Ultimate Travel Gift Guide 2017

‘Tis the season to find actually good things to buy for your most likely minimal travel friends, siblings, significant others, or kids. As someone who’s constantly telling people that the only thing I like to receive are experiences, I’ve thought long and hard about material things that actually do make a difference. Here are my favorite gift ideas for any traveler in your life.

Fluent City Lessons

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For some reason, I feel like I’ve learned more after graduating college, than when I was actually paying $50,000 a year to learn. That’s thanks to cutting edge companies like Fluent City, who pride themselves on teaching in an easy to grasp way, with teachers you actually like. If you follow us on instagram, (@damonandjo), maybe you watched our Skype lessons with our Spanish, French, and Portuguese teachers. Here’s a gift that keeps on giving. Especially since you’ll be able to better understand all of our multi-lingual videos!

Gift French Online Lessons

The Essential Traveler’s Notebook


Much like all other travelers, I’m a sucker for a good notebook. You’ll be spinning with all the thoughts in your mind at any given moment when you’re wanderlusting. This my friends is exactly why most of us carry good notebooks. Here’s a solid choice, shoot, I might even put it on my personal “must buy” list. And yes, it may be a little pricey, but if you make it a point to write in it often, you’ll tell stories you’ll be sure to keep forever.

Here’s another, cheaper option at $18.99

#Woke E-Book


This year was the year we wrote an e-book to help you stay #woke. Giving the gift of a little awareness was always a good idea. Plus, use code BLACKFRIYAY to get $2 off the e-book during Black Friday!

On the Go Utensil Kit


Every traveler has experienced that inconvenient moment when you just bought food, but left the store without picking up utensils. Or when you swear the hostel has forks, and they somehow don’t. Don’t let yourself go hungry, and have this nifty kit with you at all times. Only thing missing in my opinion? A wine opener.


For the super earthy types, here’s a bamboo set for $16.94:

Portable and Waterproof Bluetooth Speaker


I received this as a gift, and it’s always the best item to pack to ensure a non-stop party, wherever you are. This little thing brings the boom. Seriously, you’d think you’re carrying a full-sized speaker, when in reality, it’s as big as a large pencil case. Highly recommended.

Eye Mask That Won’t Squish Your Eyes


Recently, I’ve come close to mastering the art of snoozing hard on planes, and I promise you, it’s in part thanks to an eye mask. And yes, I think it looks like a bra for your eyes too, but who cares when you’re sleeping like a baby while 30,000 feet in the air?

Packing Cubes


Maybe you watched my best friend Paige put our packing skills to shame in this Iceland video. Here’s her secret weapon. I have to admit, I’m not a fan, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t have access to a well packed bag!

Colorful Converter Set


Have you ever seen a cuter converter set? Me neither, which is exactly why you need to own one of these. Plus, when you’re rummaging through your bag, frantic to charge your phone before it dies, you’ll easily stumble upon this colorful converter, as opposed to losing your boring white or black one in the mix. 

HP Sprocket


For those friends of yours who only take pictures on their phones, and forget all the good times they’ve experienced, this might be the perfect thing for them. This little gadget is light-weight, sleek, and prints small, adhesive pictures that you can keep for yourself, or hand out to strangers like Damon and I did on a recent trip.

Travel Photo Album



I can personally say that this is an awesome travel gift because I received it as a gift once, and a few months later, I’m in need of additional photo papers. If you’re constantly capturing memories, you’ll want to house the really special moments in a designated place. Just because your iPhone can store 5,000+ images, doesn’t mean you can’t have a tangible photo album around. Love this, and whoever you’re buying it for will too!

iPhone Battery Case


Damon and I both made it a point to invest in these Apple battery cases, and it was without a doubt one of the best investments of 2017. Your phone battery is like your lifeline when navigating abroad – don’t let that baby die. This case ensures that your phone has a 200% charge, so even on nights where your cord doesn’t reach the top bunk, you’ll have enough juice to get you through the day.


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