There's only a couple of days left now until Christmas, and this year, I am spending it in England with family. I'm really looking forwards to it, but I did start thinking back to some of the countries I have spent Christmas in when travelling. It's always a little bit strange when you are in a foreign country over the holiday period, and some of the countries and situations I have found myself in have been stranger than others!
Sweden – Way back in 2002, I lived and worked in Sweden for a while. Looking back now, I can say that I am glad of the whole experience, although at the time, I had mixed feelings about it! Christmas was quite enjoyable though, and I spent my time with a lovely girl who I have unfortunately since lost touch with. You can read about my experiences in Sweden here – Living and working in Sweden. After leaving Sweden, I felt it was the best time to visit Norway as well.
Sudan -Fast forward to 2006, and I am cycling from England to Cape Town. This really was a great adventure, and was a defining point in building my personality (well, what of it I have!), as well as my attitude to travel. After completing the journey, I felt that almost anything was possible. My route took me through countries it is no longer possible to travel safely through such as Syria, and I ended up in Khartoum for Christmas. You can read about my trip here – Cycling from England to Cape Town and this is my Christmas post – Christmas in Sudan.
Mexico 2010 – After returning from the Africa cycling trip, I immediately started planning my next one, and this time, it was to cycle from Alaska to Argentina. This overland journey would take me 18 months to complete, and was perhaps even more defining than the Africa trip. I actually spent two Christmas's en-route, with the first one being in San Blas, which you can read about here – Extended stay in San Blas.
Argentina 2011 – And over this Christmas, I stayed in Salta where I was doing a little freelance writing work to try and help extend the trip. You can read about the Christmas here – Christmas in Salta , although the New Years celebration was more memorable, which you can read here – New Years in Salta
And so that's my last blog post before Christmas. Hope you have a good one, whether you are travelling through a foreign country, or spending it with family and friends. What countries other than your own have you spent Christmas in? I would love to know, so please leave a comment below.