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The weather is beginning to get chilly, all the leaves are off the trees, and you are starting to see holiday decorations around your neighborhood. That can only mean one thing, and its that the holiday shopping season is here. I am guessing that you are starting to put together your shopping list for loved ones, and you may be looking for some neat ideas that will make their face light up when they see your gift. If you have an avid traveler in your life, then I have you covered. Each year, there seem to be at least a handful of incredible travel products on the market that catch my eye. Some of these products are brand new, and some have been around for a while but continue to prove themselves to be invaluable items for avid travelers. I have been putting together a list of the top holiday gift ideas for travelers and I am going to share my top list with you here.
I am especially excited about my list for this year as international travel has finally opened back up after a long couple of years of shutdown, and people (including me!) are finally starting to venture out internationally again. If you have a special someone in your life that likes to get out and explore the world, then chances are that you will find something on this list of holiday gift ideas for travelers that will make their future travels especially comfortable and memorable!
However, before I get into my list of the top holiday gift ideas for travelers for 2022, I want to share with you the links to my previous year’s lists of holiday gift ideas in case you want to browse those lists for additional inspiration. And as always, if you have a gift that you are buying for a traveler in your life that you recommend, please feel free to let me know in the comments section. I am always interested in hearing from other travelers, and I am sure your advice would be much appreciated by other readers as well.
|The Top 2018 Holiday Gift Ideas for Travelers|
|The Top 2019 Holiday Gift Ideas for Travelers|
|The Top 2020 Holiday Gifts for Travelers|
|The 2021 Top Holiday Gifts For Travelers|
Travel Home Decor from Conquest Maps
Another year, and another appearance by the travel pin maps from Conquest Maps on my list of the top holiday gift ideas for travelers. Why, might you ask? Because these travel maps are absolutely incredible and certain to bring a big smile to the face of the travel lover in your life. Not only are these maps an amazing way to track and showcase your travels, but the products that Conquest Maps make are so eloquent and stunning to look at on your walls. If you have someone in your life that likes to travel a lot, I can think of no better gift to give to them than one of the special travel maps from Conquest Maps.
Not only does Conquest Maps have a wide array of beautiful pin board maps and decals to choose from, but they also offer an amazing collection of ornaments, popular travel saying and passport decals, and other amazing gifts that are certain to WOW the travel lovers in your life
Dynotag® Web Enabled Steel Smart Luggage Tag
One of the most stressful aspects of travel is keeping track of your luggage while on the road. As good as most airlines are with handling luggage, sometimes things happen, and luggage gets lost. Sometimes it isn’t even the airline that misplaces your luggage as travel can involve lugging your bags into cabs, buses, and trains as you make your way from one location to another. It isn’t uncommon for bags to get misplaced when traveling.
That’s why I think that every experienced traveler would love to receive an incredible Dynotag® Web Enabled Steel Smart Luggage Tag. With this tag on their bag, your loved one will feel more secure knowing that it will be easy to contact them should their bag get lost. What makes the Dyno tag superior to using a traditional bag tag is that allows your loved one to provide more detailed information on how to get their luggage back to them without having to worry about supplying too much information that subjects them to identity theft. In my opinion, these Dynotags are going to be the way of the future for sophisticated travelers and would be an incredible gift for the avid traveler in your life!
Luggage Travel Cup Holder Attachment for Suitcase
One of the most frustrating things about navigating airports, train stations, and pretty much everywhere else I need to bring my luggage when traveling is figuring out how to carry everything, I need with just two hands. If your loved ones are like me and like to have a water bottle, a coffee, or something else to drink with them at all times, then they probably share my frustrations.
It can be almost impossible to manage a suitcase (even if it is a roller), a backpack, your boarding pass, and your passport, as well as a drink with just two hands. That’s why I love this new beverage holder that you can connect to the handle of any suitcase. It will allow your loved one to easily navigate airports, train stations, and just about anywhere else, they need to bring their luggage while traveling without having to worry about spilling their favorite beverage.
Bluetooth Sleep Headphones and 3D Eye Mask
If your loved one is like me and has trouble getting to sleep while traveling, then I have a gift that will be something they will absolutely love to receive this holiday season. I am a big fan of technology, which is why many of my top holiday gift ideas for travelers are technology related. One of the coolest pieces of travel technology that I have seen come out in recent years are these new Bluetooth-enabled sleep masks.
Not only do they allow your loved one to shield their eyes from light when trying to get some rest, but they also work as headphones to play their favorite soothing music or sleep machine sounds as well. No more having to worry about sleeping with headphones in their ears with this mask, which is an absolute game changer for the sleep-challenged travelers out there.
