The Best Travel Gifts from 31 World Explorers – HoneyTrek

Best travel gifts for and by explorersThere’s gotta be a dozen individuals in your vacation record who might use an escape and are dreaming of far-off lands. Conserving within the custom of our annual reward information, we scoured our years of packing lists and regarded to our circle of globetrotting buddies for his or her tested-and-approved picks. What we’ve give you are the most effective journey items that gained’t simply be “stuff” underneath the tree…however the instruments, assets, and concepts to encourage the vacationers in your life.


Artist-designed HoneyTrek T-shirts & Totes

HoneyTrek swagWe’ve thought of creating HoneyTrek swag for years, however didn’t wish to simply slap a brand on a t-shirt. We wished one thing that informed the story of our loopy honeymoon, the fantastic thing about journey, what the highway has taught us, and why we hold coming again for extra. That was a tall order, however working with the artist Santi Soulas and Wearable NFT Artwork, we now have three designs that do precisely that—and so they look freakin’ superior! Every NFT design (that’s a whole other story) was modified to suit superbly on a tote, t-shirt, and tumbler, and given a QR code that scans via to the unique artwork on the blockchain…unifying this mashup of crypto and trend.

Show your HoneyTrek pride


The Lightest Snowshoes

Northern Lites SnowshoesAgain once we had been first courting, Mike purchased me a pair of snowshoes for Christmas…which as a woman from Southern California was like being gifted a bowling ball to hitch him at “League Evening.” A decade and 100 snowshoe hikes later, I can let you know it’s among the best Christmas items I’ve ever acquired. Floating over deep snow and traversing icy waterfalls, these footwear open up a world of winter adventures—no elevate tickets, lengthy strains, gear rental, or commute obligatory. To offer ourselves an improve from our previous clunkers, we’re gifting one another a pair of Northern Lites—the world’s lightest snowshoes! From their hardcore Predator sequence to their ultra-light Race Waves (1.3 lb for the pair!), these snowshoes are the selection of Iditarod winners and snow bunnies alike. Regardless of which fashion you get, go for their wonderful pace bindings, which tighten with one pull, relatively than taking off your gloves to fuss with a number of clips. And whereas $200 is just not a drop within the bucket, they’ve a lifetime guarantee, 1% of income go to Parkinson’s Analysis, and for the price of two elevate tickets you’ll get limitless snowy adventures.

Make the most of winter


A Higher Journey Towel

best quick dry towelAccommodations and Airbnbs not often supply towels that you could take to the seashore, waterfall, or mountaintop picnic spot. And also you wouldn’t even wish to carry that cumbersome terrycloth for the day–a lot much less haul one on a two-week journey. Packing your individual compact, quick-dry, sand-resistant towel makes a ton of sense–from an area, time, and hygiene standpoint. We’ve at all times carried one, however we’ll admit it was lower than trendy or sustainable–till now! We love these Nomadix towels, not only for their hipster motifs and reversible designs, however the truth they’re comprised of post-consumer plastic! And even with materials from the equal of 30 disposable plastic bottles, they’re extremely comfortable and sturdy—simply doubling as a journey yoga mat. Toss one in your baggage and hold one in your automotive for impromptu adventures.

Sop it up


Customized & Sustainable Bottles

Buy a NalgeneWe’ve been rocking Nalgene bottles because the Nineteen Nineties—they’re easy, sturdy, BPA-free, and inline with our mission to cut back single-use plastics. However up to now 12 months, they’ve actually climbed the superior scale with the addition of their customizable bottles and their new Maintain line. Should you’re not on a strict Xmas supply deadline (takes ~2 weeks to design and ship), Nalgene Custom enables you to select your vessel fashion then add your individual images, textual content, and graphics for a very one-of-a-kind reward. And it’s at all times a very good time to get a Sustain bottle. This high-tech line reclaims single-use plastics destined for the landfill and crafts them into bottles which might be assured for all times. Apart from the candy Maintain graphic, we are able to’t inform the distinction…however we all know the planet will! Select from seven improbable colours.

