It's that time of year again, what do I get family and friends for the holidays?! To help with this quandary, I've put together a little list of gifts for a type of person that I'd think would not only get enjoyment and practical use out of it, but also be kind to your wallet in the process. Today's gift list is for the traveler, whether they are seasoned or newbies I think there's at least one thing on here that they would be grateful to receive, and all under US$50.00!
The following items are things that I either have used or something similar that has helped me in my travels.
Atlas Obscura (Hardcover) by Joshua Foer, Dylan Thuras, & Ella Morton - $17.50
I've enjoyed Atlas Obscura's website for many years, it is a great planning tool for places to visit that's off the beaten path and not on many normal travel guides. I think this book would be perfect for the seasoned traveler who's probably seen a lot, but wants new places to visit.
Fire Tablet (7" Display, Black) - $49.99
Where else can you get a tablet for under $50.00! This is a great companion for those long haul flights where maybe the movie selection isn't that great and you're looking for other things to occupy your time. It's compact enough to fit in your carry on and now Netflix has decided to allow downloadable content, they can watch it on the go without wi-fi connection.
If you've got the budget for a little more or this is a gift for someone special, I'd opt for a package deal and give them a gift of an Amazon Prime Membership so they can watch movies on the go, or visit the Kindle Lending Library, where you can borrow pretty much any book for free. Ever since I switched over many of my books to eBooks (I have a Kindle Paperwhite), it changed my life - no more clutter around the house, and you get to take all your books with you wherever you go with just the weight and size of the e-Reader.
eBags Large Packing Cubes (3pc Set) - $31.49
Packing cubes are an essential for any traveler, it keeps luggage organized and compact. Also for all those security inspections that are rampant nowadays, at least your underwear won't fly out as easily and be a little more discreet. I recommend getting down to the extra small sizes for electronic cables, stationery and those little odds and ends that somehow always end up at the bottom of your bag when you need it most.
When your nomadic loved one is at home, give them something to remind them of their travels with a little decorative wall art map. This gallery quality giclee print, would be a great gift to those travelers that seem to have everything and also support an artist's work directly.
Anker PowerCore 10000 - $23.99
As I mentioned in my Solo Travel post, a battery bank for your phone is a life saver when traveling. Especially when going to an unknown place, whether it was finding locations, seeing when the next bus was coming, translating things, or taking quick pictures I couldn't get my big camera out fast enough for, my phone was my everything. My phone being my everything meant the battery was nothing within a few hours, and sometimes you are caught in an area where there aren't many places with an available outlet. The battery bank will help you not get stuck out in the middle of nowhere. This particular one has 10,000mAh and small enough to fit in your pocket which means it charges fast and it won't take up too much space.
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