Traveling over Christmas

This year we decided to make the most of the Christmas break and do something a bit different - go to Guatemala.

So here we are. Sitting on the floor of the airport on Christmas day, drinking beer and playing cards, waiting for an internal flight to Tikal to start our Mayan adventure. That's Mayan as in the culture, not a shameless self-plug.

Our trip actually started last night as we decided to break the journey here up with a night in Miami on the way down. As it was Christmas, we treated ourselves to just under 24 hours at the Delano, part of the Morgans group (which we love) and one of the nicest hotels on South Beach, in a fabulous location walking distance from Lincoln Road. We arrived just before sunset and settled into holiday mode with a glass of fizz on the lounge beds by the pool.

Delano Miami

Before freshening up and heading out for drinks and dinner. We stopped at the Meat Market on the way down Lincoln Road for a cocktail and some epic people watching, before heading up to Juvia. If you’re heading to Miami make sure this restaurant is on your list. It’s a gorgeous rooftop with an awesome atmosphere - the food isn’t cheap but promise me you'll at least go for a cocktail. As it was Christmas Eve there was a DJ playing and they had put together a special 5 course menu- which was exquisite. With company to match, it was an awesome start to our trip and to Christmas! 

After a good feed and reasonably civilized end to the night, we woke up feeling refreshed this morning, lying in bed while we caught up with family and friends back home on Skype, wishing them a Merry Christmas, before heading down to breakfast at Bianca, the Delano’s main restaurant, for eggs benny, a couple of coffees and some Christmas mimosas!

Suitably stuffed, we took a quick stroll on the beach to dip our toes in the surf and check out some of the kiters enjoying the wind santa had bought them.

Followed by a dip in the pool to cool off….


Then it was time to head to the airport - next stop Guatemala a short, 2 hour flight away where we're now enjoying a 4 hour layover before our internal flight to Flores. Guatemala city airport is one of the regions biggest and we had fairly high hopes of at least some kind of restaurant where we could sit down and enjoy a glass of wine and Christmas lunch. It would however appear that Guatamalan's take Christmas seriously and absolutely nothing was open apart from the reliable golden arches...


Rich laid our feast out over the plastic chairs and dished out the "potatoes" while I poured the "gravy".

It's Christmas after all….

It's Christmas after all….

It was an "interesting" way to spend Christmas but we made the most of it sharing a couple of beers and using the time to swat up on where we were going in our guide books. I wasn't sure about travelling on Christmas Day but it turned out to be a lot of fun - and no one had to worry about the washing up.

Have you ever travelled on Christmas Day? How did you find it?

Things to keep in mind if you're spending Christmas abroad and travelling on Christmas day.