travel gift ideas

Looking for travel gift ideas for a friend or loved one?

With Christmas just around the corner, what better way to keep the travelers in your family happy, than with a good quality and useful travel product.

When it comes to buying gifts for travelers, there are so many products to choose from. It can be a minefield trying to find something practical and relevant. So we put together a few travel gift ideas we believe every traveler will love.

Here is Our List of Gift Ideas for Travelers…

Moleskine Classic Hard Cover Plain Notebook

Moleskine Classic Hard Cover Plain NotebookYou will find many notebooks marketed as specialist “travel journals”, but they tend to be poorly made and unsuitable for the rigors of global travel.

Why not treat yourself to a real travel journal with a high quality Moleskine notebook. These notebooks are the reincarnation of the legendary notepads used by artists, travelers and free thinkers, such as Van Gogh, Picasso, Hemingway, and Chatwin.

Rounded corners; a smooth oilskin cover; an expanding pocket at the back, and an elastic closure. These are a seriously well made notebook.

my Moleskine travel journalEditors Note:
Even though I have a tablet, a smart phone, and a laptop. I always carry a Moleskine 8-1/4-inch x 5-inch plain page notebook on my travels. I prefer a notebook with plain pages to add annotated drawings and diagrams to my writings. There are cheaper notepads on the market, but a Moleskine will last you a long time, and stay in one piece. There is something strangely satisfying about the simplicity of rounded corners on a notebook. When you have had the pleasure of filling a few editions, they also look very smart on a bookshelf. P.s no moles were harmed making these notebooks.

You can find the classic plain notepad at the link below

If you prefer a lined journal instead, see the following link for information –

Travel Scratch-off World Wall Map

Travel Scratch-off World Wall Map

An alternative to travel logs and journals. This scratch off wall chart allows you to chart your travel progress by scratching off countries you have visited.

A great talking point during dinner parties, and a great gift for travel fanatics.

The Ultimate Travel Adapter

The Ultimate Travel Adapter
BESTEK Universal Travel Adapter 220V to 110V Voltage Converter with 6A 4-Port USB Charging and UK/AU/US/EU Worldwide Plug Adapter)

If you want a charging solution for over 150 countries, that not only allows you to charge or operate up to seven devices from one mains outlet. But also to convert different power outputs safely with over-current, over-load, over-heat and short-circuit protection. Look no further.

Comes with EU, UK, US, AU – AC power adapters and 5 feet of cable. 3 AC outlets, and 4 USB outlets.

If you are traveling with many devices, how annoying is it to find only one spare socket in your hotel room? The Bestek travel converter unit is the answer. Never go socket-less again.

Bose QuietComfort 35 (Series II) Wireless Headphones (Noise Cancelling)

Bose QuietComfort 35
Probably the best noise canceling headphones on the market today, that fold small enough to carry while traveling.

These really are an amazing piece of kit while traveling. Will block out all cabin and engine noise at the touch of a button. The wireless function means you wont wake up tangled in wires, or stand-up to go to the toilet and rip the plug out of the socket.

Can be used with Google assistant; voice command unit; smart phone compatible; with up to 20 hours of wireless play time from a rechargeable lithium-ion battery; up to 40 hours of listening in wired mode.

Editor’s Note:
I have a pair of these, and its the best $350 I ever spent. Incredible quality, and the noise cancellation is worth the price tag alone. I let my travel companion test them briefly on a flight between Amsterdam and Panama, and he told me they were the same as his standard Apple issue. earphones. But as I told him, my earphones are not going to magically turn the KLM seat back TVs into high fidelity Stereos. So dont expect the impossible. But expect incredible quality when granted.

If you are looking for something lower down the price scale, but you still want some noise reducing capability, then these Symphonized NRG 3.0 Earbuds maybe the answer. They are wood finish In-ear noise-isolating headphones and cost about 85% less than the Bose.Symphonized NRG 3.0 Earbuds at Amazon


One Million Books

one million ebooks

That’s right, you can buy your favorite traveler over one million eBooks. They will never run out of books to read; and flights, airports, trains and bus journeys will never be wasted again.

