It is extremely hard when one of your loved ones is far away during the holiday season. However, you can make this time a little easier by knowing exactly what to you get that traveler in your life for Christmas.
Most travelers are practical and will only hold onto useful items, which is important to keep in mind when purchasing them a gift. Sure, your daughter living in Japan may love a giant teddy bear, but when it comes time to move that will be the first item left behind.
Below are some of the best gifts available online to send that person in your life who is choosing to live far away.
As much as I love to crack open a book and feel the turn of each page, it’s unrealistic to travel with a pack full of novels and biographies. That’s why the Kindle, with it’s vast capabilities and convenient transportable design, is one of the most ideal gifts for travelers, especially those like me, who love to read. The new Kindle Fire HD8 comes with either 16 or 32 Gb of storage, is available in a variety of colors, and only cost $199.99.
2. Accommodation Gift Cards
Hotels.com and Air B&B gift cards can be used all over the world. Even if your traveler already has a place to live abroad, they will still appreciate the opportunity to get away to nice a hotel or private room.
3. Backpacking Tent
Tents such as the Nemo Losi LS 2P are incredibly lightweight and perfect for anyone looking to camp after having traveled half way around the world. They will take up a little bit of pack space, but at only about four pounds, the tent won’t weigh you down.
4. Starbucks Gift Cards
I received several Starbucks gift cards for Christmas right before leaving for New Zealand. I assumed that I wouldn’t be able to use them, so I gave the $50 worth of gift cards to my sister, only to find out once I arrived in Auckland that there’s a Starbucks on every corner in other countries too. Even when they are aboard, a Starbucks is a great place for a digital nomad to get work done and enjoy a cup of coffee, so help them out a little.
5. Travel adapter
When I arrived in New Zealand, I was not as prepared as I should have been. Perhaps the area which I was the most short-sighted was electrical outlets. I arrived immediately needed to purchase an adapter to charge phone. There are fifteen types of outlets in the world, so any serious traveler needs to be equipped with an adapter that will work anywhere, otherwise, they will run the risk of wasting money and looking silly, just as I did.
It might seem a little dorky, but I can’t tell you how often I had to have my passport with me while backpacking. My American driver’s license was not considered a valid proof of identity in New Zealand, so I had to take my passport I am so lucky that I never lost or damaged it significantly.
For a traveler, one of the most used items is a good pair of headphones. As a digital nomad, I spent a lot of time in coffee shops, sitting alone on planes, and waiting patiently as I stood on the side of the road with my thumb sticking out. Each instance was a great time to have headphone. Now that wireless technology has become so advanced, it only makes sense to purchase a pair of wireless headphones for an impatient traveler.
I know it’s a little cliche, but I have never met a backpacker who didn’t love their GoPro. While traveling, there are so many amazing things to do and see. From swimming with dolphins to climbing mountains. Why not effortlessly capture all of those moments on video?
Smartphones are becoming much easier to use while abroad. Most simply need an international sim card in order to be functional in a different country. So it’s no wonder that so many travelers have become dependent on their smart phones. They can be used a GPS, translator, and a handy device to look up the best places to grab brunch. So with long flight to unknown areas, an emergency charger can be a lifesaver for any traveler. Because no one ever wants to be stuck in a foreign land alone, where they don’t speak the language, with phone on low battery
10. Lug Loc
The worst thing that can happen to a traveler is to lose their luggage. Theft is a common occurrence in hostels, where valuables are often left out in the open. Airports are also notorious for losing luggage. While backpacking, I know several backpackers who lost their packs and were left thousands of miles from home without any of their worldly possessions. With Lug Loc, stolen or lost luggage and quickly be located and recovered. You simply place the Lug Loc device discretely in your luggage, sync it with your phone, and then enjoy the security of always being able to track your belongings.