Master Lock Portable Small Travel Lock Box
If this portable safe from Master Lock looks familiar to you, it’s probably because I have featured it on many of my lists of top travel accessories for travelers and for good reason. Keeping yourself and your valuables safe when traveling can cause a lot of unnecessary anxiety. This is especially true if you are staying in a hostel, Airbnb, or a hotel without a room safe. With this handy safe, your loved ones won’t have to worry about securing their belongings anymore.
They simply put their valuables in the safe, then use the security chain to fasten the safe to an unmovable object in their room. It’s simple, but extremely effective, design is what makes this portable safe so genius. Out of all the gift ideas I have showcased throughout the years, this one has by far been the most popular with readers.
4-Pack of Nylon Waterproof Travel Shoe Bags
Shoe bags may seem like a gift that you would only give to travelers who travel with high-priced shoes that they don’t want to get scuffed or damaged, but you’d be undervaluing their usefulness if you only think of them that way. As a big-time adventure traveler, my travels often take me up mountains, over glaciers, across sandy beaches, and many other places that leave my shoes or boots fairly dirty.
Having a waterproof bag in that I can store my dirty shoes or boots when I travel from one destination to the next allows me to keep the rest of my belongings clean. If you have a loved one in your life that loves to seek out adventures when they travel, I can assure you that this gift will get a lot of use from them. What I really love about these travel shoe bags is that you get a four-pack of them for a very reasonable price.
Massaging Travel Memory Foam Neck Pillow with Heat
Travel can be an incredibly enlightening and uplifting experience, but it can also be downright exhausting if you like to travel a lot internationally. Long flights, train rides, and long hours spent waiting to travel in airports can really take a toll on a traveler. If you have someone in your life that loves to travel but has trouble with the strains of traveling internationally, then I have a great gift idea for you.
In my opinion, one of the very best holiday gift ideas for travelers who travel a lot is this incredible massaging memory foam neck pillow with a built-in heat element. With this wonderful gift, your loved one will be able to soothe away the stresses of travel as they wait for their connecting flight or melt away their stress as they doze off on their long international flight. And when all of their stress fades away because of this incredible neck pillow, they will think of you!
National Geographic’s “Journeys of a Lifetime” Book
Before one can go on an amazing adventure, one must first be inspired to take that adventure. One of my very favorite things about travel is researching new and incredible destinations to explore. Every time I discover a new, far-flung destination, my face lights up and I get super excited. That’s why I absolutely love books like this National Geographic book on the “Journeys of a Lifetime: 500 of the World’s Greatest Trips”.
I kid you not, there is more inspiration to excite the travel enthusiast in your life in this book than I have found in hundreds of hours of scouring the Internet. Not only are the suggested trips incredible, but the pictures and destination details are amazing. So, if you are looking for one of the best holiday gift ideas for travelers this holiday season, I can think of few gifts that will ignite the imagination of the travel enthusiast in your life more than this wonderful book.
International Travel Adapter and Voltage Coverter Strip
If you have a friend or relative who loves to travel internationally, I can think of a few other travel accessories as important as an international power adapter. And if your loved one is a tech gear junkie or travel photographer like me, then they are likely in need of charging a lot of devices when they travel. That’s why I absolutely love this international power adapter, voltage converter, and power strip built into one compact and easy-to-pack device. Simply attach the converter for the destination you are traveling to plug it in and charge all of your devices at once.
Believe me, the time and stress you will save the tech savvy traveler in your life will be enough to revolutionize the way they travel. I just used this very same device on my trip to Africa and I was able to spend my nights sleeping instead of changing out devices to charge in the middle of the night. It’s an absolute game-changer!
35L Ultralight Lightweight Packable Foldable Travel Backpack
The last holiday gift idea for travelers that I have for you in this gift guide may seem fairly ordinary, but if you have an adventure traveler in your life that needs to pack light for their trips, they will absolutely love you for getting them this gift. It can be difficult to manage the amount of luggage that you take with you on some of the far-flung, adventure trips that we adventure travelers plan. Sometimes, packing both a suitcase\duffle and a backpack for day trips is just not possible because of travel constraints, luggage limits, or issues with limited space.
That is why this lightweight, packable backpack is so revolutionary. Instead of having to carry a suitcase or duffle, as well as a backpack for their day trips or excursions, they can simply fold up this backpack and pack it in their main bag. Then, when they need a backpack for their excursions, they can break the backpack out, load it up with the gear they need, and then re-pack it when they are done. Believe me, I purchased one of these several years ago and I don’t go on trips without it anymore. It is an absolutely essential piece of gear for me now.
The sleep mask with integrated headphones looks interesting! Great suggestions, Josh. Have a great holiday!
My brother has one and I borrowed it for our last trip. It’s incredible!
I hope you have a wonderful holiday as well!