Give a water bottle with heart


Jet Set Jewellery

Jet Set CandyWith the current journey restrictions, all of us have an insatiable case of wanderlust. And whereas nothing can beat a first-class ticket to Europe, this nostalgic bling will definitely cheer up your favourite traveler! Passport stamps, IATA codes, iconic buildings, subway playing cards, maps, and particulars to make a globetrotter smile are etched into sterling silver and strong gold. With designs impressed from each continent and lots of of areas across the globe, Jet Set Candy is bound to have one thing for everybody, from the Francophile to the California woman. We had been gifted this Mexico baggage tag with slightly airplane attraction on the clasp after our second Mazatlan housesit and sporting it brings us nearer to our casa away from casa.

Give me candy


Packable Daypack

Sinotron Lightweight PackableWe used to journey with only one daypack, however discovered ourselves having to intestine it each time we took a hike. To keep away from that sizzling mess, we now journey with a paper-thin second backpack, that’s able to fill with our wants for the day’s path or metropolis streets. Our British buds at Neverending Voyage concur that “Packable daypacks are helpful in case you don’t wish to use your major baggage if you end up out exploring.” They tipped us off to Sinotron’s 22L backpack, which solely weighs 7 ounces, however can maintain every thing the 2 of us want for the day, together with a Nalgene-sized water bottle within the facet pocket. Plus, at 12 bucks, it’s a no-risk addition to a traveler’s packing technique.

Pack a better pack



For The Lovebirds

Couples Travel BookKnow somebody who had a honeymoon or anniversary journey postponed in final 12 months? Get them again on monitor with our e book on {couples} journey journey and the instruments to make their dream getaway a actuality. With our greatest world journey suggestions and 75 favourite locations from our first 5 years on the highway, this Nat Geo e book nonetheless makes us proud. Particularly when the AP places it of their prime 10 “Journey Books to Encourage Journeys or Give as Presents” or says, “This energetic, partaking travelogue is pumped with invigorating concepts and recommendation galore” or within the sensible phrases of BuzzFeed it’s “the right vacation reward to get the dude you want so much.” Plus, it’s constantly within the prime 3 books in Amazon’s “honeymoon journey” class, so we’ve a very good feeling that your associate or that cute couple in your life will prefer it too. Decide up a replica on the indie or order a signed e book through the HoneyTrek shop.

Get 39% off our Nat Geo book


Cheeky Journey Tees

Art of Wanderlust T-shirtsOur buddies and the house owners of Art of Wanderlust hand-delivered these lovable shirts to us on the shores of Lake Atitlán, Guatemala. And whereas this dreamy state of affairs made us immediately fall in love with these tees, their child comfortable material and smile-inducing expressions hold us sporting them many times. And by that I imply, it’s the T-shirt Mike wears greater than something in his wardrobe. As they are saying at Artwork of Wanderlust, “Every product is designed to encourage a lifetime of journey and to offer a day by day reminder that life is simply too quick to not be lived totally.” We love that motto and that they add a couple of laughs alongside the way in which. (“Journey? Alpaca my baggage” lol). Give somebody their new go-to tee, all whereas giving again—10% of income from each buy are donated to Charity Water or In opposition to Malaria Basis.

Find loveable tees


{Couples} Journey Hammock

The Best Travel HammockLots of people are upgrading their yard equipment for his or her ongoing staycation, however why not get one thing that may work from home and overseas? Jenn and Ed of Coleman Concierge advocate this breathable, quick-dry nylon hammock that packs right down to 9″ x 6″. “A journey hammock is slightly luxurious that makes chill-time within the outside that rather more zen. This one rocks as a result of it suits two…double the coolness.” Till the subsequent time you’ll be able to swing between two palm timber within the Caribbean, this {couples} hammock will see you thru.

Create an oasis


Secure & Fashionable Getaways

Glamping BookWe’ve at all times identified the advantages of glamping—recent air, non-public lodging, household connections, communing with nature, and having fun with huge open areas—we simply didn’t notice “social distancing” can be added to the record. Boutique out of doors lodging are the most secure and most fantastic strategy to keep proper now and we’re proud to have written an award-winning information on the subject. Comfortably Wild: The Best Glamping Destinations in North America is the end result of our 3-year, 73,000-mile, 9-country quest for essentially the most unforgettable out of doors lodging. You’ll discover fabulous treehouses, Airstreams, domes, teepees, and extra inventive constructions, plus unusual adventures and galvanizing individuals. Organized by sort of expertise (farmstays, wellness retreats, safaris, and many others), this e book is about discovering new methods to immerse your self within the nice outside and reconnect with the individuals you like. To make this reward further private, we can sign a copy with the message of your selecting.

