New Traveler Gift Guide

The holidays are coming! If you know someone who wants to travel or likes to travel, they’ll love one of these gifts. And if you’re a new traveler? Add some of these to your wish list! Here’s the Travel Made Simple new traveler gift guide.

Give the gift of experiences

The items in this gift guide can certainly make travel easier or more convenient, but travel experiences will stay with you for a lifetime.

Give the traveler in your life a tour or another meaningful experience they can choose themselves.

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    Viator small group tours

    With Viator, you or your travel-loving friend can take a tour almost anywhere in the world. Click here to purchase a Viator gift card.

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    Fun beer tour

    My husband and I think this tour looks amazing, and we’d love to sign up for it one of these days. If you have any extra cash hiding under your mattress, this could be a fun experience.

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    …although a more affordable option is something like this craft beer tour.

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    Unique travel experiences

    From hot air balloon rides to zipline tours, your loved one can choose from hundreds of unique experiences from Tinggly. Click here to purchase a Tinggly gift card.

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    Food tours

    Food tours are a great way to learn about a city, its history, and the important role food plays in its culture. Most cities have them, and most companies offer gift certificates. Read more about food tours here.

Carry-on size luggage

I believe traveling carry-on only is the best way to go. It means no baggage fees, no chance the airline will lose your luggage, and having less stuff to lug around also means less stress on the road. Get your traveling friend a suitcase or backpack that will fit with most airlines’ carry-on restrictions.

Here are some great options other Travel Made Simple readers have purchased:

Fun ways to track their travels

For some of us, tracking where we’ve been is part of the fun of traveling. Help the new traveler in your life start planning with this scratch-off world map.

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Travel books are the perfect way to get inspired about traveling. Get a location-specific guidebook if your friend has been talking about a certain destination. The unconventional guidebooks with interviews from locals are a great option for inside tips on several locations throughout Europe.

Or try a travel memoir. Reading about the firsthand experiences of someone else who’s done it before can be just the motivation you (or your new traveler friend) need to get out there and take that trip you’ve been dreaming of.

Not sure what book to get your friend? Why not get an Amazon gift card so they can load up their Kindle! Or try one of these books I recommend:

Non-liquid toiletries

That liquids bag can be tough. In order to comply with the carry-on liquids rule, you are only allowed a one quart bag of liquids, and each item in the bag must be 3.4 ounces (100ml) or less. Having some non-liquid toiletries helps reduce the number of liquid items in your bag.

I hope this new traveler gift guide helps you shop for things and experiences that will help your loved ones explore this holiday season, or any time of the year!

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