I’m a procrastinator. In all aspects of my life, which is why this post is coming late AF. You all know this about me. Love me anyway.
Just 2 more days until Christmas and if you’re like me, you’re still trying to figure out what to get the traveler in your life. The person who has a shirt that reads “I have more passport stamps than you“. The person who is forever gallivanting across the globe with the Instagram page that makes you want to #bookdatish.
We all have that person in our lives. Maybe you are that person.
So it’s Christmas eve and you’re sitting in front of the computer trying to figure out what to give that special vagabond in your life. Well, I’m here to help. Here are a few things that I would love to receive if you were last-minute shopping for me.
Subscription boxes are extremely popular and have become an amazing way to give the gift that keeps on giving. For a small fee, you can receive boxes monthly or quarterly, with items ranging from natural hair care to shaving kits. For those who love travel, I suggest these boxes:
Both of these companies provide you with a monthly box with snacks from around the globe. You can choose specific countries with World of Snacks or opt to subscribe to a surprise box of either 6 or 12 snacks from across the globe. Both give you the option to give it as a gift to the one you love. If they love snacks as much as I do, they will love you forever.
For the little travelers in your life, there is Little Passports that provides a monthly suitcase full of facts and activities from all over the globe. This will surely inspire your kids to learn more about the world and prepare them for your adventures.
Travel Inspired E-books
I love books. And I love books that inspire me to travel more than I love french fries. This is saying a lot. Here are a list of travel books that you can gift to someone and they can download directly to their e-reader device.
Here are a few of my favorites:
No matter how many times I read this book, I’m forever inspired and find new lessons to live by. Anyone who has read this book will tell you the same.
This book is about taking time off from your every day life to explore and travel the world on your own terms. It’s an awesome book that helps you learn how to finance your travels, adjust to life overseas, and ways to work and volunteer while abroad.
This book is a first hand account of the mysteries and magic experienced during her travels in Haiti and Jamaica. The imagery used will inspire you to book an instant ticket to see these amazing lands first hand.
This book first inspired me to travel to Peru. It took me on a journey through the mysticism and ancient prophecies and understanding of one’s place in the world.
What’s that you say? How can I gift travel to someone? Let me educate you.
Go to the websites and find several “getaways” that you can purchase for the one you love. Most of these excursions include flights and accommodations so there is nothing that they need to do except pack a bag and head to the airport. Done and done.
Any airline will allow you to purchase miles to gift to someone. Do you have any that you aren’t using? Gift them to me! Kidding (but not really). I’m sure the traveler in your life could appreciate the boost in mile status or just the extra miles to put towards their next trip. I don’t hold any allegiance to a particular airline, however I do have accounts with all of them. (Just in case you wanted to gift me some)
Alternatively, you can purchase gift cards for travel as well on these same websites.
The Gift of Stars
For the person who is always reaching for the stars, why not name of after them? I named a star after my mother when I was in college. She still has the certification and everything. This is a cool, unconventional gift that is sure to impress every time. Visit Star Registry to learn about the really cool process.
I enjoy giving back wherever I go. So I would be completely floored if someone sponsored a child abroad or donated a gift in my name to my favorite charity. In the spirit of love and humanity that this holiday spirit implores, donating to a charity in someone’s name is always admirable. Here are a few you can donate to:
Lubasi Home in Livingstone, Zambia
The boy and I visited Lubasi Home when we were in Zambia in 2015. While the boy played soccer with the kids, I sat with the director and the girls and learned so much about the work they do. Most of the children there are orphans or street children of those parents who can no longer care for them. It’s a great organization that I have supported since we sat on their compound.
Ayiti Resurrect in Haiti
I have not worked with this organization directly, but I have a friend who recently returned from a trip to Haiti to work with them. They focus directly on the restoration and healing of Haiti since the 2010 earthquake the devastated and displaced millions.
Mercy Centre in Bangkok, Thailand
The boy and I crowdfunded and donated to this center last year during out visit to Bangkok. We intended on visiting and volunteering with the organization, but our schedule was disrupted unexpectedly. However, we have since sponsored the education of a child there for a year and receive updates regularly. We love this organization because they provide services for not only women and children, but also those affected by and with HIV and AIDS.
What are some of your favorite gifts you’ve received? Let me know in the comments.
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