Go glamping


A Youngsters’s E book for Budding Explorers

The Adventures of Goldie and BennieAgain in 2015, Rikki and her husband Jared took our Trip Coach course to organize for his or her seven-month journey around the globe. We shared our greatest suggestions—from funds to security to itineraries—and so they took their dream journey throughout Africa, Asia, and South America. 5 years later, Rikki has printed a youngsters’s e book about their adventures in a few of our favourite locations on the planet. Illustrated with stunning watercolors and written with whimsy, this e book would make any child wish to be an explorer. So maintain off on the fairytales about unicorns and legendary kingdoms; present children the misplaced metropolis of Machu Picchu, massive sport of the Maasai Mara, shimmering glaciers of Patagonia, and the actual wonders of the world.

Expand a kid’s horizons



Nimble Baggage

Best Eagle Creek BagWith restricted space for storing within the camper and our propensity for journey journey, we don’t do rollie suitcases anymore. It’s all about duffel baggage, significantly people who double as a backpack for simple maneuvering. Our intrepid buddy Angel The Travel Ambassador has taken his Eagle Creek Migrate Duffel (product of recycled automotive windshields!) all around the world and ranks it as his “go-to.” Eagle Creek can also be one in every of our favourite out of doors manufacturers for his or her adventure-tested designs and “No Matter What” lifetime guarantee. We personal the 45-liter Gear Warrior Journey Pack and love how a lot we are able to cram in with out exceeding carry-on measurement.

Carry this on


Tremendous Sandals

Keen sandalsWe visited our buddies Caz and Craig within the warmth of summer season for a hike. As I’m grimacing at my heavy climbing boots and socks, she is slipping on her breezy pink Keens. It ought to come as no shock that she included these Clearwater CNX climbing sandals of their Y Travel Blog gift guide and that I’m lastly going to get a pair. She says, “They’re like sporting a snug pair of socks with holes in them so you might have heaps of room to breathe…I’ve had them for 3 years AND they nonetheless look model new and are cozy as ever.” An extremely versatile pair of footwear is what each traveler wants.

Slip these under the tree


The Justifiable Selfie Stick

Selfie stick and tripodThe useless idea of a selfie stick has at all times bugged the heck out of us. That isn’t to say that we haven’t had 100 situations standing at a beautiful vistapoint and wished we had one—or a tripod for that matter. That’s why this combo machine, advisable by our pal the Casual Travelist, caught our eye. She says, “Light-weight and compact, it’s excellent for journey images and for Facetime to be in contact with family and friends.” And heaven is aware of that in this unending pandemic, we’re all utilizing our telephones for video chats extra usually and don’t need strangers touching our cellphone for a pic. At solely 4 ounces and serving the perform of two gadgets (with a distant management thrown in!), it is going to be price its weight and sacrifice in pleasure.

Be snap happy


Highway Journey Smarts

RV hacks by the bennettsThe recognition of RVing has soared up to now two years so that you’re certain to know somebody who hit the highway in a camper (or splurged on one). We’re honored that the founders of RV Love and bestselling authors Marc & Julie Bennett requested Mike and me to contribute a piece to their new e book RV Hacks and be official reviewers (with a HoneyTrek quote on the again 🙂 Right here’s what we needed to say about this extremely helpful information, “Masking a variety of matters in an simply digestible format, RV Hacks is a wonderful instrument package for planning forward & fixing issues on the fly.” It’s actually an ideal information to make your RV travels simpler, cheaper, and lot extra enjoyable.

RV Smarter


Stay Language Courses

language courses with a native speakerKnow somebody anxiously awaiting their journey overseas or brushing up on their overseas language expertise? Take it from us, nothing works higher than practising with a local speaker. Rebecca and The World tipped us off to iTalki and their 10,000 lecturers, who give 1-on-1 language classes—for as little as $5 an hour. With a present card, your budding linguist can discover their preferrred trainer (every one affords an intro video to get a way of their fashion, plus trial periods to ensure it’s a match). No subscription required, it’s straightforward to share the love of languages.

