Christmas Holiday Destinations for Festive Fun From Direct Travel Insurance

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If the idea of Christmas at home lacks sparkle for families who would like to hang up their tinsel somewhere new, here are some suggestions for fun festive destinations from the travel insurance experts at Direct Travel.

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Celebrating in a chalet, in a castle or even on a cruise adds extra excitement, while parents can reassure the children that Santa will still find them, and post-lunch torpor can be shaken off by trying new activities.

Family holiday insurance will cover Christmas presents as well as normal personal possessions, and skiers or snowboarder can add ski insurance.

What's more, with the first chills of winter comes the prospect of snow disruption shutting airports, delaying travel and generally causing costly chaos. Taking out natural catastrophe cover can provide compensation if trouble does strike.

Mayrhofen, Austria: an idyllic winter holiday setting with stunning mountains, glacier skiing, friendly people, bags of atmosphere plus good food and schnapps. Ideal for partners who don’t ski and regulars say they’d never go anywhere else.

Garmisch Partenkirchen, Bavaria, Germany: for a perfect picture postcard Christmas, with snow, gingerbread houses, a Christmas market, gluhwein, a twinkling toy shop, sleighs and chocolate everywhere. A real delight for youngsters (and their parents.)

El Gouna, Egypt: no snow at this Red Sea resort where the temperature is a balmy 26C in December and lazy beach days can be supplemented with a deep sea fishing safari. Stay overnight on a 60 ft boat with a chef cooking the catch of the day for dinner.

Lennoxlove Castle: closer to home but exotic in a different way. This luxurious stately home in East Lothian, Scotland, could be just the venue for an extended family gathering, complete with helicopter pad and personal butler’s pantry.

Taking out a natural catastrophe policy is easy, according to Direct Travel Insurance. Travellers are covered for flight cancellations, additional accommodation and food bills if stranded overseas and even unplanned expenses in Britain such as extra parking charges and kennel fees.

Natural disaster cover* can be added to single trip travel insurance, annual multi-trip travel insurance, and backpacker cover.

*Such as that provided by Direct Travel Insurance.

Notes for Editors

Established in late 1992 and trading since 1993, Direct Travel Insurance specialises in travel insurance for individual travellers, couples and families up to the age of 75. Direct Travel Insurance offers a range of cover options and added benefits including cover for over 100 sports and activities enabling customers to tailor their policies for single trip, annual multi trip, backpacking and winter sports.

All travel insurance policies are underwritten by Chartis Europe Limited. Direct Travel Insurance is a trading name of UNAT Direct Insurance Management Limited, which is authorised and regulated by the Financial Services Authority (FSA Number 312350). Chartis Europe Limited is also authorised and regulated by the Financial Services Authority (FSA Number 202628).

This information can be checked by visiting the FSA website.

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