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By Beth Bond 

Who needs 'stuff?' Give the gift of adventure


Last updated 12/18/2019 at 2:06pm

Who needs more stuff? Give loved ones an adventure instead, something you can share and that will last much longer than that holiday sweater.

How do you wrap an adventure?

Well, the calendar says it's December, and the hustle and bustle of Christmas will soon be upon us. But some seniors have learned how to celebrate the "giving season" by emphasizing the sharing of a special experience or activity.

We do our best with wrapping toys and games for young grandchildren to tear into; their excited faces are worth any cost. But as they grow older, they seem to prefer the color and size of cash! And we've gotten older, too. There are only so many socks, ties or bath salts a person can use.

Now that it is the two of you again, why not plan an "adventure" together? A short trip is a great gift of shared time, and can be meaningful for you both. It doesn't need to be a "surprise" every year, sometimes the fun is deciding and planning this adventure together. That's what makes this kind of "gift" special, both of you investing time together in this relationship and enjoying a new activity.

Of course, a European holiday or a cruise are great, but expensive. So plan closer to home. It is not about the cost, after all, but mutual interest and a sharing of experiences. Cruise the San Juan Islands or visit Vancouver, even a BNB on Vashon Island can make for some good memories.

Our local travel guru, Rick Steves, extols the advantages of European travel in this, the "off-season." In Sunday's Seattle Times, (11-17-2019), Rick says, "My warmest European memories have been wearing just a sweater between November and March and no long lines of tourists. It is not too hot and not over-crowded waiting to see the best attractions."

There are financial advantages as well. Airfare and hotels offer discounts to fill seats (and rooms). He concludes by saying, "One can experience the true hospitality and revelry of the Europeans in the "off-season."

OK, don't give up. If a trip or cruise aren't a good fit, be creative, with tickets to a play and a top Seattle restaurant. Or lessons on learning to sail, a zip line experience, even hang-gliding. There is really no limit to imagination. The important aspect is sharing this adventure or activity with the "significant other."

The memories created will last a lifetime, and often will be recalled when friends and family get together. Sometimes, even a small "disaster" (the rained-out camping trip!) takes a humorous turn in the later retelling!

Yes, this year, avoid the traffic, the check-out lines and trying to guess the "right-size" sweater.

Sit at the computer or phone, and make this Christmas one to remember.


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