Find a language buddy


Leggings with Pockets

Leggings with PocketsI at all times put on leggings and by no means carry a handbag, which mainly leaves me with no place to even maintain a bank card. Not any extra! With deep pockets that conform to your physique, these tremendous comfortable leggings permit me to comfortably tuck away a smartphone and never fear about it falling out on a jog. As soon as I found such an idea, I purchased a pair pairs from totally different distributors, and with a 12 months of damage “underneath my belt” Kyodan leggings are the clear winner. In contrast to my cheapy pair, the pockets don’t bulge out after a pair wears and they’re heavy sufficient to really feel like precise pants (not pantyhose). They arrive in tons of colours; discover your hue.

Level up your leggings


Highly effective Level & Shoot

Sony RX100 VIIEach time we’re digital camera purchasing, we seek the advice of our award-winning photographer buddies Dave & Deb over at The Planet D. Since we don’t all want a pro-grade DSLR or wish to depend on a cellphone to doc our journey of a lifetime, a strong level and shoot is the right center floor. “Dave loves the Sony RX100 VI,” says co-founder Deb, “and I exploit it on a regular basis for vlogging! It suits nice on my gimbal too, preserving issues light-weight however trying like 1,000,000 bucks.” With a Carl Zeiss lens and 20.1 megapixels, you’ll have professional-quality images for a fraction of the value of different skilled cameras.

Step up your photography


The Adventurer’s Picnic Blanket

Picnic by a waterfallCertainly one of our favourite journey equipment of all time…the Matador pocket blanket! It’s a mere 4″ x 1.2″ x 3″ when packed, however large enough to sit down 4 individuals. We at all times hold this one in our day-pack (it solely weighs 5 oz) so once we see a fairly place to calm down, we are able to have a water-repellent, puncture-resistant blanket for picnics or an excuse to gaze up on the clouds.

Be picnic prepared


Highway Journey Sidekick

Cell phone holder carWhether or not in our camper or a rental automotive in a overseas county, we at all times use this mount. A skinny steel sq. sits in your cellphone case (or sticks to the again) and the round magnet clips onto the air vent. It doesn’t muddle your dashboard or windshield, there’s no plastic springy factor to fumble with, and you may set/launch your cellphone with one hand. Hop in a rental automotive and immediately arrange your GPS, music, and hands-free cellphone.

Get the best cellphone holder


Journey Jewellery Organizer

Vlando Jewelry BagThe place do you place your jewellery if you journey? My necklaces are usually in a knot on the backside of my toiletries and I can by no means discover that second earring. A journey jewellery field is one thing I might have by no means sought out, however was thrilled in Scenic Suitcase’s new gift guide. “This compact Vlando case is fantastic for carrying jewellery in your travels (bracelets, earrings, rings, necklaces, and many others).” says Stephanie. “Its silver-toned fastener with Tiffany blue exterior makes it an aesthetic answer for journey group wants.”

Get organized


Past the Garden Recreation

Beach bocceIn a 104-square-foot camper, we are able to solely have so many toys, and the enjoyable of bocce is price each inch. We deliver this Italian bowling sport with us wherever we go as a result of it suits neatly in our trunk and could be performed on nearly any terrain. Don’t let these grime courts field you in, bocce takes on a complete new dimension on the seashore, in a dense forest, indoors with furnishings obstacles, or out a second-story window (#VerticalBocce).

