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The holidays can be a stressful time, especially when trying to find the perfect gift for your loved ones. You want to find something both thoughtful and practical, which is often a tough balance to strike. When in doubt, go with what you know. If there are travelers on your list, they’ll be sure to love these wonderful gifts.
When you’re on the go, it isn’t always easy to find an electrical outlet. You need some way to keep your electronic devices from dying on you when you are taking that 5-hour bus ride to the Taj Mahal. The Anker PowerCore+ mini is the most compact aluminum portable charger, providing you with up to one full charge for most smartphones.
You also want bags that are durable enough to last for many years of being carried across the globe, but your luggage says a lot about you—so you want something that is going to stand out at baggage claim. For $50-$200, you can find sturdy (and stylish) bags that are built to stand up against pressure.
Documentation is an important part of any vacation. This light, durable GoPro is designed for taking quick photos and videos on the go. Not only is it the company’s smallest product to date, its one-button control makes it extremely user-friendly, even for those who have issues with technology.
This is a great gift for your friends who love to post pictures of their travels online. With a selfie stick, they will be able to capture a photograph of themselves along with iconic landmarks in the background. Just make sure your gift recipient isn’t obnoxious when using it.
Your iPhone can take some pretty amazing pictures, especially when adding on a photo lens. This lightweight addition, found on Amazon, offers many of the breathtaking images of professional cameras, at a fraction of the cost.
Through the App Store or Google Play, you can gift a subscription to TripIt Pro from Concur. This useful smartphone app organizes all of your travel information in one place, from up-to-date airfare deals to flight changes to trip information. It can be a real lifesaver.
Atlas Obscura is more well known as an online publication rather than a physical one. However, their recently published book (and first foray onto the page) captures all of the unique locations and intriguing stories that the company’s readers come to expect, condensed into a single portable copy. Reader beware—once you open these pages, you’ll become addicted!
Learning the local language of the place you’re traveling makes the experience that much richer. Surprise a shop owner with a few questions about her products, or ask for some non-touristy dinner recommendations from a passerby. However you choose to employ your new skill, Rosetta Stone is still the granddaddy of at-home language learning…and it’s probably for good reason.
Travelers, especially when going abroad for the first time, don’t always realize that power outlets are not the same around the world. If you wait until you get to your destination, it might cost you an arm and a leg to charge your cell phone. Be one step ahead by giving this Ceptics GP-5PK International Plug Adapter Set as a holiday gift. It will come in handy for many years to come.
The perfect gift for anyone who keeps a travel journal (or any fans of the work of Wes Anderson), Field Notes notebooks allow you to organize your thoughts and memories as you travel the globe. These notebooks are able to keep their shape under pressure, without becoming too large or inconvenient.
Maybe you really want to listen to the new Kanye West album. Maybe you just want to get some shut-eye on your nonstop flight to Tokyo. Either way, these Bose QuietComfort 25 acoustic noise cancelling headphones let you tune out your surroundings for a bit so you can focus on something else. They might be pricey, but the silence is well worth it.