Trust me, I love stuff. I mean I’ve basically already bought every damn thing off of the The Select 7 2018 gift guide. But let’s be real, there’s nothing like the gift of giving an unforgettable experience. Here are seven anyone would be over the moon to receive this holiday.
— Dylan Grace Essertier
1. Explore the Emerald Isle
8 days from $1,789
I spent time in Ireland this year, and let’s just say there’s a reason it has inspired poets, artists and writers for centuries: it’s next-level picturesque. On this eight-day trip run by Brendan Vacations, your loved one will have the chance to peep one soul-stirring landscape after another (including stops at The Cliffs of Moher and Ring of Kerry), enjoy plenty of delicious dinners in Dublin and hang out at one of the most beautiful castles in the world, the Anglo-Norman Kilkenny Castle on the Nore River.
2. Bike Through Napa Valley
6 days from $3,795
Searching for the perfect gift for that booze and biking enthusiast in your life? Me too. During this six day trip with DuVine, cyclists stop to picnic beneath redwoods, learn to blend a perfect glass of wine and enjoy oysters freshly shucked from Tomales Bay. Plus, they have the chance to ride over the Golden Gate Bridge, soar past picture-perfect olive oil ranches, and take in unforgettable ocean views as they put the pedal to the metal on the iconic Route 1. And speaking of one, you’re undoubtedly going to want to be their +1 for this unforgettable cycling experience.
3. Hot Air Balloon in Myanmar
14 Days from $4,455
Two weeks will fly by while exploring Myanmar’s majestic temples and pagodas. This jam-packed itinerary created by Journeys Within includes a three-day river cruise, a day-long trek through a forest of Banyan trees and even a hot air balloon ride high above the thousands of temples scattered across the plains of Bagan. In other words? It’s both culturally rich and un-freakin’-forgettable.
4. Meditate in Morocco
7 nights from $4,800
Don’t you wish every day started with morning meditation and journaling? In Morocco? In an insanely gorgeous kasbah-style villa? Thanks to Escape to Shape, a luxury travel company specializing in fitness-themed getaways, you can give your favorite globetrotter the chance to not only get acquainted with the incredible wonders of Marrakech, but also take part in fun and sweaty fitness classes in the process. Namaste in Marrakech.
5. Cruise Through Ecuador and The Galapagos
11 days from $5,866
Ok, I know nature can’t be gift wrapped, but this is pretty damn close. This trip kicks off with a six-day cruise in the Galapagos filled with guided nature walks and snorkeling excursions before bringing guests to the Ecuadorian mainland where they relax in centuries-old haciendas enveloped by mountains. Oh, and there’s an entire day dedicated to horseback riding. Am I painting a picture here?
6. Safari in Kenya + Tanzania
12 days from $8,595
Perhaps your giftee is an animal lover? Abercrombie & Kent can help them get the best of Kenya and Tanzania with a 10 day journey which includes game drives by day and staying in the Masai Mara’s most spectacular lodges and tented safari camps by night. Reason #564 to book this trip? A&K also arranges visits to local schools to interact with the local children. How special is that?
7. Stroll and Sip in Amalfi
6 nights from $8,795
This is an actual passage from Butterfield’s six day Amalfi Coast walking tour. “Tour Amalfi with charming and knowledgeable local guide, Michelangelo before hiking uphill through lemon groves and waterfalls.” And if that isn’t bait enough, there’s evening cocktails on Le Sirenuse’s terrace and a private motorboat ride to Capri involved too. NBD.