The 24 Best Gifts for Travelers 2013

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UPDATE:  If you want to see even more gift ideas, check out our brand new list for 2014.  Of course, all the ones on this 2013 list are still highly recommended as well!

We’re only a couple weeks away from Christmas and you’re still clueless about what to get your favorite traveler.

Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered.

From close to $400 to less than $1, we’ve picked out travel gifts that fit in any budget.

And with gifts ranging from backpacks to fuzzy socks, from noise canceling headphones to scratch maps, there’s something here for everyone.

We even brought in a fashion expert for a section solely devoted to women travelers!

So start shopping, and happy holidays!

A Travel Backpack

This is the most important piece of travel gear you’ll own, and so it pays to spend some money and find yourself a good one.

Personally, I always recommend traveling with just carry-on for a few reasons.

  • With almost every airline charging for checked bags, it saves you money.
  • It saves you a ton of time.  Once the plane lands, you walk off and you’re done.  No waiting in line.
  • It saves you a lot of hassle while you’re actually traveling.  Simply throw your pack on your back and go.

I’ve got two recommendations, depending on what you want.

1.  Osprey Farpoint 70L Travel Pack


This is the pack I’ve been traveling with for the last 2 years.

It’s lightweight, roomy, durable and comes with an super handy 15 liter day pack (that can zip on to the main pack).

Also, the backpack straps can be stowed away and hidden so they don’t get caught.

While it’s “technically” too tall for carry-on dimensions, I’ve had it on over 30 flights (including with strict airlines like Air Asia and RyanAir) and never once had a problem.

On Amazon for as low as $159

2. Tortuga Backpack


If you want a great, durable pack that you don’t have to sneak by the gate agents, the Tortuga is the pack for you.

I recently got my first Tortuga, which is produced by EPoP’er Fred Perrotta, and can attest to it’s roominess.

In fact, the Tortuga is the largest legal carry-on pack you can buy.

It’s unique design allows you to maximize the space available while still being carry-on dimensions, and it comes with tons of different pockets and compartments, perfect for keeping your stuff organized while on the road.

It’s also got a heavily padded shoulder straps and hip belt, which makes it more comfortable than most other backpacks on the market.

Bonus: EPoP readers get a special $20 off.  Just listen to my podcast with Tortuga founder Fred Perotta for the discount code!

Buy at Tortuga Backpacks for $179 (if you use the discount code in the podcast)

Noise Canceling Headphones

For anyone who flies frequently, this is a must.

Drown out the crying baby or snoring passenger next to you and fly in peace.

3.  Parrot Zik Wireless Noise Canceling Headphones

Parrot Zik, the gold standard of noise canceling headphones.

Parrot Zik, the gold standard of noise canceling headphones.

The gold standard, both in price and quality.

Not only are they amazing at noise canceling, but they are also wireless and you can sync them up to your music player through bluetooth.

Want to change the settings on your music?  Simply touch the headphones.

And if the battery does die, you can plug them in with a standard headphone cord.

If you want the best, grab a pair of these bad boys.

On Amazon for $384.

4.  Monoprice Noise Canceling Headphones


If you want a cheaper pair that doesn’t have all the bells and whistles but are still noise-canceling, I’ve heard good things about Monoprice’s headphones.

On Monoprice’s website for $113.


Every traveler worth their salt knows that certain gadgets can make their life much easier on the road.

Grab these gadgets and know that you’re prepared no matter where you’re headed.

5.  Macbook Air 13 inch

Work from anywhere with you Macbook Air, the world's best travel laptop.

Work from anywhere with you Macbook Air, the world’s best travel laptop.

Really want to spoil your favorite traveler?  Get him the best travel laptop available.

Does everyone NEED a computer for traveling? Probably not, but if you do, there is nothing that comes close to the slim, light, and yet powerful Macbook Air.

As someone who used to carry around a 15″ Macbook Pro, my back thanks me now!

On Amazon for $1,049

6.  Tripshell World Travel Adapter


Don’t show up in a country unable to charge your electronics.  Grab this baby and be safe in over 150 countries.

Bonus: It’s got two USB ports to charge phones.

