Fall is here and that means it is time to start thinking about holiday travel! If you have ever dreamed of visiting the European Christmas markets, then you need to hear these ideas and tips from Sarah from Family Backpack. This episode just may get even Scrooge in the holiday spirit!
ON THE PODCAST
00:30 – Talking with Kim about her recent trip to California
06:18 – Kim’s next trip to Barbados
08:39 – Upcoming trips in October
13:24 – Talking with Sarah
16:44 – Cities Sarah visited in Europe
18:28 – How far in advance to start planning
21:50 – Dates for Christmas markets
23:30 – What to expect at these Christmas markets
25:23 – Sarah’s favorite markets
27:07 – Other things to do around the markets
32:10 – Tips to visit Christmas markets
35:09 – Glühwein
36:45 – Handmade merchandise
38:53 – Best place to take a family photo
40:14 – Sarah’s favorite travel gear
45:16 – Previous Holiday Episodes/Posts
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ABOUT SARAH WILSON
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TIPS FOR VISITING THE EUROPEAN CHRISTMAS MARKETS
- Plan your trip early if you can.
- In bigger cities the markets will start late in November but some will end before Christmas.
- Be sure to look up when markets are open so than you can plan your destinations accordingly.
- Look at other things to do in the area. For instance in Baden-Baden, Germany you can visit one of the many spa locations and enjoy a relaxing experience. They have spas for just men, just women, both genders, and families.
- A Christmas market in a big city would be a great place to start off your trip since you could spend days.
- Traveling with kids, you should try giving them a budget to for them to spend at the markets you are visiting. You could also give them a separate budget for gifts to each other.
- Each market usually has a unique handicraft item that they are known for, especially in the smaller towns.
- Dress warm but don’t worry if you forget your gloves and hat, you can always buy something handmade there!
BEST PLACE TO TAKE FAMILY PHOTO
With the holiday lights and trees, any market can make a great family photo. If you can get a good one at night with all the colored lights, that would make for a great family photo. Some of the locations you may actually be able to find a frame that you can stand in with your family that has the name of the city or town you are in.
FAVORITE TRAVEL GEAR
Sarah loves to wear her Waypoint Goods travel scarf, which are themed after cities, but they have a hidden zipper pocket that you can hide your passport or phone or even some money! She also loves her On the Go 247 bag, which are developed for traveling moms, and are very versatile.
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