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  • Did you know that UK families, on average, spend over 1k at Christmas without even realising? As much as you love turkey and tinsel, wouldn’t you rather treat the whole clan to an All Inclusive holiday? Here’s why you need to make the swap…

    Christmas. It’s pretty much the same every year – itchy jumpers, sprouts, making small talk with relatives and pretending to love your novelty socks. We bet you didn’t know that the average family can spend up to £1,149 over the festive period, too? That’s 38% more than what families budget for, and, worst of all, we tend not to notice until it’s too late.

    So, how about having a change from the norm by taking the whole family away on holiday? You’ll swap pointless presents and bad TV specials for some quality time in the sunshine. And, the best news is, it’s not too late to grab a late Christmas deal at a discounted price. Quick, take a look before they’re gone.

    If you’re still not convinced that Christmas drains your bank account, here’s a rundown of where that money goes. Scroll to the bottom to get the full cost comparison…

    Food and drink

    We spend £162 on Christmas dinner with all the trimmings, mince pies and our favourite tipples, and usually, all you have to show for it at the end is a slightly bigger waistline. Put this towards your All Inclusive holiday, and you won’t have to worry about watching the pennies, you can have your fill of food and drink at the buffets and bars.

    Plus, with sunny weather, a pool, and tonnes of activities on offer, you’ll be more inclined to work off those extra calories. It’s win, win.

    Head to the stylish RIU Tikida Garden in Marrkech for your Christmas break and you can swap turkey for tasty tagines at the Moroccan à la carte. Or, relax with a tipple or two at the lounge bar in the evening without worrying about breaking the bank.

    Gifts

    As you’ve probably guessed, gifts are a pretty big expense over the Christmas period. Families, on average, spend £680 on gifts alone. And, let’s be honest, most of you will probably never wear that reindeer onesie or use that pointless kitchen gadget. We bet you can’t even remember what you got last year.

    So, what could be a better gift to the whole family than a holiday where you’ll get to make amazing memories and spend quality time together?

    Head to the Caleta Dorada apartments in Fuerteventura and you’ll have loads to keep the family busy. This place lines up three large pools, a splash park with four waterslides and activities like minigolf, table tennis and football. When you fancy getting out and about, there are local markets to browse, watersports at the beach to try, and you can even explore the island’s volcanic landscape and black-sand beaches on a three-wheeled motorcycle – yep, this is a popular way to sightsee on the island.

    If you do want to exchange gifts – because of course that’s the best bit – why not do a souvenir Secret Santa on a set budget? You can never have enough magnets and bottle openers, after all.

    Parties

    ‘Tis the season to be jolly, which means endless rounds of Christmas parties and catch-ups with old friends. The average spend on going out is around £85, but we reckon if you take the whole Christmas period into account, it’s a lot more than that.

    Of course, on an All Inclusive holiday, you don’t need to worry about getting in that extra round of drinks or heading home early on a night out. You can relax and enjoy as many poolside tipples as you please. Pick the DB San Antonio Hotel and Spa in Malta and you’ll have loads of bars and eateries to choose from. There’s a poolside bar where you can get your fix of cool-down drinks, an adults-only restaurant where you can enjoy a glass of wine with your meal, and a sky bar where you can take your pick from spirits, beer, wine and cocktails while enjoying the amazing surrounding views.

    Ready to take Christmas abroad?

    Grab a late deal before it’s too late, or start browsing our destinations and plan next year’s trip. Read where’s hot in December or best holidays for big families for some more inspiration.

    The Cost of Christmas
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