With the festive season fast approaching, most of us are looking forward to some much-earned down time, to take a break from work or to simply get away.
For those who are looking for something a bit more out of the ordinary or an alternative way to spend Christmas the below list has been created.
From house and pet sitting in a new location to being a tourist in your own town, here are five alternative ways to spend Christmas.
Volunteer for charity Give back to the community by volunteering for a charity. There are plenty of organisations in need of extra help such as the Salvation Army who deliver hampers to families in need, or Crisis who offer support to those without a home.
Spend time in a new location with pets for company - Animal lover? Help pet owners in need and enjoy Christmas by house and pet sitting. The festive period is a popular time of the year for people to go away, but it's not always possible for them to take their beloved pets with them. As a TrustedHousesitters member you could spend the festive season somewhere new with a cuddly companion!
Discover something new in the local area - Christmas Day presents the perfect opportunity to get outside and discover your local area, allowing you to escape the hustle and bustle of day-to-day life. Although shops and businesses will be mostly shut, you can seek out areas of outstanding natural beauty, sculpture or monuments that you normally overlook and enjoy them undisturbed.
Get back to nature... - If you're tired of spending Christmas sat in front of the TV, then why not head out on a scenic walk? A beautiful summers day walk doesn't have to be dull and are a great opportunity to bond with family or friends in natural settings.
Take time to explore your interests - It's rare to have a day without the disturbance of the outside world, so spend some time exploring an interest or hobby such as playing a game of tennis.
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