5 Holiday Gift Ideas for the Travel Lover

Female tourists on hand have a happy travel map.

Patagonia Black Hole Pack 25L – $129

I’ve owned a lot of backpacks in my life, but when I first tried on Patagonia’s 25 liter Black Hole Pack I knew I’d finally found The One. Comfortable and stylish, this bag is the perfect size for day hikes or a weekend getaway. Interior pockets keep things organized and a padded sleeve in the back holds most laptops. Best of all, it’s water resistant enough to survive an excepted downpour or spray from the ocean as you skip across the Caribbean en-route to a hidden snorkeling cove. 


W&P Carry On Cocktail Kit – $24

Start your vacation off on a luxurious note with these tasty concoctions from W&P. Each TSA-compliant kit turns your inflight drink into a top-shelf craft cocktail. Available kits include the Moscow Mule, Hot Toddy, Margarita, and my personal favorite, a Bloody Mary mix that includes rimming salt. What a treat.

Atlas Obscura: An Explorer’s Guide to the World’s Hidden Wonders, 2nd Edition – $37.50

Full of funky and delightful off-the-beaten-path destinations, the 2nd edition of Atlas Obscura’s travel book will have you exploring hidden wonders all over the world, and even in your own backyard. Whether it is Japan’s best sweets, or New York’s most beautiful abandoned subway station, this book will have you dreaming of your next adventure.


Vortex Solo 10×25 Monocular – $74.99

“Wait, is that a whale?,” your spouse asks, squinting into the horizon. With Vortex’s powerful, yet compact Monocular stowed in your day bag, you have an answer. Lightweight and portable, a monocular is perfect for unexpected wildlife encounters, reading distant signage, keeping track of your kids at the beach, or checking out the line situation at the park’s most popular ride.


TSA Precheck Gift Certificate – $85

At first glance this may seem the least personal gift suggested here, but your recipient is sure to think of you fondly as she breezes through airport security in record time. While unfortunately the TSA doesn’t sell gift cards directly at this time, the good folks at Treat have found a workaround: a visa card made out in the appropriate amount and packaged so your recipient will know exactly what it is intended for.


Author: Ellen Wayte
Ellen specializes in honeymoons, adventure travel, and international holidays. She loves helping clients plan their dream vacations and handling all the details so her clients can relax and enjoy the journey without worry. Finding the hidden gems of any destination is her passion, whether that’s the best street food, craft market, or local guide.  ellen@everaftertravelboutique.com