It’s time for the great Christmas getaway

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Perhaps I should avoid the roads and airports and travel cross-country on camel instead. I might get there faster!

Perhaps I should avoid the roads and airports and travel cross-country on camel instead. I might get there faster!

According to ABTA, four million of us will travel overseas this Christmas. They say that we started our prolonged getaway on December 18th and that tomorrow and the 30th will be the other busy days.

The usual suggestions are on offer; leave more time to get to airports, use public transport where possible, travel at off-peak times and generally expect hold-ups. Certainly the 18th wasn’t too bad apart from the rain and wind that coincided with many schools breaking up. To me it seemed worse in the shops than elsewhere.

ABTA also says that most of us are heading to the warmth although weather forecasters have been saying that is what we have been having! ABTA means places where it will be above twenty degrees and suggests the most popular destinations will be the Canary Islands, Morocco, the Cape Verde Islands, Dubai, Mexico and Cuba among the most popular destinations.

Those preferring snow – and there isn’t much around unless you head high up the mountains – have opted for Switzerland, France, Austria and Italy.

That leaves the rest of us and the AA warned that last Friday would be the busiest day on the roads (can’t say that I noticed) and Saturday was busy for short journeys to the shops for last minute present buying. As for this week, they say the traffic should slowly diminish and that Christmas Eve will be quietish apart from at peak times ( Guess which day I am driving to see the family?)

The RAC disagress and says that Christmas Eve will be the busiest day of the festivities (I hope the AA is right rather than the RAC) and that there will be 7.1 million car journeys on Christmas and Boxing Days as we tour the relatives and dispense festive bonhommie. At least 90% of the roadworks has been lifted so that some journeys can be easier.

Is it too early to make a new year’s resolution to stop reading all these harbingers of woe and just enjoy Christmas instead?

 

 

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