Mother’s Day is this weekend and Father’s Day is just around the corner. Hopefully you’ve already spent some time thinking about how you’ll celebrate the people who help you raise children (or even raised you!).
I’m a mother of two young girls, ages 7 and 4. I enjoy a day to celebrate motherhood, and I also love to shower my husband with the equal celebration of fatherhood in June. And like many millennial parents, I prefer experiences over physical gifts (perhaps a nap or a relaxation massage at my favorite local spa). But I would never snub a handmade card or gift made with love by my family!
If you’re into going the extra mile – or have the extra funds – to provide the gift of travel for your loved one for an upcoming holiday, this article offers some great tips to help you along the way. While it’s geared more to mothers, there are still some nuggets of info that can translate to a similar gift for a father.
Here’s an important piece of advice if you’re giving a gift of travel: Plan the darn thing. Don’t make a gift something that turns into work for your partner by making them line up and stress over details (that includes who’s going to take care of things at home while you’re gone, if you’re going together).
One of the best tips: If you’re sending your loved one away on a relaxing journey or solo trip, don’t have them come home to a giant mess! Get the kids on board with keeping a clean house as part of the great gift for when mom or dad returns.
Something to consider, no matter what holiday you’re gifting for: What type of person are you gifting and what would a true gift to them be?
My husband, for instance, is not much of a sports/grilling/fishing man. Therefore, none of my travel plans for him would revolve around those activities. Instead, I would plan something around his passions: gaming, comic books, comedy, pop culture.
Gaming convention GenCon, for instance, is right up his alley (and conveniently hosted in downtown Indianapolis). A one-day pass to the convention in the fall costs between $60-$75. Throw in some spending money and a dinner reservation for him and a friend who also wants to spend time at the convention (and probably an Uber ride home) and I’m looking at an experience he’ll remember at a reasonable price.
This Tailwind article offers some great non-traditional travel options for fathers, ranging from celebrating the great outdoors to tying a gift to a charitable cause, like celebrating a favorite musician or sports team. A trip revolving around food or drink can also make for a great gift experience!
Some years, I want to celebrate my day of motherhood with my children. Indiana is replete with daytrip options, which you can find on the Indiana tourism web site, www.visitindiana.com.
No matter what, a little thought goes a long way when you’re planning a travel experience for someone you love.