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Gift Ideas for Travel Lovers for 2022 and beyond

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Finding that right gift for someone can be hard. I mean, if it wasn’t, you’d already have dozens of ideas and wouldn’t be hitting the interwebs for inspiration. Believe me, I’ve been there and I hear you.

As I love to travel I’ve put together a few ideas for fellow travel lovers out there as we head into 2022 and beyond. Some you may already have thought of, but I have a feeling there may be one or two new ones in the mix for you here.

Ready? Let’s go…

A SCOTTeVEST

When I first got my hands on one of these numbers it felt like I had a clever little secret. Because while I looked like I was just wearing an ordinary vest I was actually wearing the king or queen of pockets.

While SCOTTeVEST has some styles with as many as 42 pockets my SCOTTeVEST RFID Travel Vest for Women has 18 pockets including, as the name suggests, RFID blocking ones to keep potential hackers at bay.

With dedicated pockets to carry phones, cameras, glasses, travel documents, tablets and more (and yes, my iPad fit perfectly) it’s gold when you’re going to be on a plane and want to have everything close to hand, or want to shave a little bit of weight off your hand luggage. Sure you could have all of those things in a bag but then that’s either taking up space at your feet or you’ll need to worry about overhead bin space and all that jazz.

After starting out as a bit of a modified fishing jacket for travellers, the SCOTTeVEST range now includes cardigans, hoodies, pants, shorts, skirts and dresses with hidden pockets in all.

Rock Pools of Sydney book

Shameless plug alert… this year I worked on my first coffee table book with the ridiculously talented Vincent Rommelaere and I’m happy to say that the book is now out there in the world in time for Christmas.

Vincent has spent years photographing Sydney’s rock pools and sharing them through fine art prints, jigsaw puzzles and more on his site Australia Unseen and in the last lockdown he decided to activate a passion project he’d been thinking about for a while and create a book with all of his favourite rock pool photos.

Vincent asked if I’d like to do the words for the book and you already know that my answer was a big Yes. As well as sharing more than 30 rock pools from Palm Beach down to South Cronulla we also include some of the stories of the people who love them. 

I loved chatting to Olympic gold medallist Bronte Campbell, who trained in the Bondi Icebergs and Bronte Rock Pool before the Tokyo 2020 Games, Meree Duncan, whose grandparents Robert and Rose McIver will forever be linked to the McIver’s Ladies Baths in Coogee, The Buckettes, a group of women whose friendship has been forged through morning swims at the Mona Vale Rock Pool, and more for the book.

You can buy Rock Pools of Sydney online here and also find it in a number of bookstores around Sydney and beyond including Berkelouw Paddington and Mona Vale and The Makers Shed in Glen Innes.

Rock Pools of Sydney book

A Silk Pillowcase

It’s such a simple piece of luxury to travel with that doesn’t just feel good, it’s also good for both your hair and your skin.

Having had moments in some hotels where I’ve wondered just how well a pillowcase was washed or in what kind of detergent, I like knowing what my face is snuggled up against as I drift off to sleep.

Keep in mind that while white pillowcases are perfectly fine to have at home, they’re not the best idea to travel with because people keep accidentally leaving them behind. It also makes it tricky for staff if they’re changing your bedding. So much so that according to a butler at The Plaza Hotel in New York at least once a week a white pillowcase that a guest brought from home is mistaken for a hotel one and sent out for cleaning.

It takes a little while to train yourself to take a pillowcase home from a hotel and there have been times when I would have lost mine if I hadn’t noticed a pop of colour in the bed when I did one last sweep of the room.

If you’re loving the whole silk pillowcase idea and would also like to support a small Australian business, you can find 100% pure mulberry silk pillowcases through Moonlit Garden along with matching silk eye masks to continue with your luxury sleeping on the road theme.

Noise Cancelling Ear Buds

It’s all about helping your friend be cord free and care free as they enjoy their favourite music and podcasts on the go, while taking the occasional phone call in between.