On Amazon for $24.99

7.  Monster Outlets to Go Power Strip


Provides four outlets and also folds up flat, which minimizes the space it takes up.

Combine this with the Tripshell World Adapter and you’ll always have 4 plugs available!

On Amazon for $9.49

8.  EatSmart Digital Luggage Scale


Find out exactly how heavy your luggage is BEFORE getting to the airport.

No nasty surprises, no insane baggage fees.

I got this last year for Christmas, and it’s been a live saver on multiple trips since.

On Amazon for $19.95

9.  XtraFlex2 LED Book Light


Perfect for when you can’t sleep and want to stay up all night reading your guidebook, planning your next day’s excursion (and those around you aren’t quite as excited)!

On Amazon for $13.78


No one wants to be sick or overly tired when traveling.

Make sure you’re always in tip top shape with some of these gifts.

10.  SleepMaster Eye Mask


Blinds not cutting out the early morning sun? Don these puppies and sleep for days!

On Amazon for $23.95

11.  PackTowl UltraLite quick drying towel

The Packtowl Ultralite dries quickly and takes up almost no space.

The Packtowl Ultralite dries quickly and takes up almost no space.

When I get home, this is the one item that never gets unpacked, and therefore, I never forget it.

It’s soft, takes up almost no space and dries in a flash.  I’d recommend the XL size.  Absolutely essential.

On Amazon for $20 (for XL size)

12.  CamelBak All Clear Purifying Water Bottle


Always confused by whether the water in another country is safe to drink?

Take the guess work out of it and save yourself some serious stomach issues by grabbing this handy tool.

Fill up from a spigot or stream, it doesn’t matter.  In 60 seconds, you’ll have a water bottle full of purified water.

I’m certainly hoping to find this in my stocking this year!

On Amazon for $77

Books/Movies/Miscellaneous Must Have

What’s the best thing to do when you’re not traveling?

Watching and reading about other people’s experiences!

If you’re stuck without a trip in the near future, get lost in someone else’s adventures with these books and movies.

13. Long Way Round DVD set


The epic story of Ewan McGregor (yes, that Ewan McGregor) and his pal Charley Boorman as they attempt to ride around the world on motorcycles.

I’ve seen each episode at least 3 times, and yet, I still finding myself pining to watch it again.

Be warned:  After watching, you’ll want to undertake your own similarly absurd adventure!

On Amazon for $12

14. Long Way Down DVD Set


If one epic quest isn’t enough for you (and it wasn’t for me), how about a second?

Ewan and Charley are back, this time riding from the very top of Scotland to the very bottom of Africa.

Again, on motorcycles.

And again, with some amazing stories to share while doing it.

On Amazon for $16

15. The Majic Bus


To this day, my absolute favorite travel book of all time.

What can get better than a professor cramming a group of students in to a sleeper bus for a 6 week traveling summer course, visiting 30 states and 10 national parks, all while reading some of the greatest writers of the modern generation?

Since the course is no longer offered, take the next best thing and read the book!

On Amazon for less than $1

16. Luckies of London Scratch Map

luckies-scratch-mapWhat better way to reminisce about where you’ve been (or show off to others) than a scratch map?

Every time you go somewhere new, come home and scratch off that area, revealing the map behind it.

All the fun of buying lottery tickets, just less expensive and better for travelers!

I’ve got one of these hanging in my office, and it’s one of the coolest gift ideas I’ve ever seen.

And there are multiple types, ranging from the US to country specific maps.

On Amazon for $20

For Men

These two items have made my travel life infinitely better and saved me tons of room in my pack.

17. Merrell Trail Glove Barefoot Running Shoe


Some sort of sneaker is essential on almost all trips, but they always take up so much room.

That is, until I stumbled upon Merrell Barefoot running shoes.

No, I don’t use them for running at all, but they are perfect travel shoe.

They’re super comfortable, weigh next to nothing, and take up less than 1/3 the space of a regular sneakers.

They’re also semi-waterproof, making them perfect for outdoor activities like kayaking, trekking, or canyoning.

Now, they’re the only sneaker I ever travel with.

On Amazon for as low as $59

18. Adidas Climalite Boxer Briefs


Traveling to a hot location? Cotton underwear just isn’t going to cut it!

