Cool Gifts for Travellers
When you’re travelling, you’re away from the comforts of home. Instead, you have to rely on your wits and what you’re carrying with you. And, whether it’s a colleague heading abroad for work, a friend taking a city break or a relative heading off on their gap year, travel related gifts are a great way to show them that you’re thinking about them and what they’ll need when they’re away. It’s also a thoughtful reminder of home – and if it’s something that they haven’t thought to take with them, then it could actually be a lifesaver. Some of the most important features of gifts for someone travelling are that they’re lightweight, durable and portable, and, in many cases, that they combine multiple functions to make them as useful as possible – like a Swiss army knife. What’s more, things that are handy for travellers will likely come in useful at home as well – so the best travel gifts really will keep on giving. And if you’re planning a holiday anytime soon, then you can always treat yourself as well. Here are 50 unique travel gift ideas that will help you find exactly what you’re looking for, whatever the trip.
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Smart Safety Tips To Follow While Travelling
When travelling abroad, you’re likely to be more vulnerable to the unexpected than you would normally be. You don’t know your way around, you don’t know the language and you don’t know when good neighbourhoods turn into bad ones. If you’re on vacation, there’s also a good chance that you’ll be distracted by all of the sights that you’re there to see. All of this means that pickpockets and muggers pay special attention to tourists and the unwary. What makes it worse is that you’re far more likely to be carrying cash and valuables with you, like cameras and passports, than you normally would be, meaning that you present much richer pickings to thieves. These tips provide some ideas about how to take sensible precautions without cramping your style too much.
- Plan your trip carefully and learn about the place that you’re going to. Seek advice from trusted locals (such as guides and hotel staff) about areas that may be unsafe for visitors or where you should take special precautions (or for example if areas that are lively in the daytime become threatening in the evening). If you’re using public transport, plan in advance and make sure you understand where you need to get off and where you need to make changes.
- Keep your valuables close while in transit. This is when you’re at your most vulnerable as you’re likely to be trying to shift multiple bags around while navigating airports and public transport systems – all of which leaves you distracted. Keeping valuables on your person, and your other possessions distributed through your luggage, can hence prevent disaster. If your passport, wallet and iPhone are in a single bag that gets stolen then you’ll have a vacation catastrophe on your hands.
- Don’t carry more things around with you than you need. For example, if you’re going out for dinner in the evening then you may want to leave traveler’s checks and electronics in your hotel room. If your credit card works abroad, then it’s another reason to only carry around a limited amount of cash – just check with your provider before you travel to make sure that you don’t have any unwelcome surprises.
- Get insurance for your trip and make sure that you understand what’s covered – does it include cancelations, theft and lost items, for example? And, if so, to what value? Once you have that information in place, make sure that you have two or three copies of the policy with you and store them separately in your luggage. That way you won’t lose access to your policy details if your only copy is in a bag that gets lost or stolen.
- And carry a photocopy of your passport photo page as well. If your passport is stolen it’ll be a nightmare – but if you at least have a copy of the photo page, it’s a good start to proving your identity and getting temporary documents in place to allow you to travel.
- Make sure to note down important contact details so that they’re accessible while you’re traveling. For example, the name and contact details of your accommodation and your embassy’s phone number may well come in handy if you ever need them. While you’re at it, let someone at home know where you’re staying so they’ll know where to look if they ever need to.
- Be wary of overly friendly strangers. By all means be outgoing and open, but if people suddenly show a lot of interest in you then do be skeptical. While this will differ substantially country by country, if someone offers you food on a long-distance coach ride or invites you for drinks before walking you to a bar, then it may be sensible to decline or claim a prior commitment (or, failing that, to choose a different venue). Try to keep an open mind – but be cautious if someone offers you something that seems too good to be true or if they are leading you off the beaten path. Both situations could lead to a nightmare outcome.
- If you’re going for a drink, make sure you have a plan. If you’re staying out late, how will you get back to your accommodation; if you get lost or lose your money, do you have a fallback? And, crucially, if you’re on a big night out, it’s more important than ever to keep a close eye on your drink. Last but not least, guides will almost universally discourage visitors from purchasing illegal drugs while abroad – doing so will put you at the mercy of criminals as well as the police, after all.
- Beware local prejudices – for example in some places (such as the Middle East) it will be unusual for women to travel alone; and, even if accompanied, women may be expected to dress modestly and cover their hair. To avoid issues, try to get a sense of local customs – and if they’re too much of a turnoff, consider avoiding these regions entirely. Equally, visitors may find that racial prejudices may be more overt, and more commonplace, than they would ever be at home. Research likely attitudes in advance – and if in doubt, err on the side of caution.
The bottom line is to be prepared – think about where you’re going and make contingency plans in case things go wrong. And if you’re looking for gifts for people who travel, some of the best ideas will help them prepare for all eventualities – or carry the comforts of home with them.