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Give The Gift Of Travel – The Perfect Graduation Gift


Give The Gift Of Travel - The Perfect Graduation GiftWhat is the perfect graduation gift? Cash and gift cards seem too impersonal. Sentimental gifts like photos and scrapbooks feel incomplete. Supplies for college and dorm rooms are routine and are not special enough. But, you don’t want to have to take out a second mortgage to congratulate your loved ones on their major milestone either.

The Perfect Graduation Gift

What if there was a way to give the millennials in your life the perfect graduation gift? The gift of a life-changing experience, freedom, a sense of responsibility, cultural immersion, new friends, possibly a new love, and memories that will last a lifetime. It sound’s impossible, but it’s not, and that’s why I have decided to give my nephew the gift of travel when he graduates this year.

Give The Gift Of Travel - The Perfect Graduation Gift

I am a firm believer in traveling when you are young and stepping out and exploring the world before you are tied down by life’s commitments and responsibilities, and families and serious relationships. If there is any hope I have for the members of Gen-Z in my family, it’s for them to step outside the box, and learn about other cultures and ways of life before they settle down. After all, they don’t want to be our age, and have any regrets, or feel like they missed out on everything the world has to offer.

Give The Gift Of Travel - The Perfect Graduation GiftPlanning a trip can be daunting, especially if the trip is not for you. The list of destinations, methods of travel, styles of trips, and so on and so forth is a bit overwhelming. But, the perfect graduation gift for my nephew all came together when I stumbled across Contiki’s official website.

Contiki Tours was established over 50 years ago, and they know their stuff. I actually have heard some friends raving about the travel company in the past, and always meant to check it out. I’m a seasoned traveler, and I know the benefits of booking a trip with a travel company, it’s much less stress of your back when you are trying to plan the traveling and hotel aspect of the trip.

Give The Gift Of Travel - The Perfect Graduation GiftContiki trips are geared towards 18-35-year-olds, and there entire company is focused on helping youngsters explore the world and expand their horizons! A recent study conducted by Contiki revealed that 96% of young adults believe that “experiences are the most important thing in life.” Translation? Young adults WANT to travel and have a thirst for knowledge and new things.

I knew my search for the perfect graduation gift was complete, and I had hit the jackpot, now I just had to decide on the perfect trip for my nephew this summer before he heads off to college.

The Contiki website was super user-friendly. I had no idea what kind of trip I wanted to book as a graduation gift, but luckily they had a slew of ideas and options for me to choose from. You can book trips to over 300 countries, spanning 6 continents. First, you choose the obvious – are you interested in traveling to North America, Asia, Europe, Latin America, etc. Then, once you choose your broad destination, you are given a list of trips, what they include, and their prices.

You also have the option of selecting what style trip you want to go on. You can choose anything from camping, easy-pace, discoverer, high-energy, sailing, and cruise, or winter and ski.

For example, I decided Europe would be the perfect post-graduation and pre-college getaway for my nephew. After selecting Europe, I was given the choice of nearly a dozen upcoming trips, all hitting several different countries. “European Horizon” specifically caught my eye, the trip included 8 different countries in 11 days, and could be booked for only $1545.00! That ridiculously low price also covered hotel stay and meals for the duration of the trip. Naturally, I booked the Euro trip for my nephew, and could barely sleep in the days leading up to his party, because I couldn’t wait to tell him that I was sending him to Switzerland, Italy, Netherlands, Austria, Germany, Belgium, France, and the United Kingdom!

You don’t have to book a group trip with Contiki, they also offer solo trips to basically the same destinations. However, after much consideration, I opted for a group trip for my nephew. I wanted him to be on his own, like a lone ranger experiencing new and exciting things, but I also wanted our family to have peace of mind and know that he was in safe hands while touring Europe.

Give The Gift Of Travel - The Perfect Graduation GiftEurope is just one of many destinations you can book with Contiki. There probably is not a place you can think of that they don’t have trips too! You can send your loved ones on a trip Greek Island hopping, or to Thailand, Cambodia, or Sydney, Australia, or anywhere in Latin America, the list goes on and on.

