For myself, Christmas has always been a time of year to spend with family and friends who are dear to me. This year I have broken away from the traditional Christmas that I remember from my childhood. I wont be expecting a white Christmas and dinner by a roaring fire or Christmas Eve in a traditional pub. Instead I will be spending it with the family on the beach in Dubai with a Christmas Brunch where I will be sampling some of the best food from around the world.

This is possible thanks to the reduction in flight costs as long as you book far enough in advance, so if your retiring abroad down worry if your family is anything like me they will be thrilled to spend a week away in the sun for christmas to see you.