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Only two more weeks until Christmas and if you are as prepared as I am you haven’t bought a single gift yet. Maybe you are doing it like me and you are waiting until the very last minute!
I have put together a list of presents for travelers. This list is not only for Christmas, any traveler will be happy to get this anytime of the year either as a birthday present, xmas present or just a “Hey, I thought of you” present!
Happy shopping and enjoy the pre-christmas time!
Every traveler needs a good camera. Here are three cameras for beginners, intermediates and professionals. Of course the price difference is huge between all three but there is an option for every budget. I’m a big Nikon fan therefore I can only recommend them. As you can see in my travel gear page, I photograph with a D90 and D7000.
Nikon D3100 (Beginner)
Nikon D90 (Intermediate)
Nikon D4 (Professional)
2. GoPro 3
I’m a huge fan of Go Pro. I have used them on my different adventures and they are very reliable; weather you are using them to capture the craziness of the Songkran Festival in Bangkok or for downhill mountain biking in Norway. They can handle the speed, the water and so much more! Prefect all rounder for adventurers!
GoPro 3 (Black Edition)
3. Day Backpack
I’m a huge fan of the Deuter Giga Office which lets you fit a lot of things into your backpack. For me it is important that I can carry my laptop and have enough space for a book or the Kindle and that it has enough pockets to sort all the things I carry with me like my documents, all the cables and adapters etc… The Deuter Giga Office is a great backpack but not the lightest!
4. Over Ear Headphones
Everybody swears on their big over ear headphones and most people use Beats by Dr. Dre. I have tried them and I love them too. Especially when traveling you are always surrounded by loud noise. In the plane you often don’t realize how loud it is. These noise canceling headphones help you to fully concentrate on the movie or to fully enjoy the music at 40.000 feet!
When traveling long term it is important that every traveler has a good backpack that spreads the weight to different parts and not only leaves all the weight on the shoulders. I have tested many backpacks during the last 5 years and my favorite so far is the Deuter Aircontact Pro which I tested in Thailand this year!
6. E-Book Reader
There are so many e-book readers out there. The best still is the Kindle! You can download millions of books within seconds and you can read them wherever you want. When you travel you don’t want to carry 2-3 books that not only take away a lot of space but also are extra weight! If you, like me, love to see your books in a shelf you can still buy them second hand once you return home!
7. Travel Towel
Imagine following scene: It’s your last day at the hostel and you need to check out and have a 12 hours journey to the next city. Before you leave you shower which leaves your towel is very wet and when you arrive at your next city your whole backpack stinks and is wet. There is a solution for this; It’s called DryLite Towel and as you can imagine it quickly dries!
8. Macbook Air
When traveling you need something light, reliable and fast. There are many out there, my favorite is the Macbook Air. Personally I travel with the Macbook Pro but if you would have to buy another one for my travels I would switch to the Macbook Air.
9. Wifi Antenna
There is nothing worse than paying for Wifi at hotels or hostels with no Wifi! Let me present you the Alfa Wifi Antenna. With this little device you can scan in a radius of 1000 meters for Wifi. I’m sure that there is an open network in this radius unless you are sitting in the Sahara.
While on the road you need to be in touch with friends and family or just update them every now and then via Facebook, Twitter, Instagram etc. I’m using an unlocked iPhone 4 but Samsung Galaxy is also looking very promising. However, an unlocked smartphone is important while traveling!
11. International Adapter
When I left on my first trip around the world I was carrying 5 different adapters with me. Today I only travel with one adapter that has all kinds of adapters included. This not only saves me money but also some space! If you only travel around Europe you won’t need an adapter but on a long journey around the world this can be very useful!
12. World Scratch Map
I love this map. Every time I return home I scratch of a country! So far I have scratched of 54 countries. How many would you scratch of?
13. Swiss Pocket Knife
Happened so many times that I was sitting on the terrace of a hostel and we wanted to open a bottle of wine and nobody had a corkscrew. I always try to carry my swiss pocket knife with me cause I love my vino!
14. Online Language Course
I speak 7 languages which is extremely helpful when traveling abroad. I’m fluent in Spanish, German, English, Dutch and some other languages which helped me a lot when traveling in Central America, Australia, Europe and other parts of the world. How about learning a new language from home using a certified software?
15. Duct Tape
Every traveler needs Duct Tape! You can fix a whole on your backpack with it, fix the tripod or attach your GoPro to the most random items for the best camera perspective!
If you like to give away books. These are some of my favorite travel books:
Shantaram is narrated by Lin, an escaped convict with a false passport who flees maximum security prison in Australia for the teeming streets of a city where he can disappear. Accompanied by his guide and faithful friend, Prabaker, the two enter Bombay’s hidden society of beggars and gangsters, prostitutes and holy men, soldiers and actors, and Indians and exiles from other countries, who seek in this remarkable place what they cannot find elsewhere.
17. The Alchemist
Paolo Coelho is a writing god. I love his books and have read many of them. The Alchemist is about an Andalusian shepherd boy who yearns to travel in search of a worldly treasure as extravagant as any ever found. From his home in Spain he journeys to the markets of Tangiers and across the Egyptian desert to a fateful encounter with the alchemist.
18. The Food Traveler’s Handbook
My friend and fellow travel blogger Jodi Ettenberg released her first book this year. She is the expert when it comes to food & travel and her book is a must read. It was an Amazon best seller for weeks! She blogs at legalnomads.com
19. The Volunteer Traveler’s Handbook
You or somebody you know wants to volunteer somewhere? Buy her/him The Volunteer Traveler’s Handbook. My friend and fellow travel blogger Shannon O’Donnell has volunteered in many countries around the world and knows her stuff. A great book for everybody who likes to travel and do good! She blogs at A Little Adrift!
20. The Beach
You have probably seen the movie with Leonardo DiCaprio but did you know that the movie is based on a book? It’s a great book!