Why Trips Are The Best Presents
The holiday season has been upon us for quite some time now and many of us have seen the media outlets plugging wish lists and new products, the best gifts and the must-have gadgets. And while I have worked hard to buy meaningful gifts for others this year, I have found myself shunning the ideas of things in return for the promise of places.
I have my parents to thank for this wonderful outlook on gifts. Quick to turn a special event into a reason to celebrate together, I have long learned that the best way to celebrate is through experiences, togetherness and memories.
For my college graduation, my parents gave me the choice of a big party or a special family trip. Which one did I choose? Most definitely the latter and two weeks after graduation my family and I packed our bags and traveled across the country to Alaska for a twelve day trip packed with dog sledding on a glacier, whale watching, off-roading and sailing through Glacier Bay. Our days were filled with fun, laughter and adventure and we came back with unforgettable memories.
Two years later, my brother was given the same choice for his college graduation and after threatening him that our future relationship depended on his choice (kidding), we flew over the Atlantic Ocean to explore our family’s heritage in Ireland. For two weeks we drove around the country, singing along to the Irish CDs we had purchased from local musicians. Together we saw the country and culture of our ancestors for the first time and shared some laughs over pints in the pubs. What else did it spark in all of us? The desire to return! We are all itching to get back to the Emerald Isle. Ireland, you have succeeded in inciting more wanderlust!
I have begun to carry the ritual over to my birthday as well, forgoing things for a chance to see more of the world. Last year, my mom and I spent a long weekend in New Orleans celebrating my 25th birthday, and taking in the culture, spirit and culinary delights of this Southern gem far surpassed any material gift I could have received.
This year the birthday destination was Portland, Maine where I once again spent the weekend exploring, indulging and enjoying the experience.
My list of examples could go on, but I think everyone gets the picture – I am all about the trip and less about tangible things.
So what does this Christmas season bring for me? My present from my parents promises to be a trip. Also, Max and I have chosen to skip presents this year in exchange for plane tickets to a bucket list destination next summer. Where will I be going? Stay tuned to see which trips I find under the tree! And in the meantime, wishing everyone a safe and happy holiday season!
Do you agree with my mentality that trips are the best kind of presents?