The Holidays are here! Wondering what practical travel gifts to buy for the globe-trotters in your life? I’ve created a list of gift ideas for the Holidays, Birthday or a “Just Because” present. These are affordable and practical items that I personally own and take most with me on every trip. And I’m confident that your traveler buddy would cherish and use them too!
Practical Travel Gifts for the Wanderlust in your Life
Clip-On Light for Smartphones
This was absolutely the most practical purchase in 2018 for me! While the light is named “selfie light” and I do not take selfies, I use this easy clip-on light to my phone to take photos of food! Since the ‘flash’ on our smartphones aren’t always the best way to light up the setting, this light is much needed for every traveler and foodie with 4 different light settings to click from! It’s light and small enough to fit in your clutch or pocket.
Buy it for $17.99 on Amazon.
Book: Everywhere for Nothing
Everywhere for Nothing: Free Travel for the Modern Nomad is your ticket for a high-value, life-changing, and *free* travel experience.
Do you wish you could travel for free? Of course you do. That’s why this book which is currently rated #1 on Amazon for Travel Tip Books is the best purchase. It is the most practical book on the market to gift every traveler in your life. Heck, pick one up for yourself too! Hot off the press, Everywhere for Nothing just published this month by my traveler buddy-in-crime, Meggan Kaiser, who has traversed the globe with minimal to no money spent. The book gives AWE-some advices and tips on how to do so.
This is more than just budget travel or cheap vacations. Kaiser has combed over thirty countries and hundreds of cities, taken every imaginable mode of transport, roomed with over forty foreign families, and lived the most exciting, sleepless, fun, meaningful, and/or dangerous times of her life. All to find the best tips, secrets, and hacks to travel for free.
With the humor of Bill Bryson and the expertise of Lonely Planet Guides, this book will make you a pro on: Budgeting, airfare hacking (credit secrets for free airfare and hotels!), countless free accommodation options, living and working abroad, voluntourism & work-exchange, budget food, lodging, and transportation, housesitting, travel planning and more!
Everywhere for Nothing is your travel guide for the know-how and courage to take the adventure of your dreams. Whether it’s free airline tickets, home-cooked food in France, a place to call home in Chile, or finding Vietnam’s best street food, there’s no magic to making these travel deals your own. All you need is an open mind and this open book!
Buy Everywhere for Nothing for $12.49 on Amazon.
Landmass Scratch-Off World Map
Travelers love to tell stories of their adventures. This scratch-off world map with flags help tell as well as preserve travel memories. Scratch off cities traveled to while hearing tales of your friend’s experiences. Plan for the next dream destinations. The Landmass Travel Tracker map displays 210 flags of the world and includes both terrain data and state outlines for Australia, Canada and the USA. There are various sizes and styles to choose from and can easily be hung in the bedroom or by the bookcase in the living room!
There are also options of tailoring a map to a specific city, for example: their hometown. The best part? 10% of all profits go to Fund for Education Abroad and National Geographic toward study abroad scholarships and non profits that increase geographic literacy!
Buy a Landmass World Map starting at $25!
Noise Cancelling Headphones
There’s a quote that says “Once luxury tried, becomes a necessity”. This is surely a luxury item and the case for these Noise-Cancelling Headphones. Though the hefty price of $299 can be intimidating at first, it is well worth every penny based off it’s quality and outcome. These secure, comfortable headphones cancels majority of outside noise whether you’re on the plane, train or taxi. Especially while flying, a frequent traveler absolutely needs these to block out aviation noises and crying babies. In addition, this new version of noise-cancelling headphones is Alexa-enabled for voice access to music, information, and more.
Buy it for $299 on Amazon.
(There are cheaper options with other brands too)
I’ve never been much of a pot smoker but I started taking CBD Oil drops (under my tongue) to help me sleep better. To my surprise, I have become absolutely obsessed with it’s outcome and have learned a lot about the benefits of CBD for our mind and body. This bottle should last about 1 month if used daily or longer if used occasionally. Why is it a practical travel gift? It helps travelers relax and fall asleep on planes. An absolute essential in every traveler’s carry on, and yes it is legal to fly with.. The CBD Oil can also be used to aid in jet lag. Some people even take it in the morning with their coffee to feel more alert, so it’s quite versatile in it’s benefits!
Get your Hemp on and purchase a bottle of CBD Oil here starting at $45.
Merrell Hiking Boots
Whether one is an avid hiker or just loves to roam when traveling, every traveler needs a pair of sturdy hiking boots. They can be worn casually as walking shoes as it has a firm grip for any terrain or environment. These shoes come with removable insoles, breathable mesh lining and protective rubber toe cap provides ultimate support.
Fair Trade Travel Tote Bag which Empowers Women in India
Shop ethically by buying from Fair Trade companies! Kristeen Singh, founder of RHope has traveled extensively throughout India. Since settling back to the US, she has continued on her mission of empowering women from disadvantaged social-economic backgrounds by selling items from a co-op located in a slum community in Punjab via Chhoti Si Asha. rHope sells purses, wallets and notebooks made by hard-working women who are paid at a fair wage in a safe, supportive environment. rHope’s Purpose is to empower the artisans who make beautiful products as well as the consumers who purchase them.
Kristeen believes that being fashionable and conscious of how your purchases are produced go hand in hand. rHope only partners with organizations that follow fair trade practices. Selling the products on the website provide a market place in the US to support livelihoods for these women. In addition to helping them earn income, purchasing these items help the women and their families raise their standard of living in a holistic way. The NGO, Chhoti si Asha which supports this co-op also teach them to save, budget, get proper health care, build confidence, gain leadership skills and work well as a team. Here are the bios of just 2 of 60+ women who work hard to make these beautiful bags.
Shop these beautiful Travel Tote Bags at rHope starting at $20!
Stainless Steel Water Bottle with Straw
Save your travel buddy money by gifting them a reusable Stainless Steel Water Bottle by Hydro Cell! You’d also help save the environment since it’s reusable, which in turn uses less plastic. This water bottle also comes with a built in straw. This way, one will save money and the environment wherever they go in the world by refilling the water bottle with filtered water.
Buy it on Amazon for $22.99!
Mandala Round Tapestry Hippie Beach Towel
This beautiful Bohemian Beach Towel is versatile in that you can use it as a shower or beach towel, picnic table mat, meditation rug, light blanket, beach cover-up and so much more! Only 19.99 for 2 of them, it’s light and easy to pack up in luggages and carry-on.
Buy these set of 2 Versatile Mandala Beach Towel for 19.99.
All-new Kindle Paperwhite Waterproof with 2x the Storage
Most travelers I know are also avid readers. To compact space in the luggage, Kindles have been a major saving factor which is light and convenient. This new Kindle is waterproof (so you can easily read while lounging in the pool!). Double the storage as the previous generations which means one can store hundreds of books in there! It reads like paper and is the thinnest and lightest Kindle and the single battery lasts for weeks. Built-in adjustable light works perfectly for indoor, outdoor or night setting.