• Zac Andrus

2020 Holiday Gift Guide For Travelers

Updated: Jan 19

Looking for the perfect gift these holidays for your travel-obsessed friend or loved one? It can be hard to find! Travelers don’t tend to like too many “things”. Rather, they enjoy the new experiences that come with traveling. However, there are many gifts you can buy that will make those experiences come to life for them while also making their life easier on the road. Some of these travel gifts will also help inspire future travels or remember the places they have been for years to come.

Why listen to our travel gift opinions? Because we’ve traveled the globe together for years! Every trip, we gain a new appreciation for the gadgets, technology, and essential items that help make our experiences enjoyable and memorable. These items have had a direct positive impact on our own travels and some have inspired our bucket list travel destinations as well.

Best Holiday Gifts For Travelers

Whether your loved one or friend is someone who enjoys local road trips or excursions abroad, budget backpacking or luxury traveling, there is a perfect gift for all types of adventurers in this holiday gift guide. Click the links below to find current prices of each travel gift that you like most!

World Map Wall Art

When you travel, it’s so important to find ways to remember your adventures. Travelers like to create bucket lists and check off the places they’ve been. This wooden world map is one of the coolest travel maps we’ve come across. You can use push pins to mark all the places in the world you’ve traveled to. The perfect talking piece for your apartment or home that will inspire new adventures and keep you remembering the destinations you’ve visited for years to come.

Wooden world map

Made by: EnjoyTheWood

Portable Wifi Hotspot

If you’re a traveler, you know how hard it can be to find wifi on the road sometimes. There have been too many times to count for us when we’ve linked up to our hostel wifi only to find that the connection was too weak to check our email or even send a whatsapp message. This handy portable wifi hotspot solves those connection issues once and for all! It allows you to have internet with you wherever you go in the world. This is especially helpful in emergency situations in countries where you don’t have a data plan. If you work remotely (like many travelers these days) it also allows you to work outside of your accommodation. Get your work done at the beach, in the park, or in the wilderness.

Skyroam Solis X Wifi Hotspot

Made by: Skyroam

The Perfect Travel Sweaters

The holidays are cold. Travelers need to stay warm too! Why not add some travel style to their wardrobe? World Wild Hearts is our fresh travel apparel brand with home-made designs that are meant to inspire your next adventure. All sweaters and hoodies are ethically sourced and designed in-house by real travelers. Besides being super stylish and comfy, 10% of profits from all World Wild Hearts travel sweaters goes to helping underserved youth to travel (FLYTE). Because everyone should have the opportunity to travel and have life-changing experiences of their own abroad.

World Wild Hearts Travel Sweaters

Made by: World Wild Hearts

Wanderlust Bracelet

“Wanderlust” is a noun. It means “a strong desire to travel”. If you’ve got a travel-lover in your life, this is the perfect budget gift for them. This bracelet will remind them of their daily desire to get out and explore the world. It is also great for times that they cannot travel as it provides a symbol to make a wish about their next destination, giving them hope for things to come.

Wanderlust wish bracelet

Made by: ThePersnicketyCo

Travel Journal

Every traveler dreams of going to new destinations. It can be hard to keep track of all the wondrous ideas about where to go. If they see a picture on social media or hear about a new destination on the news, they need to have a space to write those ideas down. This travel journal will give them a spot to write down their travel inspiration and organize the ideas in their head. Travelers can use it to document their travels while on the road as well. A spot that they can write down their thoughts while exploring a new landscape or culture. 

Wander always travel planner and journal

Made by: TheLamare

World Travel Stickers

Travelers love to get inspired for their next trip. One of the most fun (and cheap) ways to do that is to get stickers of where you want to go! This sticker pack includes 42 stickers from some of the most famous places around the world. Something that every explorer could put into their travel journal, in their room, or on their computer. 

World travel stickers

Made by: Leftoverbagels

The Perfect Travel Camera

Travelers love to document their trips. However, many only use a phone to document their journeys or an old camera that doesn’t quite capture the feeling of “being there”. The Canon Rebel is the perfect gift for travelers looking to get an entry-level camera that is durable and will capture great video and photos. It is small enough to fit in a bag without weighing you down and also has all the specs needed to capture the moment in detail while on the road. We’ve been using a Canon camera for our travels for years now and we love looking back at our high-quality photos and videos to remember the trip.

Canon EOS Rebel T7 Camera

Made by: Canon

The Best Action Camera

Do you have an adventurous traveler in your life? Someone who likes to get off the beaten path from time to time and jump off waterfalls? Then they definitely need the new GoPro Hero 9! We are huge fans of GoPro and have been using them on our travels for the past few years. You can see examples in our YouTube videos. They are so durable and can capture extremely high quality photos, videos, timelapses, star-trails and more. The newest versions also feature a huge boost in image stabilization, making for ultra-smooth video of even the bumpiest activities. Having a gopro is essential for any adventurous traveler and the newest version is relatively cheap compared to other big name camera brands out there.

