Give The Gift Of Travel This Holiday Season


Give The Gift Of Travel This Holiday SeasonThe holidays are upon us, and ’tis the season for gift giving! As you’re flipping through the Amazon Holiday Toy Book or browsing the Target toy aisle, I challenge you to think outside of the box (literally!) this holiday season. While children love toys, puzzles, and anything that makes loud noises, I challenge you to give the gift of lasting memories instead of tangible gifts.

Gifting travel experiences provides more than any toy can offer: relaxation (if you’re lucky), unforgettable memories exploring new places as a family, and uninterrupted bonding time.

When looking for airfare out of McGhee Tyson Airport (TYS), a few specific destinations come to my mind that would make great ‘gifts’ for children:

  • Orlando: I love watching the videos where parents surprise their kids with trips to Disney World, especially when they’re leaving that very day. We recently took my son to Disney World for the first time and will definitely be back!
    • TYS has two options for flying directly to Orlando: Frontier Airlines to Orlando International Airport and Allegiant to Orlando-Sandford. Talk about a trip with memories that would last a lifetime!
  • New York: Experiencing the holiday season in New York City would be magical, especially with experiences like visiting Macy’s Santaland and the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree.
    • TYS has multiple options for flying to the New York Metro Area: American and Delta have nonstop flights into La Guardia. And Allegiant offers nonstop flights to Newark.
  • Denver: Whenever I think of Denver, I think of snowy mountains, but Denver is a great place to visit year-round.
    • TYS has multiple options for flying nonstop to Denver: Allegiant (seasonal service), Frontier, and United all offer nonstop flights to Denver International.
  • Anywhere in Florida: Our family has the best memories from the beach! Whether it’s searching for shells, riding the waves, or looking for wildlife, the beach offers memories that will last a lifetime and is a great place to start lifelong traditions.

No matter where you choose to travel (TYS has 25+ nonstop destinations to choose from), if you’re planning to take a trip during the holiday season, remember that it’s the busiest travel time of the year!

Quick TYS travel tips:

  1. Arrive at the airport at least two hours before your flight.
  2. Check your flight’s status before getting to the airport (download your airline’s mobile app).
  3. Check TSA’s website for a list of prohibited items.
  4. With more people, luggage, and cars at the airport, be patient.
  5. Enjoy your trip and make the memories!

Memories will far outlast toys. Give the gift of travel this holiday season, and it will be the gift that keeps on giving for years to come. Have you ever been given the gift of travel? If so, what memories stand out?

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Caitlin Darras
I am a local public relations professional by day, but my most important titles are ‘Mom’ to my rainbow baby, Clayton, and ‘Wife’, to my high school sweetheart, Louis. I have worked at McGhee Tyson Airport in the public relations department for the past ten years. I manage the airport’s website and social media accounts, but what I love most about my job is the ability to help passengers have a safe and enjoyable experience at TYS. After becoming a mom, it became even more important for me to share travel tips and ‘mom-hacks’ that make traveling with children seamless, stress-free, and maybe even fun! As a born-and-raised East Tennessean, I am a fan of (orange!) all-things Knoxville. I love seeing our area continue to grow by offering unique, memorable experiences for all ages and interests. When I’m not singing a Blippi song that’s stuck in my head or kicking around a soccer ball with my son, you can find me traveling, reading, or reading about travel.


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