Travel Gift Ideas and Tips

Travel gifts are a great choice for your adventurous friends and family members, but there are only so many guidebooks or backpacking accessories a person needs. If you’re looking for a travel gift that can’t be duplicated, why not give a your loved one a travel experience? Smart Destinations’ Go Select packages and passes are gifts that go beyond the typical travel-themed present – they’re tickets to the perfect attractions, activities, and tours to suit each person.

If you’re trying to buy for an art lover, consider one of our themed Go Select packages, like the San Diego Culture Attractions Package, which provides admission to the Museum of Photographic Arts, the Museum of Man, and the San Diego Museum of Art. Or, give the gift of the San Francisco Museum Pass and give your friends access to the prestigious California Academy of Science, the de Young Museum, and the Asian Art Museum.

Travel Gift Ideas

Travel Gift Ideas for the Holidays!

Pop culture fans will appreciate passes like New York’s ‘30 Rock’ Package, including the NBC Studio Tour, the Rockefeller Center Tour, and the Top of the Rock. The LA Theme Park package is a hit with kids; they’ll love the chance to visit Universal Studios Hollywood, Six Flags, Knott’s Berry Farm, and LEGOLAND California. Go Select packages are delivered electronically via e-mail immediately after purchase, so they’re even a great option for last minute planners. Print out the pass and wrap it creatively, or choose to send along the file so your friend can display the pass on a smart phone for an eco-friendly way to travel.

Smart Destination’s curated Go Select Passes are just the beginning! If you want to create a special pass = for a friend or family member, just pick and choose the attractions you know they’d loved to see. Combine art, sports, and food with a pass that includes the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, a Fenway Park tour, and a North End Pizza Walking tour. Or, help your friends explore more of Florida with a Go Select Pass that combines attractions from Miami and Orlando. Go Select Passes are good for one year after purchase, and the included attractions can be visited over the course of a month once the pass is activated, so the recipient can travel at a time that’s most convenient for her!

Top Travel Gift Ideas for your Christmas Stocking!

Top Travel Gift Ideas for your Christmas Stocking!

You could also choose to leave the choice of attractions up to your loved ones with the gift of Go City Cards and Explorer Passes. These passes give travelers access to any of the included attractions they’re interested in – however many they want to fit in, and whatever sparks their interest at their destination. Help them discover new things with the all-inclusive Go Chicago Card, which includes big names like The Field Museum and the Art Institute of Chicago, plus hidden gems like Frank Lloyd Wright’s Robie House. Or, give the gift of a tropical paradise with the Go Oahu Card, and they’ll be able to explore Kualoa Ranch and Waimea Valley, sail on a Makani Catamaran, and soak up the natural majesty of Oahu with a Diamond Head Hike.

Go City Cards and Explorer Passes also come with comprehensive, full-color guidebooks and special discounts at shops, restaurants, and more. You can opt for a physical card  (a great souvenir to remember their adventures by) or get a mobile pass instantly delivered (which can save you on last-minute gift buying!) All of Smart Destinations’ passes and packages make great gifts or stocking stuffers for friends and family – you can even pick up some for yourself and adventure together!

Visit the Smart Destinations Facebook page for Tuesday Travel Tips on gifts and holiday planning, and check out our special Holiday Travel packages for seasonally-themed gifts. It’s never too early to start shopping for the holidays!


  1. Mark Johnson says

    Thanks for sharing wonderful Travel Gift ideas. On this Christmas these ideas will help me alot. Thanks again. :)

    • Katie Sagal says

      So glad we’re able to help! Happy holiday shopping, and don’t forget to visit our GO Holiday Deals page for special discounts.

  2. Shaun says

    I love travelling no matter if its a short or long one. One thing I found very impressive are bottle carriers from Australia, designed by Australians and this will be a wonderful gift idea for your husband or your dad or anyone who loves to carry bottles, beers, cans.

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