If you want to gift a youngster in your family with a trip, but are concerned about sending them abroad alone for the first time, unsupervised, then Contiki group trips are the way to go. Obviously, the travelers are adults and make their own decisions, Contiki doesn’t provide babysitters, but they do provide “Trip Managers” who make sure everyone is safe, taken care of, and not lost in a strange place.

After all the rave reviews I have heard about Contiki’s group trips, I know my nephew will make it home safe and sound. And, I also knew he would get the most bang for his buck and the trip manager will make sure that he found all the major attractions and even a few attractions off the beaten trail that most people don’t know exist.

Give The Gift Of Travel - The Perfect Graduation Gift

When we send our kids off to college, we expect them to hit the books, but we also expect them to learn an education that can’t be taught in the classroom or on a slideshow. We want them to experience life and learn about themselves via personal experiences, both struggles, and successes. Traveling the world with strangers from all walks of life and being immersed in new cultures and ways of living is almost a vital part of “growing up,” and in many ways a right of passage, just like heading off to college.

Special Booking Code

If you are struggling to find the perfect gift for a young adult in your life, whether it’s for graduation, Christmas, or even a birthday, then I highly recommend considering booking them a trip on Contiki. Help them make memories that will last a lifetime, and possibly even change the course of their lives. You can’t put a price tag on memories, but Contiki offers the option of paying your trip off in installments, and you can also use this promo code PPCANNEMARIE to save an addition $150.

The Details
  • $150 off per person on any Contiki trip 7 days or longer
  • The user can book their trip via, choose the tour and departure date they’d like and in the first booking form enter your code in the ‘Add promo code’ box (PPCANNEMARIE) click ‘Add’
  • If they want, readers can also call in the reservations line at 1-800-268-1835 and quote the promo code over the phone
  • The code is not combinable with other offers or last minute deals in market but it is combinable with brochure discounts.

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Give The Gift Of Travel - The Perfect Graduation Gift

Have you taken a Contiki trip in the past? Do you plan on booking one this year for a lucky son, daughter, or niece or nephew? Where are you sending them? Share your experiences in the comments below!

Disclaimer: Although this post has been sponsored by Contiki Tours, the opinions and language are all my own.

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  1. Robin Rue says

    I love this idea. After my step son graduated, he went off to China for 3 weeks.

    1. Annemarie LeBlanc says

      It is a great way to plan a trip we are planning on with Contiki for my nephew.

  2. Sarah Bailey says

    Now this is such an amazing idea as a graduation present, I can imagine so many people being thrilled at the idea of being able to take off and relax for a while.

  3. candy says

    We enjoy traveling as much as anyone. We did this one time and our relations threw a fit. The money was to go toward college. Lesson learned.

  4. Stacie @ Divine Lifestyle says

    I think a trip is the PERFECT gift to give a graduate. Their world is just about to open up in a big way. Why not make it the most memorable thing ever?

    1. Annemarie LeBlanc says

      Exactly, and Contiki helps make the planning easier!

  5. Colleen Lanin says

    I think the gift of travel is the best gift you can give anyone. There’s something about seeing different parts of the world that awakens something inside of you.

  6. Jen Rattie says

    This is a great idea! I’ve always loved to travel. After you see something totally amazing for the first time, you get greedy for it.

  7. Jeanette says

    Oh I totally agree! Travel is SUCH a great gift! If I can give that to my son when he graduates I will totally being doing that! We love to travel!

    1. Annemarie LeBlanc says

      Make sure to use our promo code PPCANNEMARIE to save an addition $150. 🙂

  8. Christy Maurer says

    This would be a great graduation gift, but I’d want to go too! I love traveling. I’ve never been there, but it looks like a great place to visit.

  9. Debra Hawkins says

    When I graduated from high school my parents took my on my first transatlantic trip to Europe. It was the perfect gift! Something I think of often.

  10. Mars says

    Perfect gift indeed! How I wish I was gifted with this when I graduated college. I would have wished for Latin America.

  11. Lisa Favre says

    My cousin will be finishing university very soon and I think this would be an amazing gift to give him. I’m not sure he’s traveled much on his own, so it would be a wonderful opportunity.

  12. Neha Saini says

    Graduation is a step of life which is achieved and a gift from parent shows their reward for achieving that step. 🙂 But if a graduation gift is a trip, that would be ever lasting memory.

