A Different Gift Choice
Give a Trip!
Tired of looking for that perfect gift for a loved one or close friend? Feeling the desire to make your gift be more meaningful and lasting for the lucky recipient? As the shopping frenzy continues before the big holidays beginning next weekend, consider an alternative gift. Give the gift of adventure!
One of the best gifts I ever received from my husband was a terrific book called the Dog Lover’s Companion to New England. Included with the book was a card promising many road trips in my future with my beloved dog Cody. We have used this book often and continue to consult it when we are looking for a new place to explore with our furry friend.
Consider the possibilities. You could buy a single guidebook, wrap it up, and then attach a tag or make coupons promising your loved ones an adventure or two. It doesn’t have to be a trip to Europe (though I don’t think anyone would be disappointed with that), it can be a trip to Maine, or Connecticut. Perhaps you have kids who are looking at colleges. Pick up a series of guidebooks for the states they are considering attending school and plan away!
Isn’t there an app for that?! Yes, of course there are apps, but guidebooks provide so much more than online tools. I love how many books highlight historical sites or nature areas that are off the beaten path. Many guidebooks are written by people who have lived in an area for years, and can steer you towards the best food or shops and sites to see. Feel free to use your cell phone or tablet to make sure that hours haven’t changed or businesses have disappeared, I do both when I am going to a new area or a city that I am not familiar with.
Have a family member who loves art? Consider getting them a membership to the Shelburne Museum or to the Museum of Fine Art. Go to a state rest-stop and grab flyers to plan a whole day or weekend. For the sport’s fans in your life, you could go to the Basketball Hall of Fame, or a little ways north, the Hockey Hall of Fame.
If you are a grandparent, a gift that has real meaning for kids throughout the year is a membership to the Montshire, VINS or the Boston Museum of Science. Many of these memberships have discounts to other museums in New England, so be sure to check and include those with your gift.
Movie lovers can also have road trips. Consider a package filled with tickets to local theaters a little outside of the Upper Valley. Add snacks and a gas card and you are done! Both the Springfield Cinema 3 and the Bellows Falls Opera House are good choices.
My bookshelf says it all, I do like to travel. This is just a small sampling of guidebooks we have purchased over the years as we plan our trips. And just a little hint? For adult children who are looking for something cool for their parents, this is a perfect gift for them too. Happy trails to you and yours.