Best Gifts for the Budget Traveler

Dec 9, 2017

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For some people, traveling is one big endless splurge on fancy restaurants, hotels, or experiential packages. The budget traveler is different. These folks like to save their pennies. They’re a bit more practical and no-nonsense. They’re more likely to appreciate a good bargain than an indulgent escape. If this is you or someone you know, check out these ideal gifts for the budget traveler in your life.

1. Gadget: 4-in- 1 Travel Adaptor

The perfect balance of price, functionality, and primary colors, this interlocking adaptor can help you convert electronic juice and navigate over 150 countries. The gadget is so chic it’s actually sold at the Museum of Modern Art. Buy:, $25


2. Cosmetic: Flint Reusable Lint Roller

What if Apple designed lint rollers? This is what we imagine it’d look like. Become a little more polished and presentable on your next extended excursion with this portable and retractable device, which comes with 30 adhesive sheets. Buy:, $10

3. Travel Bag: iFLY Admiral Carry-On

A lightweight hard side with a TSA-accepted lock, laptop sleeve, 360-degree wheels, laundry bag and USB port for under a hundred bucks? Even the most economical traveler would give this her stamp of approval. Buy:, $99

4. Book: How to Travel the World on $50 a Day

There’s a reason Matt Kepnes’ book is now on its third edition: it’s loaded with value. Packed with interviews, actionable advice and tales of his own experiences jetting around for over a decade, this could become your new bible. Buy:, $13

5. Accessory: Uniqlo Ultra Light Down Vest

Everyone knows the secret to traveling light is a monochromatic wardrobe. The other secret? Squishable articles of clothing, like this vest from the favorite Japanese retailer, that are both extremely warm and take up zero room in your duffel. Buy:, $60

6. Comfort: Muji Non-Itchy Wool Rib Beanie

Winter’s not coming. It’s already here! This wool-and- cotton blend won’t make your head itch, which is great, because you’ve got more important things to think about, like finding the cheapest Michelin-starred restaurant in the world. Buy:, $24

7. Subscription: Globe In Artisan Box

Help support local artisans with this subscription box that delivers one hand-picked, fair trade good every month. If you’re the type that always returns from a trip regretting something you didn’t buy, these gorgeous baskets, ceramics and jewelry might fill the void. Buy:, $10/month


8. Gift Card: Headspace

Perfect for navigating airports and Uber delays, this popular meditation app might just be the cure for every major travel woe. There are special meditation packs for stress, anxiety, work and much more, making it a small investment with a big payoff. Buy:, $96

9. Random: Artifact Uprising Wood Calendar

Surprise your travel buddy by grabbing a few of their best Instagrams and turning them into a handsome handcrafted calendar. They can relive global memories — and get inspiration for new trips — with each passing month. Buy:, $30

10. Charity: 
Kiva Card

This gift starts a chain reaction of supporting international entrepreneurs. Your recipient can choose to whom they want to loan money, from a farmer in Tanzania to a grocer in India. When the loan is repaid, they can lend the funds again. Maybe the most selfless present of all. Buy:, $25+

Featured image by Dangubic / Getty Images.

Prices accurate as of publication date. Check out more TPG gift guides here and the TPG guide on the best cards to use for holiday shopping.


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