  13. Pam Wattenbarger says

    When my son graduated high school we all went to the Dominican Republic. When my daughter graduated we went to Mexico.

  14. Pam Wattenbarger says

    We did trips as graduation presents for both of my kids. We’ll do it again when they graduate college.

  15. Destany says

    My father took me to Hawaii back in the 90s when I graduated from high school. It was a nice trip, and it’s one that I remember. Not because it was a gift, but because it was a nice place to visit 🙂

  16. Kristi says

    What a great idea for a gift! Everyone should travel and getting out of our bubble has so many life lessons.

  17. Liz Mays says

    This sounds like such a wonderful way to experience other countries. I definitely think booking a trip as a graduation gift is a great idea.

  18. My Teen Guide says

    You can never go wrong when you give a gift that would provide lasting memories. The European Horizon trip would be an experience your nephew would treasure for a lifetime. I think Contiki tours would also be a great wedding gift for a son/daughter. It would be a perfect honeymoon destination for the newlyweds.

  19. Jeanine says

    I think this is a great idea! I haven’t traveled much in my life and know my kids haven’t and probably wont until after graduation, they’d love something like this!

  20. Jenn @ EngineerMommy says

    This is such a great idea for a graduate. My cousin is graduating college next month, and this article is inspiring me. I know she would love to travel this summer and this company seems like it offers so many advantages to make a great trip.

  21. kristin says

    So true, travel does make a great gift!

  22. Paula Schuck says

    What a beautiful idea for a graduation gift! Travel is such a blessing and to be able to experience it after school is an amazing gift.

  23. travel blogger says

    This is great to know about! My niece will be graduating soon, and a group trip would be perfect for her. I think it is so important to travel when you are young, and this would be a great way to get started.

  24. Claudia Krusch says

    A Contiki trip sounds like a fantastic graduation gift for a lucky graduate. I will have to share this with my friends with kids that age.

  25. Nancy Horn says

    What a terrific gift! I spent my first semester of my senior year in England and toured Europe after my classes were over. I traveled with friends, but I think I would have really seen more if I had been in a tour group.

  26. Elizabeth O. says

    There’s definitely nothing better than the gift of experience and travel. I think it’s the perfect graduation gift for your children.

  27. Amanda says

    This is such a GENIUS college graduation gift. I wish I would have traveled more before I entered the work force and regret it every day.

  28. Rebecca Swenor says

    This is awesome information on gifting the gift of travel to any graduate. When our son graduated we gave him a trip to Florida. This is indeed a great gift idea for any graduate. Thanks for sharing the information.

  29. Our Family World says

    I think think this is a great gift idea for a college graduate. As long as the parents can afford it, then why not? It would be a good experience for you child to be able to travel and learn about different cultures.

  30. kelly reci says

    what a nice idea for graduation gift! im sure my sister would love this!!

  31. Toni | Boulder Locavore says

    This is awesome!! I love the idea of a travel gift! Such a great way to help them explore things!

  32. Michelle Waller says

    I think this would make an amazing graduation gift. I would even love this for my birthday.

  33. Beeb Ashcroft says

    This is such a great concept! Heck, I might try it out myself!

  34. Amanda Love says

    It’s a great gift to be honest. It’s a nice way to celebrate a new chapter of your child’s life. Traveling will teach them a whole lot about themselves.

  35. Dawn McAlexander says

    That is a great idea for a graduation present! We had intended on rewarding our daughter with a trip to Europe for her graduation, but she chose to go on a cruise instead. But, the idea is great!

  36. Rosey says

    I’d love to gift my daughter a trip for graduation. It’s in two weeks though, so not gonna happen. Good to know that there are options like Contiki.

  37. David Elliott says

    My daughter isnt quite to the point of taking that kind of a trip. But I certainly would love to go out and do some more traveling myself.

  38. Katrina gehman says

    this is an awesome gift idea. i will def have to consider it for mine as i know she would love it.

  39. Julie Syl says

    It is totally a perfect gift. Traveling improves social and communication skills. It ensures peace of mind. And it helps you get original and creative thoughts.

  40. Neha Saini says

    Damn legit. I wish I had come across this post a bit earlier. I would have made it read by all my family and spent a hell of a time.

