It’s not always easy to come up with the perfect gift idea for a traveler. I’ve a listed a few of my recommendations to provide inspiration. These are listed in order of approximate cost so there’s something in your price range!
iTunes Gift Cards
Let’s face it: flights, bus rides, and idle time can be boring. Luckily, everyone seems to have a device these days, like a smartphone or iPad. Hand out iTunes gift cards so the recipient can buy music to listen to, movies to watch, digital books and magazines, or games or other apps. If they’re not an Apple fan, an Amazon card is just as broadly-used. Cards range from $5+.
I love eBags packing cubes! They can help you stay organized and find things easily, especially if you move around every night or two. Mix and match an assortment of sizes (I tend to pack in small, medium, and slim and throw in an empty large one to become a dirty laundry bag). Lots of different colors and patterns to stay even more organized!
Frequent travelers may have trouble keeping the time straight! After crossing a dozen time zones, it’s easy to oversleep or wonder what time of day it is. Having a separate alarm clock from your phone can help conserve battery. This combo alarm clock/flashlight has 18 locations with preset times, so you don’t have to reset it when you head from country to country. The flashlight is great for power outages in developing countries or when you’re trying to find something in the middle of the night without waking up your companion.
The New York Times 36 Hours
Weekend getaways are a great way to break up routine and get a dose of travel even when your time is limited. This book features a 36-hour itinerary for every featured destination. There are editions for the USA/Canada and Europe, together offering options for 275 vacations…that’s 5 years worth of getaways, even if you leave every weekend!
All travelers should have a kindle or other e-reader these days. They are very affordable now and they are great for travel since they are lightweight and hold a long battery life compared to tablets. They are also handy for entertainment, downloaded travel guides, or even PDF documents of your own reservation details, emergency contacts, and other travel plans. Not bad for $69.
Yes, everyone owns a digital camera these days, but can you take it underwater? My Kodak EasyShare Sport C123 has withstood the test of time (and water). It’s not quite a GoPro, but it’s on sale frequently for under $100 and takes great pictures while snorkeling (like the one I took on the left). It’s also great for those times when you think a camera won’t be submerged yet will need to be waterproof. Toss it in your beach bag and go!
Quality binoculars are a must for anyone who enjoys wildlife watching. I’ve used mine all over the USA from whale watching in Maine to bear spottings in Denali National Park. As a bonus, they’re even great for amateur stargazing. I recommend Nikon Trailblazers, a good balance between quality and cost (they’re nearly as good as my husband’s pricier Monarchs).
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