It's that time of year again! Time to trim the tree, watch corny Christmas movies, drink ALL the peppermint lattes, and hang the stockings up for Santa to fill.
As a traveler myself, I know that it can definitely be tough to buy for someone who seemingly has everything they want and need because they want and need very little (or, at least are practical about how much they can carry with them around the world).
If you, too, find yourself with a traveler in your life, here are some great holiday gift ideas!
These days, I NEVER travel anywhere without my Kindle. My device of choice these days is the Kindle Paperwhite, which is small and slim, and comes with a backlight so you can read in dim light or in the dark — perfect for planes, hostels, or even camping!
>> Price: $119
Sony attachable lens
I got this Sony lens for my birthday this year, and have had some fun with it so far. You can clip it to your smartphone to turn your phone into a camera, or you can put it on a “selfie stick” to take photos of yourself on your travels. The lens communicates with your phone via a built-in wifi network and a special app, meaning it just needs to be somewhere near your phone in order to work and transfer the photos into your photo gallery (though you can put a memory card in it and just use it on its own, too!).
This is a great camera alternative — throw this in your bag if you *might* want to take some photos, but don't want to lug a full-sized camera around with you.
>> Price: $198
Considering how much I use things like my phone, Kindle, and video camera when I travel these days, having a battery backup is key. I picked up a charger block from MyCharge earlier this year that charges just about everything — meaning I can throw it in my purse along with a cord or two and not have to worry about running out of juice on my adventures.
>> Price: $69
External hard drive
I've become a bit paranoid about losing photos and video clips when I travel, so last year my boyfriend bought me a Buffalo MiniStation Extreme – a 1TB hard drive that can handle the bumps and bruises of travel and still hold up great.
>> Price: $99
I've been rocking an Olympus E-P2 for the past year now, and let me tell you — I LOVE this camera. It's small enough to fit into the purse I usually take traveling, lightweight, and extremely versatile. You can buy interchangeable lenses for it (along with the kit lens, I also have a Zuiko 40-150mm zoom lens), and manually adjust all the settings. My friends who travel with bulky DSLRs are often jealous of this camera.
However, this is an older model, and it's difficult to find it online anymore. If you're interested in a similar model, check out the Olympus E-PL5 or Olympus E-PL7. These are slightly smaller than the E-P2, but still take great photos and allow you to swap out lenses. Before my E-P2, I had an E-PL3. If I were to buy a new camera now, I think I'd go with the E-PL7 – it even has a swiveling screen for selfies!
>> Price: $499-$699
If you're not interested in interchangeable lenses and swivel screens but just want a quality point-and-shoot camera, I would tell you to get a Canon. Canon makes some of the best point-and-shoots out there — they were my go-to camera brand before I switched over to a mirrorless system.
>> Price: $279-$399
Osprey Sojourn rolling backpack
In the past year, I've decided to move away from backpack-only travel. In some cases, you don't NEED a backpack — and in some cases it's really nice not to have to carry all that weight on your back. I got a 60-liter Osprey Sojourn pack earlier this year, and am a complete convert. Not only is the bag sturdy and roomy, but it has great wheels on it AND hidden backpack straps to be used in an emergency. I've been using it the past month in New Zealand, and it will be my new go-to travel bag for destinations where wheels won't be cumbersome.
I feel like I could write an entire ode to packing cubes, I love them so much. They are great for organizing a bag and making re-packing a breeze. They also are very affordable and take up virtually no space!
Eagle Creek makes my favorite brand of packing cubes, and I have two sets of these to GIVE AWAY TO YOU, just in time for the holidays! Check out the bottom of this post for more info!
>> Price: $38
For the past year or so, I've been traveling with a blue Donner bag from Overland Equipment. It's a great travel bag for a lot of reasons — mostly because it's durable, has the perfect amount of pockets and space, and is kinda cute, too!
World map laundry bag
Because why not? If you're going to take a laundry bag anyway, why not make it a fun travel-themed one?
When you travel a lot, having a good plug adaptor is key. I have a cheap all-in-one iSunnano travel adapter that works just about everywhere and doesn't have a ton of pieces and parts to worry about losing.
Solid perfume sticks
Solid perfume sticks are perfect for the frequent traveler, because it means not having to worry about the liquids rule when flying — and, since they are usually smaller than a tube of chapstick, it's super easy to slip one into a purse or cosmetics bag. My brand of choice is Aroamas — you can read a full review here!
>> Price: $8 each
Shutterfly gift card
Shutterfly used to just be a website to use to print photos or make photo books, but today the site has tons of other options, from canvas prints to dinner plates to phone covers to customizable portable chargers (I SO want one of these!). A Shutterfly gift card would be great for the traveler in your life who likes to remember their travels in a personalized way.
Win some packing cubes!!
Like I said earlier, I'm kind of a little bit obsessed with using packing cubes when I travel. Eagle Creek is my favorite brand, and they've given me two sets of their Specter cubes to give away to my readers!
To enter, just follow the Rafflecopter directions below!
The contest is running for ONE week, December 8-15, so that hopefully I can get the cubes to the winners by Christmas. Good luck!!
Tell me, what are YOU asking Santa for this year?
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