The holiday shopping season has descended (woe to our wallets!), and many of you are looking for the perfect gadget to get for those travel-addicts in your life. My friend, coworker and fellow blogger Holly Phillips suggested that a list of gift ideas might be in order, so here it is – the Continental Cajuns’ Top 10 list of gift ideas for the travel-minded.
Also, check out Holly’s blog, Blogging for Beginners, when you have time. Even for those veterans out there, her tips are really helpful.
1: Baggage fees are out of this world these days, and budget travelers have to plan ahead. That’s why space saving packing cubes like the compression bags at Eagle Creek are a great gift!
2: iPod speakers so that you can comfortably have your music with you at all times. We found ourselves really wishing for this when we had a great apartment in Barcelona and nowhere to play any tunes!
3: Moleskin city books are a great gift for those who are planning their next trip. A combination of map, planner and journal, these little books are sturdy, high quality and well-designed. I love them!
4: Consider a cool passport cover like this Penguin Classics-inspired case.
5: Rick Steves makes the best travel videos around. Coincidentally, he has the best Christmas season sales around, too. You can get his entire series (that’s 101 shows) for $50 throughout the holiday season. We always watch his segments before we travel.
6: For the undecided traveler, grab them a copy of Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel 2013 to jump start their planning!
7: Create a memory kit. This one’s on you, but it’s probably the most fun and personal gift on the list. Go to Hobby Lobby, your local office supply store, or look online at places like See Jane Work for great notebooks, pens, binders, page protectors and pockets, sticky notes, etc., package it nicely and voila! You’ve created the schematics for a memory book your friends can either use for planning, while traveling or for collecting scraps when they get back home.
8: Since travel is now a gadget-dominated pastime, a device charger like the Snow Lizard Power Tek is the gift that keeps on giving. I have one, and it’s fantastic. It holds a charge for up to three months on its own, and can charge two devices at the same time. No more worrying about adapters!
9: Lightweight fast drying towel for beach trips such as Discovery Trekking’s Ultra Fast Dry Towel. Nothing is worse than having to search for a beach towel at the last second or lug a thick, smelly towel around after you don’t need it anymore. Bonus: these are only about $20.
10: An iPad. No joke, these are a traveler’s best friend. They are a computer, camera, e-reader, GPS and more – all in one. Plus, with an onslaught of travel-friendly apps being created every day, their practicality can’t be overstated. You know where to find one.