We travellers are difficult to buy gifts for much of the time: we can’t carry many clothes in our suitcases and backpacks; we don’t like lugging around huge bottles of toiletries; and some of us have a habit of shunning material items in favour of “experiences”.
So what do you buy for the friend or relative who loves to travel?
1. Travel Journal + Stationary
I would generally recommend a blank notebook rather than a purpose-made travel journal (travel journals are restrictive and don’t allow much for creative thoughts and tangents.) I prefer size A6 but A5 is also good.
A travel journal will quickly become any traveller’s most prized possession.
If your friend isn’t much of a writer, leave them a note to write the one single best thing about each day. It could be a word, a sentence, a paragraph, or a whole page.
If you have a friend that loves to write, treat them to a Moleskin. This limited edition Hobbit Moleskin notebook is amazing! However, I have also been eyeing up this more affordable journal from Typo.
Choose a notebook with either a leather or plastic cover so that it is relatively waterproof, and be wary of spiral notebooks (they tend to get caught on things in the backpack and they take up more space!)
Tip: You can create a whole Travel Stationary Gift Set: include a stash of biros, an A5 plastic wallet for all their travel documents, a passport cover and a luggage tag.