Holiday Gift Guide: Gifts for Budget Travelers

It’s that time of the year again! The holiday season is upon us and you may be wondering what to get your favorite budget traveler in your family.  Also be sure to check out these other related gift guides from our travel writing friends!

Stocking stuffers / affordable gifts

Vagabonding: An Uncommon Guide to the Art of Long-Term World Travel

Anybody who is considering extended travel should definitely give Rolf Potts’ first book, Vagabonding, a read.

Marco Polo Didn’t Go There: Stories and Revelations from One Decade as a Postmodern Travel Writer

Many of Rolf Potts’ great travel essays are featured in this book compilation and serves as a great inspirational read for independent travelers and especially aspiring writers.

Arthur Frommer’s Budget Travel

A great gift this holiday season for anybody interested in budget traveler is Budget Travel magazine. It doesn’t hurt that it’s (currently) extremely affordable for a 10-month subscription.

Sea to Summit DryLite Towel

Every backpacker should carry their own quick-drying towel as many budget hotels and hostels do not provide them for their customers. A quick-drying towel such as the Sea to Summit DryLite will prevent travelers from having to carry a smelly damp towel everywhere they go.

Mid-priced gifts

Kelty Redwing 3100 Backpack

Looking for the best gift a budget traveler in your family can get? If they don’t already have a big fancy backpack, surprise them with the Kelty Redwing 3100. Read our full review.

High-end gifts

Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS3 10.1 MP Digital Camera with 12x Wide Angle MEGA Optical Image Stabilized Zoom and 3 inch LCD

Every traveler wants to document their travels and the Panasonic DMC-ZS3 is a great choice. Read our full review.

Apple iPod touch

There is hardly a reason to carry a laptop anymore. With an iPod touch budget travelers can take advantage of free WiFi offerings around the world, email home, and even use Skype to make free phone calls.

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  1. Trisha says:

    Great list Jeff! I heartily endorse the two Rolf Potts’ books – I’ve read them both and any traveler will love them. Rolf is a great writer who makes a reader long to be right there alongside him during his adventures.

    And I totally agree that every traveler should have an Apple iPod Touch (if they don’t already own an iPhone) – so many great travel apps, music and audio books, and the ability to make free calls via Skype – it’s a total no-brainer :)

  2. Eva says:

    Thanks with regard to delivering these kinds of wonderful subject matter.


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