Holidays: warm experiences, not hot deals

By Gavin Delany
November 20, 2018

A special Thanksgiving message from our CEO, Gavin Delany

No 'act now or it will be gone' pressure marketing schemes from Stride this holiday season. The world’s great travel experiences and Stride member savings will be available whenever you need them, so spend quality time with your friends and family this holiday season don’t fret about time-limited sales.

As this holiday season kicks off, we’d like to encourage you to skip the lines and the internet ad campaigns pressuring you to buy things you and your loved ones don't really want.

Instead - stay home and play a game together. Or go for a hike. Or visit a local museum. Each year, the holiday season seems to come faster and faster. We hope you won't let life slip by as we get sucked into the vortex of modern shopping culture.

We hope you seize these precious moments and spend them mindfully with your loved ones, rather than chasing artificial ‘deals’ across malls or the Internet.

Remember, there’s always another sale. Anything physical worth having will be available for a reasonable price later too.

The only precious thing you can't have later is more time - so we hope you use it wisely this season with people you love, doing things that make you smile, wonder, and appreciate.

Our belief is you are the sum of your experiences - not the sum of your possessions. When it’s convenient for you, Stride will be here to help make the story of your life richer - helping you explore something new or revisit cherished places.

To aid your resistance of the frantic deals frenzy you’re currently bombarded with, below are a few of our favorite places and stories to help you stay inspired and curious.

Happy Thanksgiving from the Stride Travel Team!



Some of our favorite places to explore

1. Wildlife Safari in Africa

Lion in Africa 

Truly one of the top travel experiences, a safari in Africa can be a luxurious affair, or done on a budget. The thrill of spotting wildlife across the savannah is something not easily forgotten. Many safaris also include cultural activities, where you can meet local tribes and learn about their way of life.

See the top African safaris » 

2. Italy

Venice italy 

A standard and a classic - Italy never fails to inspire. Even if you're returning for the tenth time or first setting eyes on the ancient structures, the delight of Italy is ever present. 

Find your next tour to Italy » 

3. China

Great wall of china

China's allure has fascinated travelers for centuries. For those seeking an adventures and challenging trip, where every step is intwined with a rich and ancient culture, China is a place for you. And if you're interested but intimidated, guided tours help release some of the tension you might otherwise face.

See all tours to China »

Get Insipired! Also on the Stride Blog:

10 Reasons We're Thankful for Travel

Top Castles in Wales

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