120. Sheri Darby
    August 29, 2016 / 9:28 pm

    Australia to enjoy the sunshine

  121. Lucy Masters
    August 29, 2016 / 9:29 pm

    I would love to go to China for a completely different take on the Christmas experience.

  122. Rebecca B
    August 30, 2016 / 1:19 am

    Iceland to see the amazing scenery, Orca and the Northern Lights

  123. Pam Smith
    August 30, 2016 / 7:58 am

    I’d love to spend Christmas in New York…but only if all the family could be with me

  124. Joan
    August 30, 2016 / 10:40 am

    Las Vegas , I would fly 1st class, book the best hotels and go to all the top shows.

  125. Rich Tyler
    August 30, 2016 / 11:16 am

    I’d love to spend it in a igloo in Iceland watching the northen lights :)))

  126. Bernie
    August 30, 2016 / 12:47 pm

    I’d take the family to visit my sister and her family who emigrated 8 years ago. Christmas is for family

  127. Rebecca Howells (@PeanutHog)
    August 30, 2016 / 1:04 pm

    The Maldives

  128. Helen A
    August 30, 2016 / 1:37 pm

    Lapland to enjoy all the Santa magic and snow!

  129. HAYLEY TURNER
    August 30, 2016 / 1:42 pm

    Florida with my kids and partner who as ms so winter times are always more difficult

  130. carol boffey
    August 30, 2016 / 3:02 pm

    Iceland

  131. D mullooly
    August 30, 2016 / 3:50 pm

    Iceland the country not the shop and not so obv as Lapland!

  132. Helen W
    August 30, 2016 / 4:08 pm

    I’d love to go to Norway and have a very snowy Christmas!

  133. George S
    August 30, 2016 / 4:20 pm

    If budget was no option, I would go to Tromso, Norway and spend Christmas in the dark snowy days, under the northern lights. then see in new year watching the fireworks over the town bridge.

  134. Dan Caldon
    August 30, 2016 / 5:39 pm

    Fiji. Beach, warm weather and rugby sevens

  135. leanne weir
    August 30, 2016 / 9:58 pm

    Australia or NZ

  136. Zoe Andrews
    August 30, 2016 / 10:40 pm

    USA to see extended family

  137. Elaine
    August 31, 2016 / 12:36 am

    If money were no object then Toronto Canada in a 5* hotel

  138. lucy knight
    August 31, 2016 / 12:38 am

    Id love to travel to Melbourne Australia amd surprise my best friend who emigrated 8 years ago.miss her so much n be awesome to spend xmas with them

  139. Julie Easby
    August 31, 2016 / 2:28 am

    New York – To See The Macy’s Parade & Ice Skate In Times Square

  140. liz ferguson
    August 31, 2016 / 8:34 am

    Australia!

  141. Allan Wilson
    August 31, 2016 / 10:41 am

    Iceland

  142. Alison MacDonald
    August 31, 2016 / 11:29 am

    The Maldives a nice relaxing Xmas for hubby and me.

  143. Dale Dow
    August 31, 2016 / 11:32 am

    New York – I would hang about for the ball drop too

  144. Natalie Eveleigh
    August 31, 2016 / 12:19 pm

    I’d always stay at home, without a doubt!!

  145. richard scholfield
    August 31, 2016 / 12:23 pm

    Scunthorpe

  146. August 31, 2016 / 1:48 pm

    South Africa to see family and enjoy the sunshine

  147. Emily Hutchinson
    August 31, 2016 / 2:11 pm

    Mauritius would be nice I imagine!

  148. Champaklal Lad
    August 31, 2016 / 2:44 pm

    Maldives , seychelles

  149. Hannah Smith
    August 31, 2016 / 3:51 pm

    I would travel to Singapore as my dad lives there!

  150. jackie beckett
    August 31, 2016 / 5:35 pm

    Would never travel for christmas its always best at home

  151. Heather Jenkinson
    August 31, 2016 / 5:42 pm

    I’d stay in England, and wish for snow! But I’d have a big no expenses spared traditional blowout!

  152. Philip Underwood
    August 31, 2016 / 5:46 pm

    I would go to Germany, to see all of the Christmas sights and remember my childhood!

  153. Natalie Crossan
    August 31, 2016 / 7:25 pm

    Has to be lapland xx

  154. Anne Jenkins
    August 31, 2016 / 7:47 pm

    I would LOVE to see Some Scottish Islands with all the wildlife. I am well travelled, but desperately want to go on an Island hop

  155. Solange
    August 31, 2016 / 7:58 pm

    Australia. it would be nice to spend Christmas Day on the beach.

  156. Laura Pritchard
    August 31, 2016 / 8:14 pm

    To Australia as my parents are on a Grey Gap Year and will be there this year!

  157. Joanna Kasznicki
    August 31, 2016 / 8:16 pm

    I would go to disneyworld in america with my family

  158. Jennifer H.
    August 31, 2016 / 8:42 pm

    I would go to Ireland!

  159. Jennifer H.
    August 31, 2016 / 9:17 pm

    I shared on Twitter.

  160. jackie rushton
    August 31, 2016 / 9:27 pm

    Hawaii!

  161. Jennifer H.
    August 31, 2016 / 9:28 pm

    I shared on facebook.

  162. Yvonne Wilkinson
    August 31, 2016 / 9:32 pm

    It is the only time of the year that I don’t want to travel. Home and family are the best part of Christmas. A trip to Malaysia straight after would be a nice treat though!

  163. Carol
    August 31, 2016 / 9:53 pm

    I would like to travel to Ireland.

  164. Aidan
    August 31, 2016 / 9:54 pm

    Burma

  165. Beryl Drake
    August 31, 2016 / 9:56 pm

    I would love to go to The Maldives

  166. John H.
    August 31, 2016 / 10:19 pm

    I would like to go to New Zealand.

  167. Kirsty Greer
    August 31, 2016 / 10:24 pm

    Walt Disney world!!!

  168. claire blaney
    August 31, 2016 / 11:14 pm

    I would travel to Austria to spend it up the mountains sking

  169. John H.
    September 1, 2016 / 1:01 am

    I have shared on Facebook.

  170. John H.
    September 1, 2016 / 1:39 am

    I have shared on Twitter.

  171. Sa
    November 15, 2016 / 10:31 pm

    Stay home

  172. Michelle Johnson
    November 21, 2016 / 1:45 pm

    Would love to have Christmas in a log cabin in Scotland. Fingers crossed there would be lots of snow.

  173. barbara tidmarsh
    December 4, 2016 / 9:36 pm

    Stay at home and spend it with the family. I am a nurse and have to work some or all of Xmas so would be good to have it off.

  174. graham hudson
    December 5, 2016 / 2:12 pm

    mauritius

  175. Graham Douglas
    December 7, 2016 / 6:57 pm

    Alaska, but she’ll only say she wants to stay at home!!

  176. Carole Scott
    December 8, 2016 / 9:08 am

    I’d rent a castle in Scotland and sit in front of a roaring log fire decorated with old fashioned greenery and candles, sip whiskey and switch off the phone. No soulless modern kitsch, just an old fashioned Christmas with family, heaven.

  177. james wood
    December 8, 2016 / 9:25 am

    Disneyworld

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