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20 Best Gift Ideas for Travel Lovers in 2023

Broken Arrow Trail with Snow

The holidays are just around the corner and it is the perfect time to buy gifts for your friends and family! If you are having trouble finding presents for that person in your life who loves to travel, this article has you covered. Refer to this list for the best gift ideas for travel lovers: from a flight deal membership to top travel accessories, your person is sure to love their gift.

1. Flight Deal Alerts: Going

Anyone who loves to travel gets excited about flight deals. Going offers different membership options to get flight alerts directly to your email. With our Going membership, we have booked roundtrip flights from the West Coast to Italy and Greece in the $500s, Asia in the $400s, and Costa Rica in the $200s. My Going membership is my yearly Hanukkah present from my husband.

2. Travel Wall Decor

Travel Wall Decor

Get your friend travel wall decor of their favorite travel destination. Select from a range of photographs from incredible places such as New Zealand, Hawaii, Arizona, Colorado, and California. Browse the Getaway Compass Print Shop to find the perfect wall art for you or your friend.

3. Airbnb Gift Card

Airbnb Monteverde
Airbnb in Monteverde, Costa Rica

Encourage your friend to stay at a unique place with an Airbnb Gift Card. Airbnbs are a great alternative to hotels as they offer a range of accommodation options and prices. On Airbnb you can find treehouses, castles, cabins, windmills, houseboats and many more unique stays. We have stayed in a lodge on an Alpaca Farm in Ireland, on a vineyard in Marlborough wine region in New Zealand, and in a cabin with breathtaking views of the rainforest in Costa Rica.

4. Universal Travel Adapter

The most necessary gift you can give your friend who loves to travel is a universal travel adapter. This travel adapter is for Australian, American, European and British plug types which cover over 150 countries around the world. If you forgot to research the plug type needed for your trip, odds are that this travel adapter will have the plug type that you need.

5. White Noise Device

A trip can be memorable for many reasons, but one reason that you don’t want is that you weren’t able to sleep. I bring this white noise device on every trip to help me fall asleep and prevent getting woken up by noises outside that I’m not used to. The small size makes it great for travel and you can recharge the battery when needed. There is a range of white noises you can choose from and you can even use it to help you concentrate while working abroad.

6. Inflatable Neck Pillow

A must for sleeping on the plane is an inflatable neck pillow. This neck pillow can be inflated by pressing a button, so you won’t lose your breath trying to inflate the pillow. The neck pillow barely takes up any space since you can deflate it when you’re done using it. 

7. Travel Bag

The Peak Design Everyday Back Pack is a comfortable way to carry valuables and photography gear while traveling. This weatherproof bag can fit a 15-inch laptop and has access from both the side and the top so you can easily find what you need. The zippers can be secured by looping the zipper through the external carry loops to help prevent theft. 

8. Gift Card

View From Hotel Escazu
Hotel in Escazu, Costa Rica

Nothing says you care for someone more than gifting a hotel stay. Buy your friend / family/ significant other a Gift Card that they can use on their next getaway. On you can find a range of hotels both in the United States and around the world.

9. Travel Steamer

This travel steamer makes for the perfect gift since it is one of those things you always need when you travel but never get around to purchasing. The steamer folds up so it doesn’t take up much space in the suitcase.

10. America the Beautiful Pass: Annual National Parks Pass

Grand Prismatic Spring
Yellowstone National Park: Grand Pismatic Spring

The United States has incredible national parks, forests, and monuments. Help your friend explore these unique parks by giving them an America the Beautiful Pass. This interagency pass allows access to over 2,000 federal recreation sites including national parks and national monuments for one year. Check out our National Park guides to plan your national park adventures.

11. Carry-on Suitcase

A good carry-on suitcase is a gift that any travel lover will be thankful for. This Samsonite Hardside Luggage is a great value and looks good too. With the increased price of checked bags these days a carry-on suitcase is a must.

12. Book a Memorable Experience

Kayak to Kaneohe Sandbar Oahu
Kayaking in Hawaii
Rotorua White Water Rafting Experience
White Water Rafting in New Zealand

Gift your loved one an experience that you can do together! Viator has a range of experiences in the US and beyond that are perfect for travel lovers. What better gift can you give than a memorable experience you can enjoy together? These 4 experiences in the US would make a great gift: 

13. Hiking Gear

Packing List Colorado Road Trip
Hiking at Island Lake in Colorado

Hiking is one of the best ways to explore nature destinations around the world. Hiking gear is useful and has a range of prices, making it the perfect gift for anyone who loves to travel. If you are looking for a smaller gift you could get your friend a reusable water bottle or hiking socks. Another gift for any traveler is a good day pack that they can use for hiking or exploring. If want to give them the flexibility to choose, gift them an REI gift card that they can use to get top-quality hiking gear.

14. Portable Charger

A portable charger is a must for any kind of trip from road trips to international vacations. This portable charger is slim and light and can charge three devices at a time so if you give it as a gift you can use it to charge your devices too.

15. Packing Cubes

The best way to keep a suitcase organized and make it easy to find clothes is with packing cubes. I used these packing cubes on a 3-week trip to Greece and I was amazed by how organized I was able to keep my bag, it almost didn’t feel like I was living out of a suitcase. Packing cubes is one of those things that everyone needs but forgets to buy themselves, making it an ideal gift for travel lovers.

16. Drone

Corfu Boat West Coast
Taken with DJI Mini 3 Pro, Greece
Camera Drone Photo
Taken with DJI Mini 3 Pro, Iceland

If you want your significant other to be more excited to take pictures and videos, get them a drone. A drone is fun to play with but also lets you see places from different perspectives and take unique photos and videos. I love the DJI Mini 3 Pro which is only 249 grams and is foldable which makes it easy to travel with. We used the drone as our personal photographer when we got engaged in Iceland, which was cheaper than hiring a photographer.

17. Travel Towel

Almost all my friends and family have received this as a present from me at some point. I’m in love with this travel towel and bring it with me on all my trips. It is light, drys quickly, and is super thin so it doesn’t take up much space in your luggage. The 24 colors that you can choose from make this a fun gift for friends and family. 

18. Waterproof Phone Case and Dry Bag

Iceland Kayak in Glacier Lagoon
Kayaking in a Glacier Lagoon in Iceland (with the waterproof phone case!)

It is helpful to get travel lovers a gift that they will be able to use for an upcoming trip. For example, a waterproof phone case that can be carried on a neck lanyard to capture photos and videos during active experiences such as kayaking and zip lining. The nice thing about this case is that the touch capability can still be used. Another helpful waterproof bag that is a must for water activities is this dry bag. The dry bag is perfect for holding valuables and will keep them dry while kayaking, on a boat, or hiking in the rain. 

19. Tripod for Camera

If you can’t go on that trip with your friend buy them this tripod to stand in for you as the photographer. The Joby Compact Tripod is great for traveling since it is light and easy to carry.

20. Mirrorless Camera

Island Lake Colorado Road Trip
Picture Taken with Sony A7RIII Mirrorless Camera
The Windward Side of Oahu
Picture Taken with Sony A7RIII Mirrorless Camera

Remember all your incredible travels by capturing moments with a mirrorless camera. Since the photo quality using this camera is high, you can get your photographs printed on large canvas prints to decorate your home. I have been using the Sony A7RIII Mirrorless Camera for all my travels in the last couple of years and I love it. My favorite lens is the Tamron 28-75 mm F/2.8 lens which is light and easy to travel with but still has a good zoom range.

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