It's Never Too Early to Plan a Christmas Vacation
I am not one of those people.
As I write this, it's officially less than one week until Christmas. How much Christmas shopping have I done? I've bought about 3 gifts - all shipped straight from Amazon.com and UncommonGoods.com to the recipients that live elsewhere. I'm thinking two things for next year: first, I enjoyed the vacations that I took last year immensely, both solo and with others; and second, I want to give that same gift to the people I love, whether they travel with me or not.
So how do you give the gift of travel without going bankrupt or taking out a loan? Here are some options:
1. Consider airline gift cards plus a travel journal
You don't have to give an entire ticket to someone to make a travel gift card valuable. Check out Southwest.com to purchase gift cards that can be emailed or sent to the recipient (sending an actual card incurs a small fee - so just know that). You can pick a denomination from $10.00 to $1,000.00 - the choice is yours. Travel gift cards can be packaged creatively with small travel journal
like the Vacation, The Travelers Journal - MINI Blue Hard Cover at Amazon.com
2. Give the city - sort of
One of my favorite gifts is to give a Moleskine City Notebook like this one for New York. They have lots of cities that they've published guides for. When you give a gift like this, it shows you're paying attention! Sometimes, all someone needs is a little motivation to put their plan together to go.
3. Set up your own vacation savings account
Vacations do have a way of getting expensive and sometimes, that expense keeps us from even trying to go in the first place. Set up a vacation savings account through your bank or a bank like ING Direct. Don't go crazy - even just setting aside $10 every paycheck can get you started. And if you plan your vacation in advance and set up some fare watchers, you can get a great ticket to that dream destination.
Just remember, ditch the excuses and go! You'll be glad you did.
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