Every year, extended family members ask me what’s on my Christmas wish list. Of course, my wish list usually has travel-related items like travel books, luggage and experiences. But every year, I put hotel gift cards on the list as well. Why?
I Travel Frequently
My family’s travel has slowed down since my oldest son started high school. But, I still travel frequently throughout the year. In addition to visiting my mom a few times a year, I go on shorter weekend trips throughout the year with one kid at a time. Hotel gift cards come in handy for some of those nights!
I Don’t Treat Myself Often
Honestly, I’d love to have a spa treatment on every vacation. But I almost never treat myself to anything like that. But, if I was gifted a hotel gift card, I could book that spa treatment guilt-free. Or, we could splurge on a fancy dinner at a hotel restaurant without worrying about breaking our vacation budget.
My Family Often Needs Two Rooms
Lodging for a family of five is tricky. When my kids were younger, we stuffed ourselves into a single hotel room, even if it meant bringing a blow-up mattress for our “extra” kid. Now that my kids are older, we can’t survive more than one night in the same room, even if it’s made to sleep 5-6 people. We need space, which means we book a condo or two separate hotel rooms. Booking two rooms takes a lot of hotel points, so it’s nice to have a gift card for the second room.
I Don’t Need More Stuff
The older I get, the less “stuff” I want. I hardly ever wear jewelry, and our house isn’t big enough to collect a lot of things. Travel is really what I enjoy.
Readers, what is on your wish list? Do you wish for travel-related things or experiences?
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Nancy lives near Dallas, Texas, with her husband and three kids. Her favorite vacations include the beach, cruising and everything Disney.