Belkin’s new SOUNDFORM Audio Range launched in Australia in October 2021 and includes the flagship SOUNDFORM Freedom True Wireless Earbuds and the SOUNDFORM Rise True Wireless Earbuds which both come with controls on the earbuds and environmental noise cancelling.

The SOUNDFORM range is one of the first third-party accessories to work with the Apple Find My network, so users can track and locate their charging case with the Apple Find My app.

And as a travel lover bonus, you can also buy them in a bundle with powerful power banks to help charge your devices on the go. The Freedom True Wireless Earbuds are paired with a 10W dual wireless charging pad while the Rise True Wireless Earbuds come with the Power Bank 10K with three ports which can provide up to 36 extra hours of power to a smartphone.

A GoPro Adventure

My first GoPro experience happened when I borrowed one to take to Antarctica and I am oh so glad that I did. The memories that little baby helped me bring back are so special and I certainly couldn’t have captured them with my other cameras.

One of the humpback whales agreed and even blew my GoPro a little kiss. I had no idea the whale was directly beneath me until the air bubbles hit the GoPro that I was holding in the water and gave me quite the fright.

I knew that when I returned my borrowed one I’d just have to get one for myself and I now have a GoPro HERO7 Black in my travel kit which is still going so strong I don’t need to upgrade yet (though completely understand if you want to spoil your friend with the latest and greatest GoPro HERO10 Black).

Your travel lover already has one? Then what about some of the accessories like the GoPro Travel Kit with a mini extension pole and tripod and a magnetic swivel clip, or the GoPro Fetch dog harness for dog lovers if they have a four legged friend to help them get different kinds of shots?

Or if they already have lots of accessories the Carrying Case for GoPro could help keep all of those gadgets in one neat place.

GoPro Fetch dog harness

A Travel Candle glow

Many years ago I read an interview with David Beckham where he said he never travelled without a scented candle. I couldn’t believe that it had never occurred to me before and since then I’ve rarely travelled without one.

There’s nothing like lighting a candle in a hotel to bring a warm glow into the room and they soon work their magic and release a smell that you love. Familiar smells can also help you sleep better in a hotel room. So that’s a sleepy bonus.

Read: Ten Romantic Gifts for your Travel Lover found on Etsy

Big names like Diptyque have petite versions of their famous candles but as much as I adore the way they smell I prefer travel candles that come in tins and have lids that I can put back on before popping them in my bag.

Some companies have travel tin versions of their candles, while others only sell candles in tins like the beautiful ones from With Integrity Australia. These natural and organic soy candles have Bondi Beach, Great Barrier Reef and Byron Bay inspired options along lavender, frankincense and lemongrass and green tea. Perfect for clearing any negative energy from previous guests in your room.

With Integrity Candles can be used as travel candles

Treat Your Travel Lover to a Staycation

Some of the best presents are things that people would love to get for themselves but can’t quite justify spending the money on.

If your friend loves to travel chances are there’s a hotel or two in their own city that they would love to try, but when it comes to booking they end up saving their money for hotels when they’re away from home.

If they’re a Sydneysider they may like to be seduced by the sexy and stylish QT Sydney or find out what it’s like to fall asleep and wake up to the Sydney Opera House directly outside their window at the Park Hyatt.

A staycation at QT Sydney is fun for a Sydneysider who loves hotels

Londoners can spend a night in the hotel that feels more like a private members club at The Rookery where they can soak in huge clawfoot baths and crawl happily into four-poster beds, or book a stay in one of the sexiest hotels in London, L’Oscar.

Meanwhile with all the driving you have to do in Los Angeles at the end of the night who hasn’t wanted to just get a room after drinking at the Sky Bar at The Mondrian or partying at the Ace Hotel? Handing your friend a birthday, Christmas or any other card with a room key inside as you enjoy a night out is a winning move.

