Need a Last Minute (Actually Good!) Christmas Present?…

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Experiences – particularly shared ones – are often appreciated more than ‘things’ when it comes to Christmas presents. Travel can be a particularly good gift, whether it’s just a quick 1-night UK city break, a long weekend in Europe, or something more extravagant.

There are many benefits to buying a loved one a holiday this Christmas, but here are my top 4:

  • It’s impressive, but doesn’t need to be very expensive. A nice weekend away can be easily booked for under £200, including flights and hotel for 2 people, if you don’t mind flying with low cost carriers, or have some BA Avios you can use. Compared to things like the latest electronic device or expensive jewellery, that’s a bargain!
  • Looking forward to a trip and planning activities together can be almost as much fun as the holiday itself. Reminiscing about the holiday afterwards is great too. The pleasure you get from travel lasts far longer than the actual time spent away.
  • If you’ve left your Christmas shopping too late for deliveries to arrive on time and don’t want to spend hours queuing this weekend – but refuse to resort to just getting a boring gift card –  booking a holiday for later in the year could be an excellent plan.
  • Last but not least, you get to go too!

As always there are innumerable travel deals available, but I would personally start by checking out the options in the Hilton Winter Sale as there’s more or less something for everyone there. Whether you’re looking for an affordable city break, a trip of a lifetime to the Maldives, or anything in between, you should be able to find good deals.

Examples include:

Conrad Algarve

Further afield,  Middle Eastern winter favourites Dubai and Abu Dhabi, and African gems including Egypt, Kenya and South Africa are also available.

Middle East highlights:

Africa highlights


The Hilton Winter Sale runs until 31 January 2019, and you can  stay right up until 29 May 2019. You can also earn thousands of bonus Hilton Honors Points per stay thanks to the latest promotion – full details here.

Are you giving the gift of travel this Christmas?


    • Craig Sowerby says

      Not particularly. I believe the Doubletree offers a shuttle service to V&A Waterfront but it isn’t within walking distance of any tourist sights. Taxis are cheap and plentiful in Cape Town though…

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