These will keep you dry all day and can be washed easily in the sink if need be.

On Amazon for $16 (2 pack)

 For Women

For the more discerning gender, personal favorites brought to you by world traveler Heather Sherry, the mastermind behind the popular fashion blog Sartorial Stripes.

19. DKNY Cozy Wrap



This is by far the most versatile sweater out there, and is perfect for travel because it is comfortable, lightweight, and warm.

It can literally be worn twelve different ways, and even comes with a book demonstrating the different looks.

On for $195 or $60 if you can find it at the DKNY outlet

20. J. Crew Pixie Pants

J Crew Pixie Pants

If you want a legging that will be comfortable on the lane but can also be worn out to dinner with boots or heels than these J. Crew pixie pants are the perfect choice.

I can personally attest to the versatility of these pants.

You get the best of both worlds; the feel of a leggings but the look of pants!

At J. Crew for $98

21. Target Cotton Leggings

target cotton leggings

Not ready to splurge on the J. Crew pixie pants?  Then turn to Target for the best traditional cotton leggings.

Nothing beats cheap and comfortable.

At Target for $6

22. Foot Traffic Microfiber Socks


Whether I was traveling in winter or summer, my feet were always cold on the airplane.

I’ve learned my lesson, and now always travel with a pair of extra warm socks in my tote bag.

On Amazon for $7

23. Kate Spade Tote Bag


Having a functional tote bag is integral to packing light.

With my husband’s encouragement, I have become a savvy traveler, which is why a good tote bag is essential.

It is considered my personal item but I always stuff it with extra things I can’t fit in my carry-on.

This Kate Spade tote is on my wishlist because it’s classic and practical.

On Amazon for $215

24. Handbag Republic Tote Bag


If you’re trying to save some pennies or you’ve got a husband who isn’t sold on the need for a Kate Spade tote, check out this faux leather version.

At TJ Maxx for $29

What travel gifts are you giving this Christmas?  And which ones do you want to get?
Tell us your favorites in the comments below!


EPoP 022: The Secrets to Packing in Just a Carry-on with Fred Perrotta


How many times have you thought

“Man, I could make something better than this?”


“I can’t believe that this doesn’t exist?”

Probably a lot, huh?

Well, back in 2009, while on a backpacking trip through Eastern Europe, Fred Perrotta had the same thoughts.

But instead of shoving them out of his mind, thankfully for us, he did something about them.

Because now the age-old travel problem that plagues many of us when we travel, the daunted “what should I pack in?” question has an obvious answer.

Introducing the Tortuga Backpack, one of the world’s best carry-on luggage options.

As someone who only ever travels with a carry-on, I am a huge fan of Fred’s and the things he is doing at Tortuga.

Today, we sat down to reveal all our best tips for traveling in just a carry-on, even for trips that stretch weeks or months.

And ladies, if you think this doesn’t apply to you, think again!

My wife, a fashion blogger, and expert has been traveling in just a carry-on for the last year!

Fred also pulls back the curtain on his entrepreneurial journey, discussing the mistakes he made, the successes he’s had, and giving invaluable advice for anyone wishing to create a physical product.

After listening to this podcast, you’ll never travel the same way again.

And you may just be inspired to finally turn that idea of yours into a reality.

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In This Episode:

  • The 3 major advantages of not checking a bag.
  • The one thing everyone overpacks…and how to deal with it.
  • The 3 things to look for when buying a backpack.
  • How to start a company on a limited budget.
  • Where to find “free money” for businesses and startups.
  • The biggest key to getting media and press mentions even if your business is super small.
  • The 5 sentences or less rule.
  • Why you should be embarrassed by your first product.

And much more!

Links Discussed in This Episode:

EPoP 021: Chris Guillebeau on Going Big, Guinea-Bissau, and the $10 Rule

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Since starting this podcast, I’ve dreamed of having on Chris Guillebeau, New York Times bestselling author, entrepreneur, and one of the few people who has traveled to every country in the world.

And today, it’s a reality!

If you’re interested in creating a lifestyle that is full of passion and purpose, Chris is the man to talk to.

