If you have any travel-lovers on your list this year, they most likely don’t want more things cluttering up their jet-setting life. Luckily, travel gift cards and experiences can be purchased last minute and are sure-to-please.
Here are the best travel gift cards to help fund their next vacation, and some other thoughtful ideas, because no matter how much they hate stuff, who wouldn’t want a four-course meal prepared by a chef on their next vacation?
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Airline Gift Cards
If your favorite traveler has a favorite airline, purchase an airline gift card to help them afford their next flight. You can purchase gift cards for major airlines like Delta, Southwest, and American Airlines, or purchase a general airfare gift card through a website like flightcard.com.
Travel Gear Gift Cards
A person’s travel gear needs to match their particular travel style, making gifting gear an often disappointing challenge. Skip the guesswork and get the traveler on your list a gift card to their favorite store and let them pick out the gear they really want. Below are a few options for:
|REI or Backcountry
|Lululemon or adidas
|Travel Vloggers and Photographers
|Travelers Looking for Luggage
|Away, Monos, or Beis
|Sephora, Ulta, or Bed Bath & Beyond
Airbnb Gift Card
For a millennial traveler—or anyone who likes alternative accommodations—grab an Airbnb gift card.
Rideshare Gift Card
Amtrak Gift Card
You can now purchase Amtrak train fare gift cards, making a weekend destination decision that much easier. Gift cards are available on Amtrak’s website in digital or physical form and at select retailers, and are redeemable online, on the app, and at Amtrak ticket offices.
LoungeBuddy Gift Card
Send your loved one off in style with a VIP airport lounge experience. LoungeBuddy is a platform that lets you book airport lounge access at almost any airport. While LoungeBuddy doesn’t offer traditional gift cards, you can book on behalf of the recipient up to two months in advance. Grab a travel postcard and write down your gifted reservation inside as a homemade alternative.
Eatwith Gift Card
Give an unforgettable meal for their next trip, with an Eatwith gift card. The platform offers dining experiences you can’t get anywhere else. Once you know your destination, you can search for locally-hosted culinary spectacles, like a private chef experience in London or watching a flamenco show with tapas in Chicago.
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Kindle Unlimited Subscription
Travelers have a lot of downtime on the way to a destination, and many like to fill that time with reading. A Kindle Unlimited subscription gets you access to over one million titles and thousands of audio books for just $10 per month. With this gift, unlimited truly means unlimited.
Intrepid Foundation Global Gift
Donating to a charity on behalf of your recipient is truly a selfless gift. Intrepid Travel’s foundation partners with a variety of organizations to support goals such as reforestation, expanding access to education, and COVID-19 relief. Choose between a one-time or recurring monthly donation.
Game of Thrones Tour
Can’t wait for season two of House of Dragons? Gift your token GOT-lover an experience they won’t forget. Viator offers a variety of tours through filming locations across Europe in countries like Croatia, Ireland, and Spain.
Groupon Gift Card
Groupon is a frequently overlooked budget saver when it comes to travel, and a gift card lets the recipient browse dozens of deals on food, activities, and experiences in their chosen destination.
Editor’s note: This story was originally published in 2018. It has been updated to reflect the most current information.
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