So I just got back, a few months ago, from an amazing Round The World adventure. One of the effects of this trip is that, after such an amazing experience, I really don’t want or need much in the way of “stuff”. As the holidays are creeping ever closer I am looking ahead and seeing more and more posts about what travelers want for Christmas. Many of them focus on the necessary things most travelers buy for themselves in preparation for their trips. If you know someone about to leave get them exactly what they need to make that trip possible. It is all they will really want and they will (should) know specifically what they need.
For the rest of us who have returned from, are dreaming about, or actively planning for a trip – we probably don’t need much in the way of stuff. We are just passionate about traveling. So this is a list for the travel lover. If you are like me, I like to buy local or support the independent business owners. I have no affiliations with the vendors on this list. These are just places I have found that I like. Consider using them or someone like them.
1. Travel Art
I love art posters. We collect music posters. I thought these by Andrew Heath were cool. http://www.etsy.com/listing/169831330/travel-the-world-18×24-art-print?ref=shop_home_active
2. Pimp your laptop
3. Fair Trade ornaments
4.Give the Gift of Charity:
Most travelers have their favorite charities or a place that touched their heart. Find out what charity impacted their travels and donate in their name. If you don’t know who to donate to I’ll suggest Hope for Tomorrow, a children’s home in Guatemala that touched our souls!! They have an online Gift Catalog that gives you lots of ways to make an impact in children’s lives.
ONLINE GIFT CATALOG www.hope4tomorrow… Clothing for One Child, $20 Food for a Month for One Child $55 , Education for one child,One month $95 Safe water one month $100
5. Give the gift of a Local Zoo membership!!
Who doesn’t love a zoo?! Your local zoo will benefit from membership and usually has great membership deals. Did you know most zoos offer zoo reciprocity so travelers can visit other zoos free or at a discounted price?
One of the benefits of becoming a member of your local AZA-accredited zoo or aquarium is free or discounted admission to AZA-accredited zoos and aquariums that participate in the AZA Reciprocal Admissions Program. http://www.aza.org/reciprocity/
6. If you just have to have “something”, I like this…
7. Gifts from places they have been.
If you have a friend or family member who has traveled then you know that have a few special memories of their favorite places that they just can’t stop talking about. The coffee in Guatemala. The tea in Borneo. That beans and sausage in Australia…oh wait no…they don’t like that. In this day and age, a wonderful thing is you can get online and find that tea plantation in Borneo or coffee plantation in Guatemala. Order their favorites and you will put a huge smile on their face.
See my complete list on Pinterest.