Miles Journeywoman Susan Miles from Melbourne, Australia is a
communication specialist and freelance travel writer. Her articles
and photography on destinations as diverse as Cambodia, Japan, Guam,
Fiji and South Korea, have traveled as much as she has appearing in
such publications as The Toronto Star & Globe and Mail (Canada), The
St Petersburg Times, Transitions Abroad (US) and The Dominion Post
(New Zealand). In this article she uses her expertise combined with
her travel "know how" to create a Top 10 list of interesting
and inexpensive presents for the traveling woman.
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pleasing to see that with all the advances of modern travel, the
mere act of getting on a plane and traveling somewhere new is still
an event to be celebrated. I am fortunate that however often I have
journeyed, I'm still the grateful recipient of travel gifts from
friends and family. But I've also shared in their dilemma of trying
to choose a suitable farewell gift for someone about to head off
on their own adventure. So next time you wish to celebrate a loved
one's big adventure, here are some of my ideas for gifts that will
be both useful and treasured without breaking the bank.
think you have to spend big just to give a thoughtful gift.
The following suggestions will cost you between $5.00 to $10.00.
-- Anyone who has ever got on the plane with the good intentions
of reading a lengthy novel will tell you that it just never
happens. Magazines are much more welcomed for two reasons.
They're easier to read and easier to ditch when you're done.
What is your traveler's favorite hobby? I can guarantee from
trolling the magazine aisles if there is a hobby or interest,
there is a matching magazine. A fool proof choice of publications?
Be sure to include a current travel magazine.
hand books -- I don't usually like
the idea of giving used books, but for a traveler they offer
a no angst when they've finished reading them. With a new
book, you feel obliged to keep it, however with a secondhand
book I can swap, give or just toss.
-- Whether it's to keep track of your travel budget, work
out the exchange rate or use it as a haggling tool, this is
always a godsend for any traveler.
locks and a key ring -- I always need
new sets because I always lose the little keys. Give a pack
of these and a decent size keyring and your traveler will
think of you fondly everytime there's an opening or closing
to be done.
you a whiz on the PC and printer? How about putting your technical
skills to good use and produce a set of personal
business cards for your traveler. Rather
than print their full contact details, put just their name
and email address. This makes swapping contact details with
new acquaintances both easy and safe.
quick trip around the aisles at your local drugstore and you
can make a handy little Flight
Survival Kit. Include, aspirin, ear
plugs, lollipops (to relieve air pressure on landing), mouthwash,
breath mints, hand-wipes and a pen (I always forget to pack
a pen!) in a colorful cosmetic purse or bag.
of your traveler's favorite music is always a hit. A few dollars
for a blank disc and a walk through your music collection
will soon locate a personal Top 10 Hits to entertain your
traveler on the road.
For the overseas
first thing I think of when I plan a trip overseas is "duty
free". How about a gift
voucher from the airport's duty free
store to allow your adventurer the fun of choosing a discounted
item as they leave or on their return?
currency -- This doesn't have to be
a lot, but it's so much nicer arriving at your destination
with some small notes of the local currency for snacks, taxi,
bus etc. You're saving your traveler the dreaded line up at
the currency exchange booth when they arrive after a long
phone cards, (just confirm that the
provider you choose is suited to the destination country).
you been to the destination yourself? Everyone loves to give
recommendations, but it's wonderful
when they take the time to write down the details for you
to slip in your diary. Grab a few pages from their filofax
and write down the names, addresses, contact details of the
"must sees" or go high tech and download their palmpilot
with the information.
at your traveler's destination hotel or a
on their remote email address is so welcoming. Don't wait
for them to be the first to write.
gifts are a safe bet when you simply have run out of ideas.
Camera memory cards --
You'll need the name and model of the camera but after that
you can pop into any Walmart or your favorite photography
equipement shop and choose the cards that suit your budget
and their camera.
voucher -- Allow your traveler to choose
a travel guide, trashy novel, a travel journal or even maps.
camping store/luggage store voucher
-- No matter how many trips I take, there is always something
from these stores I need, whether it's a power converter,
a backpack, fanny bag, suitbag or just the latest travel gadget
that catches my eye.
-- choose one that has an aluminum spine and handle. This
type is more expensive to buy than all the others but it's
so light and compact, a traveling woman almost forgets she's
$2.00 gift -- Go to the foodwrap section
of the supermarket and pick up a box of assorted size zip
lock bags. They are perfect to keep your luggage in order
and saves the time consuming "luggage dig" everytime
you are trying to find an item in your suitcase.
to avoid -- I was given the most beautiful
and I suspect expensive gift by my work colleagues before
I left for this latest trip. It
was a stylish glass and stainless steel coffee plunger. It
is carefully wrapped and stowed away in my cupboard at home.
It has all the characteristics of a bad present, it's heavy,
it's breakable, it's expensive (I'd feel so guilty if it got
lost or broken) and it's an awkward shape.
gifts no longer -- With improved standards
of security at our airports and terminals now, it's important
that we all play our part, even gift givers. This we can do
by not giving such items as swiss army knives, pocket-size
scissors, or mini screwdrivers (often sold as part of spectacle
gift -- My 7 year old niece gets the
prize for the best travel gift I've ever got. She recently
gave me a set of Six Glitter Gel Pens. I can use them to write
or draw, jazz up a boring aerogramme letter, amuse the restless
kid in the plane seat behind me and best of all, these fabulous
pens write at any angle.
to touch her heart...
may sound a little sappy, but for everyone who has ever packed
their bags and headed off to explore, there is a certain level
anxiety and stress that comes with leaving the comfort of
home for the unknown. Send your traveler off with your love,
your best wishes and most definitely your encouragement.
friend Michael emailed me with these words just before I left
for my current year long adventure “I am so proud of
you, you are doing what we all dream of doing, rather than
conform to what we are expected to do.” I felt so empowered
by these words, and remember them whenever I am faced with
a new challenge on my travels.
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