As a traveler there are always things you want and need, and now’s the time to figure out what’s going on your own list this year and what you might buy for fellow travellers.
For a one-size-fits-all gift, consider travel books (guide books or books about other people’s travels), subscriptions to travel magazines or maybe even an iTunes gift card that can be used to buy travel apps or new music for the journey.
If you want to receive monthly travel inspiration I would especially recommend National Geographic Traveler magazine. It will make you want to go everywhere, right now.
If you’re interested in travel supplies, how about something artsy? Etsy is all over it with creative luggage tags, jewelry organizers, passport covers, small accessory bags (perfect for camera cords, extra batteries or first-aid supplies), and travel journals. For example:
If you know someone who has a particular love of airports, Pilot & Captain have the shirts for you. They cover 13 different airports around the world, including Toronto.
Or better yet, get creative and make your own gifts this year. Fabric, paints, glue, old maps, pictures cut out of magazines – use whatever is handy to decorate cheap, second-hand picture frames to make them perfect for travel photos, or get fancier and decorate photo albums, iPhone or iPod cases, or plain, blank journals.
Create your own iron-on decorations for shirts, make earrings and pendants from photos and maps, or use a site like Zazzle or Cafepress to design mugs, tote bags, calendars, clocks, pins, stickers and other travel goodies.
Who knows? Come up with something clever enough and along with creating your gifts, you might have a new side business to help earn you some extra travel dollars.
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