Be bocce ballin’


Journey Safety Hero

best travel gift
You could not get the best husband or mother award for this reward, but when something goes incorrect in your subsequent journey, you’re gonna attain hero standing…like when your flight will get delayed and you are taking everybody out for a connoisseur dinner (as a result of Allianz Journey is footing the $300 invoice) or when your baggage get misplaced en path to Paris and also you get reimbursed $1,000 for a brand new wardrobe. We’ve had the Allianz AllTrips Premier Plan since 2015, so each time we journey we’re routinely coated for emergency medical care, journey delays, cancellations, misplaced baggage, journey interruption, rental automotive injury, and much extra. (See how our canceled flight last month turned into the best night in Lisbon). Should you take greater than two flights per 12 months, it’s time to cease rolling the cube and get some “set-it-and-forget-it” journey insurance coverage. #TravelHappy

Find peace of mind


Nationwide Parks Cross

America the Beautiful Parks PassA must have for each US explorer or pent-up globetrotter, The America The Lovely parks go will get you and a carload of buddies into 2,000+ federal recreation websites—for a mere $80/12 months! Simply having it in our glovebox has prompted the most effective detours. (We’ve seen 10 nationwide parks on this 12 months’s go alone, saving over $300 and creating numerous reminiscences.) Have somebody over 62 in your record? They get a lifetime go for a similar value! Buy a go and it’ll include two clean signature strains to be used by the reward recipient. Encourage exploration, promote conservation, and earn shotgun on their subsequent highway journey.

Share our national treasures


Trekking Poles

Trekking Poles Our buddies at Travel Past 50 have finished long-distance climbing around the globe, placing most 20-somethings to disgrace with their stamina. They’ve all kinds of suggestions for surviving 500-mile hikes just like the Camino de Santiago, however one you’ll be able to tie up with a bow is their favourite trekking poles. They swear by their Black Diamond Zs for being “light-weight, straightforward to regulate, and foldable to slot in small baggage,” and say, “we virtually at all times pack strolling sticks in case of unexpected hikes or accidents.”

Lend a hiker a hand


The Secrets and techniques of Nomad Residing

On this memoir, our pal and consummate traveler, Nomadic Matt shares his decade-long journey. Greater than the locations he’s been, it affords classes solely long-term journey can educate us concerning the world and ourselves. We’ve identified Matt since 2011 and have seen his unimaginable rise as a journey media star and had been impressed not simply with the standard of his writing, however his brutal honesty. Ten Years a Nomad reminds us that vulnerability takes bravery and success begins with the dangers we take.

Grab a copy


Inflatable Photo voltaic Lanterns

solar camping lanternWe already liked our Luci inflatable photo voltaic gentle however its virtues had been utterly affirmed when our buddies at Divergent Travelers (who don’t have the storage of an RV) mentioned, “My Luci inflatable photo voltaic gentle goes in every single place I journey. We’ve got used it in our tents whereas tenting, on picnic tables whereas having fun with a pleasant summer season evening and to gentle up pathways.” No batteries wanted, it’s product of powerful waterproof materials, charged by the solar, and creates an inviting gentle that lasts for hours—be it for an emergency or ambiance.

Light it up


Slim & Sturdy Toiletry Kits

tolietry kitThe smart assembly level between a space-hogging Dopp package and a janky Ziploc, Flanabags are simply what we want for toiletries! These TSA-compliant, quart-sized baggage with wrist straps are skinny, sturdy, and in quite a lot of patterns so as to add slightly enjoyable. Our pal Marielena of Epic 7 Travel says “I’ve been utilizing mine for 3 years and it appears model new!” We significantly like that the gusseted backside offers it sufficient construction to face up by itself for simple riffling. We’d advocate the Journey Duo for a extra full reward.

Contain yourself


Lovely Photograph Puzzles

Travel Photo DecorIn 2019 you may need been too cool for board video games, however puzzling and pizza supply has grow to be a sizzling Saturday evening. And in case you’re going to psycho-analyze each pixel of a portrait or panorama picture, it’d as effectively be an award-winner. Taking her physique of labor, which has racked up its share of {hardware} from Lowell Thomas awards to SATW’s Photographer of the Yr, Susan Portnoy of Insatiable Traveler has discovered a strategy to flip any of her images into 252-piece puzzles! Simply select your favourite picture, choose “keepsakes” and also you’ll get a ten″ x 14″ board sport. Depart the Milton Bradleys within the closet, and spend your evening placing collectively a chunk of artwork.

Spark up a game


Carry-on Permitted Multi-Device

TSA Compliant LeathermanWhen MacGyver goes carry-on he brings the Leatherman Model PS! At simply two ounces, this TSA accepted multi-tool packs in spring-action needle-nose and common pliers, wire cutters, scissors (which double as a small knife but cruises via airport screenings), flathead and Phillips screwdrivers, tweezers, nail file, carabiner, and a bottle opener. We’ve had ours for years and it has a 25-year guarantee, so it’ll carry on giving.

