The time for sleigh bells to jingle and chestnuts to roast on an open fire is just around the corner, and what could be better than opening a gift that sparks serious wanderlust, or makes travel more enjoyable? To help you find the perfect gift for the travel lover on your list, or to treat yourself, we’ve asked our elves to put together their gift guide for those that love exploring our world.
Here are the best travel-themed gifts to give in 2019.
Quiet the noise of crowded train stations, rumbling airplanes and more with these Sony WH-1000MX3 headphones that do an impressive job of blocking external sound. Comfortable and long-lasting, (a 10-minute charge gives you 5 hours of use, with 30 hours max battery life) you can easily make calls, listen to music, or simply the sound of silence. Need something more compact? You can also get a noise-canceling earbud version in some chic colors.
Cell Phone Camera Lens Kit
Capture high quality images of the incredible places you plan to visit in 2020 with clip-on lenses that take your cell phone from point-and-shoot to pro. The Xenvo Pro Lens Kit includes mini macro and wide-angle lenses that clip on easy to your Apple or Android phone, plus a rechargeable light and compact travel case. More discreet and easier to pack and carry than a big camera and case, this kit is perfect for upping your photography game. Get some tips on taking the best vacation photos on our blog here.
Luggage for the Modern Traveler
Stylish and super-practical, Away luggage is definitely at the top of many a traveler’s wish list this year. Their carry on suitcases are made of lightweight, durable polycarbonate, include separate compartments for clothes and harder items, and come with a compression pad to maximize space. To keep your devices charged on the go, a detachable battery is convenient when an outlet isn’t close by, and with a range of colors that range from classic to eye-catching, you’ll never grab another bag by mistake again.
Smithsonian: History of the World Map by Map
This is no boring textbook. Through custom, immersive maps, the captivating Smithsonian: History of the World Map by Map tells the story of pivotal moments in world history and how these events changed more than just borders. Discover patterns of exploration, discovery, and conquest from the first human migrations to the space race. Don’t worry about this coffee table book collecting dust — your guests will hardly be able to put it down!
When you can’t sample fresh mozzarella in Italy, take a hands-on cooking class in Malaysia, or feast on Norwegian king crab on one of our immersive shore excursions, bring global flavors home with a Taste the World subscription. Start with snacks from around the world, or challenge yourself to try new dishes with spices, grains, and other ingredients you won’t find at many supermarkets.
Put a new spin on planning your next adventure and showcasing your past travels with a contemporary globe made from cork. Two sets of pins let you keep track of where you’ve been and what’s next on your itinerary. A unique accent to any home, choose from two sizes here.
A (Really) Comfortable Neck Pillow
One of the most talked-about travel accessories of the year, the Trtl (pronounced “turtle”) pillow is designed to save your neck on long flights and driving journeys. Its unique design is made from soft fleece and a flexible internal support structure that keeps your neck upright, reduces strain, and makes it easier to nod off en route to your next destination. Lightweight and foldable, it’s more chic and compact than traditional u-shaped neck pillows.
A Travel Wallet
Leave your everyday wallet at home when you travel in favor of a more compact, safer alternative. The Zoppen Travel Wallet is made from eco-friendly PU leather and had pockets and places for your passport, boarding pass, credit cards, money and coins, keys, a cell phone, a pen, and even that pesky SIM card that always seems to go missing when you switch it out. Available in 32 colors and featuring a neat envelope design, this is perfect for every frequent traveler on your list.
A Cozy Wool Blanket that Gives Back
Get cozy this winter with a 100% wool blanket inspired by Glacier National Park. Proceeds from each blanket purchase go directly to over 50 non-profit groups protecting public lands and parks in the US and Canada—providing much-needed funding for the ongoing care of beautiful places we love to explore.
The Gift of Travel Itself!
We can’t wrap up our holiday gift guide without suggesting the greatest gift of all: an Azamara voyage. We have some incredible destinations in store for 2020, including South Africa, French Polynesia, and 41 amazing maiden ports around the globe. Plus, our immersive new Land Programs will let you make the most of your voyage.
Not sure where to begin? Maybe one of our cruise deals will spark some gift-giving inspiration.