Kalin’s Chronicles: The Gift of Travel

Starbucks ready brewAs the holidays approach, you’re probably still rushing around trying to buy gifts for family, friends, colleagues, and clients. Well if any of your receivers are travelers, I’ve got some suggestions for great travel gifts — all under $50.

If you want to give the gift of travel visit www.cheaptickets.com and check out their “Cheap of the Week” destinations, like the Sarah Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas for only $25 per night (must travel during specific dates). And for comfort on the plane, give Brookstone’s Travel Flight Kit with a soft, inflatable pillow and eye mask for $30. Or give TravelSmith’s Nylon Pre-board Organizer for quick access to passport, boarding pass, etc. for $16.

For the book lover, give the gift of travel reads by women, such as Eat, Pray, Love or Sand in My Bra for under $15 for the book or Kindle edition. And what goes better with a good book than a comforting cup of coffee. Give the gift of Starbucks VIA Ready Brew Christmas Blend Coffee (pictured above.) Twelve packets are $10.95 and easy to drop in your purse or carryon luggage. How about a coffee mug that’s perfect for traveling? In the Present has The Time Mug with a jeweled timepiece on the front for only $17.99.

Another gift from Travel Smith is a unique hand-made, glass suitcase ornament for the Christmas tree for $39. And for the travel shutterbug, give the Joby Gorillapod Original Camera Tripod for $19.95, available at Mori Luggage. One of the best gifts I’ve given and received, is a blown-up and beautifully framed photo from my travels with family and friends. You can buy digital frames at Wolf Camera for less than $40. Wolf can also take your travel photos and turn them into books, calendars or holiday cards — www.wolfcamera.com.

What travel gifts would you like to see under your tree this year? Tell us about some of your favorite travel gifts to give or receive. And remember: “Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness” — Mark Twain.

Kalin Thomas is Women at Forty’s Travel & Leisure Editor. She is also Senior Writer/Photographer for SoulOfAmerica. Before starting her own multimedia company, Kalin spent 17 years at CNN where she won several awards for her work as producer/correspondent for CNN’s weekly travel program, CNN TravelNow. She is currently writing a book about her travels. For more information on Kalin, visit www.seetheworldproductions.com.