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The 2022 Gift Guide!

Oh 2021! You’ve been quite unkind to the travelers of the world! Cancelled plans and wanderlust are putting us all on edge as we put our travel insurance to the test. Hopefully, this holiday season will find us all celebrating with our loved ones. Whether in person or socially distanced, we hope that you get to enjoy the last of this life changing year. In the spirit of supporting everyone’s travel dreams, we are happy to share some of our fave holiday picks for the traveler on your shopping list! Enjoy!!

Note that some of the links below are affiliate links. I only recommend products & brands I love and that I think you would love, too!

For the eco-conscious traveler…

Ethique Beauty Bars Say goodbye to liquids in your luggage with these solid bars that take the place of your soap, shampoo, conditioner, and more. There’s a scent and formula for everyone’s needs and, I promise, you’ll never use the liquid (and the plastics they come in) again!

True Earth Laundry Tabs This eco friendly detergent comes in dry to the touch soap tabs that are lightweight and liquid free. Simply grab a few and pop them in your suitcase and you can hand wash or machine wash as you wish.

Re-useable shopping bags Our number one used travel accessory! We are true believers that a re-useable bag saves plenty of plastic bags and, with it’s small size, you’ll be using it traveling and out and about. There are plenty of options on Amazon and Etsy. So, browse to find that matches the person you are shopping for.

Mulberry Mongoose Jewelry If you have a jewelry addict on your list, take a moment and look into this incredible company that ticks all the boxes. By taking hardware from illegal poaching traps and making jewelry, Mulberry Mongoose is win, win, win, win.

For the traveler that needs to get packing…

Samantha Brown Luggage Travel sweetheart, Samantha Brown, launched her luggage line a few years ago and now that the line has had some experience, the investment pays off. Great bags with plenty of styles for everyone!

Himwari Anti Theft Backpack For the travel that’s not a fan of a backpack, this anti-theft version has a little style, a ton of room, and plenty of safety features to meet any traveler’s needs.

Delsey under the seat carry on bag Never lift a bag into the overhead compartment again. Do I need to say any more?! This bag fits my purse, a quick change of clothes, all my plane accessories and my electronics. You can’t go wrong!

Luggage Tags Get them monogrammed, themed, for a group, or for that solo traveler you on your list. You can source super cute tags from Etsy, Amazon and more. Browse around to match the tastes of any traveler!

RFID Passport Wallet Get it all into one safe place so that you can keep track of all of your important documents. RFID keeps those nasty hackers away from your personal information to make any traveler feel more comfortable while they are out and about.

Gonex Compression Cubes Solve the messy, overstuffed suitcase problem once and for all! Whether sharing a suitcase or trying to stay organized on your own, compression cubes are the modern must!

Shifu Globe A perfect gift for the budding travelers in your life, this globe is very interactive and works with a very cool app. Teacher approved!

For the traveler who likes to collect

Travel Ornaments So many travelers didn’t get to get out there this year so boost their spirits with a little ornament to inspire their future adventures. Look for ornaments on pretty much any site and match it to the interests (or destinations) that they love.

Polish Pottery Collectors the world over love this famous pottery and it could be the perfect gift for someone who “has everything”. The charming patterns are endless and come in everything you can imagine from ornaments and tea bag rests to bowls and platters. Browse, find, enjoy.

Travel scratch off artwork Perfect for the wandering nomad in your life who is in the midst of discovering this great bog world. The more you travel the more your artwork changes. There’s a style for everyone so look around to find the perfect fit!

For The Comfort Loving Traveler…

Bombas We love these socks that give back!

Rothys We love these shoes that help to save our waters!

More Of Me To Love bra liners Listen, when you know, you know. Put them in your own stocking as a gift for yourself!!!

For the traveling bookworm…

For The love of Europe Rick Steves is back and reading to share the stories that got him addicted to travel in the first place. This book is a great way to pass the time until your passport works again!

Blue Mind Discover the power of water and how it fits into your travel world. An amazing way to look at this vital resource and what it does for absolutely everything!

Travel Listography Reminisce, dream, repeat. This no pressure journal organizes your memories without asking for too much in return.

Maps: The Travel Book by Lonely Planet. Perfect for pre school and elementary aged kids this look and explore book opens up the world to young learners.

Percy Jackson Going to Greece? Get a handle on the world’s first soap opera: Mythology. Help kids get a handle on who is who and who doesn’t like who in this innovative modern classic that is perfect for elementary and middle schoolers.

The Book Thief Dive into the middle of WWII and learn how the war affected society’s most impressionable residents: kids. A perfect middle school read. 

The Zookeeper’s Wife Life in Warsaw during the war was incredibly difficult no matter who you were. Dive in to this real life story to better understand how the tragic events of the war impacted everyone including the residents of the zoo. A perfect read for mature high schoolers and adults alike.

Rich People Problems Kevin Kwan, who brought us Crazy Rich Asians, makes sure you know the human side of life affects everyone including the super rich Youngs of Singapore.

Angels and Demons Dan Brown first introduces us to his symbologist hero in this precursor to the DaVinci Code. The setting is Rome and there is trouble at the Vatican. Settle in for a thougthful adventure that keeps you guessing right until the end!

Journals Organized writing frames for kids can be just the boost any reluctant writer may need to fall in love with journaling. Why not start them off with their own adventures?

For more great book picks for kids, check out our 10 books in 10 Minutes series.

Travelers who love subscriptions and gift cards…

Little Passports Allow kids the chance to explore month after month with this innovative, and teacher approved, subscription box.

Universal Yums Perfect for older kids and young adults alike, enjoy the sweet and savory treats from a new destination each month.

Wanderful For the traveling woman in your life. This superb membership connects women from all over the world with diverse, noteworthy, and current travel trends.

Shutterfly After any experience, the photo albums on Shutterfly are a great place to store all those adventure memories.

Oil Changes Know a roadtripper? Give them a boost with an oil change or a gas card so that they can take care of their wheels along the way!

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For travelers who like to indulge…

Leonidas Chocolates from Belgium

9 thoughts on “The 2022 Gift Guide!”

  1. I love the Mulberry Mongoose Jewelry and what they are doing by turning something so negative into something beautiful and positive.

  2. I am a travel bookworm so I loved all of your awesome book recommendations in this guide. (So often travel gift ideas are all little gadgety things.) Angels and Demons is at the tippy top of my “to-read” list!

  3. I’ve heard about Bombas socks and always wanted to try them. They seem like such a great company. That jewelry looks really nice too. Thanks so much for sharing your ideas!

  4. I’ve never heard of bra liners before – but that’s awesome that they’re a thing haha! I could definitely use those from time to time. These are wonderful gift ideas!

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