Hey, beautiful people. I’m currently on a plane (thank you, scheduled posts!) on my way to Toronto and, as we’re reaching the end of the year, I’ve been feeling really reflective.
I just feel a bit David-Tennanty when he was regenerating. (We didn’t want you to go either, Ten!)
The best thing about this year is all the travel I’ve been lucky enough to experience. (I mean, sure, my bank account doesn’t feel particularly lucky – but my soul does!) The only thing keeping me from curling up into ball of despair over this year ending (look, I don’t know why I’m so doomsday about this, but just leave me to be sad) is the potential for travel next year. It’s going to be amazing.
And then I realised . . . I’m now one of “those” people. The people who say “well, you spend as much on a weekend out in London as you would to go away for a weekend, so we might as well go” and “yeah, fine, Reading festival looks great and all, but we could to Spain for Fib instead!”. I have been bitten by the travel bug. (And if you’re also feeling those travel blues . . . I’ve just edited my Mauritius video and I’ll stick it below so you can watch and love it. It’s only 2 minutes.)
So I decided to just give in to it. Everyone’s asking me “Mia, what do you want for Christmas?” and, honestly, I want to travel or be reminded of the fun I have whilst travelling . . . so I decided to make a little gift guide for people who, like me, love to travel. We’re going to cover some of the more practical gifts, as well as some of the fun ones. Let’s go!
Oh – and, if any of you remember, I’m currently building my graphic design portfolio . . . so I actually made a mock-email shot with this in mind. I’ll show you at the end!
#1 – Travel Wallet
How have I only just seen this? So much anxiety could have been avoided over the past year just by having one of these useful puppies. A travel wallet is exactly what it sounds like; a wallet that allows you to keep all of your essential travel documents close-by and in one place. For any traveller, you know that gut-wrenching panic of “shit, do I have everything?!” right before you leave your home and hotel. Not with this baby!
And, yes, I bought myself one.
#2 – A Cute Carry-On Suitcase
Savvy travellers know that carry-ons are no joke. You can fit a lot in a well packed carry-on suitcase and, even better, you don’t need to pay those luggage fees! Personally, my favourite is the one I currently own and I bought it from River Island last year (sadly, it isn’t in stock anymore). I’ve taken this on pretty much all of my holidays and it’s amazingly convenient, instantly recognizable (helpful after getting off a 3am flight, running on 0 hours sleep and needing to pick up your luggage off the carousel) and pretty.
#3 – A Map Of The World
I love using a map as the world as a room decoration to bring a little of the world back home with you; there are so many cute ways to use it. Of course, I would be a truly cruel person if I didn’t include some of these decoration ideas, right?
See – how adorable? Coming home after a day of work isn’t so bad when you get to come home to that, is it?
The great thing about maps is that there are loads of them available on the market – scratch-off ones, chalkboard ones, wallpaper murals . . .
#4 – Travel Necklace
First of all . . . I love jewellery. I mean, who doesn’t? (No, seriously, direct me to them so that we can have a sit-down chat about what’s going wrong in their lives.) Good jewellery is meaningful and personal – as well as being cute, naturally. A travel themed necklace is a great gift for a travel lover because what’s better than being able to carry the world with you wherever you go?
#5 – Polaroid Camera
I actually recieved a polaroid camera as a Christmas gift last year and I love it. Honestly, while I absolutely love the high-definition of our modern cameras and phones and their ability to capture moments and memories perfectly . . . there’s something so tangible and almost more meaningful about these tiny, instant prints.
#6 – GoPro
In this wonderfully connected age of the internet where people can make money sharing their lives (and their travels!) on things like Youtube and blog websites . . . creating videos is something a lot of travellers like to utlise; it’s a way to preserve memories and pay to keep the dream going. Who could ask for more? Well, if your traveller likes to do extreme sports, go to places that are difficult to film – or likes to take footage underwater! – the GoPro camera is probably the best thing you could get them. If you watched the Mauritius vlog above and you saw the crazy high-def images of the wish under the water – that was filmed on a Go-Pro!
#7 – Passport Cover
Sure, these may not be a total essential . . . but they are amazingly cute! Passports are a not-so-optional accessory that every traveller needs, so why not jazz them up a bit? (In a way that’ll still let you use it, anyway.)
#8 – A Holiday!
I know you’re thinking “well, Mia, that’s just extortionate and ridiculous” and you might just be right – if I were talking about going out of your way to book a normal holiday. I’ve recommended Wowcher a lot on this blog recently, mainly because it’s brilliant, but I’m going to recommend it again. Wowcher is basically a voucher site where you can grab some amazing deals on things like classes, nights out . . . and holidays!
#9 – A Travel Book
Our memories are indescribably precious things; the fabric that makes us who we are. However, some memories are more interesting than others. That time you fell asleep at your desk? I’d waver the first time you go snorkelling or take a plane journey on your own is something you’d rather remember. People that enjoy travel have the opportunity to make so many life-changingly amazing memories that it would be a complete waste to forget them . . . so why not gift someone something to immortalise their favourite memories?
Scrapbooks and memory-boxes are great for this!
#10 – A Savings For Travel Box
My last gift idea could actually work as a DIY gift, if you were so inclined . . . a travel savings box! Travel is a pretty expensive thing – so why not help your gift recipient save towards it? There are some really cute savings jars and boxes out there, but I think my favourite travel themed ones have to be these:
BONUS GIFT: Notebooks
And that’s today’s gift guide done! As I am a woman of my word, here’s my email shot that I designed as part of my portfolio!
(Ignore the funny spacing; when you use software like MailChimp, typically you upload images into “blocks” as opposed to one, big infographic and I had to seperate the JPG from the GIF, so WordPress kind of screwed up my spacing. But that’s my email shot!)
Guys . . . we’re legitimately in December; how terrifying is that? I’m not emotionally ready. My bank account is also not ready; Christmas as an adult is expensive. That said, I am excited for New Year – that whole wave of motivation and productivity? Sign me up. Anyways, this is all totally irrelevant. I hope you enjoyed this little gift guide; what was your favourite gift? Are you a travel lover? Let me know your thoughts below!