Stuck for a Christmas (or birthday) gift for a partner, friend or relative? If, like me, they love to travel then here are some ideas to suit any budget.
An International SIM card
Making and receiving calls abroad via your mobile phone provider can be really expensive so why not buy an international SIM card with some credit? Some UK providers offer international SIMs, such as O2, so check first which provider they’re with. Alternatively, take a look at WorldSIM International or Lebara Mobile.
Give the gift of WiFi anywhere in the world with a pocket WiFi device! We rented one when we were in Japan and I cannot tell you what a lifesaver it was. Check out this handy article to find out more about them and where to purchase one.
A luxury travel pillow
If you’ve ever flown overnight, you’ll know just how uncomfortable it can be! Well, if you’re in economy that is. Tempur has a range of travel pillows (from original to transit) and they come with a 3 year guarantee. If your budget doesn’t stretch to £65, here are a whole range of travel pillows to suit any budget that have been reviewed by Skyscanner. Why not throw in a silk eye mask too?
An airport lounge pass
Give the gift of travelling in style by buying an airport lounge pass. Try Lounge Pass, which has over 400 lounges in 250 airports around the world. A little indulgence before a flight can really start your holiday off on the right note!
An airport spa voucher
For those long layovers or delayed flights, a voucher for an airport spa is just the ticket. Spafinder Wellness 365 has a number of airport spas around the world, including London, Amsterdam, San Francisco, Sydney and Johannesburg.
A selfie stick (yes really)
Whilst some frown upon them, they really are great for taking wide shots so that, not only do you get your face(s) in but you get the scenery in too.
A mini tripod
Keen travellers are usually keen photographers too so why not get them a handy mini tripod? I love my Manfrotto PIXI EVO! It’s particularly handy for taking shots in low light as you need a steady hand for a clear picture. It’s perfect because it’s small so fits comfortably in a handbag or backpack and is not obtrusive when taking pictures.
A travel guide book
If you know where they are headed next, why not buy them a travel guide book? Or, know somewhere they’d love to go? Buy a travel guide book for that place along with some local currency to help inspire them to book that trip and tick it off their travel list!
Is there a country that they keep returning to or perhaps they’re moving to a new country to study or to work? Give them the gift of language by buying a face-to-face course or purchasing an online course, such as Rosetta Stone. It’s the gift that will last a lifetime!
Scratch off travel map
This is a really fun gift for the younger traveller – it’s a wall map where you scratch off all the places you’ve been. You can find them online through retailers such as Not on the High Street, eBay, Etsy, Amazon and The Great Gift Company.
If you can afford it, why not take your partner/friend/relative away? It needn’t be abroad – you can also take them somewhere in your own country that they’ve never been before. If you live in London, here are some suggestions for a weekend away that’s not too far. Need a hotel, B&B or apartment? Use my Booking.com referral link for £20 off your first booking.