Hello Joyful Traveler (and all those who love them!) We’re busy getting ready for Thanksgiving in my house – we will soon be baking pies, roasting turkey, and devouring that delicious stuffing – I think I like the side dishes more than I like the turkey! And, of course, Thanksgiving is followed up with the countdown to Christmas! Woohoo!
I will give full disclosure, I’m one of those people who shops for Christmas all year long. I LOVE giving creative gifts that really keep in mind the interests of the receiver. Because I am such an avid traveler, I have lots of other travelers on my gift list each year. This year has been a banner year for me in finding interesting gifts for the travelers in my life. And when I find a good gift, or a good deal, I always like to share. So, here is my 2016 Travelers Gift List. I hope you find something great for all of the travelers on YOUR gift list this year! (and maybe even a little something for yourself – I won’t judge!
Give the Gift of Mobile Wifi!
When you’re out traveling solo, one of the most important things is to be connected! You may need map software, you might want to check TripAdvisor to find a good restaurant, or you just might want to read your email and connect via social media to your family and friends.
One of the best traveler gifts I can think of allows your recipient to do all of those things. Skyroam offers a mobile hotspot that you can rent or purchase. Once you have the device, you can purchase daypasses, which provide 24 hours of mobile wifi for as low as $8 a day. I have personally used this device in my travels, and I recommend it highly. It totally saved me when I was lost in Krakow and needed Apple Maps to find my way back to the hotel. Plus, if you click here, you’ll get $20 off your purchase of the Skyroam device. Let your traveler know you’re thinking of them and want them to stay in touch!
Help Them Stay Organized!
We’ve all been there, digging through out suitcase to try and find the one pair of clean jeans that still exist, and throwing all of our clothes and toiletries out on the hotel bed trying to do so.
Packing cubes are the answer, my friends! They are super lightweight, and they help organize clothes and toiletries while you’re travelling. All of your undergarments can stay together so they don’t fall to the bottom of the suitcase and get lost. Your traveler can organize all of their dirty clothes into one cube so they know exactly what’s wearable and what is not. Cubes make traveling so much easier, I’m amazed that I did it any other way for so long.
These cubes are lightweight, sturdy and easy to use, and reasonably priced. Win for the traveler in your life!
Give Them an Amazing Outfit to Travel With
Long haul travel can be quite the trial. You’re in multiple airports, on multiple airplanes, and lots of time you need to run from one side of the airport to the other. Add to that the fact that you’re usually travelling for 15-20 hours at a time, and you start to see how important a comfortable travel outfit is.
At the same time, you don’t want to arrive in another country wearing sweatpants and a t shirt, either. Enter Betabrand Dress Yoga Pants. I own a pair of these, and I use them frequently, both for travel and work purposes. They are stretchy and comfortable, yet they look quite professional. No one is able to tell that these are my comfy clothes, and I’ve actually gotten a few compliments on them! I don’t mind sitting in them for a number of hours. They have an elastic waistband, so it’s easy to navigate an airport ladies room with them. The fabric is soft and the fit is excellent, they really are the workhorse of my closet.
Let your traveler know that you care about their comfort and that you’re thinking of them while they’re on the road!
Let Them Tell Their Story
Anyone who has been on the road will tell you about the power of journaling. Things happen so quickly, that it’s easy to forget some of the amazing things that you’ve experienced or learned over the course of a longer trip. Keeping a journal is one way to make it a little easier to reflect on what has happened, and what you’ve learned along your journey.
Surprise your traveler with a place for all of their wonderful memories. This handmade, leather bound journal is the perfect gift for the traveler who is introspective and journals to expand their travel experience. Best of all, right now it’s on sale for only $19.99 (That’s $70 off the regular price!!) and is eligible for free shipping with Prime. Although it’s not huge, at 8×6 inches, it is the perfect size to throw in a carry on and take across the world with you!
Your traveler will be amazed at your thoughtfulness! And you’ll get the bonus of hearing about all the things that they journal about and have learned through their wanderlust!
Help Them Capture Their Memories
We all know that taking pictures is a MUST when traveling. One of the hardest things to do as a solo traveler is to make sure that you’re IN the picture! The perfect solution to this dilemma is the flexible tripod. It holds your phone securely, and the legs bend, so they are able to sit straight on difficult terrain, or even wrap around things to get in position for the perfect shot. This tripod includes a Bluetooth remote shutter, so your traveler can take the picture from any distance. Selfies are hard for me in any situation, but when I’m trying to get background in the shot, they become really impossible. (See this post from my trip to Rome to see my awful selfie attempt!) Imagine how nice it will be to actually see themselves in the shot, for a change!
I hope this list gave you some good ideas for holiday gifts for your world traveler. Do you have a go-to gift for the travelers on your list? I’d love to hear about it, so let me know in the comments! Until next time, friends, Travel Joyful!
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