Holiday Gift Guide for Travelers 2021
Every year we receive unsolicited books, as well as interesting service and product samples. We read and test them, and those we like are recommended here in our annual Holiday Gift Guide.
Out of nineteen entries this year, we are pleased to present the following thirteen items for your gift-giving consideration in 2021.
Audubon NATURE page-a-day Photo Gallery Calendar 2022
From the National Audubon Society, this calendar showcases the splendor of the natural world through hundreds of breathtaking photos. Coated photos are presented in a clear plastic presentation box. This selection will be appreciated by all nature lovers on your gift list. Available from Amazon and elsewhere.
1000 Places to See Before You Die
In all 1216 pages, 1,000 Places is packed with sacred ruins, coral reefs, hilltop villages, deserted beaches, wine trails, hidden islands, opera houses, wildlife preserves, castles, museums, and more. Each entry tells why it’s essential to visit and includes hotels, restaurants, and festivals to check out. Then come the completely updated must knows: websites, phone numbers, prices, best times to visit, etc.
1,000 Places to See Before You Die is the world’s bestselling travel book and a #1 New York Times bestseller. 1,000 Places reinvented the idea of a travel book as both a wish list and practical guide. As Newsweek wrote, it “tells you what’s beautiful, what’s fun, and what’s just unforgettable—everywhere on earth.” Available from Amazon and elsewhere.
Working from Home
Another great page-a-day calendar, this one with tips for improving creativity, productivity, and work-life balance while working remotely. A smart gift for colleagues, friends, or for your own home office!
Whether WFH is a blessing or a struggle or somewhere in between, Working from Home is the gift that will give a year of inspiration, practical advice, and quotes. Take it with you when you travel. Many tips: Did you know that research shows that doodling during long phone calls does not distract you, but actually enhances your ability to stay focused? Plus hints for working productively side-by-side with spouses and kids.
Travel in 2022 is also about hygiene, pain relief, and safety.
PlaneAire is serious about hygiene.
A new woman-owned brand guided by science and nature, with plant-based hygiene products suitable for adults and children. Allows you to sanitize harmful bacteria and germs on the go.
We recommend PlaneAire’s Travel Essentials Bundle, which includes one PlaneAire Clean Surface & Air Mist, one PlaneAire Wipes box of 12 individually wrapped sachets, and a PlaneAire® Hands Hand Sanitizer Blend of your choice, would be a very practical gift for the travel enthusiast.
PlaneAire Clean is a surface cleaner that can be sprayed directly on surfaces, or in the air to freshen and deodorize. Inspired by air travel and ideal for everyday use. PlaneAire Clean is made from 99% plant-based ingredients including six essential oils. There is no added alcohol or ammonia and is not tested on animals.
There’s too much information to put in this guide so check out all the great PlaneAire™ products on their website HERE.
CBD Living Travel Products
Pain relief is important if you want to enjoy all the pleasures of travel. We were pleasantly surprised with the effectiveness of these products — they really work. And they have solved the problem of travelling with liquids on airplanes:
Read more about these great stocking stuffers HERE. Be sure to try the Freeze Roll-On!
ECOFREAKS Hygiene Products
Are you and your friends FREAKS for Scent Free? This is the gift for you! The Scent Free FREAK gift kit includes: (1) 12 OZ bottle w/ pump + (1) 6 OZ bottle w/ flip cap + (1) keychain bottle + (12) on-the-go sachets. All items feature their Scent Free formula and holiday packaging.
- Made in the USA
- Fast-drying, non-rinse formula
- FDA Manufacturer Approved
- Formula features Aloe for additional moisturizing
- Active Ingredient: 80% Ethyl Alcohol Antiseptic
- FDA Registered & CDC Compliant
- Ships in a decorative drawstring bag for easy gifting 🎁
- Check out the entire line at https://ecofreaksusa.com/
SEAT SITTERS Hygiene Travel Products
This is a hygiene product we introduced before the pandemic. With air travel picking up again it’s worth a replay.
