These days, I don’t want stuff. I don’t want new audio equipment or clothing or jewelry or furniture. It all takes up too much space. I am trying to whittle myself down to just the essentials. This year alone, I’ve donated two big garbage bags of clothing, shoes, and handbags, plus I’ve shredded EVERYTHING. (HomeShred.co.uk. I can recommend them highly. They’ve also helped me trash a few hard drives.) I still have a ways to go, but I’m getting there. Minimalism, I’m coming for you.
So all I want for Christmas this year is experiences, not stuff. You might have caught on to the fact that I’m a little addicted to a good three hour city tour. You should be too! Why just wander the streets of the city you are visiting when someone can take you around and tell you the key facts and help you notice things you wouldn’t have noticed otherwise! Give experiences, not gifts.
So this Black Friday, I’ve put together a list of tour and flight operators that will help you give the gift of memories, not things. Most of the operators listed below cover multiple cities and they all offer lots of food tours! Some are offering special Black Friday deals so do not delay in making your booking!
If you’ve been reading my blog long enough, you know that I am a HUGE fan of Urban Adventures tours. They have tours all over the world and they just do a wonderful job of keeping things fun and organized. Also, CONSISTENT! In Cambodia, I did Urban Adventures tours in Phnom Penh and Siem Reap. And in Chiang Mai, I pretty much booked everything I did through Urban Adventures. Their tagline is Best. Day. Ever. And I can see why they say that. They have nearly 1000 different itineraries all over the world and a max group size of 12 which I like. Book an Book an Urban Adventure tour.
Eating Europe Food Tours offer tourists and foodies the chance to experience local culture and food through unique, one-of-a-kind travel & food experiences. With over 20 different tours and cooking classes across 5 destinations and new ones added every year, Eating Europe is the market leader in culinary tourism. In London, there’s an East End Food Tour and in Rome, there is a Evening Food & Wine Stroll and Taste of Testaccio Tour. They also have a Prague Food Tour and an Amsterdam Food & Canals Tour. They cover some of the more popular cities in Europe. Book an Eating Europe tour.
Starting from today and through November 27th TourRadar are offering up to 70% off tours worldwide from the industry’s top tour operators. TourRadar offers 500+ Carefully Selected Operators covering 200+ countries and 20,000+ tours. With more than 1 million departures, you can explore over 200 countries and experience the destinations at a pace that fits your unique travel style. They have a strict screening process means that you’re only seeing the best quality of tours possible. They have an official partnership with each operator and constantly monitor traveler satisfaction with operator service through reviews. Book a TourRadar tour.
Tour Radar Black Friday Offer
City Discovery is about helping you find that unforgettable experience and bringing you the best part of your vacation. They have different tours for different folks – more than 8,000 hand-picked travel activities in over 700 destinations from general interest tours to specialized themed activities to meet your different travel pursuits. They”ll help you decide your tours with user-friendly features such as traveler reviews, wish lists and suggested itineraries. They have great offers in cities like Amsterdam, Bangkok, Berlin, and Barcelona. Book a City Discovery Tour.
City Discovery Black Friday Offer
Viator is the granddaddy of city tours. They have been doing this for a long time, and you can tell. They have probably the largest numbers of tours of any site. That being said, because they are an aggregator, quality differs tremendously. My Kuala Lumpur tour in January was hands-down the worst tour I’ve even been on. Then again, my Venice canal tour was probably one of the best tours I’ve ever been on. Read the reviews carefully but in general, you’ll have more good experiences than bad with Viator. Book a Viator Tour.
Viator Black Friday Offers
Save up to 40% off tours & activities in New York
Save up to 40% off tours and activities in Chicago
Save up to 40% off tours & activities in Paris
Save up to 40% off tours and activities in London
Save up to 40% off tours and activities in Las Vegas
Save up to 40% off tours and activities in Rome
QATAR AIRWAYS Special Offers
I flew Qatar Airways from Bali to London last month and call me a convert — it was AMAZING. I felt like I had my own personal flight attendant for both legs (Bali to Doha and Doha to London) and then on the A380 to London, there was a CHAMPAGNE BAR. What I love about Qatar is that you get oneworld points, so if you’re a British Airways person, these flights count towards your status. They are running a number of Black Friday travel deals, but it really depends on your location. For simplicity, I’ve included details on US, UK, and Australian deals but if Qatar flies to your country, chances are, they’ve got a deal for you too!
US Readers: Enjoy special offers as low as $615, to destinations such as Bali, Singapore, Beirut and many thrilling destinations. Book your ticket from November 20, 2017 to November 27, 2017 for travel between January 11, 2018 and May 31, 2018. Book now.
Australian Readers: Simply use the special promotion code FLYNOV17 when booking online to enjoy up to 10% off your next Qatar Airways flight departing only from Melbourne, Sydney, Adelaide, Perth, and Canberra (flights starting 13 February 2018). Offer is valid until 30 November 2017, for travel from now until 31 October 2018. Book now.
British Airways Flight Deals
BA is having a huge Black Friday sale with deals good through Monday, November 27th. European city breaks, for example, from £99 and savings of up to £250 per person on World Traveler Plus (Premium Economy) bookings. For US readers, flights from the US to London are as low as $531 and you can even do New York to London plus four nights hotel for $759 per person. Book now.
If more Black Friday travel deals pop up, I will add them here. Stay tuned for a Cyber Monday post too!
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