The Top 2018 Holiday Gift Ideas for Travelers

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The holiday season is fast approaching, and with it comes the frantic holiday shopping season.  I don’t know about you, but one of the toughest parts of the holiday shopping season for me is coming up with unique and creative gifts for my family and friends.  That’s why I absolutely love having lists of ideas to reference.

2018 Holiday Gift Ideas

If you have a travel enthusiast on your shopping list, I have put together some unique and creative ideas of some gifts that you can surprise them with this holiday season.  These are gifts that they can use as they trek around the globe, get some inspiration for their next big adventure, or use to keep the memories of their recent travels fresh in their memory.  If you know someone who loves to travel, these gifts should put a big smile on their face this holiday season!

Travel Pinboard or Decal Map from

Conquest Maps

This is by far my favorite item on this list.  Moving into a new home or need to add a bit of character to your space? These maps are just what you’re looking for! Conquest maps are a gorgeous piece of home decor that will become the focal point of your living room, dining room, office, or anywhere else you can imagine! Each map is crafted entirely by hand for the highest quality so that you can keep the excitement of your travels alive even once you’re back at home!

Conquest Maps

I really, really love the products from Conquest Maps.  Their products can be customized, so you can easily add your name, travel date, anniversary date, or other personal information to them.  They are not only a great way to keep track of your travels, but they are also a wonderful way to plan future adventures and keep those memories of your past travels alive.  They even have some really cool wall decals!


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A Cork Globe

2018 Holiday Gift Ideas - Cork Globe

What better way for your loved one to bring their travel memories into their home office than to have a cork globe on their desk where they can track their adventures.  These small globes are fantastic because they let you stick a pin where you have traveled so that you can keep those travel memories fresh in your mind and dream about future adventures to come.  You can use one color pin for places you have been, and one color pin for places you wish to go.  A pin globe is a great gift idea for frequent travelers in your life.

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National Geographic Magazine Subscription

2018 Holiday Gift Ideas - National Geographic

The National Geographic magazine is by far my favorite magazine of all time.  They do such a great job of highlighting beautiful and unique places throughout the world, giving you itineraries for amazing adventure vacations, and telling travel stories that will make you want to hop into a plane that minute and go off exploring.  Any travel enthusiast in your life will be thrilled with a subscription to the National Geographic magazine and will be reminded of your gift each time they receive a new issue.


A Great Travel Book

2018 Holiday Gift Ideas - Nat Geo Books

Another great reading gift that you can get for the travel enthusiasts in your life is one of the many great travel books that National Geographic has put out.  Whether it be a book on ideas to do in their travels around the United States, journeys of a lifetime that they can take, or ways in which they can eat their way around the world, these books are sure to amaze the travel adventurers in your life.  They make great coffee table reading material and provide an endless amount of inspiration for their next big adventure.

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Try the World Subscription Box

2018 Holiday Gift Ideas - Try the World Boxes

This is a gift idea that I just recently learned about and am very excited to hopefully try in the future.  Try the World makes boxes of food from various parts of the world, either as a one-time gift or as a series of shipments, to give you a taste of different foods from around the world.  For those of you with travel foodies in your life, this is a very creative gift that will be sure to wow your loved ones this holiday season.


Leather Travel Journal

Leather Travel Journal

When I travel, I love to document my experiences so that I can go back and relive my adventures in the future.  Not only do I take a lot of photographs, but I love to take a journal with me so that I can write down neat places that I visited, great restaurants I ate at, and beautiful places that I find.  A nice leather travel journal would be a great gift for the travel enthusiast in your life as these journals are durable, easy to pack, and are great for documenting all of their wonderful travel memories.

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The Trtl Pillow

The Trtl Pillow

Long-haul flights can be difficult to endure.  One of the ways to make those flights more manageable is to have a really good travel pillow with you.  If you know someone who travels a lot, and especially internationally, then this would be a great gift to give them.  The Trtl is one of the most popular travel pillows on the market for good reason.  These pillows have been ergonomically designed to keep your head in a comfortable sleeping position, no matter where you are sleeping, and their soft felt fabric is really comfortable to snuggle up with.

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Travel Hanging Toiletry Bag

Travel Hanging Toiletry Bag

This is a great gift for any nomad or globetrotter in your life.  One of the most difficult parts about living out of a tent, a hostel, or even hotels while on the road is keeping all of your toiletry items organized and having them handy when you need them.  This travel hanging toiletry bag makes it easy and convenient to access your toiletry items while on the road.  And when counter space is an issue, this bag hangs up for convenient access without having to take everything out of the bag in a shared bathroom or tent.

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YAMIU Travel Shoe Bags

YAMIU Travel Shoe Bags

Whether you know someone who travels frequently for business or travels around the world on epic adventures, a set of YAMIU travel shoe bags is a great gift for frequent travelers.  They are great for keeping dress shoes clean in your bag, as well as keeping dirty hiking boots away from your clean clothes when you are on long adventures.  These affordable travel bags are sure to impress the more organized travelers in your life.

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Travelwise Packing Cube System

Travelwise Packing Cubes

Another great gift for frequent travelers in your life who like to stay organized is the Travelwise packing cube system.  These packing cubes make it easy to stay organized as you pack by allowing you to compartmentalize your suitcase.  This makes it easy to find items while on your trip and keeps your suitcase from getting all cluttered as you travel.  So if you know someone in your life that literally lives out of a suitcase for much of the year as they travel or just someone who enjoys staying organized as they travel, these packing cubes will make their life so much easier.

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3-Piece Travel Cable Organizer

Travel Cable Organizer

This item is something I use on every trip that I take and is something that I probably could no longer live without.  If you have a travel enthusiast in your life who is into photography, travels with a lot of electronics, or just likes to keep their phone charger, headphones, and other gear organized, then this is the perfect gift for them.  These BUBM travel cable organizers come in three sizes or can be purchased as part of a 3-piece set.  Believe me, the travel photographer in your life will be thrilled to receive this gift this holiday season!

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Travel Gift Cards

Travel Gift Cards

Traveling can be expensive so any way to make it easier for the travel enthusiast in your life to be able to afford to travel more will be greatly appreciated.  Luckily, many of the top travel companies offer gift cards these days, which make great stocking stuffers during the holidays.  I have included a link below where you can purchase gift cards from a number of different travel companies on, but you can also find gift cards for most of the major airlines and hotel chains in most convenience stores or drug stores as well.

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