Travel and the Holidays

The holiday season is upon us. Christmas trees. Thanksgiving dinners. Holiday lights and decorations. Music. Cookies. Going to parties. Shopping. Giving and receiving gifts.

For many people, with the holidays comes travel.  Some go visit family and friends around the world.  Others take advantage of the much deserved time off and head for warmer weather in anticipation of the cold winter months ahead.  For others, it’s time to dream and wish about that next big trip.  One way to start doing that is to think about our loved ones who we love to travel with.  Whether it’s a spouse, a significant other, a family member, or a friend, chances are you have someone in your life who loves travel as much as you do.

Since the gift giving season is upon us, BootsnAll thought it would be fun to compile a massive list of awesome travel gear that would make great presents for that travel lover in your life.  While you could brave the huge, ridiculous crowds on Black Friday, doesn’t it sound much more appealing to do all your holiday shopping from the comforts of your own home?

Grab yourself a cup of coffee, heat up a plate of those leftover goodies from Thanksgiving, and get all your shopping done for that travel lover in your life. Or if you are the travel lover, start subtlely sending some of the following links to your loved ones.  Or post them on Facebook or Twitter under the guise of, “Look how cool this is!”  Surely someone will get the hint.

  • Since a big part of this site is devoted to long-term travel, you might want to check out this gift guide for the RTW traveler.
  • Career breaks are gaining more steam around the US, and if you are thinking of taking one yourself or know someone in your life who is contemplating it, then this gift guide is the perfect one. From resources to classes to storage to gear, there are plenty of great gift ideas.
  • But not all travelers are in it for the long haul. Some can only get away for a week or two. We don’t like to discriminate, so there’s plenty of gift guides for the short-term traveler as well. Technology is a big part of travel, and many travelers, like myself, are big tech geeks. We don’t like to leave our toys at home when we travel. If this describes you, check out these gift ideas for the techie traveler.
  • Not every gift has to be a huge, expensive ordeal, so be sure to shop around for various stocking stuffers or peruse our collection of 50 gifts that are under $50.

No matter what kind of traveler you are, you are sure to find something for your travel-loving friends and family members, and you don’t have to camp out for hours in the cold while braving the crowds to do it. So do yourself a favor this Friday. Sleep in, enjoy yourself, and simply hop on the old computer and do all your shopping from the comforts of your own home.

Posted by | Comments (1)  | November 19, 2011
Category: Notes from the collective travel mind

One Response to “Travel and the Holidays”

  1. DEK Says:

    “Career breaks are gaining more steam around the US.” Of course a great many of these have lately been involuntary.

    When we had an expanding economy, taking a career break proved to be a fairly low-risk move. Is it still so today?

    Will a potential employer see a year of wandering as evidence of admirable pluck or worrisome irresponsibility? Will he be concerned that he may invest money in your training and then you will leave on another walk-about? It is unlikely that the person across the desk from you ever went vagabonding.

    Is there any sort of reassuring research on this point? Not on the situation five or ten years ago, but for someone making the decision today?