Writing a thank-you note is one way to show your appreciation for a vacation or trip. What you write in a thank you card to say thank you for a vacation will vary.
Are you thanking someone for taking you on vacation? Do you want to say thank you to the friend who organized an amazing trip? Are you an adult thanking your parents for covering the cost of a family vacation?
Below is my template for a vacation thank you note followed by many thank you messages. This post contains affiliate links. If you click a link and then make a purchase, I (Heidi) will receive a commission.
Thank You Note For a Vacation Template
You can write a handwritten thank you note, send an email, or write a text message. Here is a template for writing a thank you note for a vacation.
Since the reason you are saying thank you for a vacation can vary so much, please be sure to read through the examples. It’s hard to put every possible scenario into one template!
 Dear [Person’s Name],
 Thank you for the [great/awesome/another adjective] vacation. I/We enjoyed the sights and activities (in your note, be specific about what you enjoyed). And I/We am grateful for the wonderful memories we made together. [Thank you for covering the costs of the flights, meals, hotel, etc. – if applicable], which made it possible [easier] for me/us to go on the trip.
 [Your Name]
 The Greeting. You can also remove the Dear and start with the person’s name or choose another salutation such as Hello.
 The Thank You. Write a short thank you message. Share a favorite vacation memory and include compliments. Customize the message based on why you are saying thank you for the vacation. See the examples below for inspiration.
 The Closing. Other closings could be Thanks again, Kind Regards, or Warm Regards.
 Your Name. Remember to sign your name!
If you send a text message, you probably do not need to start with a greeting, and you can remove the closing and your name. Text messages are generally more casual than a written notecard.
A handwritten note will feel more personal and could be sent in the mail or handed to the person (perhaps at church). You can review my guide for choosing a note card. Or, I recommend Minted, Redbubble (unique), or Amazon (low-cost boxed sets). Or you can download a free printable PDF thank you card.
A trip and a vacation are sometimes synonyms, although their definitions are different. You can read an opinion on the difference between a vacation and a trip here. For the example thank-you messages, I will not be too technical about their meaning. I will use vacation and trip as a time away from your normal daily life.
If you’d like to give someone a thank you for the vacation gift (along with a thank you note!), please review the list of thank you gift ideas. For example, a framed photo from the vacation might make for the perfect gift.
Thank You For a Vacation Example Messages
Here are example messages for saying thank you for the vacation. Remember, if you are writing a handwritten note, you’ll need to include a greeting and closing (see the template above).
#1 Thank you for the great vacation! I had a great time in the Florida Keys with you. Creating new memories was so much fun. The kayaking was the best ever
#2 Thank you for taking my family on vacation. The kids had a fantastic time at Disney Land. We will never forget this trip! You are the best parents ever.
#3 I am thankful for last weekend’s amazing hiking trip. Thank you for asking me to come with you. Walking through the forest was relaxing, and I was delighted by the many birds. Thank you again for a wonderful weekend.
#4 Thanks for the vacation! Going to Hawaii was amazing. Snorkeling was my favorite activity. And I enjoyed learning more about each other during our visits. I will never forget the beautiful sunset from our last night.
#5 Thank you for the best vacation ever. A food-focused vacation was unique and wonderful. I loved going to a fancy restaurant every evening. [Restaurant Name] was my absolute favorite. Pretending to be food critics and discussing the food with you was great. Let’s plan to make a similar trip next summer.
#6 Thank you for the vacation at the resort. I loved spending time together and relaxing. And the pool was amazing! And I appreciated that you treated me to dinner a few times. You are a very generous person.
#7 Thank you for taking us on vacation and being our tour guide. We appreciate your vast knowledge of the area. The glass bottom lake tour was our favorite. We also enjoyed visiting and spending time together. We will treasure the memories made on this trip!
#8 Thank you for the wonderful trip. I absolutely loved the scenery in the upper peninsula. It made for a lovely long weekend, only a few hours away. Also, I appreciate your generosity. As you know, I don’t have lots of money. You are a true friend, and I’m thankful for you and the beautiful memories.
#9 Thank you for the great weekend away! It was the perfect break to get away from work for a few days. I loved our long chat while watching the sunset. I have so much gratitude for you and always enjoy going places with you. I look forward to seeing you soon.
#10 I had such a great time on our wonderful trip together to [Location]. Thank you for inviting me and using your hotel points. That saved both of us a lot of money, and I was grateful to be able to spend more doing activities. I am ready to plan the next trip!
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#11 Thank you for the trip of a lifetime to Alaska! The northern lights are so beautiful, and I will never forget seeing them with my own eyes. I really appreciate all the time you put into organizing the vacation for us. It was a great week, and I am grateful for our quality time together.
#12 Thank you so much for the amazing vacation. Pigeon Forge was fun, and I also enjoyed relaxing in the cabin. I had a wonderful time and hope we do another holiday together next summer.
#13 What a great trip! I had so much fun last week. The break from my normal routine was just wanted I needed. Thank you so much for organizing the perfect vacation to [Location]. We sure had some fun times on the beach. I am grateful we were able to spend the week together.
#14 Thank you for the much-needed vacation. You are the best husband ever. The three days at the spa were a wonderful treat! Thank you for taking charge of the kids so I could have some alone time to relax.
#15 Thank you for taking us on summer vacation! You are very generous parents. The kids, Bob, and I had a wonderful time with you [Location]. The house, err mansion, you rented was fabulous. The memories will last a lifetime. Susie made a little scrapbook with her favorite photos that she will show you soon.
Thank You For a Vacation Summary
You can write a short thank-you note to thank a family member or friend for a vacation.
The thank you note for a vacation template is an excellent place to start. Then you can review the example messages to get ideas for wording your thank-you message.
Remember to be specific and express why you were thankful for the vacation. This could be because someone else paid for it or simply having a great time with whomever you were with.