10 years ago, he admittedly wasn’t sure what direction his life should take.  Since then, he’s…

Built an incredible online community…

Traveled to every country in the world…

Written a New York Times Bestseller…

…and hosted a conference for 3,000 of the world’s most motivated and inspired world changers (which I’ve attended and written about here).

The Dos Equis “most interesting man in the world” has nothing on Chris!

He’ll touch on how he’s been able to do all that as well as geek out on travel planning in this amazing, informative, and inspiring interview.

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In This Episode:

  • The importance of “going big”, and how to do it.
  • Guinea Bissau, and why it holds a special place in Chris’s heart.
  • How the hardest part of completing a big goal might be moving on afterward.
  • Turning a “no, you can’t do a book tour” into a 50 state, 10 province bonanza.
  • Growing an audience without a magical blog fairy.
  • What it feels like to walk around with $100,000 in cash.
  • Why a Brief Guide to World Domination was more important than a masters’ thesis.
  • The $10 Rule and how it makes your travel infinitely better.

And much more!

Links Discussed in This Episode:

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EPoP 020: The World’s Most Incredible Roadtrip with the Democratic Travelers


Ever wondered what it would feel like to just pick up and go?

To be able to drive your home wherever you please?

To find all the nooks, crannies, and hidden gems this great country has to offer?

The Democratic Travelers wondered the same things…and then they went out and did it!

In February 2013 John Ellis and Laura Preston embarked on a road trip around the US in a 1996 Ford F350 and a 1986 Airstream that may or may not be safe enough to drive the 4,000+ miles.

Think that’s a little crazy?

That’s just the beginning!

Instead of choosing where they are going next, they are letting you, total strangers, decide!

On their site, anyone can submit a place that John and Laura should stop.

From the Million Dollar Cowboy Bar in Jackson, Wyoming to the Kool-Aid Festival in Hastings, Nebraska to the Ringing Rocks Boulder Field in Pottstown, Pennsylvania, nothing is off-limits.

Does your town have the world’s best bbq?

Or a crazy old museum that no one knows about?

Pin it on the map and write why they should visit.

Then others vote on where they want the Democratic Travelers to head.

Once a place gets enough votes, The Democratic Travelers go there…and write about their experiences, allowing people from all over the world to live vicariously through their travels.

For their ingenuity and adventurous spirit, John and Laura were named one of 2013’s National Geographic Travelers of the Year (Benny Lewis from episode #9 was also honored).

In this week’s awesome interview, they explain how this crazy idea came about, tell their most memorable stories from 9 months on the road, and discuss why anyone can, and should, travel.

I had an amazing time interviewing them, and I know you’ll have just as much fun listening!

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In This Episode:

  • How lots of talk turns in to lots of action.
  • The most honest answer to why people don’t travel.
  • What to do when you’re down to your last $7.50
  • Why a junk store and a taxidermy shop are what makes America America.
  • Why the goodness of strangers is one of the best parts of traveling.
  • Why flexibility is more important than stability.
  • The difference between travel friends and regular friends.

And much more!

Links Discussed in This Episode:

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Ranking The Best and Worst Frequent Flyer Miles

2. ranking the best and worst ff miles

When many people first start earning frequent flyer miles, they make the mistake of focusing on the NUMBER of miles they are earning instead of the type of miles they are earning.

But here’s the problem:

Not all frequent flyer miles are created equal.

Not by a long shot!

Some are great all around.

Some are good in some instances but bad in others.

Some are super flexible but don’t offer the same value per point.

And some, well, they just generally suck (but are still better than nothing)!

If you’re unsure what types of miles you should be earning, here’s your primer.

Each type will have the pros and cons listed and then be given a score of 0-10 so you can judge them relative to each other.

1.  Chase Ultimate Rewards Points



  • Transferable to multiple airline partners, including United and Southwest.
  • Transferable to multiple hotel partners, with the best value being Hyatt.
  • Easy to earn since there are many good sign up bonuses
    • Chase Ink Bold [This card is no longer available from Chase]
    • Chase Ink Plus
    • Chase Sapphire Preferred
    • Chase Freedom
  • Possibility of “paying with points” for flights with no award availability.
  • Ability to use for car rentals, hotels, or flights.
  • Instant transfers to partners.


