Now what was it that I bought Pete for Christmas last year? I know I created a list of things he needed (because he’s so hard to buy for) but I’ve hidden it so well I can’t find it myself. And the kids? I could just take the easy route and go with the console upgrade….again. But I can’t seem to find it in stock…
It’s that time of year again. Christmas is just around the corner, bringing with it the stress of finding that perfect Christmas gift for the ones you love. It requires you to remember what you bought them in previous years (in order not to gift the same present twice) and come up with something equally inspiring.
If the last two years have taught us anything, it’s the importance of experiences over material objects and the sheer pleasure of finding freedom through adventure. While having something delivered directly to your door brings a quick hit of dopamine, it’s nothing like the enduring ecstasy of being able to explore beyond your backyard and see what the world has to offer.
That’s why Christmas 2023 is the year to gift travel and all of the life-changing experiences it offers. AtModern Roadtrips, we think our customised journeys through Europe, the Americas and Australia are the perfect antidotes to years of being cooped up with nowhere to go, making them the perfect gift for family and friends.
If you’re still not convinced, here are a few of the reasons why the gift of travel is the gift that keeps on giving.
A gift that keeps on giving
Over the last few years, there has been a lot of research to suggest that experiences bring more happiness than material goods and travel offers exactly that. Not only is there the joy of discovering you have been gifted such an incredible experience but the anticipation leading up to the departure date. It’s the excitement of figuring out what you’re going to see and do or maybe even learning a few phrases in the local language. And that’s all before you have even set off!
The experience of actually being on the road exposes you to new cultures and ways of living, as well as gastronomic delights that you might never have encountered before. It means exploring awe-inspiring landscapes and being left speechless by human-made wonders that have survived for centuries.
Travel also mean spending time with the ones you love and sharing in incredible experiences that you will talk about well into the future. In our opinion, there’s no material good that can match that!
Most travellers will tell you that they come home from a trip transformed and with a new outlook on the world. Venturing into new territory and trying new things is all about creating memories, which is what life is all about.
It’s easy to get bogged down by the day-to-day slog of studying for a future career or making money for the future. Along the way, we forget about the importance of living a life in the moment and one that we will look back on in years to come and say “I don’t regret a thing!”
By gifting a travel experience, you are giving your loved ones permission to take a break from the everyday and create memories that will live long in their minds. Not only will they have photos and videos as evidence of their adventures but plenty of anecdotes to share with you on their return.
3 gifts rolled into 1
When you choose travel experiences as Christmas gifts for friends, it doesn’t mean you have to choose exactly where they go. Perhaps you know that they’ve always wanted to explore the Scottish Highlands or sun-drenched Sicily, meaning you can select a package with the confidence that it will resonate with them.
But if you’re not sure, you can leave the decision up to them and let the choice be part of the experience by taking advantage of a Bespoke road trip design service. At Modern Roadtrips, they have a smorgasbord of destinations to choose from, from the glacial-carved landscapes of Iceland to the breathtaking coastlines of Australia. Each offers something different, whether they’re into hiking through the great outdoors or getting to know centuries-old cities.
Modern Roadtrips are the perfect Christmas ideas for couples, friends and individuals who believe the journey matters just as much as the destination and who don’t want to be herded around on a whistle-stop coach tour. But rather than having to spend hours researching the best routes, car hire options and hotels, all of the logistical hassles have been taken care of.
Not only will your loved ones receive a carefully curated driving route to follow but guaranteed car hire, nightly hotel bookings and a guide with all of the best things to see and do. All they have to do is book their flights to the departure location and be ready to get behind the wheel!
So rather than spending the next few weeks stressing about what to give, remember that experiences and memories are a powerful (but often overlooked) option and completely unique.
Looking for Christmas gift ideas for her or Christmas ideas for him? Check out Modern Roadtrips’ inspiring routes.