Best Travel Gifts for the Holidays
Give without busting your budget
Research shows that experiences satisfy far longer than things. So if you really want to make an impression this holiday season, don’t give stuff—give travel. These three tips will help you navigate in the right direction toward the ideal gifts for travelers on your holiday shopping list.
Buy a Travel-Themed Gift Card
Most major airlines and hotel companies offer gift cards or certificates, but for a more personal touch, consider tour operators that specialize in themes. For example, active types might appreciate a gift card from a tour operator such as Butterfield & Robinson or Backroads that organizes cycling, hiking, and walking trips around the world. Tauck offers small-ship and river cruises for those seeking a more intimate cruise experience. Some travel agencies, such as Andavo and Regency (members of the Virtuoso luxury travel network) and Liberty Travel, sell gift certificates and provide professional booking assistance.
Give a Safety Net
You can make sure the globetrotters in your life are prepared for a medical emergency abroad with MedjetAssist, a medical transport program for travelers. You can buy an annual membership ($270 for an individual or $395 for a family) or cover as little as a week ($99 or $195). Unlike basic travel medical insurance, which usually covers transportation to the closest hospital that can provide adequate care, MedjetAssist will take you from almost anywhere in the world to the hospital of your choice in your home country. All that’s required is that you’ve been admitted to a hospital and are 150 miles or more from home. There are no limits on total medical transport expenses. (A more restrictive membership is available for people ages 75 to 85.)