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Topic # 159835 14-Dec-2014 15:00
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With the holidays coming up are there any of you that avoid it?  It is busy, more expensive, traffic.  Some people get forced annual leave so I guess it is in their best interest to go somewhere if they have some place planned rather than just stay home ...

The last time I went away was 9 days to Japan with a grabseat special May 2013 and stayed home pretty much every other stat holiday, Xmas, New Yrs and this time round ... does get tedious but I try to remain focus on the objective.  Overspent on a dSLR when I retrained .. so I have to pay limit myself.  I could extend it out ... and save less but rather do the shotgun cold turkey approach.  I took one Friday off work and took a group of 10 peopel to the white mountain for a day playing in the snow with the sledges, making snowmen and then walk about in Taupo. 

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  Reply # 1197333 14-Dec-2014 18:00
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i once went overseas to a touristy place for christmas - there was no space to move!
staying at home is best




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  Reply # 1197930 15-Dec-2014 16:43
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We generally stay home.... avoid the madness. Take time off late Jan or early Feb instead for a break.

Few years ago we told a lot of people we were going to be away for Xmas..... we didnt go anywhere. It was just nice to have some quiet days at home :)





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  Reply # 1198104 15-Dec-2014 21:31
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I worked 10 years doing security in a casino overseas ... I hated the silly season due to dealing with alcohol affected people..
I did notice leading up to xmas they were aggressive, obnoxious  drunks, come New Years they were just happy drunks and a lot easier to deal with.



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  Reply # 1198110 15-Dec-2014 21:42
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GeekGuy: I worked 10 years doing security in a casino overseas ... I hated the silly season due to dealing with alcohol affected people..
I did notice leading up to xmas they were aggressive, obnoxious  drunks, come New Years they were just happy drunks and a lot easier to deal with.


Yep we spent 2010 New Yrs in Queenstown and we were there for the fireworks with my SLR.  Some just thought they were the coolest.  Wanaka busy too and they walked into a store wearing a bikini top with a skirt sarong or something.  Couldn't do photography anyway because the shorelines were so busy with people, tents and carvans but also no autumn colors.  Went one autumn weekend and the place was desserted.

Edit - during the silly season, we preferred to go to the smaller towns nad remote areas.  We stayed a hostel ... got a family room.  The nicer people were those sensible types, afte the fireworks they just said happy new yr, smiled and they went their own ways quietly. 

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