  41. Travel Blogger says

    This is such a fantastic idea! I like that they have trip managers. That really makes a parent feel better about sending their kids across the world. I will have to keep this in mind. Traveling is such an amazing experience.

  42. Jen T says

    This is a really great idea! Especially after they have been working so hard at school, a vacation to R&R and have some adventure is just what they need!

  43. Coralie says

    I would love to give my niece a trip for her graduation next year. Going to look into this more. It sounds like the perfect way to get it all setup.

  44. tara Pittman says

    I would so love this for a gift. My son traveled a lot with the navy and loved it.

  45. Kristine Alessandra says

    My niece will be graduating from college this June with a degree in Entrepreneurship. We may look into Contiki for a tour package for her. I think this would be good for her so she can be exposed to the business practices in other countries. It will be a vacation/learning experience for her before she dives into the corporate world.

  46. Jacqui Odell says

    This would be great for my sister in law! She loves to travel and is graduating next month!

  47. Jennifer says

    Oh my teens would love to have a gift like this! My son will be 18 soon and he talks about traveling in Europe. This is a great graduation gift idea!

  48. Colette S says

    Traveling is so very expensive, so a gift like this would definitely be a dream for a traveller!

  49. lorena murcia says

    really good post, I love travel and I would love my kids to do so as well that’swhy every time I can I travell with them, they learn a lot. I will insist my son too when we graduates next year.

  50. Echo says

    Wow, I wish someone would have done this for me! I think experiencing the world is such a magical thing!

  51. Amber Myers says

    Oh fun! My kids would love this as a gift. They enjoy traveling.

  52. Yona Williams says

    Travel is such a solid gift idea for a graduation present. I think it is very important to see the world and explore different cultures.

  53. Elizabeth O. says

    I think the best kind of gift would be experience and travel, no matter what age your child is. It’s perfect for those graduating though, especially if you’re going to allow them to experience a new place all on their own.

  54. Carol Cassara says

    It’s a nice gift for new those who just recently graduated. They will learn so much about themselves when they travel, not to mention learning about being more independent and responsible.

  55. angela milnes says

    What a nice gift my hubby was their graduation on April 29 I love this gift idea glad you share this.

  56. Farrah Less says

    Traveling is a way to relax and recharge your body after long time of working. Im pretty sure any graduating student would love this great gift on their graduation.

  57. Cheryl hawley says

    Yes! I was gifted a trip to Europe after graduation and it was the best ever! I’m actually gifting myself another trip this year for pleasure. I can’t wait.

  58. CourtneyLynne says

    Yes!!! I totally think travel is the best gift for anyone for anything!!! I’ve been struck with wanderlust and I swear I have learned more during my travels than in any classroom

  59. Jaime says

    I’ve never heard of Contiki before! This is such a great service. I wish I had traveled more before settling down – even before I started my first real job right out of college!

  60. Adriana Lopez says

    There is no doubt that travel is the best git. We try to travel at least once a year and every time that we are on the go we are the happiest, must try Contiki soon =)

  61. E.Smith says

    I can totally get behind this as a graduation gift! Travelling is so much fun and such a great learning experience too.

  62. Jolleen says

    Okay yes! Traveling is like the best gift for a graduate! I haven’t been able to travel much yet, hopefully in the near future! Of course I’m 30 now with 3 kids, lol..

  63. Chrishelle Ebner says

    I have a Gen Z’er graduating this year and I know she would love to do a little traveling. I will have to check out Contiki tours they sound perfect.

  64. Alayna says

    What an awesome idea! Even better if you get the rest of the family to chip in!

  65. Wildish Jess says

    I couldn’t agree more. If I would have been gifted this my life would have been more fulfilled so much sooner!

  66. Louise says

    I think this is a great gift idea. My brother and his wife sent all 3 of their girls on a travelling adventure when they turned 21, and it’s something I’d like to be able to do for my kids too 🙂

  67. Marissa Zurfluh says

    WOW! Where was this option when I graduated High School!? All I got was a laundry basket full of kitchen utencils, ha!

  68. Krystal says

    I certainly wish I had received this gift when I graduated!What a great way to celebrate and learn more about culture on the way.

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