MacGyver me


Ingesting Water…Each time, Wherever

best travel giftYou’ve most likely heard us geek out over our SteriPen. Why? As a result of it has allowed us to utterly kick single-use plastic water bottles (our final one was February 2012). With this compact UV-light air purifier, we shortly sterilize any H20 (be it from the Amazon river or a faucet in a Cambodian bus station). Our favourite mannequin is the Ultra Light, which may deal with 20 liters on a single USB cost. Ensure your favourite traveler at all times has clear ingesting water and empower them to guard the planet from single-use plastic.

Bye-bye bottled water!


Sustainable Model

Unbound Merino T-shirtsWe met the blokes at Unbound Merino at TravelCon final 12 months and liked their ardour for journey and high quality gear. Our feeling was echoed when our buddies behind the sustainable journey weblog, Drink Tea & Travel mentioned, “Their garments are usually not made to be disposable, they last more, should be washed much less and are excellent for nearly any journey event.” The weblog’s co-founder Max has worn his Unbound boxers, socks, T-shirt, and zip-up merino hoodie in heat and chilly climates, city settings, and distant out of doors locations and because of the distinctive properties of Unbound Merino, “he’s been capable of put on them for days with out washing.” As minimalists and environmentalists ourselves, we are able to utterly get on board with Unbound’s natural biodegradable merino wool and dedication to decreasing consumption.

This way to wool


French Presto

Presse Bobble French Press
Who likes the style of French-press espresso however doesn’t like that it will get chilly so shortly? Who’s a solo java drinker within the family or doesn’t wish to make a complete pot or resort to these wasteful plastic pods? Who lives in a 1985 camper run on photo voltaic panels too weak to plug in a espresso maker? OK, possibly the final one is simply me, however I’ve the reply for us all…Presse by Bobble! It’s an insulated espresso mug with a built-in French Press. I simply add grounds, pour sizzling water, hop within the entrance seat, and press it down on the first stoplight. No ready round, no switch of liquid, and at all times sizzling espresso. There are a couple of of those available on the market, however I significantly like that the Presse doesn’t have a plunger deal with that pokes you within the nostril if you take a sip and it’s bought a lid plug to maintain it from overflowing on bumpy roads. I had an AeroPress, which many VanLifers swear by, however when this child arrived, I by no means regarded again.

Get a grab-and-go coffee maker


Life-Saver Socks

Vim Vigr Compression SocksWe’ve seen compression socks in quite a lot of journey reward guides and didn’t suppose a lot of it till our pal Sherry of Ottsworld mentioned, “This can be a journey reward thought that may save somebody’s life…I had a really massive scare with blood clots that fashioned throughout an extended haul flight. Ever since I made it via that have, I’ve been an enormous advocate of sporting compression socks on any flight over 3 hours.” Should you may give one thing cute and comfy that additionally reduces the danger of a life-threatening situation, then that’s a heck of a present.

Try these fly socks


The Traveler’s Card Recreation

travel card gameEach traveler has nice tales, all you have to do is ask. Spark up energetic, thought-provoking, and hysterical conversations with the Journey Banter card sport. Created by our intelligent pal Nicolette of CultureTrav, these 98 questions are printed on the again of beautiful journey images with matters that run the gamut…Arts & Tradition, Meals & Drink, Life & Classes, Folks, and Tradition. We performed with my mother over Thanksgiving and reminisced about previous holidays, shared untold tales, and even realized new issues about one another. This compact deck is the right stocking stuffer and nice trick up your sleeve for lengthy automotive rides, household reunions, solo journeys, and unforgettable nights.

Hit the deck!


Do-Good Procuring Sources

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best travel giftsCompletely satisfied Holidays everybody! We admire you testing our journey reward information and purchasing via the hyperlinks we offered (they’re not all Amazon, don’t fear). These affiliate hyperlinks assist our work and assist hold HoneyTrek going with none further price to you. Cheers to an exquisite vacation season and extra adventures within the new 12 months!


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