Our List of Ultimate Gift Ideas for Travelers
Expensive presents!Ok, let’s start at the sharp end shall we. If you’ve buying your significant other something or you’re just feeling pretty generous, or you’re rich, which ever it is, if you want to spend bit then here’s our gift ideas for travelers at the top end!
Action Camera: GoPro
Having an action camera is the perfect travel companion, whether or not you think you’re going to be particularly adventurous or not!! The GoPro has become a staple of the photography kit of any traveller, offering waterproof casing which can be taken SCUBA diving, or just in the swimming pool if that’s more your thing! It is also extremely compact and lightweight meaning it doesn’t take up precious space in your bag. This thing can literally go anywhere with you and it’s perfect for capturing all your adventures with stunning wide angle images, burst shots and HD video!
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Compact Camera: Sony RX100
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A mirrorless camera system: Sony a6500
If you are wanting something a little more advanced than a top end compact or just a little bit more control then you could go with a mirrorless set up. We travel with both our mirrorless camera, compact and go pro so any of these would be wonderful ideas as gift ideas for travelers.
Sony a6000/ a6300/ a6500
The Sony a6500 offers 24mp images with an APS-C sized sensor, which is what is inside most non top end DSLRs. It allows you to change lenses with the Sony e-mount range (We had a set of 3 sigma prime lenses) but it also very compact and light. A perfect compromise for those wanting top quality and control but without lugging around heavy gear.
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Recommended Lenses for Sony a6000 – a6500
Keeping entertained on long flights, buses, trains and even 2 day boat trips is hard going at times. Sure, you can revel in the romanticism of the journey, but that wears thin when you’re flying from NZ to the UK, or on a 23hr night train through China! An ipad is a great midway device that gives you much more screen space and scope than just your phone making it easier to play games and watch movies. You can even download from Netflix too which means you can still watch your favourite shows offline and on the go. ipads are also light and compact too meaning they easily slip into the back of your bag. It’s also a lot easier to play games such a GTA on there too with the bigger screen. They also take photos just like an iphone too and depending on your needs negate the need to bring a laptop along.
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Ok, we’ll admit it, we’re pretty into our gaming but travelling long term we do miss our Xbox and Playstation! Lets face it, there’s only so many movies and TV shows you can watch on those long long journeys and we often get to the point when we’ve been on that many flights in one day that we need something else to keep us entertained! The Nintendo Switch is idea as it is compact and small and can be played as either a handheld gaming device or connected to the TV like a larger gaming system. The controls too also detach so you can play by yourself or with someone else which makes it a perfect choice for something different on our list of gift ideas for travelers.
Mid Range Gifts!
On the front we use the Osprey Flare 22 backpack, it’s great for keeping everything safe and has just enough room without being too big. I keep my laptop, mirrorless camera, compact and GoPro in here as well as documents. It has lots of different compartments and sections which is really useful, especially the internal zip section that is great for passports and wallets etc. It’s also a great size for hiking and day trips too so it’s a really useful item on our list of gift ideas for travelers.
Larger Pack Ideal for Backpacking and Long Term Travel: Osprey Farpoint 70
If someone you know is heading off backpacking next year then why not get then the best backpack out there and save then the hassle and expense. We have been doing a lot of research ourselves on all the available packs and the common consensus is that the Osprey Farpoint 70. It opens up like a suitcase, comes with detachable/ attachable day pack and offers great support alongside tough and lightweight material. We’ve used these for non stop backpacking for almost 3 years and they have been perfect for us. Lots of room, detachable smaller pack on the front, room to carry extra items too and how it opens is really idea for packing and unpacking rather than top loaders.
Another one for the entertainment list, the kindle is a great travel companion for those who love to read but of course you can’t bring along heaps of books when you’re travelling. It’s a great way to keep entertained once again on long journeys but also because of its low light output its an ideal way to read before bed without disturbing others in the room or impacting your sleep the way your phone does. It is also great on battery life too for those overnight or multi day journeys with no access to chargers. For us this is one of the best items on our list of gift ideas for travelers.
Multipurpose Swiss Army Knife
When travelling a multi purpose knife is always handy to carry around, especially if you are hiking or camping a lot. These come in handy for all sorts of situations you might come across where you need to light a fire, cut rope or even just open a bottle of wine! They can literally be a lifesaver!
Stocking Fillers and Cheaper Gifts
Travel can be unexpected and the weather is never predictable. When we set off around South East Asia and Australia we never expected to come across cold weather! But luckily we had packed our base layers with us just in case and they saw us through some pretty extreme temperature changes. Base layers are ideal as they are so light and compact in comparison to packing large jackets and really do help keep you warm. You can also get some for hot weather that wick away the sweat and protect from sunburn too.
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Amongst the best gifts for travelers is air travel – it’s the is the simplest way to give someone the opportunity to achieve an air travel dream through skyhours. You can offer your loved ones as many skyhours as you wish, where one skyhour is one hour of flight time. What’s even better is that these can be used for unlimited destinations starting at 30 minutes for only $30. These hours are cumulative, and the lucky person receiving this awesome gift will have full control over all travel details – they can fly on any date, alone or with companions, to any destination with over 350 airlines.
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Portable Battery Packs
A Rugged Hard Drive Or Pen Drives To Backup Your Memories
Storing your photos and memories when you travel is a constant battle and keeping everything backed up is so important. Bringing along a travel proof external hard drive and also some smaller more portable and durable pen drives is the idea way to keep everything safe and backed up just in case.
Memory Cards for Cameras
Continuing the theme the next great stocking filler is some memory cards for you travelling friend so they have enough space to capture all their adventures to show you when they get home! I know I am always in need of new and spare memory cards and they are always a bit of a pain to keep buying, so this would be perfect for us for a stocking filler or go to along with a larger present such as a camera. Most cameras take SD cards and Go Pros take Micro SD.
Camera Bag and Accessories
So maybe the camera are a little out of your price point but for the camera enthusiast why not get them instead something to keep those expensive cameras safe. Whilst travelling it’s important to have a good camera case as life on the road can be pretty rough. Bags get banged around and you take your camera into some pretty harsh conditions. You might want to ask before what type of camera and lenses they have to be sure to get them the perfect case!
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Packing cubes are the perfect way to organise your backpack and make it so much easier to keep everything in place. I honestly would never go travelling, long or short trips without them now we’ve used them! You can keep all your clothing separate and tidy instead of just throwing everything in! Combined with a backpack that opens up or a suitcase it’s even easier to keep your bag in order and a great stocking filler on our list of gift ideas for travelers.
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The Gift of Travel: How About Helping With The Trip Itself!
An Incredible Travel Experience
If you’re really not sure what material present you’re friend or family member would love then why not gift them an incredible travel experience instead!! This way you can give them something truly memorable! Gift like this are also perfect too because they can be given to someone who is already travelling or lives far away from you! This is one of our top gift ideas for travelers and the most fun for sure!
If your friends and family are anything like us then getting travel insurance is probably the last thing on their mind and also one of those annoying expenses. So why not organise it for them and take the stress out of it for them!
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What’s On Your List of Gift Ideas for Travelers?
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