If you or your loved ones are anything like me, one of the things you have missed most during this year of quarantine is travel. I miss exploring new places, being immersed in new cultures, trying new foods and activities and the simple joy of getting on an airplane, ready for adventure. As we head into the holidays, we have the chance to make wishes come true. While you may not be able to gift a big trip to a travel lover this year, you can still give them a sense of the adventure they have been missing. With this Traveler’s Bucket List gift guide, you can help your loved ones get a taste of the places on their bucket list, without ever having to leave the comfort of their home. Something any travel lover will appreciate this year.
Italy: Italy is famous for many things, but one of the most notable is it’s wine. And thankfully, for your travel lover, you can get this wine delivered right to their door. If they just close their eyes while sipping, they will almost feel transported to Tuscany. Try a site like Wine.com which makes it easy to purchase by global wine region.
Switzerland: Any skier who loves to travel dreams of skiing the Swiss Alps, known for their exceptional beauty and unparalleled skiing. Maybe your skier could use a new set of skis, boots or cozy mittens. If you really want to impress them, plan a weekend away at a local ski resort! You can even get a seasonal membership to ski resorts across the United States through Vail Resorts’ Epic Pass. It’s a safe activity during the pandemic, since you have to bundle up with a mask anyway.
Portugal: To capture the beauty of this country and really help immerse your traveler into it, a puzzle is the ideal gift. It will keep them busy, really let them soak in the scenery of Portugal and will give them something to frame and look at anytime they have wanderlust.
USA: What can I say, Americans love to eat! Food is not only an important nutritional item for us, it’s a cultural one as well. Each part of our country offers unique flair for many reasons, but the local food is a big one. What do you eat in Chicago? Hot dogs and deep dish pizza of course. How about New Orleans? That would have to be melt-in-your-mouth beignets. What are they eating in New England? Nothing but the best in fresh seafood. I could go on and on, but you get the picture. Any traveler knows food is an important part of the trip, and with GoldBelly, you can know have local dishes from the US shipped anywhere you want. Something to tide your traveler over until they can get to the destination in person.
Cuba: For any traveler in a cold client this holiday season, easily add some tropical spice and lots of heat to their life with this historic look at a country known for it’s turbulent history, great architecture and classic cars, which are still evident in every day life. Passage to Cuba by Cynthia Carris Alonso dives into all of this and more. You can also start planning your visit to Cuba (whenever travel is safe again) with my guides to this fascinating place. It was a place that truly left an impression on me during my visit, and one I will never forget. (Destination Cuba: Part 1, Destination Cuba: Part 2, Pink Palms in Cuba, The Rhythm is Gonna Get You, White Hot Summer, Ready to Ruffle)
Amsterdam: This is a city known for it’s unique and energy efficient mode of transportation, bicycling! It’s a means to end for most in Amsterdam, the way they get from point A to point B. It might be that for your traveler too, but it can also be a fun way to get exercise and de-stress. And on a cute blue cruiser, you can do it all in style.
Ireland: A country with that evokes images of steep seaside cliffs and rolling terrain, cold, cloudy days and a sense of being cozy. What better way to be cozy than with an Irish wool scarf, wool socks or wool sweaters. Bound to keep you toasty and truly authentic, the perfect gift for any traveler with Ireland on their bucket list.
Africa: You may not be able to gift your traveler an actual elephant, or a sloth or polar bear, unless you have a really big backyard, but you can adopt one for them. In addition to giving them the gift of having a sweet animal to call their own (from afar), you will be helping to save animals in the wild. Organizations like the World Wildlife Fund, the World Animal Foundation and the Smithsonian National Zoo all offer symbolic adoptions. You pick the species you want to adopt and receive a certificate of adoption. Some even send a cute stuffed animal to represent the adopted one. Give this gift and give your traveler something to look forward to, when they go on an African Safari one day and get to see their adopted animal up close (but hopefully not too close – especially if it’s a lion).
Signed with Style,
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