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Valentine’s day is quickly approaching and while some might be swooned by chocolate and roses, this usually isn’t the way to a traveler’s heart (unless it’s a bouquet full of plane tickets). While a trip would be the ultimate gift, I realize that’s not always realistic. So I’ve come up with 14 thoughtful gift ideas to get the travel addict in your life this Valentine’s day.
Or you know, if you’re single like me, Treat YOSELF. Might as well get something out this holiday other than discounted chocolate.
I tried to make these gifts gender-neutral so they are thoughtful and fun travel gifts for either him or her. Plus they are all available on Amazon which has fast and free shipping, so there’s still lots of time to get your significant other a super sweet travel-inspired gift this Valentine’s Day. Anyone else abusing their prime membership lately?
Valentine’s Day Travel Gifts Under $30 USD
I got this scratch-off map as a gift a couple of years ago and absolutely love it. It’s SO satisfying coming home from a trip and scratching off new places that I’ve traveled.
As you scratch the map it reveals the countries underneath in different colors, so the map becomes more colorful the more you travel. It’s the perfect gift for the traveler in your life that loves to track where they’ve been and show it off to the world!
Coffee can be so hit or miss when you’re traveling. Sometimes it’s wonderful, and sometimes it’s just god awful. Thankfully this adorable, portable coffee machine exists so you can have a good cup of quality coffee no matter where you are in the world.
The Aeropress coffee and espresso maker makes 1-3 cups of coffee per minute and comes with a zippered nylon tote bag for travel. This portable coffee maker is the perfect gift for the travel and coffee addict in your life.
These ingenious travel pillows are half the size of a u-shaped pillow but scientifically proven to hold your neck in a better position. They are also super soft and comfy. Perfect for the traveler who has to travel long distances but wants to pack light.
There is nothing worse than showing up to a new country and not being able to charge your electronics because you don’t have the right adapter. This all-in-one trusty adapter solves that problem as it covers over 150 countries.
As a bonus, the adapter comes with 4 high powered USB ports which means you can charge all your electronics at once. This feature is so convenient because I’ve been to many places where there is only one plug in the room, and sometimes you have to share that with other people.
This adapter is probably the item I use most while traveling. A perfect travel gift for the tech-savvy traveler.
Valentine’s Day Travel Gifts Between $30-100 USD
This magnetic globe is the perfect place to map out where you’ve been, or for planning a new adventure! A similar concept to the scratch-off map, this globe comes with colored pins which you can place on the countries you’ve visited. It even comes with different colors so you can color code where you want to go to next. A perfect gift for those travelers who love planning their trips out on maps!
My portable battery charger is honestly one of the most beloved items in my bag (besides my passport). It’s so hard to keep your phone and camera charged when you’re out all day exploring and taking pictures. Plus, sometimes you might be without electricity for days, like on a multi-day hike or never-ending bus ride.
This portable charger takes all the worry away by allowing you to charge your phone up to 5x off one battery charge. I can’t tell you how many times this product has saved me. A perfect gift for the traveler with many electronics.
This phone charging passport holder is the ultimate accessory to bring on your next trip. It has a thin rechargeable battery inside that’s compatible with any device PLUS three credit card slots, a passport compartment, and extra space for money and travel documents. It even has a stretch band to hold your cell phone while it’s charging.
As a bonus, it’s equipped with blocking material, which blocks RFID signals and protects your private information from unauthorized scans. The passport holder comes in multiple colors with different travel quotes on the front. OK, I just sold this to myself. Excuse me while I go by one.
The majority of countries outside of the Western world don’t have safe drinking water, which means you will probably have to buy bottled water if there’s no filtered water available. This can add up to huge expenses on a long trip, and leave a nasty ecological footprint.
Don’t worry, this Lifestaw bottle eliminates the need to buy plastic by purifying water from ANYWHERE. Yes, they work, and yes, they are safe. I have tried them myself and seen it used many times by other travelers. The LifeStraw Water Bottle is the perfect gift for the eco-friendly budget traveler.
The Clever Travel Companion is an awesome company that makes anti-theft and anti-loss products that help travelers keep their belongings safe at all times. They have many different types of clothing available, all with secret pockets inside so you don’t have to think twice about pick-pocketing.
Even if you aren’t sure what style clothing to buy, Clever Travel Companion sells gift cards. This is a great gift for the safety-cautious traveler.
Valentine’s Day Travel Gifts Over $100 USD
GoPro‘s are the ultimate adventure camera. They are small, water/dust resistant, and Lora proof (aka you can drop it as much as you want). I haven’t upgraded to the GoPro Hero 8 yet but it comes with a new stabilization system that looks so dreamy.
A GoPro is the perfect gift for the adventurous traveler in your life who loves to go underwater.
As much as I love owning a hardcopy of a good book, it’s just not practical when you travel frequently. An e-reader is a perfect gift for the travel and book lover in your life.
I love my Kindle, it’s small, portable, and stores hundreds of books. Plus with a Kindle Unlimited membership, you can read thousands of books for just $9.99/amonth. The new Kindle is even waterproof. Perfect for reading at the beach!
It may not be the sexiest gift in the world, but it’s probably the most thoughtful because you’re genuinely protecting your partner. It makes me cringe when I see people abroad without travel insurance. I know getting sick or hurt while traveling is the last thing you want to think about it, but it does happen, and it may leave you stuck in a foreign country with thousands of dollars in medical bills. Not a fun situation!
For travel insurance, I recommend World Nomads. I’ve been using them for years and have nothing but good things to say. They even have plans that cover theft of personal belongings. This helped me out so much last year when my GoPro was stolen on the 1st day of the trip. They quickly got me my money back and I was able to buy another one. Otherwise, I would have missed so much awesome underwater footage this past year.
There’s nothing worse than being stuck on a plane with a crying baby, or on an overnight bus with a loud snorer. Or sometimes you just need to drown out the noise from the hostel party if you’re not in the mood.
I took my Beats Solo on my yearlong trip and they saved me so many times when I just needed some peace and quiet, which can be hard to get when you’re traveling. Plus they are wireless with a 40+ hour battery life which is great for not having to worry about charging every night.
Having a portable speaker is great for traveling. It makes it easy to watch movies on a laptop with others or throw an impromptu party in your hotel room. The new Bose even come waterproof so you can bring it to the beach with you and spend all day relaxing on the sand with a soundtrack. This is a perfect gift for the music and travel lover in your life.
I hope this post helped you find the perfect gift for the travel addict in your life this Valentine’s Day, or helped you find some new awesome travel gear. I know while writing this post this is all that was running through my head:
If only I wasn’t saving up to travel again!