I'm having a discussion with someone who states that you can't use "to" after holiday in the sentence "We are giving away a holiday to Barbados", and that the allowable usage is "give away a holiday in Barbados" or "give away a trip to Barbados". Can anyone explain or refute his reasoning?
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If you consider the best equivalent to 'holidays' in this sentence, assuming you have the choice between the notion of 'staying IN' and the notion of 'travelling TO', then I believe it makes sense to opt for number 1 that is to say 'staying IN' as the preferred choice. In other words your holiday time is the time you'd spend staying IN Barbados, not the time you'd spend travelling TO Barbados... I would think.
What about a holiday to the red sea, or a holiday to the moon? With the former, "in" doesn't make sense, though I suppose you could also use "at", and with the latter, the journey would almost certainly be part of the holiday. Anyway, I can't see any grammatical reason to disallow the use of "a holiday to".
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That's because you can't 'stay in a sea' nor 'stay in the moon' but you can very well stay in Barbados,Rome (or any city for that matter).

Give an apple TO the teacher. This makes Barbados in this example the receiver when it's not. The holiday is being given TO the winner.
Hi guys,

I'd like to add a comment.

We speak of a trip to London, a visit to London, a drive to London.

In words like trip/visit/drive, there is a sense of movement. I don't feel that in the word holiday.

(In NAmE, we usually speak of a vacation rather than a holiday.)

Best wishes, Clive
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To judge by the googles, the people who give away holidays as prizes are using "to" instead of "in" to impart a sense of movement.

I suppose they think it makes the prize sound more lively. (Which I suppose it does.)

I guess part of it is movement. If you flew to Australia from Europe for a week, you would spend almost a third of your holiday travelling. However, even if you lived in New York and were offered a holiday to Boston, it doesn't sound wrong to me. A holiday to Boston implies the travel is included in the holiday. A holiday in Boston just seems to discount the travel portion, such that you might have to pay to get there yourself.
All the following sound wrong to me.

a holiday to Boston
a vacation to Boston
a day to Boston
a few days to Boston
a good time to Boston
a holiday to the moon
a holiday to an island

All the following sound right to me.

a trip to Boston
a journey to Boston
a drive to Boston

a holiday in Boston
a vacation in Boston
a holiday on the moon
a holiday on an island

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