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Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays! It’s the season of giving. Do you have travel lovers on your list? Are you looking for ideas on what to get them? How do you give travel to someone short of paying for their entire trip? If you are stuck for ideas, that’s ok! I can help. Here are some simple ways to give the gift of travel to the ones you love, regardless of your budget.
Idea #1: Book a portion of the trip
Do you want to give the gift of travel to a loved one this year but can’t afford to pay for an entire trip? No worries! Try booking just a portion of the trip for them instead. Maybe you can buy their airline tickets or pay for their hotel room. Even paying for the rental car on a trip will be greatly appreciated by the traveler in your life. You can also use my tips to save money on rental cars, hotels, and flights.
Idea #2: Give money
Another gift idea is money. This is, by far, the easiest way to give the gift of travel, not only for you but for your favorite traveler too. By giving money, you enable your loved one to put your gift to the best use. They can either use the money to pay for a portion of the trip, or they can take the money with them to use for food and souvenirs while traveling. When my mom asked me what I wanted for Christmas this year, my answer was money for our next trip.
Idea #3: Give gift cards
An great alternative to money is gift cards. For the travelers in your life, consider giving general ones, such as Visa gift cards. These can be used to pay for various things, including hotel rooms and rental cars. If someone on your list is planning a trip to Disney World or Disneyland, consider giving Disney gift cards. You could also give gift cards to some favorite restaurants that they can use on their trip. Another good option is to buy a CityPass for the destination city your loved ones are headed to. Most large cities have these cards which give you discounts on most of the city’s popular attractions.
Idea #4: Pass on your rewards points
If you are a frequent traveler yourself, you may have accumulated airline miles or hotel loyalty reward points. A great way to give the gift of travel is to give these points or miles to your loved ones. These points or miles can be an easy way to give a free hotel room, airline ticket, or maybe just an upgrade. But, know that with giving airline miles, you may have to pay a transaction fee. For more information on gifting airline miles, look at this article from Forbes magazine. Another way to give the gift of travel through points is to use your timeshare for your loved ones’ vacation stay.
Idea #5: Buy luggage
If you would rather have something to put under the tree, luggage is always a good option for the travel lovers in your life. Whether it’s a new carry-on or a whole set, luggage is something every traveler needs. Spend the money to buy good quality luggage that will withstand the test of time. Additionally, opt for more colorful and unique luggage as opposed to the traditional black. This will make it easier for your family to find their luggage at baggage claim in the airport.
Idea #6: Give gadgets
Another way to give the gift of travel is to give travel-related gadgets. Whether you are looking for high-tech or low-tech items, there is an endless supply on the market these days. All of these items can make traveling more enjoyable and convenient. For high-tech gadgets, consider options like GPS units, cameras, noise-canceling headphones, or portable DVD players. If you would rather buy low-tech items, travel pillows, travel-size board games, sunglasses, or books are all good choices. For more ideas, see my guide to the best gifts for travelers.
Idea #7: Stock up on supplies
My last idea on giving the gift of travel is to help your favorite traveler stock up on supplies needed for their trip. These supplies can be anything from travel-size toiletries to sunscreen and bug spray. Supplies could also include beach towels, camping supplies, or ski gear. Giving these needed supplies can make planning and preparing for a trip much easier. While they may not be what you immediately think of when thinking about giving the gift of travel, they can be just as appreciated as giving a plane ticket.
When you have a travel lover on your holiday gift list, it can be difficult to decide what to give them. Sometimes, giving the gift of travel can seem out of reach, but these ideas show that there are options at every budget level. I hope some of these ideas help you with your holiday shopping! Do you have other ideas on how to give the gift of travel? Share them in the comments. For more ideas, see my ideas on giving the gift of Disney travel and see how to have amazing vacations on any budget. Happy travels!