The Top 2019 Holiday Gift Ideas for Travelers

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The holiday season is fast approaching and before you know it Black Friday will be upon us.  This time of year can be stressful for those who don’t like to go shopping.  Even if you do like to shop, finding gifts for the people we love can be a challenge, especially if you want to find something unique or creative that will really bring a smile to their face.


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 to stay organized as they travel, nurture the travel photographer within themselves, get some inspiration for their next big travel 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

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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!

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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!


From 11/28 at midnight until 12/1 at midnight, Conquest Maps will be having a big sale.  Don’t miss taking advantage of these great holiday savings!

  • Pin Board Maps:  20% OFF
  • Posters:  15% OFF
  • Canvas Art:  20% OFF
  • All Decals:  25% OFF
  • Wood Signage:  10% OFF

PLUS, on Cyber Monday you get a FREE map personalization when using the code HOHOHO.


LifeStraw Filtered Water Bottle

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If you have someone in your life who like to go backpacking or likes to travel a lot internationally, then this is the perfect gift for them.  The hollow fiber membrane water filter removes 99.9% of the waterborne parasites in the water you put into the water bottle without the use of any chemicals.  This means it is great for people who need to fill up water from a stream while hiking or people who might be traveling internationally and don’t trust the water out of the faucet.  It’s a great way to make travel a little bit easier for the travel enthusiast in your life.

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National Geographic Magazine Subscription

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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.


Portable Travel Jewelry Box

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Traveling with jewelry can be difficult because it is typically valuable and can be easy to lose.  If you have a loved one in your life that loves to travel, this could be the perfect gift for them.  With this elegant travel jewelry box, they can easily and safely store their earrings, rings, necklace, bracelets, etc while they travel and not have to worry about them.  The best part is, this jewelry box is really sleek and compact, so it won’t take up a bunch of room in their suitcase or carry-on.

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4 in 1 Cell Phone Camera Lenses Kit

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As a travel and travel photography blog, I would be remiss if I didn’t include an item on my top gifts for travelers that wasn’t photography focused.  If you have a loved one in your life who loves to take pictures when they travel, but they don’t have a DSLR or prefer not to travel with a bulky DSLR, they will absolutely love this lens kit.  This 4-in-1 kit will help them use their phone to take shots that are otherwise only possible with a more expensive camera.  Believe me, as an avid travel photographer, any traveler who is interested in photography will be absolutely thrilled to receive this as a gift.

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Anker PowerCore Ultra Compact Portable Charger

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If I had to pick one item on this list that I can absolutely not do without, it would undoubtedly be the Anker PowerCore Ultra Compact Portable Charger.  When it comes to portable power chargers, this charger is in a class of its own.  With its large power storage capacity, this charger has the ability to charge your phone or tablet many times over before it needs to be recharged itself.  This device has saved me numerous times while traveling from having a dead phone battery when I needed my phone.  It is something that any travel enthusiast in your life would be thrilled to receive as a gift.

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‘I Was Here’ Travel Journal

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For those of you with a loved one that has a big trip planned next year, this might be a gift that they will thoroughly enjoy.  These creatively crafted journals encourage travelers to fully explore the destinations on their travel agenda by prompting them to discover the easily overlooked as their journey unfolds.  Each page includes a unique surprise that helps them to not only discover but to document and ultimately remember, all the experiences they had on their adventure.

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Sea to Summit Dry Bag Set

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For the travel adventurers in your life who are really into exploring the outdoors, this is a gift that they will love and can really use.  It’s hard to keep gear dry when snorkeling, scuba diving, kayaking, rafting, or boating.  Depending on the gear they’re carrying, getting it wet can be a real inconvenience or even ruin their trip.  This is why a set of dry bags is the perfect holiday gift for the travel adventurer in your life.  With these bags, they will be able to rest easy on their adventures knowing that their gear will be safe and dry.

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eGeeTouch Smart TSA Travel Lock

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For those of you who follow my blog regularly, you know how much I absolutely love technology and gadgets.  That’s why I had to include this item on my list of top gifts for travelers when I saw it.  If you have someone in your life who travels internationally regularly, this is a gift that they will be able to use a lot that will absolutely blow their minds.  With this gift, they can say goodbye to the days of having to carry a tiny key around with them for their luggage locks when traveling, or having to memorize a three-digit code and manipulate tiny keycode dials on their luggage locks.

Not only will this smart lock allow them to open their luggage locks with their phone, but it will also send them an alert if their luggage gets too far away from them so that they don’t leave it behind at a hotel or have it stolen at a train station, etc…  Best of all, the locks are TSA approved so they don’t need to worry about the locks getting cut off their bags as they go thru airport security.

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Travelwise Packing Cube System

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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

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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 UV Toothbrush Sanitizer

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The last gift on my list of ideas for their travel enthusiasts in your life is another gizmo that I absolutely love.  If you have loved ones who do a lot of international travel, they will really love this gift.  Staying in hotels and hostels isn’t always the most sanitary endeavor for travelers and anything that they can do to help themselves feel clean and refreshed is welcome.  This includes brushing your teeth.  However, even that can feel a little gross when using community bathrooms.

With this Travel UV Toothbrush Sanitizer, they will never have to worry about a dirty toothbrush when traveling again.  The UV encasing is lightweight and easily rechargeable with a USB adapter.  And when it comes to keeping toothbrushes clean, it is 99.99% effective at killing bacteria and germs.  This is why this gift is something that the travel enthusiast in your life will not only love, but they will be able to use it regularly.

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