  • None


Score: 10 out of 10.

These are far and away my favorite points to accumulate since they are flexible, easy to earn a bunch of, and transfer instantly.

Your best value usually comes by transferring to United because United miles are great (keep reading for the United breakdown below) and then using for international travel.

Almost all my daily spending is done on a Chase Sapphire Preferred or Chase Ink Bold so that I can earn more Chase points.

2.  Starwood Preferred Guest Points



  • Transfers to TONS of airlines, with the best in most cases being American Airlines and USAirways.
  • Every time you transfer 20k SPG points, you’ll receive 25k miles, a 25% bonus.
  • SPG points can be used at Starwood hotels with their Cash+Points option, allowing you to stretch your points.


  • SPG points have fewer options than Chase points for a big welcome offer/bonus.
    • SPG personal card
    • SPG business card
  • SPG’s best transfer partners, AA and USAirways, are a little more restrictive than United.
  • Transfers are not instantaneous and can take up to a week (better plan ahead)!


Score: 8.5 out of 10

The two keys to SPG are they that they transfer to AA, a great airline program to have miles in, and that they offer a 25% bonus.

60k SPG automatically becomes 75k airline miles, which is an amazing perk!

The major downside is that it is harder to get a large amount of miles through the welcome offer/bonus and that they don’t transfer instantly.

SPG points are a great way to diversify your mileage portfolio, and the SPG cards make good everyday spend cards, especially if you are looking for AA miles.

3.  United Miles

United mileage plus


  • United miles never charge a fuel surcharge on their flights.
  • United allows one-way tickets.
  • They allow stopovers and open-jaws (meaning you can get 2 or 3 vacations for the price of 1)!
  • Chase points transfer to United, meaning it’s easy to earn a bunch of United miles quickly.
  • United is a member of the largest airline alliance and oftentimes has the best award availability.
  • It’s easy to book all partner airline awards online at United’s website.


  • Unlike Chase and SPG points, United miles can’t be transferred and must be used solely on United.


Score: 8.5 out of 10.

As far as airline frequent flyer miles go, United is the gold standard.

The big keys are that you can earn them quickly, they allow international stopovers and open jaws and they never have a fuel surcharge.

United miles are BY FAR the most hassle free airline miles you can earn.

I earn Chase points as much as I can, and almost always end up transferring them to United.

Then, I’ll put together a crazy itinerary with stopovers and open jaws and get amazing value out of them!

4.  American Airlines Miles





Score: 7.5 out of 10

The major advantage AA has over United is their off-peak award chart, which I urge everyone to take advantage of.

The value is unheard of!

The major drawback is that AA miles have a fuel surcharge on them when you fly on British Airways, which makes it very difficult to use them to fly to Europe.

And for most people, Europe is high on their list!

Still, AA miles are a great complement to United miles.

Having both means that if you can’t find space with one airline, you still have a shot with the other.

5.  USAirways




  • DOES NOT allow one-way tickets
  • A little more difficult to earn large amounts of USAirways miles
    • Barclays USAirways card
    • SPG Amex personal
    • SPG Amex business
  • USAirways online system does not allow you to book partner flights, so you’ll have to call in each time.


Score: 6.5 out of 10

USAirways is like a little brother to United.

It has some of the great features, like never charging a fuel surcharge and allowing stopovers and open jaws, but also has one major drawback:

Not allowing one way tickets. 

This cuts down dramatically on your flexibility, not just in how you have to travel but in the amount of points you need to have.

With USAirways, if you want to travel to Europe, you NEED to have 60k miles because you have to fly roundtrip.

Whereas with AA and United, if you only have 30k in each program, you could mix and match.

Fly over with United, fly back with AA or vice versa.

And since earning USAirways miles isn’t as easy as earning United miles or AA miles, you can oftentimes get stuck with an amount that is hard to do anything with.

This can especially be the case with people looking for more than 1 or 2 tickets, since you’ll need a boatload of USAirways miles to get a family of four roundtrip.

Still, USAirways offers great perks, and I urge everyone to take advantage of their stopovers and open jaw rules.

