TravelPirates Holiday Gift Guide — Our Crew Wish List
The holidays are just around the corner and we've asked the entire TravelPirates team to fill us in on what they're hoping to see under the tree this year. You might not know this, but we love to travel. So, we've chosen our favorite travel items to help you find the perfect gift for the jet setter in your life.
Dominique Scarlett, Chief Editor
Aside from tickets to my next dream destination (Hello, Morocco!), travel accessories are always at the top of my holiday wish list. I have a travel wallet similar to this one and it's essential to keeping me organized when I'm on the go. I can keep my passport, credit cards, boarding passes and cash (it's the right size for both American and foreign currency) together in one place. No more digging through my bag in the security line!
Get the Cedar Street Maia Travel Wallet on Kate Spade.
See Dominique's travel photos on Instagram.
Katryna Balboni, Travel Deal Hunter & Editor
I actually own this little guy already (tried and tested on a recent trip to Copenhagen), but if I didn’t, it’d be top of my wish list. This clip-on lens kit lets you take your Instagram photos to the next level without shelling out the money for an expensive camera (or worrying about finding room for the equipment in your limited carry-on space). Small enough to slip into a jacket pocket, it works with pretty much every popular phone model and has both wide-angle and macro lenses — not bad for under $25!
Get the TECHO Universal Professional HD Camera Lens Kit on Amazon.
See Katryna's travel photos on Instagram.
Jessica Bisesto, Travel Deal Hunter & Editor
As a minimalist and self-proclaimed packing expert, this eBag is at the top of my Christmas wish list this year. This bag has everything for that special traveler in your life who hates checking luggage and loves feeling organized. Designed like a suitcase, it makes packing a dream and comes in a variety of colors. The lifetime warranty is just icing on the cake. Let’s hope Santa leaves the green one under my tree!
Get the TLS Mother Lode Weekender Convertible on eBags.
See Jessica's travel photos on Instagram.
Allison Fess, Travel Deal Hunter & Editor
It's no surprise that as a travel nerd, I am also a huge map nerd. I dream of hanging a Pinterest-eque wall gallery full of these clean, modern posters in my home office. I love them for myself, but I also think they would make a beautiful and personal gift — you can choose literally anywhere in the world (even Budford, Wyoming, the smallest town in America, population one — I checked). You can also customize each map's design in a number of ways. Such a cool way to remember your favorite travels: Here was where I found that amazing restaurant, and here was my favorite street market, and here was that tucked-away bookshop.
Customize your own print at Mapiful.
Alanna Smith, Travel Deal Hunter & Editor
I love the fact that maps cross the line between art and utility, and this scratch off map is no exception. It’s a great way to show your friends the places you’ve been, while challenging yourself to see more and more of the world. They also make a map of the United States. I'm currently at 22 out of 50 states, so I’ve still got a ways to go.
Get the Scratch The World Map on Amazon.
Jen Payer, Partnerships Manager
I'm known around the office for being the queen of beach travel, so Hawaii is naturally number one on my travel bucket list. And since most of my travels are to warm climates and tropical beaches, having a waterproof bag to protect my phone, money and keys is essential.
Buy the Matador Droplet Wet/Dry Bag on Cabela's.
Calvin Iverson, Public Relations Manager
One of the easiest ways to upgrade your flight is to upgrade your in-flight cocktail. I love these carry-on cocktail kits for both their beautiful design and functionality — you get a recipe card, a bar spoon, a jigger, mixers and a linen coaster. One kit makes two cocktails, so you can even offer to mix something up for your jealous seat mate if you’re feeling generous.
Buy the Moscow Mule Cocktail Kit on W & P Design.
See Calvin's travel photos on Instagram.
Caitlin Thayer, Senior Social Media Manager
Every time I travel, I bring a journal with me. I love to sit at a local cafe, or in a beautiful spot, and write down everything that I’m seeing and experiencing. I love to go back and read through my journals and relive my travels.
Get the Eat Well, Travel Often Journal at Leatherology.
Louie Francis, Social Media Manager
Any fellow beach lover will know the feeling of being covered head-to-toe in sand. It is the WORST. However, I may have found a solution. This towel is designed to make it impossible for sand to collect on top because the sand passes through the fabric, down to the beach below. Since I’m always on the go, I also love the fact that it doesn't absorb moisture, so I don’t have to worry about it getting moldy when I pack it away and leave it in my car.
Get the Sand Repellant Beach Towel on Amazon.
Give the gift of travel this holiday season and make memories that will last a lifetime. We have found some incredible deals on flights, vacation packages, hotels and more! Click the link below to see some more of our holiday gift picks.
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