In the wake of the Great Recession, it appeared as though international travel during the festive period was a thing of the past in the UK. The global economy has undergone a robust (if sluggish) period of recovery since this time, however, meaning that a growing number of citizens have looked to spend their Christmas in a new and exotic location.
Last year, for example, there were an estimated spike of three million in the number of international journeys booked in the week commencing the 18th December, as the trend for spending Christmas abroad becomes increasingly relevant and accessible to modern-day consumers.
This also offers unique opportunities in terms of buying gifts for loved one, as it provides you with access to a host of unique boutiques and independent markets. When you travel to exciting parts of the world, you will always see things that remind you of friends or family back home. It is now easier than ever to stay in touch thanks to the internet, but there is a much better and more personal way to show that you are thinking of them on your big adventure.
Buying Gifts for Loved Ones
Many people buy their friends and family souvenirs from their trip, which is a great way to share your experience. This could be an intricate artefact, unique piece of jewellery, artwork or even an amusing t-shirt from a local market. One problem that many backpackers have encountered is carrying these present around, as you will already be struggling to take your large backpack around with you and these gifts can take up a huge amount of space.
Sending Items Back Home
An excellent solution to this, and a way to show that you are thinking of them during your trip, is to post the presents back home. This means that you do not have to carry the presents around, plus it is sure to make their day once they receive the gift for the post. The package could even contain a handwritten note and a few photos for them to enjoy.
Fast, Safe and Efficient
Many travellers do not consider this option as they believe that it will be a costly, time-consuming and stressful process. Whilst this often was the case, it does not have to be when you use the services of reputable couriers like TNT. The top international couriers will have integrated air and road networks which enable you to safely and quickly send parcels to and from places all around the world. Many will also provide guidance/information on completing the order to reduce stress.
Packing Parcels for Delivery
To keep costs down, stop items from becoming damaged and keep items neat and tidy, you can find plenty of helpful packing tips online. Before packing, it is important to remember that not all items will be allowed to be shipped internationally – you can check this with the courier.
By sending presents back home, you do not have to worry about the gift as soon as you have posted it and it also allows you to buy larger presents which you wouldn’t have been able to carry around. For the recipient, it will be the highlight of their day and especially if the package contains a few other items that show that you have been thinking of them.