Tis the season of holiday gift guides from your favorite bloggers. I wanted to jump on the bandwagon, but instead provide you with a year-round list of gift ideas for travelers. I mean, who doesn’t want to receive gifts all year?
We frequent travelers tend to miss our fair share of holidays. Hopping on and off flights and being a member of #teamcarryon means that we have to be smart about what we take with us. So my gift ideas for travelers not only consists of things we need and want, but they’re things we will actually use.
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Headphones will always make the list of gifts for travelers, and a good pair is hard to come by. Would you believe me if I told you that you’d never have to deal with a crying baby on a flight again? Well, you better believe it.
I unfortunately didn’t take these headphones with me to Colombia because…space. And I immediately regretted it. If you have a flight over 5 hours, don’t you dare leave these at home. These are my “in flight” headphones because the noise cancelling feature is amazing. Not only do I not hear the planes engines (I like to fly over the wing) but any loud talking, coughing, or crying is pretty much cancelled out. The no wire part is uber convenient but they do come with an aux cord because you know, airplanes still require them for in flight entertainment.
I have this exact pair earbuds and am in love. I don’t use them in-flight but they are definitely my travel favs. On the way to the airport they aren’t clunky and in the way, and the fact that I don’t have wires everywhere is my favorite part. They’re super light and can hold a charge for up to 10 hours, which is why I got them. If your wireless earbuds die on the way to the airport (that happened to me) it’s time to toss them out and grab a pair of these. Plus they’re perfect for working out! That’s the second reason I went with the JBL Reflect fits.
I imagine Bose product owners likening the brand to the Cadillac of sound. Well, I wouldn’t know. But I thought these in-ear earbuds were a steal for under $100.
No list of gift ideas for travelers is complete without some awesome cameras. Sure, a phone camera can take some amazing photos in 2017. But every time I think I’ll survive with just phone pictures, I wish I’d gotten just a few with my DSLR. Here are some great options for travel.
Nikon D5300 – $$$
I’ve had this baby for years and it goes wherever I go. If you check out any of my travel posts then 9 times out of 10 the photos were taken with my Nikon D5300. I bought my first nikon because it was cheaper than Canon at the time and it was refurbished. Cha ching!
Sony A6000 – $$$
This baby is on my wish-list. It’s a mirrorless camera, not a DSLR, but apparently it’s just as good, if not better. I see bloggers rave about this bad boy on a daily basis. My only issue with it is that there’s no front facing screen option, but the screen does tilt. It’s a little lighter and more compact that my Nikon, so even more perfect for travel!
Canon EOS Rebel T6 – $$$
People swear by Canon and that’s literally the only reason it made the list as an alternative. Do I love my Nikon? Heck yeah. But the #CanonGang is loyal.
Not only is the Onyx Mini portable and pack a punch as far as sound as concerned, but I’m pretty sure it’s the same size as my over the ear headphones. Oh, and it’s under $100. I love this speaker because it’ll comfortably fit into any luggage, but it’s small enough to toss in my backpack that I carry on as well.
Harman/Kardon Invoke – $$
I opted for the Invoke because the digital nomad in me needed a personal assistant in addition to a speaker. Cortana has become my new best friend. Whenever I want to know the weather, my schedule, or a random fact…I can ask her. Oh and this lovely gadget fits perfectly in luggage as well without taking up too much space.
JBL Pulse – $$
Have you ever been at the beach and wished you could play your music on something other than your phone? Did you also wish that if a wave came up and brushed against your speaker, it wouldn’t ruin it? No? I guess it’s just me. The JBL Pulse 3 makes the list for an obvious reason, it’s waterproof! It also can put on a customizable light-show for you. Have you seen a funkier speaker?
I couldn’t create a list of gift ideas for travelers without adding the very thing that makes or breaks travel, LUGGAGE. I thought I’d give options for luggage sets versus singular pieces, and I even threw in something for the backpackers out there!
Even though I’m a self-proclaimed minimalist, I still love a good luggage trio. I actually can’t enter a store that sells luggage without checking it out. Hardshell luggage is my latest obsession and this Samsonite option is perfect for both frequent and occasional travelers. And if you’re a family of nomads, you can buy the set and split it up.
If you’re like me, you’re #teamcarryon and need something you can pack your life in. Here you go. I have a Travelpro hardshell piece that you’d have to pry out of my hands. I’m literally carrying it until the wheels fall off. Some people prefer a soft piece of luggage because you can squeeze it in tight spaces and this one is under a hundred bucks. You’re welcome.
Not everybody is about the suitcase life. I’ve actually had my eye on this backpack for a while but every time I think I’ll buy it, I think of having to carry it around because I don’t have the rolling option. Either way I couldn’t create a list of gift ideas for travelers and not include a backpacking option.
Go Pro Hero 6 – $$$
Did you know there was a Hero 6? I sure didn’t. I’m unfortunately one of those people who likes the latest model of something, so if I was on the market for a GoPro, this is the version I’d save my coins for.
GoPro Hero 5 – $$
The Hero 5 is still pretty popular and I want to say it was THE most popular member of the GoPro family. If you can afford to spend a little money on an action camera, this should be the one you go with…unless of course you have money to blow, then I say go for the 6. Here are some accessories for it for less than $20.
If you know me, then you know how frugal I can be. So when I came across the Fitfort when shopping for an action cam, the $63 one stood out to me. I literally only bought this camera to get some water shots and should I do anything sporty or adventurous, it’ll be in tow. If you’re thinking of this particular camera and wonder how it works, here’s some footage I shot with it.
I hope you enjoyed my gift ideas for travelers. Shop all of these items and more if you like them. Let me know if you have any good alternatives to add to the list.
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