Here’s a way to make airline seats more sanitary. Let’s face it, airplane seats give everyone the willies — so we were happy to test this hygiene product on a recent flight.
It was also worth doing for the fun of watching the curious faces of our fellow passengers.
Seat Sitters has expanded its product line in 2020. Check out everything they have to offer on http://www.seatsitters.com
HALO Nanofilters™ claim to be superior to all other filters because they allow maximum airflow while simultaneously capturing maximum amounts of particles and pathogens in a paper-thin replaceable filter. Combined with the mask’s moisture-wicking bamboo lining, sweat and condensation are greatly reduced for easier breathing – even under vigorous conditions or long hours of wear. In addition, the nanofilter protects BOTH the wearer from outside dangers while protecting OTHERS from the wearer if they are unwell, test-positive, or at risk.
We have been wearing the HALOmask for several weeks and find they are more comfortable than other masks we have tested. We like the fit. Check out the information they provide on their website at http://www.halolife.io.
Please note that we have tested all the products listed here and were personally satisfied with their performance. However, we are not qualified to judge any of the claims made by these products or as posted on their websites.
This year’s unique books for avid travel readers
Mother Nature Is NOT Trying To Kill You
People are traveling again and many are deciding to spend their precious vacation time in the clean outdoor air. If you haven’t done it before there is much to learn about camping, hiking, and roaming the great out of doors. This book would be a worthy addition to your backpack and would be appreciated by any outdoors person.
The book is designed as a straightforward “what if” guidebook for encountering wildlife. It talks about the many animals that can harm you with emphasis on how to avoid the encounter in the first place. There’s a section on deadly plants and fungi, and the last section gives the basics of outdoor survival. It includes knots, knives, fire-starting, and shelter building.
Available from Amazon and elsewhere.
Mona Lisa in New York
This year we reviewed two books about New York. This one is a kid’s book about the Mona Lisa touring the many sights and sounds of the world’s most exciting city. A nice gift for a child.
Available at Amazon and elsewhere.
Weird but True
This book is from National Geographic Kids and is a great primer for your next visit to the Big Apple. Did you know that a recent survey counted 2,373 eastern gray squirrels in Central Park? We thought not. The world’s first escalator was created as an amusement park ride in Coney Island in 1895. Didn’t know that either? Well, there are lots of weird facts about New York for anyone with an inquiring mind that wants to know.
Available at Amazon and elsewhere.
Great Rivers of the World
Tourists love rivers and this book is full of interesting details related to the great rivers of the world. Since the earliest times, rivers have determined political and cultural borders. This book explores 18 legendary rivers across all five continents. It also studies the history, diverse life, and famous sights to be discovered around these river wonders.
Available from Amazon and elsewhere.
Our last recommendation is one that we recommend every year.
Travel insurance has saved many a vacation for family and loved ones (including ours). Too many things can go wrong when you travel, and travel insurance is the best way to avoid major disappointments, financial hardships, and stress.
Travel insurance can cover most things related to your trip. Some examples are non-refundable tickets, travel interruptions, and medical expenses. Insurance can be complicated, and travel insurance is no exception, so talk to the experts.
Whenever we travel, we are protected by Allianz Travel Insurance. Be sure to ask about the facts and limitations regarding Covid-19 coverage.
Before you or a family member or friend travels, consider Allianz Travel insurance. It can be the best holiday gift of all.
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So there you have it, friends. You can’t go wrong with any of the above goodies for yourself or those on your gift list.
Wishing you Happy Holidays, and a wonderful, healthy, and prosperous New Year!
Wayne and Judy
The opinions expressed in our articles are the journalists’ alone and have not been reviewed, endorsed, or approved by any entity. Other than the test samples, we are not compensated for our endorsement of products or services in the Gift Guide.
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