Forget about the days of receiving socks and sweaters. This year, let's step up our Christmas game and ask for something we're truly passionate about.
So, if you've been daydreaming about skydiving or have an itch to swim with whale sharks, why not ask your family for the gift of adventure this Christmas? Here are our top tips to help you secure your dream Christmas adventure.
Sneak it into conversation
Timing is key. Instead of casually dropping the idea during dinner, or sneaking it into conversation at the next birthday dinner. Remember, the right atmosphere can make the difference between soaring through the sky on a skydiving experience or receiving yet another candle for your collection.
Explain why it’s better than a candle
Begin by explaining why this adventure holds such significance for you. Is it to celebrate a personal milestone, test your limits, or simply to try something new say V8 driving for example? Your family is more likely to be supportive if they understand your motivation and how much this adventure means to you.
Paint the picture for them
Describe the location, what you’ll be doing, and how much you’ll get from it. The more they can visualise the experience, the more excited they'll become. For instance, if you want to Go swimming with whale sharks, talk about the crystal-clear waters, the white sands, and the remarkable gentle ocean giants. Emphasise the lasting impact it’ll have on you and your genuine appreciation for the adventure.
Make an exchange
Tell them you’ll help with all the Christmas chores or something similar. Make it seem like it’s the best deal in the world. Imagine you helping with cooking the BBQ, wrapping all the presents and volunteering to be the deso and drive Nan home. And in return, all you're asking for is a lap around the track. Who's the ultimate winner in this scenario…
Sell it as a family activity
Pitch it as a collaborative effort. Stress how this adventure presents an opportunity for the family to come together, create lasting memories, and strengthen your bonds. You might suggest an activity that you can all enjoy as a group, such as an Off-road Buggy Driving Experience. Imagine tearing through mud, dirt, and obstacles as a family and maybe just maybe finally beat dad at something. It's an adventure that will satisfy your need for speed with a side of family bonding.
Develop a Convincing Powerpoint Presentation
If some family members have reservations, be understanding. It’s time to develop a powerpoint (pros and cons but mostly pros) about why you need to do a certain adventure. Say surfing for example. It’s a great way to enhance your skills, affordable and a fantastic way to embrace the outdoors - there you go three pros already.