Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays from BGA!

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays from BGA!

It’s Christmas Eve, and we’re just a couple of hours away from the annual family dinner. Everyone on my mom’s side of the family will be here, and it’ll be chaos. It always is. We never learn.

I still chuckle when I remember how, a few years back, we all tried to teach Uncle John how to FaceTime people. He thought it was stupid, but gave it his best. Then grandma got all upset when we showed her this meme (seen below) because she loves Michael Bublé…

…sorry, grandma. It’s all I see now every time I look at that album.

I’m one of those folks who goes hog wild over holiday decor, so I thought it would be fun to take a trip down memory lane, and look back at past trips that fully embraced the holiday spirit.

Ready to ignite a little wanderlust? Let’s go!

Berlin Christmas market | Broke Girl Abroad
Dresden Christmas market | Broke Girl Abroad
Prague Christmas market | Broke Girl Abroad


I spent around half of December in Europe, where I first learned what Christmas markets were. What a treat!

Europe goes all out. Major cities are dotted with charming markets hosting everything from ferris wheels, festive decor, and those lovely wooden chalets that sell the sweetest little trinkets and snacks.

I was lucky enough to visit three major markets; Berlin’s Gendarmenmarkt, the Striezelmarkt in Dresden, and just about every major market Prague had to offer. It was pure, Chrismasy bliss.

Toronto Christmas market | Broke Girl Abroad
Disney's Magic Kingdom at Christmas | Broke Girl Abroad
Disney's Magic Kingdom at Christmas | Broke Girl Abroad


Whilst attempting to get to Milan, bad weather meant that my then boyfriend and I were stuck in Toronto for a day until the snow cleared. Fortunately, the Christmas market had opened, so we spent a day exploring the area and trying not to buy everything we saw.

Later in December, I got to see Disney World go all out right before the big holiday. If you’ve ever been, you know I’m not kidding when I say every square inch of the park is decked out. It was impressive, putting it mildly.

Graduation at Baker University | Broke Girl Abroad


And tomorrow, I’m off for my first of several Central American adventures! I’ll have more to write about Costa Rica when I get back in January, but for now, have a Merry Christmas and happy holiday season!

Safe travels!


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