2022 Gift Guide for Travel Experiences Around the World
Whether it’s for Christmas, Hanukkah, or King’s Day, gift-giving can be tricky. Shopping, ordering, dealing with package deliveries, and getting everything wrapped in time can be overwhelming, not to mention finding that perfect gift in the first place. It’s a lot of labor, and—as more people are going clutter-free—not everyone wants a present they don’t have space to store or won’t use.
Fortunately, experiences never go out of style, and you can easily purchase them online with a few clicks. Here’s our roundup of 15 travel gifts for this year’s holiday season, perfect for the global adventurers in your life.
1. Treat a loved one to a helicopter flight over Las Vegas
There’s nothing quite like the bright lights of Las Vegas, and what better way to admire them than from the sky? Treat a loved one to this nighttime flight over the Vegas Strip with an optional luxury transfer and dinner upgrade for the full VIP experience.
Las Vegas Helicopter Night Flight with Optional VIP Transportation
2. Give priority access to the iconic Eiffel Tower
Seeing the City of Light from the top of the Eiffel Tower is a Parisian must-do, but long lines can ruin the fun. Give the gift of priority access to the Eiffel Tower with this skip-the-line tour which includes summit access and live commentary.
Eiffel Tower Skip The Line Summit with Host and Optional Cruise
3. Gift a cooking class in Rome
When in Rome, eat as the Romans eat. This small-group cooking class is a unique alternative to city sightseeing and will give your loved one hands-on practice and personalized tips for recreating Roman cuisine, including ravioli and tiramisu.
3 in 1 Cooking Class Piazza Navona: Fettuccine Ravioli and Tiramisu
4. Make memories with a Manhattan helicopter tour
See the Big Apple’s sparkling skyline from up above with a helicopter tour of the city. The city that never sleeps is busy 24/7 with tourists and locals, so this is an especially exciting way to see New York City’s most famous attractions, like the Brooklyn Bridge, Central Park, and the Empire State Building without the crowds.
New York Helicopter Tour: Manhattan Highlights
5. Regale that special someone with royal treatment at London High Tea
The Kensington Palace Pavilion is the only place in London serving afternoon tea in a truly royal setting. Treat the queen or king in your life to this quintessentially British experience, which includes sandwiches, scones, and tea, as well as a tour of the grounds.
The Kensington Palace Gardens Royal High Tea
6. Wow your loved one with whale watching in Reykjavik
Give animal lovers a day to remember in Iceland with this whale-watching yacht cruise from Reykjavik. This tour includes a guarantee, so if wildlife isn’t spotted, they can go again for no additional cost.
Whale Watching Cruise on a Yacht in Reykjavik
7. Surprise someone with a taco and beer night in Cancun
5-Stop Cancun Taco Tour, Local Beer and Night Market with Transportation
8. Grant traditional music and dance with a night of flamenco in Barcelona
Right on Las Ramblas, Tablao Flamenco Cordobes is Barcelona's go-to spot to see live flamenco. Treat your loved one to a show, taking advantage of an optional upgrade that includes dinner and (unlimited!) drinks.
Flamenco Show at Tablao Flamenco Cordobes Barcelona in Las Ramblas
9. Indulge a loved one with wine tasting in Athens
History buffs will love this wine-tasting experience right beneath Athens’ most famous attraction: the UNESCO-listed Acropolis. This small-group session includes a variety of Greek wines plus informative cultural commentary provided by a live guide.
Best rated Acropolis Wine Tasting
10. Offer a sunset cruise in Lisbon
Sunset views and free-flowing wine makes this Tagus River trip a perfect gift for any first-timer in Lisbon. A great way to kick off or round off a visit, this cruise treats passengers to scenic city views from a traditional sailing yacht.
Lisbon Traditional Boats - Sunset Cruise
11. Delight with a whiskey tasting in Dublin
The birthplace of Jameson Irish Whiskey, a visit to Dublin’s Bow Street distillery is the perfect present for any libation lover. This experience includes a guided tour of the site, plus whiskey tasting and a complimentary drink.
Jameson Distillery Guided Experience with Whiskey Tasting in Dublin
12. Bestow a cocktail night in New Orleans
New Orleans is known for its nightlife, so treat your special someone to a night of cocktails and culture with this bar tour of the French Quarter. This experience includes four complimentary drinks across four unique venues, plus insider commentary from a local guide.
New Orleans Cocktail History Walking Tour in the French Quarter
13. Give the gift of memories with a photoshoot in Santorini
Make someone feel special with a private photoshoot against Santorini’s stunning backdrop. Whether it’s honeymooners, best friends, or lone adventurers, this experience helps them capture memories, providing digital photographs ideal for sharing with those back home.
Personal Travel and Vacation Photographer Tour in Santorini
14. Charm with a dinner cruise in Amsterdam
Amsterdam’s canals are among the city’s top attractions, but daytime departures can be busy. Let your loved one sail in peace on this small-group evening cruise, complete with a 3-course dinner served onboard for the full luxury experience.
Luxury Dinner Cruise in Amsterdam
15. Gift skip-the-line access to epic art in Florence
Home to Michelangelo’s David, the Accademia Gallery is a Florentine must-see, but the lines can be very long. Give the gift of time with this skip-the-line museum tour, which includes informative commentary from an expert guide.