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10 Holiday Gifts for Travelers

Updated: Nov 22, 2020

Looking for that perfect gift for the travel-lover in your life? Or perhaps something for your self? This week and next, travel companies will be unveiling major deals in anticipation of the Black Friday/Cyber Monday shopping days. Take advantage of these deals to book discounted travel, or get ahead of your Christmas shopping.


Here's my list of the top 10 travel gifts of 2019:

 

1. Skyroam


A WiFi Smartspot is my hands-down favorite travel gift for 2019. I use one by Skyroam, which is a new company that provides 4G LTE WiFi on the go. It offers 100% secure, completely portable WiFi to use in over 130 different countries. You can rent or buy your hotspot, which means you can rent one if you travel infrequently or even just want to just test it out on your next trip. But if you travel more than a few times a year, purchasing the Skyroam device is well worth the investment since it's only $179. It will charge your phone, is super lightweight, and even has a camera. You can choose between a monthly plan for $99 a month or pay a daily rate of $9 per day. The Skyroam is the perfect way to ensure you can be connected anywhere you travel. And if you don't want to commit to purchasing the device, you can rent one for just $8.99 per day.

This is honestly one of my favorite travel gadgets and one I don't travel without. I most recently used it on my trip to Greece, where I spent time in Mykonos and Athens first before spending a week sailing the Saronic Gulf. Though I had pretty reliable WiFi availability in Mykonos and Athens (I stayed at two Luxury Collection hotels, so the speeds were quite fast), I did not have the luxury of WiFi while I was on the sailboat, so I ended up using my Skyroam nearly every day. And yes, I was able to work on my blog, post to social media, edit photos in Lightroom (which relies on the cloud, and thus... internet) and catch up on emails—all while on a sailboat in the middle of the Aegean Sea. Pretty wild actually.


Try it out on your next trip! With their option to rent the device, you can try it out for a small fee and decide later if you want to purchase a hotspot of your own.


Use code "SKYROAMISTHECURE" at any time for 10% off your purchase!


Though I'm not yet aware of exactly what kind of deals they'll be rolling out for Black Friday or Cyber Monday, you can get a head start on the shopping by getting 25% off your purchase of 10 day passes or 40% off your purchase of 20 day passes by shopping now. Use code "10DPBF25" for your purchase of 10 or code "20DPBF40".


You can also give a social shout about your Skyroam on Giving Tuesday, which is December 3rd, and Skyroam will donate 1 global WiFi day pass to the community for every 1 social media share or repost. Skyroam is partnering up with Alex Rocha Youth Foundation in Cartagena, Columbia to give back by donating 40 Skyroam Solis 4G LTE hotspots to students and community leaders who rely heavily on mobile connectivity for educational opportunities.

 

2. Travel Guides

Printed travel guide books are not dead! Although it's true that you can literally find everything you need to know about a destination by searching it online, sometimes it's just nice to have a tangible book to flip through, read on the plane, or refer to when you do not have internet access.


My favorite guide books are by Lonely Planet. They have dominated the guidebook market for decades and have a guide for anywhere you want to go. These books make great holiday gifts for the travel lover in your family!

Take advantage of their Black Friday sale by shopping here: Lonely Planet Black Friday Sale - 40% off everything - SHOP NOW

Before traveling to the Greek Islands in September, I bought and read Lonely Planet's Greek Islands book. I cannot stress enough how helpful it was. If you have a trip to Greece planned anytime soon—or even if you are just dreaming of going someday—you MUST pick up either Lonely Planet's Greek Islands or Greece travel guides.


Use code "TRCURE40" for 40% off everything, starting Tuesday, November 26th. Get a head start on the shopping deals before it goes on sale for everyone on Black Friday (you get the same deal with the TRCURE40 code that everyone else will get on Friday only).

Use code “TRAVELCURE10” for 10% off your order total if you shop before or after Black Friday (and miss their big sale).

 

3. The Latest Camera Technology

We all know that technology is ever-changing. Just when you decide to pull the trigger on that expensive camera or drone, the company seems to come out with a brand new device. Just as Apple comes out with a new iPhone each year, a lot of camera makers come out with new versions every year or two. Some of my favorite travel camera devices (like the GoPro Hero, DJI gimbal, DJI Drone or even the iPhone) have new versions, like the GoPro Hero 8 or the new DJI Mavic Mini.

To read a complete list of my favorite travel cameras, CLICK HERE.

 

4. Used Cameras

Or if you're looking for even better deals, try used cameras on Amazon. Most people never think of this when searching for deals, but you can often get gently used cameras in near perfect condition on Amazon for a fraction of the price you'd pay for a new one.*


Shop Amazon’s Deep Discounts on Open Box and Used Camera Equipment here.

*As an Amazon Associate, I earn from qualifying purchases.

 

5. Herschel Travel Products

Herschel is a clothing and accessory company that makes durable, well-made travel bags, backpacks and accessory items. My favorite travel gift is their Travel Amenity Kit, which is only $29.99 and includes a convenient storage pouch, ear plugs, a sleeping mask, slippers and an inflatable neck pillow for maximum in-flight comfort. All the products match and squish together into a compact carrying bag--which you know I love since space-saving is my favorite way to pack light and maximize space. It also comes in black, navy/red and camo.


Herschel is also of course known for their great weekender bags, suitcases and backpacks. I like their iconic Retreat Backback (which comes in 40 different color options!), their Winslow Garment Bag, and their hard case Trade Luggage, which comes in fun prints.


Or for the water loving traveler, Herschel also carries dry bags like this one, which are great to throw all your camera gear, phones and accessories into before going out on the water.


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6. Noise-Cancelling Headphones

I mean, does anyone actually travel without these?? Good noise-cancelling headphones are key to getting a good night's sleep on long-haul flights. And just like camera gear, the quality of these change pretty drastically year after year. So if your spouse or family member has an old pair, it might be time for a new one. These make great gifts for even the non-travel-lover in your life.


But with that said.... they are GREAT for travel. I never—I repeat, NEVER—travel anywhere longer than an hour plane flight away without my noise-cancelling headphones. Have you ever been on a long-haul flight with a crying baby or snoring old man next you? Oh, you haven’t? Well then you’re either really damn lucky or you must only fly private. Cause I certainly have, and I can attest to the fact that I’ve had at least one screaming infant on every single international flight I’ve taken. So how am I able to still sleep like a baby with all that raucous going on in the background? The answer is: noise-cancelling headphones my friends. If you know, you know. If you don’t, well—you need these in your life.

Noise cancelling headphones are the solution to blocking out screaming babies and other disruptions, and frankly, I am not sure how people travel without them. I will even bring earplugs so that if the noise on the plane is really loud, that I can put earplugs in, then wear noise-cancelling headphones over my ears with ambient noise playing. Trust me: you do this and you will not hear a thing.