This season, why not spread a little wanderlust in addition to holiday cheer?
Whether you’re shopping for veteran road warriors, armchair explorers, or first-time study-abroad students, travel gifts should have a prime place under the tree. More than just a coveted (or practical) object, a travel gift is a pathway towards an experience; a signifier of both the care put into the gift’s selection and of the adventure that lies ahead.
In fact, just the suggestion of a travel-related use can add a note of excitement to even the most mundane of gifts. (Consider: the difference between receiving a pair of socks for the holidays versus receiving a pair of waterproof, temperature-regulating, extra-cushioned trekking socks. Same basic idea, utterly different gift.)
But which of the latest and greatest airport fashions, vacation reads, and in-flight essentials should you get for the travellers in your life? The staff of Travel + Leisure has you covered.
Our collective wish list this year ranges from the best new travel technologies to TSA-approved beauty products to camping gear, with everything in between.
Take assistant managing editor Valbona Twerdahl, for example. She has her eye on a lightweight cashmere scarf from Burberry that would be perfect for the slopes or a red-eye to London.
Copy and research editor CB Owens, on the other hand, would love a copy of Assouline’s American Cities box edition, complete with rare or previously unpublished historic maps of metropolises from New York to San Francisco.
And digital travel editor Corina Quinn? She wants to upgrade her carry-on to a new four-wheeled bag from Tumi.
So whether you’re shopping for family and friends, or making up a wish list of your own, read on for the gifts Travel + Leisure editors hope to unwrap this year. And for those loved ones dutifully clicking through this slideshow, hint, hint.