Looking for the best travel gifts for her? It's been a strange old year but that's all the more reason to treat women who love to travel to something that will make them smile! Here's our travel gift list for 2020, from luxury travel gifts to stocking fillers. Let's finish the year strong!
The Best Travel Gifts for Her
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The Best Luxury Travel Gifts for Her
Enjoy this round up of the best luxury travel gifts for your mother, sister, daughter, friend, wife or partner.
A Travel Camera
A camera is a deeply personal purchase. But if you get it right, it's one of the best luxury travel gifts you can find. Perhaps the perfect gift.
I'm always asked about which type of camera is best for travel and, well, there's no easy answer.
"Big" cameras like DSLRs and the next generation mirrorless cameras take world class photos but most people don't need them, most of the time. Even putting aside the expense, they are heavy and bulky and need some skill to make them worthwhile.
To be completely honest, for most people, a smartphone will do. Specs have come a long way, the camera is small and, crucially, people will always have it with them.
But for someone who loves the art of photography and the act of pressing a camera against their face and pressing click... buying a gorgeous travel camera is hard to beat.
The Best Travel Cameras for 2020
- For women who also fancy moving into vlogging, the Panasonic Lumix G100 ranks the best.
- The FujiFilm X-T30 combines high performance with a gorgeous, classic style body for a sense of retro glamour.
- And for "big" cameras, I'd recommend the one I use myself: the SONY alpha 7 R III for its 42 MB image processor, with this SEL24-240 lens.
These days, you don't need to put up with the roar of the jet engine, the shudder of the Underground or the chatter and whining of children (safety caveat: this excludes your own.)
- The SONY WH-1000XM4 have emerged as Tech Radar's Top Pick for 2020. They have a built in microphone for phone calls and easily pair with Alexa and Google Assistant. This design provides the best sound but obviously takes up more space in your hand luggage. The model provides battery life for up to 30 hours so they're great for long journeys with frequent connections and a whole lotta background noise. Check current prices for the SONY WH-1000 here.
- The Sony WF-1000XM3 win the top place for the best wireless earbuds of 2020 and their dinky little size makes them perfect for women who love to travel light. Despite being able to fit in the palm of a small child's hand (one potential danger!) they also have an in-built microphone and the ability to pair with Alexa. With 32 hours of battery life and such a small size, these make one of the best gifts for women who love to travel. Check current prices for the SONY WF-1000XM3 here.
Why are these travel gifts for her?
Hey there! Regular readers know that I absolutely hate all this gender stereotyping that goes on.
So, why I have I called this article the best travel gifts for her? Because that's how most people find it when they type in the words in Google.
But. Of course. These also work just as well for him.
One day, we will realise that we can be free to enjoy what we like and dislike what we don't. No matter the marketing label.
Gift Ideas for Women who love to travel
The Secret Travel Scarf
First of all, a decent travel infinity scarf is a must for women who love to travel. It functions way beyond simply keeping your neck warm and can double as a pillow, a head covering or face covering, it can tie together broken equipment on the road and act as a makeshift bag and all sort.
But, Speakeasy Travel Scarves have taken this to a new level by adding a secret compartment for your passport and other essential documents.
Genius idea! Much more stylish and way more comfortable than having a money belt stuffed down your trousers.
It can be easy to laugh at packing cubes before you've tried them. But every pro traveller I know recommends them for a reason. They work! They're an essential part of my travel gear and top travel tips.
Yes, it shouldn't make that much difference to your packing. But it does.
If you're not sure what they are, they're zippable containers that come in different sizes and help you to pack by compartment. The best ones, like these ones from Osprey, come with a small mesh area so that you can see what's inside, and handles to make them easier to carry or hook onto hotel rooms and shower rooms.
The slippery surface stops clothes getting creased and the whole set up makes it much easier to find what you need and stay organised while on the road.
You can buy many different types, but I recommend these Osprey packing cubes because of the company's approach to sustainability.
Multi-Purpose Travel Clothes
The biggest challenge when working out what to pack for a trip isn't weight or space. It's function.
It's hard to know in advance what you'll actually need. What the dress code will be. And that's where travel-designed clothes come in.
Kameleon Rose have a line in versatile, switchable travel clothes. I tested out the five-in-one cardigan and I can already see that it's a game changer. The five options are something of a stretch of the imagination, but you can wear it as a smart sweater, a hoodie, a waterfall cardigan... or a combination of the first three.
They also offer an entire capsule wardrobe system, with other changeable pieces.
- Buy beautiful pieces from the Kameleon Rose travel capsule wardrobe here.
Everyone needs one of these. Not only are plastic water bottles one of the easiest ways we can cut down our individual plastic and pollution footprint, but, well, people get thirsty on the road and this can help.
Stainless steel, powder-coated water bottles are all the rage at the moment. But for travel, I'd suggest something with a handle and without a straw for hygiene reasons.
- Recommended: these stylish water bottles with handles for travel.
You can find so many sumptuous world maps these days, as well as funny maps and interactive maps.
For those with a love or a necessity for Britain, check out these detail-filled, fun maps from Marvellous Maps. There's a Great British Music Map, a Great British Literature Map, one for kids and my favourite: the Great British Food & Drink Map.
If all else fails, buy a gift card, right? Not so. When you're shopping for luxury travel gifts for her, you can raise the game by purchasing a gift card that can only be used for travel, like this system from Hotel Gift Card.
It's easy to use online and you can arrange for a physical gift card to be sent.
Gorgeous Travel Books
Oh, I could write a whole blog about all the gorgeous travel books and how they make for great gift ideas!
But if you're in a rush, here's where to start:
- The Ultimate Travel List from Lonely Planet. Photo-rich and an easy read, this is the place to start dreaming for when we can travel again.
Stocking Filler Ideas for Women Who Love to Travel
Nothing scuppers a perfectly good trip faster than flat electronics and cameras. You can investigate and purchase the travel adapter for the country in question if you wish. But the best gift for a woman who loves to travel is a worldwide adapter. This will work for all products in all countries. You buy it once and the job is done.
- Recommended: go all out with a worldwide travel adapter like this
When it comes to travel in the 2020s, everything's on your phone. That means, you need power and that means a power bank. Fellow travellers swear by the Anker Powercore for its triple USB port, fast charging and sleek fit.
Let's face it, travel can be a smelly business! One of the best stocking fillers for women who love to travel is an aromatherapy necklace. She can add the scent she likes to the fabric strip and then wear the necklace to ward off anything unpleasant!
How to Choose the Perfect Gift Women Who Travel
Here's a summary to help you find the best travel gift for her.
More Gift Ideas for People Who Love to Travel
So now that you have plenty of travel gift ideas for her, it's time to think of everyone else!
We have a fantastic collection of unique travel gifts that focus on sustainable travel, poetry and just getting the right things done.
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