Thoughtful gifts don’t need to be tangible objects, and travel is a gift that gives twice — once when it’s “opened” and again when the trip begins. Travel gifts can be as small as a cozy dinner for two or a once-in-a-lifetime trip for the whole family.
Gifts could be a getaway at a country inn, ski lift tickets or an entire ski weekend, a sightseeing cruise, a whale watch or a day or more at a theme park (it doesn’t have to be Disneyland — a nearby fun park is a treat, too). Tickets to a concert or event can be combined with a hotel gift certificate for an even grander gift.
Not all presents fit under the tree, so how to present a family holiday or a dinner for two can take some imagination. Most country inns and many restaurants offer attractive gift certificates, so the recipient can choose the dates. You can give these in a holiday card or, to create a little more suspense, put the certificate inside a wrapped box to put under the tree.
If the gift is an entire trip, look for some related object to wrap. A toy sailboat could be packaged with a gift certificate and a brochure for a Maine Windjammer cruise, for example.
A family trip is a gift for everyone and you can personalize tantalizing gifts for individual family members to put under the tree. Several small individual gifts can give hints of what’s coming, building anticipation until the destination is revealed in a final gift for everyone — which might be copies of the airline reservation.
Think of small things, like a pocket dictionary or phrasebook for the local language or suntan lotion if it’s a tropical destination. You can suit these hints to special interests, too, such as a guide to the regional birdlife for an avid birder. A book about, or set in, the destination could be the final tip-off.
For children, look for engaging stories set in the country or region, or you might find a small toy of a native animal, such as a sloth for a trip to Costa Rica or a hedgehog for England.
LEGOLAND New York Resort is about to make it easier for family travelers to move throughout the park this summer. The Minifigure Skyflyer, opening this summer and a first for LEGOLAND Resorts, offers an interactive new way to travel between themed lands.
As the only major U.S. airline to own a flight school, United Airlines already hit a major milestone, and now the carrier celebrates another important — and historic — step as the inaugural class of United Aviate Academy pilots graduates, leading the next generation of aviators. The 51 students in the graduating class were majority, at 80 percent, women and people of color — another stride toward United’s goal of training 5,000 new pilots by 2030 with half women or POC.
The family travel experience just got elevated at Cedar Lakes Estates, turning the traditional kids club on its head with a Home Alone-inspired twist. Located in Port Jervis in the heart of New York’s Hudson Valley, Cedar Lakes Estates sits on the grounds of a 1930s-era summer camp, offering families and kids an ultimate winter wonderland getaway.
Bulgaria has managed to slip under the radar for many family travelers, but, for those in the know, it is a fascinating country full of culture, history and natural beauty. For families, it is an ideal destination where you can find an affordable vacation with plenty of activity and adventure to make memories that last a lifetime. As you plan your next trip, be sure to keep these great reasons to visit Sofia, the country’s charming capital, in mind.
Filled with hidden treasures waiting to be discovered, Seoul invites travelers to unearth its many gems, and Seoul Tourism Organization is here to help travelers do just that. Through thoughtfully created initiatives like the Theme Tourism County Competition, Seoul Tourism Organization works closely with local districts to identify and showcase what makes each district unique and charming in all seasons.
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