Travel writing is bold and beautiful - and likely so is the person in your life who dares to do it. No wonder you want to give them a gift of encouragement. Something that says I value you and your courage, and I wish you the best.
But how do you provide a gift for someone who needs to be selective about what they can and cannot carry? For starters, it depends on where they’re traveling and the type of travel they’re embarking on. ( Is it backpacking, do they have a car, etc.). It also depends on how much you’re willing to spend.
If you have the money to dish out something technological and savvy, go for it. Your travel writing friend will always be grateful to you. Sometimes, something smaller can be all the more thoughtful. Most importantly -- do not, I repeat, do not give them a journal. Unless they asked for one, chances are they already have it.
In need of some inspiration? Here are 6 travel writing gifts that range between the expensive essentials and the side accessories they’ll actually be willing to carry. Put in the time and effort to see what the travel writer in your life really needs, and maybe there are things that they didn’t even realize they shouldn’t, would never have gone without.
If you’re on a budget, consider picking up an eGift card on Gift Card Granny. You can save some money on your gift card purchase or, earn cash back rewards. Browse through stores that you know your travel writing bestie loves, and maybe even help them with their travel expenses. Either way, you’ll put in less and they’ll still get more.
Vendor: Mark & Graham
Do they already have a go to over the shoulder bag? Get them a passport holder instead! Not only will it make their passport more discreet, it’ll also store all their cards and other forms of ID. Have it monogrammed for that extra special touch.
Vendor: Home Depot
If you never know where they’ll end up, at least you know they’ll need some extra battery life. This travel adaptor will ensure they get the energy they need when they need it.
Having trouble deciding what to give they want that they don’t already have? Consider giving them an eGift Card to REI and let them choose for themselves!
REI also have a gift registry available online, so maybe your travel buddy already has a list of their own.
Vendor: Best Buy
Nowadays - if you want to do travel writing, you should also invest in taking your own pictures. If you can, help them out with this Olympus Mirrorless camera and you’ll considerably help them boost their career.
This camera is a part of a new lineup - it’s lightweight and has extremely high quality - the best combination for traveling.
Thoughts, words, titles, phrases -- sometimes, for writers, these things can feel like loose pennies. One strategy is to jot them down immediately, but what if that’s not possible?
The digital voice recorder is less of a hassle and will definitely make a significant difference for your travel writer (any writer) in your life.
Vendor: App Store & iTunes
Evernote is the largest online note taking application that is free and readily available. It clips images on the web and organizes all your notes for enriched productivity.
Once you give them the gift of a premium subscription, there will be no going back. Premium allows them to access all their information on any device, use their own personal advanced search, and download as many images/ videos as they’d like.
Evernote is available in the iTunes and Android app stores.
So there you have it folks! A guide to gifting for your favorite travel writer. They’re sure to be excited, nervous, and thrilled for the adventure that awaits, and with your gift in heart and hand - they’ll remember you along the way.