Happy Thanksgiving

Gift of Travel

In the season of gratefulness, I am beyond blessed to have each one of you in my life.  I couldn’t do what I do without your support. On top of Thanksgiving I celebrated my birthday yesterday with my family, they spoiled me rotten.  The kids were home from school and my sweet husband took the day off so we could all have a fun day together. I hope you enjoy your day, over-indulging, watching football and laughing with your family.

Anyone feel like black Friday has been going on for the past month?  The crazy holiday shopping season is here, whether you like it or not.  Have you ever thought about gifting a vacation to your family?  When my kids were 5 and 1 Santa brought the gift of a trip to Disney World.  He left us a few Disney dress up costumes, toys and a countdown to our February trip.  Christmas was scaled down but definitely worth it which meant we could spend a little more on a vacation that left lasting memories.  I guarantee if you ask my oldest what Santa gave her in 2013 she wouldn’t have a clue but if you asked her how Disney World was she would talk your ear off.  This year, think about gifting an experience that will be full of memories.  You can’t place a dollar value on the memories you will create together.

Ideas for Gifting a Family Vacation

  • Wrap up items from the destination//  For example, gifting Hawaii-wrap a bathing suit, a luau, Macadamia nuts and coffee.  See if they can guess where they are going.

  • Balloon pop// Put a letter in each balloon to spell the destination out.

  • Wrap up an experience your kids will get to do while on the trip//  For example-surf lessons in Hawaii, cooking class on a Cruise, zip lining in Costa Rica.

  • Create a puzzle of the destination// Get a puzzle printed at Shutterfly (or another photo service) with a picture of the destination and words saying where you are going

  • Make a scavenger hunt// Send the kids on a fun adventure with wrapped up clues.

And remember during this time of spending money that….

“Travel is the only thing you buy that makes you richer.”

– Unknown