Looking for a travel-related gift? Here are some great ideas.

If you are looking for a gift for someone who loves to travel, and would like some inspiration, check out the suggestions below.  There are ideas suitable for all pockets!

For people who love being outdoors, check out Gifts for Lovers of the Outdoors.

(Please note that the links below are affiliate links, which means that if you make a purchase after clicking on one of these links I will receive a small commission.  This is how I fund Self Arranged Journeys, and if you do decide to purchase one of these great gifts your support will be very much appreciated.)

Scratch Map

Here’s a great idea.  These elegant maps have a gold layer which you scratch off to reveal the countries you have visited.  Great for an instant visual reminder of where you have been – and where you still have to go.

World Scratch Map® - Deluxe Edition

A range of Scratch Maps are available including world maps, European maps, a few cities and even a globe.  See Stanfords for their full range – prices range from £9.99 up to around £25.00, and worldwide delivery is available.


I have a beautiful globe which was bought for me as a gift, and I love it.  You can see where everything is in the world in relation to everything else, in a way that you just can’t with a flat map.

Stanfords have a huge range of globes to choose from in many sizes (for UK delivery only).  The range includes desktop globes, floor-standing globes, illuminated globes, inflatable globes, foam globes suitable for children, novelty globes…….

Prices range from £3.99 to over £250.00.

For an even wider range available from Amazon see Amazon Globes.

Travel Journal

You can’t really go wrong with one of these – a gift that looks good and is also functional.

Blue journalBoxed journalGreen journal

The journals shown are all from Amazon, and are all under £15.00.  Just click on the image to visit the appropriate page.  There are many more to choose from – see Travel Journals.

(Note for readers in the US or Canada – if you click on the above images or links you should be taken to the relevant Amazon store.  If this does not happen I would be really grateful if you could let me know – thanks!)

Point It Traveller’s Language Kit

If, like me, you are not great at picking up languages, this is a really useful aid.

The little book has over 1300 pictures of things you are likely to want to ask for.  You just point at the one you want, and thus make sure you are understood.  It is also great for asking how to say things, so you will know next time!

Available from Amazon for £5.99.

Portable Device Charger

We rely so much on our phones and tablets these days, that it can be a real hassle if they run out of charge.  A portable charger can be kept in a handbag or rucksack as a backup in case you need to take loads of photos or spend a lot of time online.

The above three chargers are all available from Amazon, with prices ranging from £8.99 to £28.99, with free UK delivery on orders over £20.00. Click on the images for further details, or go to Portable Power Banks for many more examples.


Stanfords have a range of unusual compasses – ideal for the discerning traveller. Prices range from £18.99 to £49.99.

Small Compass (Brass)

Click on the images for further details (please note that delivery can take around 3 weeks for some of these items).

Packing Cubes

These are great for multi-base journeys – you can partition your luggage items ready for each base.

The set shown here is from Amazon.  They are sold in packs of four, and there are various size combinations and colours available – click on the image for further details. Prices vary depending on the size, but are all below £20.00.  For more options, see Packing Cubes.



Personal Travel Photo Gift

If you have access to suitable digital photos, why not have a personalized gift made by Huggler, using your own travel photos.

Large A3 Wall Calendar

You can select from notebooks, photobooks, diaries, calendars, prints and cards.  You select your gift, and the photos you want to include (the number required depends on the type of gift).  Then just upload the photos to Huggler’s site and design your gift online.   Calendars and diaries can start on any month, and there is a wide range of designs to choose from.

Huggler quickly produce your gift for you and send it by post.


Prices range from around £5.00 plus postage (items can be delivered worldwide).

I recently ordered a calendar from Huggler as a gift for Matt using photos from our holidays.  I really enjoyed designing the calendar, and when it arrived the quality was far better than I expected.  It had an opaque front cover which added rigidity, and was much better than many of the calendars you see in the shops – I was really pleased.

I can wholeheartedly recommend it!

Luggage Scales

Perfect for checking that luggage doesn’t exceed the weight allowance.

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The above examples are all from Amazon – click on the images for more information. There are many more to choose from – see Luggage Scales.  Prices range from just over £4.00 to over £150.00!


Of course, inspirational travel books are always popular.  Here are some suggestions – just click on the images for more details.




If you want a gift for someone who likes getting out and about in the UK, membership of the National Trust or the Royal Horticultural Society would be a great choice.  Especially if the recipient of your gift happens to live near one or more properties owned by the societies.

Both societies have fantastic properties to visit with great walks in beautiful gardens and grounds.  The National Trust also do a huge amount of conservation work in some of the UK’s best countryside, so buying membership will help to support this work.

Click on the links above to learn more about membership.

For more gift ideas both societies have excellent online shops with a wide choice of unusual gift ideas – see National Trust shop and RHS shop.

Kindle Fire

The Kindle Fire range is just such good value.  With built-in Wi-Fi it acts as an e-reader and a tablet combined.  So if you finish your novel before you finish your holiday you can easily download any book from the vast Kindle catalogue.

You can also download movies, music and games.  And of course you have full Internet access for when you need to check timetables, check out local restaurants, or do anything that needs a larger screen than your phone.

Kindle Fire tablets comes with a choice of 7″, 8″ or 10″ screen, and storage capacity ranging from 8 GB to 64 GB.  There is a range of colours to choose from.

I would also highly recommend the custom-made case.  It fits so well, it’s tough and protective, it acts as a stand, and the combined tablet and case are really thin and light-weight – perfect for travel.

I wouldn’t leave home without one.

If you are still in need of inspiration please check out our selection of gifts for lovers of nature and the outdoors!
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