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  • Millennials prefer spending money on experiences rather than things.
  • Research says this approach makes people happier. 
  • We put together a list of Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals on travel and other experiential gifts.


Millennials prefer spending money on experiences rather than things — especially when those experiences can be Instagrammed.

And it turns out there’s actually a ton of research supporting the idea that spending money on experiences can make people happier than spending money on material items.

When it comes to something like a concert, movie, or weekend trip, you feel excitement anticipating it, make memories during it, and can reflect on it afterwards. And since experiences are social, you can make connections with others, as well.

Since it’s what millennials say they want — and what experts say is best for your happiness — we put together a list of Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals on travel and other experiential gifts.

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That adventurous trip you’ve been dreaming about for months.

If you’ve been wanting to take an adventurous trip to Costa Rica, Nepal, or Thailand, there are plenty of exciting package deals available at Intrepid Travel.

From November 20 to 30, Intrepid Travel is offering 15% off all tours departing from February 1 to September 30, 2018. They have over 1,000 small group tours available across six continents.

Check out the group tours and destinations here.

A private island vacation.

A vacation on a private island might sound like something out of a movie, but turns out you can actually book a trip for your own little getaway.

On Cyber Monday, the Turneffe Island Resort — a 14-acre island off the coast of Belize City, Belize — is offering 25% off the total reservation for a stay in summer or fall 2018.

Check out the deal here.

A hotel room for your next trip — or glamorous staycation.

Black Friday hotel deals tend to be for high-end properties, so it’s probably worth checking out swanky four- and five-star locations, according to Deal News.

From November 24 to 27, you can book a bunk room in the San Francisco Proper Hotel for more than 50% off for stays from November 27, 2017 through January 31, 2018.

And if you’re off to Boston, you can get rooms for just $100 per night at Hotel Commonwealth. But be warned: this deal lasts for just 100 minutes starting at 10 a.m. on Cyber Monday.

Check sites like and, or sites of major hotel chains like the Hyatt on Black Friday.

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