With Amazon Kindle Unlimited they will have access to over one million eBooks to use on any device. Either using a Amazon Kindle eBook, or by downloading the Kindle app to their tablet or smart phone.

If they read one book a day, which seems unlikely unless they are the Rainman, it will take them over 2,700 years to read them all. Are they up to the challenge?

Wood Framed Sun Glasses

clubmaster wood finish ray-ban sunglasses
Sunglasses with wooden frames seem to be all the rage in 2017. There is now a wide selection of eye wear available with a wooden finish, and this style of sunglasses will make a great gift.

Ray-Bans now produces a range of their classic Clubmaster sunglasses with wooden frames (see above picture), for a contemporary and exclusive look. This model is available in three different kinds of wood: walnut, maple and cherry combined with differently colored rubber insides.

handmade wooden sunglassesThe Ray-Bans are beautiful glasses, but if they are not inline with your budget. How about these handmade wooden framed sunglasses from Merry’s.

Available for the more reasonable price of $33.50 (USD) / £24.99 (GBP) with *Free International Shipping*

Kindle Paperwhite E-reader 

Kindle Paperwhite 6 inch 6″ High-Resolution Display (300 ppi) with Built-in Light and Wi-Fi

So, you purchased your favorite nomadic nephew access to one million ebooks with kindle unlimited. However, you just realized he doesn’t have an e-reader. OK, time to quickly buy him an e-reader so as not to ruin Christmas!!! … How sweet, I wish I had an uncle or auntie like you 🙂

In all seriousness though, an e-reader is a great gift for any traveler. Yes, there is a lot of hard copy snobbery regarding the e-reader. People like to hold a real book in their hands. But you trying carrying one million hard copy books on a backpacking trip around Cambodia. Terrible on the knees (the seriousness didn’t last long).

The Kindle Paperwhite E-reader has a 6″ screen and a 300 ppi screen. It reads just like paper, and with 4gb of memory it can store anywhere between 1,000 to 6,000 books depending on the file size.

All kindles have WiFi connectivity, however, the Paperwhite is the first model with free cellular connectivity. This may be very beneficial for travelers who don’t access to a WiFi connection for long periods.

Editors Note:
I have this e-reader myself, which is the reason I nominated it for this list of travel gift ideas. The next model kindles cost up to $200-$250 which puts me off when all I want is a simple device specifically for my e-books. The Kindle Paperwhite at under a hundred bucks is great value for money. I honestly don’t think you can go wrong with this device at the price.

Mini Portable Espresso Coffee Maker


Manual hand espresso maker in a mini travel design. Great espresso where ever you are. Just a scoop of ground coffee beans and a little hot water, and you can have an espresso in your hotel room, on a campsite, or even on the road.


If you know a coffee and travel addict, this will be the perfect gift.

Walkera Vitus 320 Drone with 5.8G WiFi FPV with 3-AXIS 4K Camera

drone with 4k camera

Who wouldn’t want a drone with 4k camera for making awesome aerial photographs?

Your Instagram would never be the same again.

Just imagine trekking 2,000 m up a mountain and whipping out your drone for a birds eye selfie. What a time to be alive.

The beauty with the Walkera Vitus 320 Drone is it has folding arms, propellers, landing gears and transmitter. Meaning it can fold down to the size of a large bottle of water and fit in to your back pack. This is every adventure sports and outdoor fanatics dream

foldable drone

Tech specifications –

  • 1080P FPV with 1.5km range – 4K UHD
  • 12MP camera
  • Mini 3-axis Stabilization Gimbal
  • Three-directional (Front/Right/Left) Obstacle Avoidance System with 8m Range.
  • Accurate positioning – GPS + GLONASS for Outdoors Infrared + Optical Flow for Indoors.
  • Gesture Mode, Visual Tracking, Point of Interest, Waypoints Facilitate Taking Selfies and Filming.
  • AR games combine with virtual elements to create fun scenarios.

At $1,999.99 (USD) / £899.99 (GBP) it would have to be someone very special to receive this drone as a gift.

To lighten the burden we can offer you a special discount of 10% when you use the discount code: GIFTIDEAS10

Thats approximately $199 (USD) / £89 (GBP) – Don’t say, we dont look after you 😉

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