MOMtravelchat: Easy Family Holiday Travel

Family holiday travel: Three words that go together with great potential for fun, relaxation and nice memories. So at this month’s MOMtravelchat we talked about holiday travel destinations and shared ideas for gifts for travel-loving friends and family members.

We gave away a Leapfrog Epic Tablet and lots of snacks from Annie’s to make 3 lucky parents’ holidays a little easier.

Party Stats

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Here’s what we learned.

Our Holiday Travel Destinations

Among our parents who travel, most are visiting family over the holidays. Some who are driving add a just-for-fun stop along the way.

Those who take a vacation during the holidays mostly want to relax, have fun. A few ski, but most seek out warm destinations like Hawaii, Florida or a Caribbean cruise. They also visit cities like New York, New Orleans and Chicago for their holiday lights and events. Several families head to theme parks, despite the crowds, for their holiday decorations. For some, these will be daytrips, staycations or mini-breaks.

If kids are not yet in school, parents will travel for fun between Thanksgiving and Christmas and then visit family for the holidays.

NYC is a popular holiday travel destinationHow We Gift  Travel

People who have given travel as a gift tended to be practical about it with items like an airline ticket so a family member could get home for the holidays. Several parents said a spouse had given them a weekend together away from the kids. Our party guests give their biggest travel gifts, such as cruises and hotel stays, to their parents, usually for a birthday or anniversary.

Several parents plan their big Disney World Trip around the holidays or a child’s birthday and make the trip a gift.

What We Give As  Presents For Travel

sesame place is a fun holiday travel destination with preschoolersSmall gifts related to travel were more common than travel itself. The most popular items to give and receive were travel chargers to use in the car or for multiple devices, Disney or other gift cards, cameras and luggage. Practical items like sunscreen, goggles, and travel pillows were surprisingly common.

For friends or families visiting them they’ve also bought items like a tickets for a walking tour or local baseball game.

Presents We Give To Kids Who Travel

Parents had no shortage of travel-related gift ideas for kids. The most popular were hand-held video games, tablets and DVD players, ideally with educational games or apps and movies. Headphones often go along with these gifts.

Trunkis are handy for holiday travelSeveral parents also like give cameras, luggage (like a Trunki, right) and backpacks that are made for kids.  Simple presents were also popular, like coloring books, crayons and travel art kits, and sand toys ahead of a beach vacation.

One parent suggested a magazine like the ones National Geographic makes for kids. And another suggested a globe or map and markers to mark where the kids have been.

Hope this advice helps you to plan your holidays and holiday gifting! Missed the party? Join the conversation by leaving a comment!

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  1. December 22, 2015 at 12:12 am — Reply

    What a great list. We always travel to see family for Christmas because that is the best present we could give our kids. One year, we took them to Australia instead, and they were quite sad at missing the family festivities.

  2. December 19, 2015 at 5:28 pm — Reply

    What great travel gift ideas! Those Trunki are adorable. When I clicked over to their website I realised that kids can ride them and scoot around on the wheels, what a neat idea. It’s a toy and a suitcase in one.

  3. December 18, 2015 at 5:03 pm — Reply

    Great ideas and one’s I will certainly use for traveling families and friends. I agree with the travel chargers as being a really good gift.

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