As if shopping wasn't hard enough for normal people, we have compiled a list of some of the best gifts for the regular traveler as well as the backpack traveler. If you have one of these in your family, then listen up because these ideas are golden.
1.) Buy your backpack traveler a country guidebook for their trip. Do you know their preferred publisher? Are they a Lonely Planet type? Or perhaps they prefer Rough Guide. Find out and order the guidebook for their trip. This present is the best gift because you know they will be able to use it.
2.) Money from the country of their next trip. This present is perfect for someone about to embark on their next trip. All it requires is you find a bank that will let you exchange currencies. Some charge a fee, others do not. Get some currency and throw it in a card, carefully place a bow on top and see their surprise.
3.) If traveling in the US, for the web connected traveler, get the Virgin Mobile Broadband2Go. It is a no contract USB connection to the World Wide Web. Only $40 for unlimited internet access anywhere in the US that has Sprint coverage. Now your traveler doesn't have to worry about finding an Internet Café or a hotel with free WiFi.
If they already have the Virgin Mobile Broadband2Go then consider getting a top up card for them to refill their account. Now there are no excuses for not emailing!
4.) If you aren't sure what to get the traveler who loves photography, consider a spare Memory Card. Travel Photographers can always use a spare SD card for their camera and with the capacities going up so are prices. Buying an extra memory card for the photography loving backpack traveler will be a nice gesture.
Check this out if you aren't sure which type of memory card to buy.
5.) Parents, if you have a few bucks to spare on your world traveler, consider treating them to a iPad or Kindle to aid them on their way. This is becoming an essential tool as more apps get produced and more guidebooks go digital. iPad vs Kindle can be a tough choice, so do some research in comparing the two before you go out and buy one.
Just check out all the Guidebooks available for the Kindle. Thousands and there are more being sent out everyday.
6.) People who love traveling and love movies are going to love these independent travel documentaries. You can find them either on NetFlix(also a great gift) or buy then from Amazon. They all have one thing in common, and that is they inspire independent travel.
Gift shopping doesn't have to be a chore if you have a traveler to shop for. At the end of the day, even if they don't like it or if they never end up using it, it was still the thought that counts.
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