It’s that time again! This past year, we’ve added some countries to our “been there, done that” list, re-visited some of our favorite destinations, and have added some to the 2014 bucket list. Along the way, we’ve discovered some new travel gadgets, gear, and goodies that have made our list for the best holiday gifts for travel lovers. We’ve included some of our all-time favorite travel products too, just because every traveler should have these items! Here are our picks for best Holiday Gifts for Travel Lovers:
1. Miles Make us Smile
Nothing says love like gifting miles to the special people in your life so they can use them to visit you, or — our favorite reason to use miles — to upgrade so they can fly more comfortably! Here is a handy guide on giving the gift of flight miles, on About.com.
We don’t hide the fact that we’re power hungry! For a charge, that is. We are wired and connected whenever and wherever we can be (no joke, check out the cables coming out of Lindsay’s pocket in the above photo!). It’s just that we like to share with our friends, family and followers all the beautiful sights this world has to offer when we travel via instagram/twitter/facebook. We’re still fans of FatCat portable phone chargers, but like its name indicates – it’s BIG. Recently, we’ve discovered a petite version by Innergie. For half the size (and size matters when you’re packing a purse or carry-on), it offers 25+ hours of charge or two complete charges.
Both Lanee and Lindsay are big fans of the Canon PowerShot S95 as it’s compact and takes stellar photos for the price and size of the camera.
4. TOMS Shoes
Lindsay never leaves for a trip without her TOMS. It’s like wearing slippers, only more stylish. Beyond comfort, TOMS slip on and off for a quick and easy breeze through security at the airport. Plus, for every pair you buy, TOMS gives a pair to one of their partner charities as part of their One for One program.
5. A fab scarf… or twelve.
It’s become a tradition on trips for Lanee to take a so-called #scarftravels photo, so she never leaves home without one. Both of us LOVE scarves, not just because they’re stylish and we get to put on our best Grace Kelly/Audry Hepburn faces, but because they come in handy! From hiding a bad hair day to acting as a pillow or eye mask on a flight, these are our favorites:
Lindsay likes ModCloth.com (the scarf on both Lanee & Lindsay in the photo above in different locales is from ModCloth) and Lanee likes Fab.com for hers. On both sites, the selection changes often, so if you see one you like, grab it!
6. Books that Inspire Wanderlust
We have a lot of favorite travel books – On the Road by Jack Kerouac, Wild by Cheryl Strayed, In Patagonia by Bruce Chatwin, and Andrew McCarthy’s The Longest Way Home are just a few of our favorites.
One of Lindsay’s secrets to staying calm on flights are these two oils from Aveda. The Balancing Concentrate is a little roll-on that you can put on your temples to soothe a headache, on your neck to open the sinuses and breath easier, and on tense muscles for a minty cool remedy. The Calming oil has scents of lavender that are perfect to soothe the nerves. Plus, it’s great for moisturizing both hair and skin, without clogging pores, so you can give yourself a spa treatment on the plane and arrive fresh and relaxed!
This is an invaluable invention, especially if you are in economy class trying to get some much needed shut eye on a long flight and are sitting by a noisy or obtrusive neighbor. It’s inflatable, so it’s lightweight and folds up to fit in the palm of your hand. Genius!
Traveling equates to fare bit of stress and a lot of exposure to germs. Essential oils are both of our secret weapons to staying healthy and roaring to go on our trips. Elizabeth Van Buren (one of the best quality essential oils on the market) has two different Essential Oil travel kits to help combat fatigue, headaches, sore muscles and more everyday ailments that can be treated with nature’s remedies.
10. Splurge Alert: Teryx 2014
Recently, Lanee got to test out Kawasaki’s 2014 Teryx side-by-side off road vehicle on the backcountry Hatfield-McCoy trails of West Virginia. And boy did she have a blast. This would be a generous gift (starting price at about $15k) for the traveler who goes to remote places (camping, etc) and likes a little thrill in getting there. What’s really great about this tough Hummer-meets-golf-cart toy for big guys and gals is that it’s made in the USA and the only skill required in operating it is knowing how to drive a car. It’s really that simple as the Teryx is automatic with a brake/gas system just like a car and much safer than an ATV. (Disclaimer: She was supposed to be wearing safety goggles but being a bit rebellious and also vain, wanted to be recognized in the photo, even if it was just her eyes!)
More Holiday Gifts for Travel Lovers
From travel websites we love…
Travel Fashion Girl: 7 Splurge-Worthy Gifts for Travelers
Wanderlush Diary (Lanee’s tippling travel blog): Gifts for the Lady Who Likes Her Liquor