10 Great Gifts for the World Traveler on Your Christmas List
Here’s a list of items perfect for that someone on your Christmas shopping list who never seems to stop moving. Whether traveling for business or pleasure, these gifts are sure to please that special someone suffering from a severe case of wanderlust.
1. Noise-Cancelling Headphones
Whether your loved one likes to spend flights getting work done or sleeping or watching the in-flight movie, a decent pair of noise-cancelling headphones can make all the difference between a comfortable flight and miserable hours spent listening to the annoying habits of everyone else on the plane. Bose makes some of the nicest options, including over-the-ear, on-the-ear, and earbud versions.
2. Flight Club Membership
If your frequent traveler has a preferred airline, then membership at an airline flight club is an unusual gift filled with perks. Airline flight clubs usually offer better furniture, places to nap, free WiFi, and complementary bar service while keeping the general riff-raff at the airport out. Perfect for anyone that finds traveling stressful, or does a lot of it and needs a place to relax during long layovers.
3. Travel-Sized Iron
Business travelers know what a hassle it can be to have to look nice while dressing from a suitcase. This travel-sized iron from Brookstone is small enough to fit in with your stuff even in a carry-on bag, doesn’t require a voltage adapter for using foreign outlets, and heats up in just 15 seconds. While such a tool may not be worth it for a tourist that can get away with wearing wrinkled t-shirts and shorts, business travelers will be glad to have a quick way to spruce up clothing while living out of their suitcase.
4. Silk Sleeping Bag
For anyone who travels on the cheap, a silk sleeping bag liner is the perfect gift. Great for campers looking to add additional warmth and comfort to their sleeping bags, a silk liner can also be used without a sleeping bag for protection from not-so-sanitary sheets found in cheap hotels and hostels. The liner can also be used instead of a sleeping bag to stay cool, dry, and protected from biting insects in warm climates. This option from REI is 100 percent silk and comes with a bag to fold it up in.
5. Lonely Planet Books
Lonely Planet has both a website and a great series of books that provide the perfect guidelines on what to see and do when traveling in locations around the world. The company has made 500 travel guides for 195 different countries. If you know someone who’s planning a trip somewhere new, or who maybe has discussed taking their dream vacation but hasn’t actually taken it yet, these books can serve as both helpful resources and a push to those who may think taking a big trip is too expensive or difficult to plan.
6. Rosetta Stone
If your loved one happens to frequently travel to a place where they don’t speak the language, Rosetta Stone’s award-winning language lesson system is a perfect gift. Rosetta Stone is available in 30 different languages and is hailed as a fast, easy way to learn a second language even in adulthood. Rosetta Stone tries to mimic the language learning experience that one gets when fully immersed in a culture that speaks the language you’re trying to learn without using translation, which has shown to be the most effective way to pick up a new language quickly.
7. Carry-On Bag
Anyone who travels frequently needs a carry-on bag that’s big enough to fit as much as humanly possible into the allotted dimensions that qualify a bag as a carry-on. Brookstone has a number of good options in a variety of colors with either hard or soft exteriors. Different airlines have different requirements for the weight and dimensions of carry-on luggage. Here is a table of the carry-on requirements for several different airlines. United and Delta seem to have the most stringent requirements; your bag must have dimensions under 22-inches by 14-inches by 9-inches and weigh under 40 pounds to qualify at either of those airlines. This option is under those dimensions and comes in a variety of colors.
Reading is an ideal way to pass the time while flying, but multiple books can be a hassle to carry around. An e-reader is a perfect gift for the frequent traveler, as new books can be purchased via the device wherever there’s a WiFi connection and it takes up less space than a single book. E-readers are also easier on the eyes to use for marathon reading sessions on a long flight than reading on a tablet or laptop. Amazon recently released a new line of its Kindle e-readers and slashed prices on older models. Kindle users also get access to Amazon’s enormous selection of e-books, meaning even the pickiest reader will be able to find the titles they’re searching for.
9. Outlet Adapter
When traveling frequently to a foreign country, an outlet adapter is necessary to use any electric appliances brought from home. This model from Brookstone can adapt to the voltages and plug styles of over 150 countries and has a USB port as well. It can handle more powerful appliances like travel hair dryers and charge electronics like e-readers and smartphones.
10. Passport Holder
Passports can be easy to lose, misplace, or spill things on, but Brookstone sells a number of different passport holders to keep what is probably your most important travel object safe. Some models even contain radio frequency identification blocking to stop hackers from stealing the personal information attached to your passport in RFID tags.
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