25 Vacations to Give for the Holidays
Sure, there are items everyone wants this year, and stuffing stockings with the greatest travel products or best beauty buys are sure to delight, but the holidays are about much more than tangible items under the tree.
Enjoying time with friends and family is what this festive time of year is all about—not to mention spending money on experiences over products actually makes you a better person. So, wrap up a little rest and relaxation this season and give your loved ones the best gift possible: a vacation.
Not sure where to go? From walking on glaciers in Iceland to sipping wine in Sonoma, we’ve pulled together some of the best options from around the world to give you and your family the experience of a lifetime.
With endless exotic beauty and natural wonders, Morocco makes for an unforgettable journey. View UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Volubilis, Fes, Ouarzazate & Marrakech, travel into the High Atlas Mountains to stay at Sir Richard Branson's luxurious Kasbah Tamadot, or wander the mystical Djma el Fna Square in the Pink City of Marrakech. Looking for a little adventure? Enjoy a 4x4 desert adventure, looking for hidden kasbahs & secret gold mines.
From the cultural hub of Santiago to the desolate Atacama Desert, Chile has something for everyone. Highlights include stargazing over the Andes Range, exploring the picturesque cliffs of Easter Island, and eating like a local through the popular food markets of Santiago.
Discover Croatia's rich history in the town of Split before taking a cruise on its crystal-clear waters to the stunning Dalmation coast.
Travel from West to East in this 16-night adventure across Canada's best cities and breathtaking landscapes.
Experience everything Australia has to offer: head to the spiritual site of Uluru to see one of the world's best sunsets, explore the wineries of Barossa Valley and snorkel in the Great Barrier Reef.
Incredible vistas, rich history and ornate castles make Ireland a trip to remember. Visiting Dublin, Kissing the Blarney Stone and experiencing the 40-mile drive along the Ring of Kerry are all activities not to miss.
It's no secret Iceland is having a bit of a moment. Its breathtaking glaciers, waterfalls and geothermal regions make it a must-see destination this year.
Vibrant cities, historical settlements and lush rain forest make this South American gem perfect for every traveler.
Head to Ecuador for Summer 2017 where you'll enjoy a scenic drive along the "Avenue of the Volcanoes" and El Cajas National Park, as well as the iconic train journey aboard the Devil's Nose Train.
Live the Italian dream on an 8-day luxury guided tour where you'll savor Montepulciano and explore the sites of Rome, Florence, Bologna and Venice.
See all the Galapagos has to offer with a Galapagos Safari Camp adventure. Search for giant tortoises, go scuba diving and visit one of the most beautiful beaches in the world.
Treat yourself to amazing dining, beautiful hotels and dynamic cities while exploring Amber Fort, Rathambore, Agra and Jaipur.
On the cusp of a major change, this Southeast Asian country is still pure. Visit the enchanting cities of Yangon, Kalaw and more.
Sit back and relax in Laos. Learn about bamboo weaving, dining and experience a traditional Lao blessing in a local family home.
Make the most of your New Zealand adventure with a tour of Auckland, a cruise on Milford Sound, and fall in love with the waterfalls of Mt. Cook.
Journey into the heart of Mexico to experience its rich history and unchanged traditions.
Love food? This is the trip for you. Cruise the Amazon and enjoy the delicious tastes of Peru before meeting locals and heading to the Picaya National reserve for close encounters with monkeys, manatees and more.
Take in the design, culture and sun with a with a trip to Palm Springs.
Sip it all in this season with a trip through wine country.
High fashion, art and delicious food come together in this trip of a lifetime to Spain. Experience Madrid, Seville and so much more with this experience infused with local flavors and traditions.
Visit the land of lakes and volcanoes in Nicaragua. Adventure lovers, get ready to explore lava-made tunnels and caves before tasting local rum and sweet chocolate.
St. Vincent and the Grenadines
Enjoy beautiful beaches, clear waters and unspoiled nature with an off-the-radar vacation in the Caribbean with a trip to St. Vincent and the Grenadine islands.
Tour bustling Ho Chi Minh City on a vespa before visiting My Son Holy land and going on a UNESCO Halong overnight cruise.
Head to Tennessee for great music and great food as you visit music city and the food mecca of Walland.
Fly half-way across the world to experience the best horseback riding and glamping in Mongolia.