GoPro Hero 9 Action Cam

Made by: GoPro

Vintage Travel Bag

Every traveler needs a quality bag to carry their gadgets, equipment, and necessities in. This vintage leather camera bag comes in many colours and is eco-friendly. It comes with a laptop space as well as room for your camera equipment and other travel accessories. No matter where you go on your travels, you always need a go-to bag to keep your things safe and accessible during your trip. This bag is a perfect stylish option for just that.

HALO Canvas Leather Backpack

Made by: fillyourpassport

Lightroom presets for travelers

Anyone who’s been on Instagram has noticed that a lot of travel pictures have a certain bold look. That’s because the attention-grabbing colours are being exemplified by filters. While we tend not to use heavy filters ourselves in our own travel photos, we know many people love this look and just don’t know how to do it. Here’s the trick! Download this pack of budget-friendly lightroom preset filters and your new pics will look like the classic travel-style in no time.

Insta Travel Lightroom presets 

Made by: artmyhouse

Travel Towel

When traveling, it’s super important to have a small towel with you. Travelers might not know where their next shower is coming from, but they should definitely have a small, quick-drying towel that they can use whenever the opportunity presents itself. These towels are perfect for just that. You can even use them for relaxing at the beach or sitting on for a picnic.

Microfiber travel towel

Made by: GetActeon

Travel Mug

All travelers want to do is travel and think about their next adventure. Travelers are daydreamers and their souls come alive at the thought of experiencing a new culture or destination. So why not get them something inexpensive that speaks to their wanderlust soul? Each morning, they can wake up to a fresh coffee and new daydream about their next trip of a lifetime!

Wander, wonder, repeat travel mug

Made by: MorningRushDesigns


There’s a lot of downtime on the road and long rides on busses, planes, and trains. That gives travelers ample time to read. However, travelers don’t like to pack too much on their trips in fear that their packs will be too heavy. A great alternative is to get an e-reader. Something that is small and which they can load all the books they want onto. A whole library at their fingertips while on the road!

Amazon Kindle E-Reader

Made by: Amazon

World Travel Necklace

If you’ve got a female traveler in your life, she will love this one. This is the coolest travel necklace we’ve ever seen! It features the globe in a minimalist style and is available in rose gold, gold, and silver. The perfect gift to remind your significant other how much they love to travel the world.

World travel necklace

Made by: triumjewelry

Solar Powered Portable Charger

There have been too many times when we’ve been on the road and our phone or camera died because we couldn’t find a charger. It was always a huge headache to try and find an outlet at coffee shops, hostels, or hotels. That is until we invested in a portable charger. It’s so convenient to just plug in your USB cord and charge all your devices. The beautiful thing about this charger is that it can also be solar-powered. The charging is a tiny bit slower in that mode, but much better for the environment!

E.POWER Portable Charger

Made by: Renogy

Personalized Travel Phone Case

Any traveler with a phone would love this gift. This case can be personalized with your name, adding to the unique world travel design. Choose from a variety of options for size and phone type to ensure it fits the person’s phone you’re buying it for.

Personalized map outline phone case

Made by: NewJoyStudio

Electronics Organizer

When traveling, it can be hard to organize everything efficiently. Cords are flying everywhere, you don’t know where your phone went, etc. The worst thing is to have all your electronics spread out in your bag. This electronics organizer solves that problem and looks stylish at the same time. 

Leather cord organizer

Made by: Sinevir

Travel Scratch Map

Similar to the wood travel map at the start of this article, the travel scratch map helps adventurers remember where they’ve been in a creative way. We have a scratch map ourselves and must admit it is a conversation starter whenever we have people over to our house! Everyone always notices the countries we have scratched off and asks us what it was like there. If you’ve got a traveler who has been to multiple countries, this is a great map for them!

Scratch off world map poster

Made by: beatnikrustik

Adventure Travel Wall Art

Travel-lovers are always looking to be inspired for their trips. This wall art is perfect for just that. It features the words that many travelers live by: travel, explore, adventure. With the world map ingrained within the words themselves, this art piece screams “travel”.

Adventure, explore, travel wall art

Made by: Allwrappedupinyarn

Travel Drone

Drones have become popular amongst travelers in recent years. Mainly because they provide an aerial view of the places around them. A unique perspective that few other people are able to see. We’ve used a DJI drone ourselves during our travels the past couple years and it has really added to the quality of our pictures and videos. This DJI Mavic Mini is impressive because it’s so small and can fold up into a travelers backpack! All while still delivering ultra-hd video. Check out our full review of travel drones article to see how the DJI Mavic Mini stacks up compared to other drones.

DJI Mavic Mini 2

Made by: DJI

That’s it for our holiday travel gift guide! If you want more travel gift inspiration, check out our page on travel gifts with 40+ ideas including travel essentials, adventure gear, camera gear, travel electronics, and more.

Do you have very adventurous friends or loved ones? Check out our hiking gear or camping gear article for more gift ideas!

We hope this article helped you find a gift for traveler friends or loved ones these holidays! 

Hi! We are Ine & Zac. An international travel couple from Belgium and the US. We created World Wild Hearts to inspire life-changing travel experiences like we've had. Use these tips, stories, and guides to inspire your next adventure of a lifetime!

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