There is always that one person in your family who is incredibly hard to buy for, however it shouldn’t be the traveler! Gifts for world travelers
In the lead up to Christmas, we have compiled a great list the best gifts for travelers, though these will work just as well if there is a birthday or other special occasion coming up too.
Holiday Gifts For Travelers on Your List
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Travelers are always interested in tech which will make their lives easier on the road. Whether you’re thinking big and going for the GoPro Karma Drone, a great camera for travel, or considering something more budget friendly like Go Pro accessories, SD cards, or a portable mobile powerstation, think about practical yet unique gifts which indicate a lot of thought.
For instance, this world map camera strap is perfect for the travel lover. Or if you know they love travel photography, and are avid users of instagram and snapchat, consider a clip-on lenses for their mobile phone. (The olloclip lenses are a perfect gift).
Every traveler is worried about ruining their passport – whether it becomes ripped or torn from being thrown around in the bottom of a bag, or falls victim to humidity and it’s pages become damp (happened to me in Costa Rica!).
A passport holder is a great gift idea, protects your passport, and every traveler needs one!
Cabin Zero Backpack
Cabin Zero is the original British cabin backpack brand, now available in 30+ countries. They have a wide range of cabin sized bags for the light packer, the short adventure, or the weekend trip, and for being cabin size, their designs offer a lot of space.
Choose from a variety of different colors; each bag in their range includes a built in global tracker (powered by Okoban), YKK lockable zippers, thick padded shoulder straps, 44L capacity, are super lightweight, and made with strong durable materials. This is a fantastic bag for anyone traveling with carryon.
Price: From $64 – use the promo code CZMEGAN for a 10% discount!
Nothing beats the feel of a good book in your hands, and there are some fantastic travel reads. These provide everything from inspiration for our next trip, an escape while we’re stuck at home, or entertainment for the plane.
So consider hooking your traveler up with a great travel read. Our friends at Nomadic Notes have put together an epic list of the top 200 travel books – that should be more than enough to keep you occupied during a long haul flight!
Tip: Some people prefer to travel with their Kindle over a physical paperback. Scope out their preference before you buy.
Sleepover at the Zoo
For the traveler who has dreamed of an intimate experience with African animals, check if your local zoo allows sleepovers. Many zoo’s are now setting up glamping sites / lodging which allows guests to sleepover and wake up too lions at their bedside, and tigers besides their bath.
We recently spent overnight at Jamala Wildlife Lodge which is built into Canberra’s National Zoo. Giraffes allow you to feed them from the balcony of your room, you can sit and watch cheetahs from your lounge, or look directly into a 5 metre ocean aquarium which extends across the wall of your room. Read our hotel review.
There’s nothing travelers hate more than having to hand-wash while abroad. So hook your traveler up with this amazing portable washing machine.
Weighing less than an apple, the Scrubba Wash Bag is a pocket-size device that allows you to wash your clothes and travel clean, light and free. Designed for travelers, trekkers and campers, the secret to its ingenuity is the hundreds of resilient nobules that act like a flexible washboard, a fusion of old and new technology, that allows you to wash your clothes in minutes. Though unlike a traditional washboard, you can easily slip it into your backpack.
The Scrubba Washbag is a must for every traveler – it allows you to do your laundry anywhere water is available. It’s lightweight, compact and self-contained (you no longer need a bucket or basin), and the clothes genuinely are machine clean. Read our full product review.
Hook a traveler up with a Hobo Hammock this Christmas! At the same time, money from your purchase goes towards donating a meal to the homeless.
Hobo Hammocks are a new generation of hammocks which every traveler can use; super compact, lightweight and portable, made from a comfy and durable parachute nylon, making them an excellent travel accessory to have in your bag. Picture hours spent lying in a hammock you’ve strung up between two trees on a picture perfect beach. Or quickly throwing it up if you’ve been kicked out of the airport overnight and need a comfy place to hang.
Hammocks are more comfortable, more enjoyable and far more adventurous than many other forms of accommodation, and surprisingly, purchasing a good quality hammock doesn’t have to break the bank. Read full product review. Use the code “mappingmegan” at checkout to get a hammock for $50 instead of $55.
A gift for the female traveler – Slinks. These are ingenious interchangeable sandals by Jane Rafter. From just one base you have a variety of sandal style options, and while in place the “uppers” appear fixed, these can be changed quickly and easily…imagine new shoes every day!
It’s 3, 4 or 5 sets of sandals in one, giving you shoes for every occasion, and fabulous feet wherever you go. And because you’re only traveling with one base, you’ll have so much more room in your bag to move! Read full product review.
National Parks Annual Pass
Is the traveler in question a National Parks addict? Consider buying them an annual pass to National Parks across the US.
This one-year pass offers access to the nation’s national parks and other federally managed recreation areas like Yellowstone, Yosemite and Arches. There is so much to discover within the US, and this is a great gift for the traveler who loves spending time discovering America’s natural wonders.
The Complete National Geographic
A popular Christmas gift for travelers is a one year subscription to the National Geographic, however at a young age I would always flip through the beautiful pictures and promise myself I would read the articles later. The magazines have been collecting dust on the bookshelf for years.
So this year, instead of a one year subscription to the magazine, how about every issue of National Geographic since 1888 on one convenient hard drive?! Well 1888 – 2009 anyway.
One of the world’s most iconic magazine’s, this Christmas gift is sure to please any traveler. Over 1,400 issues, 200,000 photos and 8,000 articles, there’s nothing better for staying occupied on long train rides or flights! In fact, there’s nothing better for staying occupied…period! Read full product review.
Put Their Photos into a Book
If you have access to your travelers photos, secretly copy them to your hard drive, and create a beautiful photo album or book.
Companies like MILK Books have fantastic platforms for producing photo books. The setup is drag and drop which offers the freedom and flexibility to build a custom book any way you see fit, and designing a beautiful book is effortless; most companies have a team of designers that create editorial templates you can use to easily create a publisher-quality book.
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