‘Tis the season of graduations – and with that, figuring out the perfect graduation gift. What about the gift of travel?
I recently had a client reach out to ask about giving her daughter a special trip for her high school graduation, and this got me thinking about what a great idea that was. Graduation, whether from high school or college, is a perfect time to give the gift of travel for several reasons. First, travel creates family memories, which everyone will look back on with fondness. Second, travel allows families to spend quality time together before life pulls everyone in different directions. Finally, travel is just plain fun, and after the busyness of exams, parties and graduation ceremonies, who couldn’t use a few laughs?
So what’s the best way to plan a graduation trip? Some families allow their graduate to choose a meaningful destination, while others prefer to surprise their child with an experience that will knock their socks off. Whichever route you choose, you will never regret spending the time and money on a special graduation adventure.
Here are some great bucket-list graduation travel ideas to spark your curiosity.
For the beach lover
For those looking to slow down for a few days, the beach is the place to be. Keep it simple and choose a domestic location like Florida’s JW Marriott Marco Island Beach Resort, or go a bit more exotic on the Pacific side of Mexico at the Four Seasons Punta Mita. Soak up the rays during the day and spend your nights deep in conversation over special dinners. Throw in a few fun excursions like parasailing or snorkeling, and you have a formula for long-lasting memories.
For the tennis fan
How about crossing the big pond for a week to explore the sights of London, including a special day or two watching the action at Wimbledon. You could stay in luxury at the Corinthia London, where classic London grandeur meets contemporary design. This hotel in the heart of Westminster is a perfect location for seeing Westminster Abbey, the Houses of Parliament, Trafalgar Square and Covent Garden. Or try the Beaverbrook Town Homes in the heart of Chelsea, for easy access to shopping boutiques and unique restaurants. Both hotels are an easy train ride to Wimbledon.
For the theater fan
If theater is your game, the Big Apple is calling your name! Spend your days exploring the sights and sounds of NYC and your nights seeing all the Broadway shows. The Lotte New York Palace is centrally positioned in mid-town, or if you prefer to stay right by Central Park, check out the Park Hyatt New York. And I can always help to secure hard-to-get theater tickets.
For the adventure seeker
For those who like thrills, how about a once-in-a-lifetime trip to Peru, including a hike to Machu Picchu? You can stay at the gorgeous Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel, which is an intimate Andean village with terraced hills, waterfalls, stone pathways and adobe casitas. From here, you can hike the Inca Trail up to the Machu Picchu citadel.
Whatever your graduate’s interests, we can curate a trip to match. Reach out if you want to chat about giving the gift of travel this graduation season. I would love to help you craft the perfect trip to celebrate this special time in his/her life. Life is short and the world is wide – get out there and explore!