‘Tis the season to be jolly, and that includes the feel good custom of giving gifts. They always say it’s better to give than receive, and I actually couldn’t agree more with that statement. But, shopping for holiday gifts can be a daunting task, with the throngs of people at the stores and on the roads during the most wonderful time of the year. I can’t tell you how many posts I’ve seen on social media by stressed procrastinators out of ideas, seeking the input of their social networks for anything that might work.
Rather than racking your brain, and the internet, for a gift that may be returned or even worse, regifted, I know one gift that’s guaranteed to be a hit with your loved ones. That gift, my friends, is the gift of travel. Here are five reasons why travel is the best gift you can give.
You can guarantee they’ve never received it before.
Even if your loved ones already enjoy traveling, with the gift of travel, you can make sure it’s one they haven’t received (aka visited) in the past. You can easily gift plane tickets to a destination they’ve never been to, a rental car to take that road trip they’ve talked about for years or a stay at a luxury hotel that they would never splurge on themselves. With millions of places near and far to travel to, you can rest assured you won’t be investing in a duplicate gift.
This gift won’t ever be forgotten.
Objects have a shelf life, but memories last forever. Traveling is an unforgettable experience that won’t just end upon their return home. It lives on in the photos, stories and lessons they share and in conversations they’ll have for years to come.
It’s a gift that literally keeps on giving.
Travel is not the kind of gift that results in just a fleeting moment of happiness within its first few uses. Traveling to a new place and experiencing a new culture and set of customs can leave a lasting impact on a person’s character, lifestyle and point of view. The effects of traveling to a place they’ve never been runs deep to the core and cannot be replicated any other way. It’s a gift they’ll always be thankful for.
It actually serves many purposes, rather than just one.
Traveling cannot be defined by just one measure. It has a multitude of benefits that serve the experiencer. It’s not just about checking a box off a list or saying they’ve been somewhere new, but it’s what they take from it. Yes, it can help them with their bucket list and give them a topic of conversation at their holiday party, but traveling is also about learning to adapt, becoming open-minded, stepping outside your comfort zone and embracing uncertainty. Travel is both a rewarding and educational gift.
It’s an impactful gift that they’ll want to pass on.
The gift of travel is an inspiring one, and it’s definitely one they’ll want to pay forward. By giving them the impactful gift of travel, you’re offering them an experience that they’ll not only love, but that they’ll want the ones they love to have too.
So please, take my advice and this holiday season give the ones you love the best gift they’ve ever received – the gift of travel. I promise you they won’t be disappointed (no fake smiles and forced thank you’s will be necessary).
Have you ever received or gifted travel to a loved one? Share your experience below!