Trips As Gifts: 4 Fun Getaways That Are Ideal Presents

Bora Bora Tahiti French Polynesia

This blog post is part of a paid project with partner Delta Vacations, but all words, thoughts and poorly chosen turns of phrase are entirely my own.

The holiday season is here
and along with it buying gifts for those we love in our lives. While I
personally love buying presents – and I’m pretty good at it too – I do know
that it can be stressful. Maybe that’s why I enjoy giving trips as presents,
especially if I can join them. With so many great deals in the travel world
right now, it can be a little confusing so today I want to share a deal that I
think is particularly great and some destinations where you can take advantage
of this offer.

Blue Lagoon Iceland

The Offer

If you book with Delta Vacations between now and December 15, 2019, SkyMiles Members can save up to $350 off OR earn up to 35,000 bonus miles per booking. (Terms Apply) If you’re not a SkyMiles Member, it’s free and easy to join, just check out their site. More than just flights, Delta Vacations also offers great deals on hotels, resorts, car rentals and more. I love this deal thanks mostly to the choice of being able to either save some cash or receive bonus miles in your account. Since I hoard miles, I know which one I’d choose, but it’s nice to have that option. SO, which destinations around the world do I think make for great gifts? Here are a few of my favorites.



One of my favorite
countries, I’ve been five times and I know I’ll be back many more. This makes a
perfect gift for several reasons, namely its proximity to the U.S. From the
East Coast it’s a short and easy flight, but even from other parts of the
country it’s not bad at all. It’s also one of the hottest travel destinations
in the world, so whoever is lucky enough to get this gift is sure to be
thrilled. First time visitors should absolutely spend time in and around
Reykjavik; it truly is an incredible city. After that though, rent a car and
explore the more rural side of the country. The northern regions, particularly
the Lake Mývatn area, are rich with natural wonders no matter the time of year,
but in the winter months the landscapes are covered with sparkling snow and
ice, very much turning it into a scene from Game of Thrones.

Walt Disney World Florida

Walt Disney World

If you’re a frequent reader
then this inclusion should in no way surprise you, but I also think that a trip
to see the Mouse (either in Anaheim or Orlando) is a fantastic present. There
is so much to see and do in the parks, that no one could ever possibly get
bored and it’s one of those dream trips that most people enjoy. Whenever I’m in
a Disney Park, for a brief few days I am able to forget almost everything
challenging in life and instead just have fun. Maybe it’s because I didn’t have
the real Disney experience as a kid, but I throw myself into the moment and am
always richly rewarded as a result. The honest and wholesome enjoyment that is
Disney isn’t kitsch or corny; it’s fun at a base level. I’ve been to every
corner of the planet and while I enjoy most trips, that level of fun is unheard
of. It goes well beyond the attractions though, it’s about a feeling. For a
brief time I am able to be a kid again. I am able to have fun and to amuse
myself without concern or fear. I think that’s what drives so many adults to
visit in the first place, and most if not all are well rewarded as a result.

Bora Bora Tahiti

Islands of Tahiti

Now this is the dream gift
for that very special someone in your life and will be an adventure they’ll
never forget, I know I haven’t. The South Pacific has been on my own personal
travel bucket list for as long as I can remember. Those crystal-clear waters
and verdant green mountains called to me in the same way as the fictional Bali
Hai called out in “South Pacific.” I braced myself for disappointment, to have
my dreams dashed but that never happened. No, if anything Tahiti surpassed even
my own lofty expectations. But Tahiti is Tahiti for a reason, and I realized
that almost immediately upon arriving into Papeete. Over the course of a week
my appreciation of how just idyllic and perfect the islands are grew, and the
experiences I enjoyed there really were a dream come true. Visitors should go
to enjoy hopping around the islands, spend the night (or 7) in an overwater
bungalow on Bora Bora and take the time to look past the beach chairs and learn
more about real Polynesian culture.

Gamla Stan Stockholm Sweden

Stockholm, Sweden

I’m including this in my
gift guide because it’s an unexpected choice, but also a gift that just about
anyone will love. I first visited Sweden a few years ago and loved the
experience, so I was pretty sure I’d enjoy my first trip to Stockholm. Much
more than simply enjoy it though, I quickly fell in love with this colorful
Scandinavian city and wished I had more time to explore. Although it was the
middle of winter, the temperatures were cold but not extreme, allowing me
plenty of opportunity to get out and see the best of the city. The museums all
impressed me more than most others I’ve visited, and there’s nothing better
than wandering around the Old Town, Gamla Stan, at night. Visitors to Stockholm
should take a scenic boat cruise, visit the ABBA Museum, tour the City Hall
(trust me) and eat a few meals in Gamla Stan.

Naturally I could have added many more spots to this list, but I think this is a great roundup of destinations that make the perfect present. Luckily, Delta Vacations offers more than 300 destinations and 5,000 hotels worldwide, so you can give the gift of travel to just about anywhere in the world. And don’t forget to take advantage of their special deal before 12/15 so you can either save some money or earn valuable miles while also making someone else very happy. (Terms Apply)

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