With PCR tests and self-quarantine travel rules reinstated, travelling home for Christmas is going to be more difficult for those living abroad.

Christmas is all about tradition and spending time with friends and family, so for expats living overseas the festive period can be a very difficult time. Often in a completely different culture, who may not celebrate the holiday at all, Christmas can be an unusual experience for Brits abroad.

But experts at expat insurance specialist William Russell has provided some essential advice for those away from home during the festive period.

Here's the advice on how to avoid feeling homesick and enjoying a merry Christmas.

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Get into the Christmas spirit, wherever you are

Embrace the local culture

Get stuck into local cultural experiences and take advantage of the different ways people celebrate the holiday period.

Take it all as a learning opportunity and a chance to experience new traditions. Check out what events might be going on around you and get stuck in.

Spend the day with other expats

There will no doubt be many other expatriates who may also be feeling a little lonely at the prospect of spending Christmas day alone, so why not organise to spend it together.

This is a great way to keep busy on the day and even make new friends.

You don't have to suffer in silence if you're struggling with your mental health. Here are some groups you can contact when you need help:

Samaritans: Phone 116 123, 24 hours a day, or email [email protected], in confidence

Childline: Phone 0800 1111. Calls are free and won't show up on your bill

PAPYRUS: A voluntary organisation supporting suicidal teens and young adults. Phone 0800 068 4141

Depression Alliance: A charity for people with depression. No helpline but offers useful resources and links to other information on its website

Students Against Depression: A website for students who are depressed, have low mood, or are suicidal. Click here to visit

Bullying UK: A website for both children and adults affected by bullying. Click here

Campaign Against Living Miserably (CALM): For young men who are feeling unhappy. Has a website here and a helpline: 0800 58 58 58

Do things to remind you of home

While it's always a good idea to immerse yourself in local culture, there is nothing wrong with continuing your Christmas traditions in a new country. Whether it's going on a Christmas day walk or cooking Christmas dinner, continue your celebrations to make you feel more at home. Be flexible though and don't assume you will simply be able to pop out and get everything you want.

Buy yourself a gift

Maybe get yourself something you can do on the day and give yourself the time to relax and enjoy the day. Why not even wrap it up and open with your family on facetime so you don't feel as though you are missing out.

Volunteer

Volunteering at a local homeless shelter, care home or even an animal shelter can be a great way to keep busy while giving back to your new community. Check out what's in your local area and if any groups need help.

Michael Lewars, director at William Russell, said: "Whether it's your first Christmas away from home or you have been doing it for years, the holiday period can be an especially tough time for expats.

"Being away from friends and family, often in a completely different culture that celebrates the festive season in an entirely different way, or not at all, it's easy to feel like you're missing out.

However, there are some things you can do to help you feel more at home over the festive season."

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