10 practical and useful gift ideas for travel lovers

It's that time of year when we're all starting to set our minds on Christmas. If you are wondering what to buy for the travel lover in your life, you have come to the right place. I have put together a list featuring exciting travel gifts suitable for all travel styles and budgets. Take a look.

Christmas gifts for travel lovers
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The Nextbase Series 2 522GW Dash Cam

For the tech-savvy traveller/driver, a dash cam makes a great gift. It is a gift they will use every time they drive and might even save them money on their insurance.

The 522GW is Nextbase's most technologically advanced dashcam in the new range and offers a number of fantastic features like a 3” HD IPS Touch screen, built-in Alexa voice control, 10Hz GPS, an inbuilt polarising filter, outstanding HD footage in 1440p at 30fps (or 1080p at 60fps),  Emergency SOS system, Bluetooth 4.2 and much more. The 522GW is also the winner of several awards - the ‘Best Dash Cam’ Award by T3, and ‘Innovation of the Year’ by Sunday Times Driving to name a couple.

Nextbase 522 GW Dash Cam

The 522GW comes with loads of useful features, is reliable and easy to use. Certainly a very handy and practical gift.

The 522GW has an RRP of £149.00 and can be purchased from Halfords, Currys and Argos, both online and in-store. For more information on the 522GW, visit www.nextbase.com

Lifeventure Thermal Mug

For the camper or sustainable traveller in your group, the Lifeventure Thermal Mug would make a great gift.

Whether commuting or climbing, camping or out on a picnic, the Thermal Mug promises to keep your loved one’s favourite hot drink warm for up to 6 hours. The mug is made from high-quality stainless steel with a durable lacquered finish and features a double-walled construction and a screw-on lid with a pressure release valve to help prevent leaks.

Lifeventure Thermal Mug

The 300ml mug comes in a range of colours and a choice of either high-gloss or matt finishes. I love this thermal mug - it is affordable and great for outdoor use.

Normally priced at £13.99, the thermal mug is currently on offer for £9.99 at www.lifeventure.com

Lifeventure SoftFibre Towels

Another useful offering from Lifeventure is the SoftFibre Towel which is one of their most popular travel towels. Super soft and lightweight, the towel absorbs 9 times its own weight in water and dries 8 times faster than a conventional towel. In addition, it is enhanced with an advanced Polygiene® treatment that prevents bacteria or odours from building up between washes.

Lifeventure SoftFibre Towels

Whether your friend is exploring the natural beauty of the Azores, ascending the Pen-y-Fan or simply out camping, this is one gift that they will be thankful for. The Lifeventure SoftFibre Towel is lightweight, super-absorbent, quick-drying, sand-free and packs down incredibly small making it an ideal travel companion.

It is normally priced at £19.99 but is currently on offer for £11.99 and can be ordered from www.lifeventure.com

Kadet Nylon Sling Bag from Chrome

The Kadet is a compact messenger-style sling bag constructed with military-grade materials. It is ideal to carry all travel essentials in a small, comfortable, lightweight pack that can be worn cross-body providing the wearer with freedom and flexibility to enjoy their travels. Packed with practical features like:

- Stowable stabilizing sternum strap
- Padded shoulder strap for extra comfort
- Quick access front pocket & interior pocket
- Daisy-chain mounting loops to attach additional accessories
- Padded rear U-lock holster

this, cross-body bag is spacious enough to fit a light jacket, a tablet, a camera, keys and wallet and other bit & bobs. It is perfect for festivals, travel and everyday use as well. An excellent sling bag that gets a big thumbs up from us both for its practicality and design.

Kadet Nylon Sling Bag from Chrome

Kadet Nylon Sling Bag from Chrome

The Kadet Nylon Sling Bag is priced at £65.00 and can be ordered from www.chromeindustries.com


Experiences enrich lives. So this Christmas, why not treat the travel lover or adrenaline junkie you know of with an experience day or short break from BuyAGift?

Buyagift is the UK's leading provider of experience days and gift experiences with more than 4000 gift ideas currently listed on their website. They offer everything from spa breaks to days out for families, from immersive experiences to helicopter flights and from afternoon teas to glamping breaks. They have a number of adventure experiences like bungee jumping, indoor skydiving, parachuting, zorbing and much more. They also offer unusual escapes, city holidays and glamping breaks.