Wrap Them in a Turkish Towel

Light, absorbent, quick drying and versatile, Turkish towels are more than just a towel. They can also be used as a sarong, a wrap, a picnic blanket, a blankie on a plane and more.

I fell in love with them in Turkey (funnily enough) and only wish I’d bought more from the Grand Bazaar in Istanbul.

Turkish Towels in Istanbul Grand Bazaar

If you’re not going to be in a Turkish market anytime soon you can also find them at other markets around the world and of course you can find Turkish towels online too.

Be Beach Safe

One for the beach loving traveller who wants to keep their valuables safe, the AquaVault is a personal lock box that can be attached to 95% of beach furniture. As well as to bicycles, some fences and other things.

There’s enough room for your mobiles, watches, wallets and sunnies and the safe is made of high impact ABS thermoplastic.

Of course you’d still need something to attach it to, and really bold thieves could pick up your whole beach chair and casually walk away, so it won’t work in every sandy situation. But it’s definitely a cut above the old burying your things in the sand and hoping for the best tactic.

They’ve also been embraced by some top hotels and resorts, which allow guests to use them on the beach or by the pool. Nice one.

A Travel Journal’s Charms

These days we share so much of our travels with the world through social media but there’s nothing like writing down your travel memories by hand. On paper.

Not only does it engage a different part of the brain, this is where you can share those secret thoughts that you want to keep just for you.

A friend gave me my first travel journal before I started my first big solo adventure oh so many moons ago and it is one of my most treasured possessions.

One of my old travel journals in Ushuaia

As it’s all about the words inside any old notebook can become a travel journal, but there is something fun about having one that feels like it was made for an adventure.

Moleskine have a number of special travel editions including the Moleskine Passions Travel Journal with tabbed sections for long and short trips and adhesive labels, while the Moleskine Voyager includes a section to store printed itineraries and maps.

Cavallini travel journals use beautiful old maps and botanical plates on some of their covers and there are lots of other gorgeous ones to choose from.

2022 Diaries

Or you might want to get their 2022 off to a great start with a lovely diary to help them plot their year ahead and remember it when it’s over too.

As much as I pack my iCal full of appointments and To Dos I also love to have a physical feel-it-in-my-hands diary to get everything down on paper and to remember the year that was if technology ever lets me down.

My biggest problem is trying to decide on just one diary for the year, and I have to confess that last year I ended up using two. And I’m about to do the same in 2022.

In the year ahead I’ll be using the Magic of I Astrological Planner which includes planetary movements and retrogrades and is perfect for someone who embraces the woo woo in life, as well as Saint Belford’s Curation 2022 journal.

While I also used the Magic of I last year this will be the first time I’ve dived into a Saint Belford journal and after looking at all the pages they have to help balance self care and goal smashing I’m really looking forward to using it.

Curation 2022 includes pages for mission statements, a habit and savings curator, as well as gratitude reflections and tracking the week’s priorities as the year goes on.

As travel starts to open up again and life gets busy this journal will be a great one to help keep us on track with our goals while still enjoying life out there in the world.

Gift Vouchers

And if you’re still not sure what to get you can always give them the gift of money to be spent on any flight or hotel they want, or you can go with a gift voucher.

At Red Balloon the gift voucher options start at $25 and can be used on experiences and restaurants as well as on physical gifts and hampers in their online store.

You can also find travel gift vouchers from places like The Gift Card Store and Luxury Escapes.

As with any voucher remember to check the terms and conditions and make sure you let your friend know they need to spend the money before the expiry date.

And that wraps up this list for now. If you have a favourite travel gift to share that I haven’t included do let me know. It’s always fun to find new pressies to buy for friends and family, not to mention for myself.

Happy holidays!

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Looking for some more gift ideas? You may also like to check out Ten Romantic Gifts for the Travel Lover in Your Life And there are even more ideas waiting in my travel packing essentials story. 

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