Are you stuck on a holiday gift for that person that has just about everything they could want? Why not give them something that they will remember forever and will make them happier than anything else – the gift of travel.
Research shows that experiences make people happier longer than ‘stuff’. You’ve heard it time and time again, but it’s so true - the memories you make from experiences will last longer than the latest technology or the newest pair of shoes.
So how do you give the gift of travel? While the idea of opening up a pair of plane tickets sounds amazing, it can be challenging to coordinate and plan for someone without their knowledge. Here are some ideas on how to gift travel:
Choose an experience, like a tour or adventure, and buy a gift certificate. When the recipient opens the gift certificate and realizes that the tour is 2,000 miles away, you can surprise them with the rest of the vacation. This leaves your recipient to choose the travel dates and help plan the rest of the details.
Book a weekend away that you can drive to. There are so many amazing destinations within driving distance that would still feel like a great escape – but not require a lot of coordination. The best part is that most hotels are refundable with a few days notice, which means that you can book your hotel now and cancel if it really doesn’t work for your recipient. Make sure that you read all the fine print before assuming a rate is refundable!
Have you been wanting to try that fancy restaurant you keep hearing about? Make reservations at the restaurant and book a one night hotel stay near the restaurant so you can really get away from it all – even for just a night – and really enjoy the restaurant without having to worry about traffic and getting home after dinner.
What about a staycation? Sometimes it’s not about the actual travel – but about the experiences you have while traveling. Pick a few tours and restaurants that you want to try in your neighborhood, or in the closest big city, and book some tours, make some reservations, and get out and be a tourist at home.
Ok, but it is about the travel and you want to give a great vacation. Give a gift certificate good for anywhere – let me know and I can help you. With a gift certificate to a travel agent, your recipient will be able to plan any vacation they want up to that amount – the best part is that they get to plan exactly what they want and you know that it will work for them.