Christmas: Snow or Sand


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Having the Christmas holiday during the hottest part of the year makes the annual celebration somewhat different in the Southern hemisphere.

In countries like Australia and New Zealand, we are on summer break surfing, swimming and going away camping while the rest of the world is cranking up the fire and hitting the slopes for their winter holiday. With the help of travel experts, Podcast Producer Kim Napier and World Nomads' Phil Sylvester, this episode explores Yuletide in the Southern Hemisphere VS the Northern Hemisphere.

Hear the travel hacks to help make your Christmas holiday easier.

Places to visit if you are away from home and traveling over the festive break.

And Christmas through the eyes of Egyptian born Aussie comic Akmal and the ‘green snot’ that was the backdrop to his family Christmas feast.

What's in the Episode

00.09 - Welcome

01:26 - Travel Quiz: What has this question got to do with Phil’s own trip to South Africa?

02.09 - The Air New Zealand Christmas ad hilariously poking fun at the Kiwi accent.

03:40 - Kelly the New Zealand blogger living in the UK so she’s experienced Xmas in both hemispheres

“…I feel like I'm kind of in a snow globe. It's that kind of feeling where it's not real, but it is. You just kind of wander around in this amazement of just how beautiful everything really is.

06:40 - Ask Phil

10:32 - Australian comic Akmal

Jesus doesn't really get a mention in the Aussie Christmas. Not really. It's like having a birthday for someone and they're not invited. You know? "We're going to celebrate you but you're just a bit of a downer. If you could not show up that would be great." - Akmal

18:48 - Messages for home from our nomads.

20:25 - Travel hacks with Alexandra Tselios

25:34 - What do Sausage Swiper and Door Sniffer have to do with Christmas?

29:45 - Great tips for New year’s resolutions to guarantee travel in 2018

33:50 - Travel News

36:00 - Quiz answer

36:35 - What's next in Episode 7?

Who's on the Show?

Kelly is a blogger. She ‘babbles about adventures and life’. Originally from New Zealand, Kelly now lives in the UK and shares the differences between a hot and cold Christmas.

Akmal, one of Australia's most respected, successful and accomplished comics. Egyptian born, Akmal looks at Christmas when he was young in that country, coming to Australia and Christmas as an adult.

Alexandra Tselios is the founder of a leading opinion site in Australia and the US called The Big Smoke and she shares some cool travel hacks.

Ellen Hall, World Nomad’s Editorial Producer North America, with New Year's resolutions designed to encourage traveling in 2018.

Dave O’Malley Business Development Manager Europe for World Nomads and Christina Tunnah regional Manager The Americas, discuss places to visit if you are away from home over Christmas.

Terry Gunnell from the Folkloristics Department at the University of Iceland on Iceland’s 13 Santa Clauses.

Resources & Links

If you liked the sound of Molokhia, the traditional soup served at Akmal’s family Christmas described by the comic as ‘green snot’ – you’ll find it here. It’s widely eaten in the Middle East and Asia and despite Akmal’s description, is incredibly nutritious.

Air New Zealand wish you a "Mirry" Christmas as they poke fun at the Kiwi accent in this classic Christmas ad.

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