So, what are you waiting for? Visit BuyAGift's website and treat a loved one to an exciting experience day. They will love it! 

Fjӓllrӓven Chunky Hat

This cosy and chunky hat from Fjӓllrӓven is made from soft, traceable wool and promises to keep cold weather at bay.

Made from 100% ethically produced wool and featuring robust structured knitting on the top section along with a ribbed, fold-up edge, this chunky hat makes for an essential companion for adventurous travels. Outdoor enthusiasts will appreciate the impressive quality and style of this hat. It scores well on the aesthetics front too and is sure to make the wearer stand out from the crowd.

Fjӓllrӓven Chunky Hat

The chunky hat is priced at £45 and is available in three colours. Can be ordered from www.fjallraven.co.uk

Lonely Planet Books

A bundle of travel books/guides would make a lovely gift for a travel lover. They could dive into these books while not travelling or even while travelling to get a dose of wanderlust and plan their next adventure. Lonely Planet has a great selection of books for travellers with in-depth, practical information on where to go, what to visit and what to see & do there.

Lonely Planet Books

One recommendation would be Lonely Planet's Best in Travel 2020 which ranks the hottest, must-visit countries, regions, cities and best-value destinations for 2020.

Order from shop.lonelyplanet.com 

Weird Fish Clothing

Weird Fish is a lifestyle clothing and accessories brand founded in 1993. They offer great quality lifestyle clothing for men, women and kids. The clothes are hard wearing & great for everyday wear as well as for outdoor adventures. Their iconic Macaroni™ sweatshirts, fleeces and jackets are extremely comfortable, incredibly hard-wearing and breathable and are perfect for outdoor adventures.

Weird Fish Clothing

Plus they get bonus points from us for their sustainable efforts. Their unique Macaroni fabric is slow spun and is the opposite of fast-fashion. Long-lasting wash after wash, with no need to iron, this triple twist yarn makes clothing that will last for years.

Check them out at www.weirdfish.co.uk

BeRightBack Surprise Travel

Give the gift of travel with BeRightBack.

BeRightBack is the world’s first subscription travel service and their concept is simple. Take up their subscription package and you can travel 3 times per year from £49.99 per month including flights and hotel (that works out to less than £200 per person per trip).

They even offer gifting services where you could help a loved one get away on a great surprise break with a BRB gift card. You can choose from subscription packages that entitle them to 1, 2 or 3-weekend trips in Europe. They get to choose when they go, and what type of experience they have.

BeRightBack Surprise Travel

How it works

  • Customise - Choose your plan and number of trips you’d like to gift & write your personalised gift note.
  • Gift Delivery - Your custom gift card is sent to you or your recipient by post.
  • Trips - Your recipient redeems a personalised travel experience.

Give the gift of travel now! 

Mia Tui 'Sydney' Travel Backpack

Mia Tui's Sydney backpack, a comfortable, light-weight and stylish backpack that is suitable for all travel occasions. Made with the highest quality, vegan fabrics, the backpack has 2 compartments and a zipped pocket. In the main compartment, you will find a padded laptop section (to fit a 13.5" laptop), phone and pen holder, an insulated bottle holder, an elasticated key clip and a clear accessory bag. The interior is turquoise. The second compartment is completely insulated, ideal when you need to take lunch with you. In addition, there are two side pockets and the back and shoulder straps are padded making it a really comfortable backpack to use.

Mia Tui Sydney Travel Backpack

The backpack would not only be useful on travels, but can also be used for work or toting around daily essentials. A really handy gift for any travel lover.

'Sydney' is priced at £47.00 and can be ordered online from www.miatui.com

Which of these suggestions would you like to receive as a gift yourself? Let me know via the comments section below.

*All prices correct at the time of publishing but are subject to change.


  1. I’d vote the dash cam, would really like one due to all the accidents and false claims made nowadays!

  2. I’d vote for the dash cam in order to record the stupidity of people on the roads.

  3. Has to be the dash cam to record my travels...

  4. Thermal mug as I like my drinks hot

  5. The Sydney travel Backpack looks a great and stylish bag!

  6. The Towel. All good hitchhikers know the importance of a good towel

  7. I love the Mia Tui's Sydney backpack. It looks fabulous and the insulated compartment is a real bonus for carrying chilled foods or drinks.

  8. I would vote for the Mia Tui 'Sydney' Travel Backpack as it's comfortable, light-weight and stylish


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