7 gifts for the frequent traveler
Whether she’s traveling for business or traveling for pleasure, it seems like she’s always on the road. You’ll email her, asking if she wants to get happy hour drinks, and she’s in Chicago for work. You invite her to your birthday party and she’s in St. Lucia for a long weekend. She’s always got a story about “that one time in Miami,” and she’s always Tweeting from an airport, Instagramming clouds from a window seat, and comparing herself to George Clooney’s character in Up in the Air. She’s the queen of frequent flyer miles and Starwood points, the person you consult for advice on which hotel to book in a random city, and she’s almost constantly unavailable, making maintaining a friendship with her REALLY difficult.
Embrace it. She’s never going to change, as evidenced by the time you were having beers and she looked you dead in the eyes and said, “I’ll stop traveling when I’M DEAD.” Get her gifts that will make her traveling easier, more efficient, and more enjoyable. Maybe she’ll invite you along one of these days.
1. Luxe City Guides Holiday Box ($55): The Frequent Traveler is usually savvy because she needs to be. Traveling is stressful, and in order to make it her way of life, she’s had to adopt a system. She knows the quickest way to get through airport security, the most efficient way to pack a suitcase, the airport bars with the best beer selection, and the like. But business travel is very regimented, meaning that she’s usually rushing from the airport to the meeting to dinner to the hotel and back to the airport. That doesn’t give her a lot of time to see the sights, which is really the only bonus of being able to travel around on your company’s dime. If she’s a good business travel soldier, she’s probably figured out a way to squeeze in a little personal time wherever she goes, but a short amount of time and lack of planning will usually land her in every city’s answer to Times Square (a.k.a. not where she wants to hang out). Help her find the good parts of the cities she visits with Luxe City guides, which offer up insider advice on the best (non-touristy) places to check out. This Holiday Gift Box lets you pick five guides to include, choosing from destinations that are on her calendar or cities she frequents (you know, if her company has a London office or something fancy like that).
2. Out of Town Luggage Tag ($12, Flight 001): Since her bags get kicked around so much—getting shoved into the overhead bin, thrown down on the baggage claim conveyor belt, tossed into the back of a cab—some nice luggage might seem like the perfect gift. WRONG. The Frequent Traveler is picky about her bags in a way that you aren’t. Why? Because your luggage sees its day in the sun (out of the closet) maybe five times a year. Her luggage is in perpetual use. She knows the look she wants and the functionality she needs. (I stole this copy from a deodorant ad, by the way. JUST KIDDING.) Leave luggage selection to her. But, while she may have pondered her luggage selection ad nauseum, her luggage tags are probably an afterthought. Enter you, with your useful gift—Out of Town Luggage Tags. They’re quirky, colorful without looking like they were picked out by a teenage girl, and made of silicone, which means they’re virtually indestructible.
3. On-the-Go Charger ($28, Jonathan Adler): When you’re constantly traveling, the one thing you don’t have consistent access to a power source. This can be very, very scary for the Frequent Traveler when she can’t be incommunicado for five seconds without her boss sending hired goons to track her down. Your phone is your life when you’re on the road, and no one knows this better than the Frequent Traveler. Sure, savvy travelers know where to track down outlets in airports and train stations, but those are in very short supply, and SURPRISE—everyone else wants to co-opt them to charge THEIR devices. That’s why she’ll love any gadget that will give her an extra charge without having to fight with several of her fellow passengers over the one outlet in the vicinity of Gate 37. This On-the-Go Charger will give her devices up to a 70% charge, and can do it all while it’s in the bottom of her purse while she’s in the cab on the way to her hotel.
4. Trakdot ($60): The process of checking your luggage, rolling the dice in a ridiculous game to gamble on whether or not you’ll see your stuff ever again, and waiting around at baggage claim is a complete time-suck, which is why the Frequent Traveler prides herself on being able to travel without checking a bag. But there are certain situations where she has no choice. Sure, a two-day trip to DC doesn’t warrant a checked bag, but a two-week trip to Tokyo does. And for those instances where she can’t get around it, she’ll appreciate the extra assurance the palm-sized Trakdot device provides. All she has to do is throw the Trakdot into her checked bag, and the bag will alert her via text message or email when it has arrived safely at her destination. Or, perhaps more usefully, it’ll use its location tracking services to let her know where it actually ended up if it gets lost.
5. Felt Laptop Case ($58, Artsy Modern): Unless your Frequent Traveler friend is a giant DORK, she completely ditched the bulky company-issued computer bag she received on her first day on the job. But just throwing her Macbook into her purse and hoping for the best isn’t the ideal alternative, really. That is, unless she wants to completely redo that presentation that took months to create because she accidentally dropped it while taking it out of her bag at security. (She doesn’t want to do that.) This laptop case is made of handsome felt and leather, protecting her laptop and making her look like a stylish baller as she pulls out her laptop in a meeting.
6. Taxi/Tips Wallet ($32, Bespoke Custom Gifts): When you’re traveling for business all of the time, the mere thought of having to do your expenses will send you into convulsions. There are SO MANY receipts. The Frequent Traveler always promises herself that this time, she’ll be organized about it. But, inevitably, the cab receipt gets shoved into her coat pocket and the business dinner’s receipt finds its way to the bottom of her purse and magically crumples itself up. Allow yourself to introduce her to a new system: shoving all of her receipts into their own wallet, namely one emblazoned with the words “Taxi/Tips.” It’ll function like a portable filing system and she’ll never have to stress out about finding that receipt for the $500 client dinner again.
7. Wanderlust Travel Set ($175, Sjal Skincare): Traveling can take a lot out of you. Being in transit all of the time makes you exhausted and that stale airplane air does NOTHING for a lady’s skin. Unfortunately, for the Frequent Traveler, most travel-sized products aren’t necessarily luxurious (Head & Shoulders, Suave, and so on). Enter the appropriately-named Wanderlust Travel Set that presents a travel-ready (TSA-sized) collection of Sjal Skincare’s 6 anti-aging essentials (such deep pore cleanser, exfoliating mask, and eye contour crème), and more) in a fancy cosmetic bag.
Amanda Waas is the creator of You’re Welcome, a gift guide site for all of life’s awkward occasions. Her annual 12 Days of Gift Guides is in full-swing—visit You’re Welcome for countless holiday gift ideas. Follow Amanda on Twitter, Pinterest, and Facebook