As magical as a traditional Christmas can be, it’s even more magical to get away every now and then. The image of an extended family gathering around an expertly roasted turkey, bathed in the light of a roaring fire is as ubiquitous as it is misleading. Few Christmas cards feature the images of distressed dads launching strings of profanity at a turkey that refuses to cook evenly or of exhausted mothers desperately scrubbing red wine stains out of the sofa. With so many logistical plates to spin, it’s little wonder that the idea of Christmas dinner in a far flung land where someone else gets to cook for them is incredibly appealing.
As romantic as the notion of getting away for Christmas can be, it brings with it certain logistical considerations. The last thing you want is to come home to an unpleasant surprise after new year. Here are some considerations for you to bear in mind to ensure that your Christmas overseas is as stress free and enjoyable as possible.
Make sure everyone knows you’re going away
Unless you have the budget to take everyone you love away with you, it’s pertinent to let everyone know where you’ll be over the festive season so that they’re not sending you texts and phone calls that will eat into your international data allowance or cost you money to answer. It will also prevent them from sending any packages that will sit waiting (or potentially spoiling) in the sorting office until you get back.
Since Christmas can be a difficult time for some people, some friends or family may worry about you if they’re unable to contact you over the Christmas period and assume the worst, that you’re upset and not receptive to human contact.
Check your boiler
Your boiler is the beating heart of your home’s central heating system. It’s one of those things that you forget is even there when it’s doing it’s job right. If it stops doing its job right, however, it can prove disastrous (especially if you’re not at home to respond promptly to it). If your boiler is more than 15 years old it may be worth upgrading your boiler before the weather starts to get really cold. Even if your boiler is not quite that old, it still may be worth clicking here http://ecosafe.co/boiler-services-in-poole/ to schedule a service. If you’re unable to schedule a service before you leave, here are some things that you should check the boiler for before you go…
- Make sure that the pilot light burns blue and not yellow.
- Make sure that the radiators heat to a reasonable standard within an hour.
- Watch out for any suspicious sounds or smells that may be coming from the boiler.
Make sure that your home is secure
Security is especially important in the winter months. Unfortunately, since homes tend to be stuffed full of expensive presents around this time of year, this makes them prime targets for burglars especially if it’s evident that their owners are away. If possible, get a friend or neighbour to check in on the house every now and then to give an impression of the home being lived in and to check that doors and windows are securely locked.
By carrying out these simple tasks you can ensure yourself a fun and worry-free Christmas abroad.