Finding good gifts for travelers who are currently on the road can be a tough task.
First off, how do you know where to ship it? (or if it will show up in time…or at all?)
Second, even if you do have a reliable address, shipping worldwide is STUPIDLY EXPENSIVE. Chances are you’ll pay more for shipping than the gift itself (I was once quoted $35 to ship a piece of paper from Colombia to the US).
Lastly, will they even use it? Because if they’re living out of a backpack or suitcase, space is limited. If it’s not essential, it probably won’t make the cut.
Buying a good gift for a traveler on the move is ain’t easy. (Trust me. I haven’t received a “real” gift in 5 years…)
But it’s not anything a bit of creativity can’t fix!
Here are some winning travel gift ideas to get you started.
Want even MORE gift ideas for the travel lover in your life? This list of overall best travel gifts will help.
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#1.) Travel Insurance
WARNING: Don’t let your loved one travel without travel insurance. I repeat. They need travel insurance.
When exploring the world, you never know what’s going to happen.
If you can’t convince them to buy it themselves, there’s no better gift for travelers than the gift of health and safety. Signing them up is super easy and takes about 3 minutes. Just enter their details in the box above, get an instant price, and checkout.
UPDATE: I recently switched from World Nomads to Safetywing travel insurance, which is much cheaper. I’m super impressed with their service covering my $15,000+ motorcycle accident in Thailand (see my full Safetywing review). For a full comparison on all the top travel insurance companies, check out my guide on travel insurance for digital nomads and long-term travelers.
#2.) Neveo Monthly Family Journal
This is a cool gift for travelers that solves an important problem many travelers have (myself included)—keeping grandparents updated with their beloved grandchildren’s adventures.
My grandparents are computer illiterate. And no matter how many times I ask the rest of my family to share my travel pictures with grandma, nobody ever keeps her in the loop.
With Neveo, all your traveler has to do is mark their favorite trip photos with a few clicks. Then each month, Neveo takes those photos, formats them, prints them in a beautiful journal, and mails them directly to grandma. So cool!
#3.) Audible Audiobook Subscription
When we think of travel, we tend to imagine constant nonstop adventure. But in reality, it involves A LOT of boring downtime moving from place to place.
Depending on your travel style and destinations, this could mean 5, 10…even 20 hour bus rides every few days.
That’s why it’s important for travelers to have multiple forms of entertainment.
An Audible Audiobook subscription allows them to download new audio books each month that’ll help them survive those long travel days.
Best of all, it’s all digital. So unlike a physical gift—which would be a nightmare to ship abroad—this subscription is a gift they can receive anywhere in the world.
#4.) Netflix / Spotify Premium Subscription
Help your traveler take their entertainment on the road with either a Netflix or Spotify Premium subscription (or both!).
Traveling can be exhausting. And sometimes, there’s nothing better to recoup from a string of busy days than a nice Netflix n chill night.
These subscriptions will also keep them content on long plane or bus rides.
#5.) Headspace / Calm Meditation App Subscription
I can honestly say that these two meditation apps have changed my life.
This is a good gift for travelers who want to learn how to slow down, live in the moment, deepen experiences with people and places, and simply enjoy life more (who doesn’t want that?).
I can’t recommend Headspace and Calm enough. (You may have to sign them up for a free trial, and then upgrade it)
#6.) Online Yoga Class Subscription
Yoga is a health-conscious traveler’s best friend. It keeps their body flexible, their mind fresh, and best of all, doesn’t require any equipment.
The problem is, most people don’t know enough about yoga to create their own routines. It’s much easier to follow a class.
By gifting a subscription to an online yoga program like Yoga International, they’ll get instant access to hundreds of yoga and meditation classes taught by professionals.
Classes can even be downloaded onto their phone or laptop for offline use.
#7.) Trusted Housesitters Membership
This is the perfect gift for long-term travelers on a budget.
Trusted Housesitters is a paid membership platform where homeowners who need someone to “watch over” their empty house (and pets) connect with travelers who want a free place to stay.
By buying your traveler a membership, they’ll have access to tons of housesitting opportunities worldwide.
#8.) italki Online Language Lessons
Is your traveler interested in learning the local language of the country they’re in? Why not buy them some online language lessons.
There are many online programs out there. One of the most popular is italki, which has a database of 10,000 private online language teachers your traveler can choose from.
#9.) Gift from Local Online Store
If you know your traveler will be staying at a certain address for several days, you can buy them a gift from a local online store and ship it directly to them.
In the US, Amazon is the big online retailer. But many countries have their own “version of Amazon”.
You might have to do some digging on Google or in travel forums to find out what that country’s popular online shopping portal is called…but it’s a great way to ship a physical gift directly to them (without breaking the bank).
#10.) Flowers / Pizza / Ice Cream / Cake Delivery
Again, it might require some investigative work, but if you know where they’re staying, you can find a way to have flowers, pizza, cake, ice cream, etc. delivered to them.
These gifts might be boring under normal circumstances. But when you’re in a completely different country and a cake randomly arrives at your doorstep on your birthday…now that is a memorable surprise!
Gifts for Travelers On The Road Recap
As you can see, most of the best gifts for travelers who are currently traveling are digital gifts.
But just remember – no matter what you choose, it’s the thought that counts!
Most of us world travelers don’t expect much when it comes to birthday and Christmas gifts. We know we’re not making it easy on you!
That’s why, to us, ANY gift is a good gift. We recognize you put in extra effort to make it happen, and it means a lot! ❤️
Need even more gift ideas? We’ve got ya covered. Choose the type of traveler you’re shopping for below:
Or check out this video where we share our top 10 travel gifts (things we never leave home without):
Mitch is your typical nomadic backpacker. Or at least, he was. But after stopping in Colombia to take “one week” of salsa lessons, his life took a sharp left turn. He met a cute Colombian girl in dance class, fell in love, and got married. Over half a decade has passed since he left his career to travel the world as a digital nomad, and he’s never looked back.
Nowadays, he’s the blogger behind Project Untethered—where he runs an awesome email newsletter and Youtube channel teaching adventure-craved wanderlusters how to escape the rat race, earn money from anywhere, and build an “untethered life”.
Mitch's Travel Recommendations:
Safetywing Insurance - This cheap travel insurance has saved me over $15,000 in medical bills.
Booking.com - Book accommodation without adding your credit card (in case you need to cancel).
Skyscanner - Find cheap flights.
Trusted House Sitters - Take care of pets in exchange for free (sometimes luxury) accommodation.
Flexjobs - Find remote jobs without having to sift through crappy ones.
Skillshare - Free trial to take unlimited classes that teach digital nomad skills.
Anytime Mailbox - Virtual mail service that can handle your mail while you’re away.
Wise - Send and receive money abroad cheaply (great for freelancers).