6.  Southwest

southwest rapid rewards


  • Every seat can be an award seat, so as long as their is a seat on the plane, you can book with your SW points.
  • No fuel surcharges or taxes when using points.
  • The ability to earn the SW Companion Pass if you get 110k points in a year.
  • SW points are easy to earn through sign up bonuses
    • Chase Southwest personal card
    • Chase Southwest business card
  • Chase points transfer to Southwest
  • No checked baggage fees
  • One-ways are allowed.


  • Southwest and AirTran only fly domestically in the US and to a few spots in the Caribbean and Mexico.
  • No separate first class or business class cabins.
  • No stopovers.


Score: 6.5 out of 10

Southwest is the most difficult to rank because it is totally dependent on your travel habits.

If you only fly domestically, then Southwest may be at the very top of the list.

But for people who need to fly internationally or only fly business or first class, Southwest points are meaningless.

Their program as a whole has many more pros than cons, with the ability to earn the Companion Pass and the anytime award seats being the major benefits.

If you are someone who flies domestically, even if it’s only occasionally, getting Southwest points is a must.

7.  American Express points

american express logo




Score: 5 out of 10.

Amex points used to be the king of the castle, but my, how the mighty have fallen.

While the quantity of transfer partners, the quickness of the transfer, and the bonuses they offer are all great, the major issue is the quality of transfer partners.

It’s just not that good.

There are 6 transfer partners that make sense, but all are very situation specific and have major holes.

And this makes Amex points much harder to use than Chase points or SPG points, and therefore, much less valuable.

My recommendation would be to earn Amex points when there is a good offer out there, and then when you see a lucrative transfer bonus, jump on it!

8.  British Airways Avios Points

BA Plane Logo


  • Very good in a few specific instances, like these 5 trips, when you don’t have to pay fuel surcharge.
  • No close in booking fee.
  • Easy to earn large amounts since all 3 points (Chase, Amex, SPG) transfer to British Airways.
  • Also has a decent sign up bonus for their own credit card.
    • Chase British Airways credit card
  • Great for short hop flights since they charge per distance flown.


  • Most award flights incur a HUGE fuel surcharge.
  • BA’s website is very difficult to book with.
  • Very bad to use to fly to Europe (ironically), due to huge fuel surcharge.
  • Charges per distance flown, so very bad for long international itineraries.


Score: 4 out of 10

These are the trickiest to use and most situation specific miles out there.

And it’s because of this inflexibility that they are rated so low.

They can offer INCREDIBLE value if you use them to fly domestically within the US, from the East coast to the Caribbean, to South America, or from the West coast to Hawaii.

However, for any other type of international trips, they’ll charge a massive fuel surcharge and you’ll be stuck paying $400+.

Definitely learn what they are good for, use them for those types of trips, and avoid the fuel surcharges.

9. Delta miles



  • Only airline to allow stopovers on domestic award tickets.
  • Won’t charge a fuel surcharge if you originate in the United States.


  • VERY, VERY little availability.
  • Does NOT allow one-way tickets.
  • Hefty fuel surcharges if you originate outside of the US.


Score:  1 out of 10

Having miles is no good if you can never find availability, and this is Delta falls flat on it’s face.

The few good things Delta does, like allowing stopovers on domestic tickets, is overshadowed by the fact that it is EXTREMELY difficult to find availability with Delta.

It’s so difficult, that I personally have never earned 1 single Delta mile.

In fact, they are often referred to as “SkyPesos” because of how little value they have.

And if you’re someone who has been collecting Delta miles, I urge you to flee!

Start earning miles that are much more valuable, like United or American Airlines.

Final Word(s)

Not all miles are created equal.

Don’t just pay attention to the number of miles you have, but more importantly, focus on the TYPE of miles you have.

They are all dramatically different, each with their own good points and bad points.

The sooner you figure out what miles work best for you, the better off you’ll be when it comes to using them for what we all want:


Personally, I focus most of my energy on earning Chase points, which I then convert to United miles.

Then, to a lesser extent, SPG points, which I usually transfer AA.

How would you rank the different frequent flyer miles out there?  What’s your favorite, and why?

Let’s open up a lively discussion in the comments below!

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