Experiential gifting has recently gained popularity, with many people wanting to give or share experiences over gifting material things. To take that experience to the next level, add travel to it. Now you have given the lucky recipient a chance to make memories that last a lifetime and have officially won the title of top-gift-giver in your circle. Win-win!
Travel Gifts for Everyone on Your List
Be prepared for gleeful, ear-piercing screams when the kiddos or Disney fanatics on your list open a gift of Disney Cruise Line® cruise tickets or theme park passes to any of the Disney resorts worldwide (along with plane tickets and a hotel stay, if you are really feeling generous!). They will be ready to go before you can say, “Meeska, mooska, Mickey Mouse!”
There will be high fives, fist pumps, and hugs all around when the music lover that tops your nice list opens the envelope to find a pair of hard-to-get tickets for their favorite band or bucket-list music festival. Eras tour tickets for the Taylor Swift fan in your life, a jaunt to the UK for the Reading and Leeds Festivals, or a California desert trip for Coachella and Stage Coach will have any music lover applauding you.
Expect a toast in your honor when the wine lovers in your life see a wine country tour when they open that envelope! Maybe you will even get a bottle or two from their favorite winery as a thank-you. Whether it’s a trip to the vineyards of Napa Valley, France, or Italy, it is hard to beat the intoxicating smells, sights, and tastes of wine country during the fall harvest.
Winter Sports Enthusiasts
Rad snowboarder in your life? Plane tickets and lift passes are a no-brainer. From North American locations like Lake Tahoe, Salt Lake City, Aspen, and Whistler to international snowboard destinations such as Japan, Austria, Chile, Italy, and more, there is no shortage of must-experience runs. Just be sure you know which resorts are better for snowboarding, as ski and snowboard runs can differ vastly.
Maybe your stressed-out bestie has been dreaming of a yoga retreat. Or, let’s be honest, you need some serious chill time somewhere far away from it all and want your partner in crime along for the journey. Either way, a week-long yoga retreat in Hawaii or Costa Rica might be just the remedy to counteract the stress of the past year (or years!), at least for the week. Ahhh. Can you feel that tension melting away?
The Finishing Touch: Travel Insurance
Now that you have purchased the perfect travel experience for your loved one, you’re ready to wrap it up and tie a bow on top. But before you do, consider adding a travel insurance plan as the finishing touch. A little-known but valuable feature of travel insurance is that, unlike other insurance, you can purchase it for someone else.
Giving travel insurance gives the traveler security in knowing that if something unforeseen happens and the trip is canceled, delayed, or interrupted, it is not a total loss. In addition to prepaid, nonrefundable airfare, even the concert tickets, wine tour, and rented snowboarding gear can be covered if purchased before the trip is taken. A trusted travel insurance provider like Trawick International can help you determine which plan is suitable for the trip you are gifting.
When you are ready to purchase the plan, you need basic information about the traveler to put their name on the policy. Putting their name and information on the policy will allow the gift recipient to make a claim and be reimbursed. One thing to keep in mind, if a claim is made, the traveler will need to provide proof of payment for trip costs. Be sure to hold onto your receipts or share them with the recipient.
Whatever you decide, a travel gift is bound to be the season’s highlight for any recipient. We know we’d love to be on any list that involves being gifted travel!
Happy gifting and safe travels!