Christmas may well be the most wonderful time of the year, but it can also be the most stressful time too. There is so much pressure to find the perfect gift for your Secret Santa, for friends, family and everyone else! If the idea of wrapping yet more presents to go under the tree this year fills you with dread, why not give an experience rather than a physical gift.
It doesn’t have to be expensive, if you’re on a budget you could just get them tickets for a day out at a nearby attraction that you think they’ll enjoy. For memories that will last much longer than that novelty pair of socks, the recipient of your gift will be delighted with one of these spectacular trips.
For that special someone in your life, what could be more romantic than a tour of Europe’s most beautiful cities. As you wander the streets of Paris, enjoy the beaches of Barcelona and sample the culinary delights of Florence, your love will be blown away. The canals of Amsterdam, the grandeur of Brussels and the culture of Cologne will all be yours to explore. There is nowhere as varied and steeped in history as Europe, and these beautiful cities are the perfect way to show you care this Christmas.
If your family are the adventurous types, giving a family volunteering holiday is sure to go down well. For nature lovers, what could be more exciting and rewarding than heading to beautiful Sri Lanka to help conserve the dwindling elephant population there. Having made yourselves at home in a traditional Sri Lankan village, you’ll be put to work helping track the elephants, monitor them and identify them to help the scientists and conservationists with their studies.
Spending time with local families and hanging out with their kids will give your brood an appreciation for a different type of life, and you can return home safe in the knowledge you’ve done your bit towards saving this most amazing species.
For any real animal lovers, a safari holiday is the ultimate gift. Botswana offers some of the best chances of seeing the big five, whilst being an affordable luxury experience. Camping out under the stars, meeting local villagers to get a taste for life as well as spending days spotting incredible animals of course. This is sure to be an experience your loved ones will never forget. If this is a little out of your budget, you could always get a gift voucher to a UK wildlife park or aquarium.
For the golfing enthusiast in your life, why not give a UK golf break. With some of the finest courses in the world, St. Andrews in Scotland is the perfect choice. It is every golfer’s dream to tee off here, so first check into a luxury hotel and then hit the green. Evenings can be spent sipping whisky by a log fire or enjoying a live band in a local pub.
For the music fan in the family, a trip to Memphis, Tennessee will make many dreams come true. Home to Elvis Presley for much of his life, the family home is now a museum and shrine to The King. Begin your trip here to learn about the man behind the legend. The city is still famous for live music, every night of your holiday will see you entertained by a different world class performer. But the city’s other great love is barbecue, so prepare to get messy over some slow cooked ribs for the real Memphis experience.
Giving the gift of travel will not only save on wrapping paper but will allow you to give a perfect and unforgettable present.