14 Christmas gift ideas for the travel loving male

When it comes to Christmas gifts, those who suffer from an incurable case of wanderlust can be famously difficult to buy for. Us travelholics are likely to want flight tickets, weekends in new places, or even just a bit of money to put towards their next adventure over anything material. And besides – if we can’t fit it in our backpack, we ain’t taking it with us.

But there are plenty of awesome travel accessories and inspiring boy-toys out there for your travel obsessed brother, friend or significant other. Here’s ten of our favourites… and links to where you can buy them in time for Crimbo at the best price.

Fjallraven Kanken backpack

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Fjallraven’s iconic Kanken backpacks have been donning the coolest Scandinavian’s backs since the seventies. They’re perfect for weekends spend exploring cities, and fit laptops, iPads and cameras in easily.  

Herschel backpack

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Need something bigger for an extended trip around the world? There’s always the trusty Herschel – for those back to the camera, amazing landscape shots they’ll be ‘gramming.  

Olloclip lens for iPhone

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Gone are the days when you needed a fancy Nikon with four different kinds of lenses to be a totally awesome travel photographer. These £60 accessories have micro and macro lenses ready to be slid onto your iPhone in a second – so you can capture and share amazing panoramas and really tall buildings, waterfalls and mountains instantly/ Buy them here.    

Planet Earth box set

  Lizard vs. Snake, lion vs. giraffe… and that sloth who decided he was a mermaid = THE BEST TV IN HISTORY. Our hangover days got a whole lot better since the new season of BBC’s Planet Earth came to our screens last year… and now its out on DVD so he can remind himself all over again. Click here to buy it from Amazon. Sir David, we salute you.  

Scratch the World map

Scratch map Is he an obsessive passport stamp collector? Enter his new toy. Scratch maps are seriously addictive. We recommend a large one like this one from Maps International as its less fiddly to scratch off all of this tiny, obscure countries you’ve conquered over the years.   

A personalised hipflask

Maybe he’s a whiskey aficionado, intent on travelling the world sampling the finest ryes, Kentucky bourbons, and Japanese single malts. Or maybe he just wants something classier to sip his £2 Sangsom from than the bottle it comes in. Whatever he fills his flask with – you can personalise one with an awesome travel quote or message of good luck here…  

Portable speakers

Portable speakers + a hostel dorm full of backpackers keen on a party = instant friend magnet. Betron speakers are compact, affordable and run off Bluetooth. Pair this with a Spotify subscription and a special travel playlist you’ve created especially for them, and they’ll always remember you, at every distant reach of the globe!  

A festival ticket

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  The 2018 festival calendar is filling up fast, and what’s a summer without at least one long weekend spent frolicking in a field/on a beach/inside a fort to the best music, somewhere or another in Europe? We’ve teamed up with FestTicket to bring all of the early bird discounted tickets to you. EXIT in Serbia brings a mishmash of techno, rock and everything in between to thousands of revellers inside an old fort complex, Secret Solstice sees three days of non-stop music amidst Iceland’s dreamy landscapes (spoiler: the sun literally doesn’t set), and October means only one thing: Oktoberfest in Germany!  

St Christopher pendant


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Historically known by Christians as the Patron Saint of Travel, you might recognise this dude from your nan’s car. But guys don’t have to be particularly religious to wear one of these – they look awesome and are hands down a failsafe gift for anyone heading off on an adventure. We’ve found the best on ASOS.


A hammock

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Let’s face it, there are never enough hammocks. Seasoned travellers might roll their eyes at those break of dawn sunbed feuds that always occur in all-inclusive holiday resorts, but put fifty backpackers in a beachside hostel with only ten hammocks and a similar phenomenon will emerge. Solution: bring your own! Being able to pitch a hammock anywhere under swinging palms will also save him heaps of cash, too. Buy one from Amazon here.    

Cabin Porn

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If you’re shopping for your camping-crazed dad or that one nature loving friend who’s happiest out in the sticks, we recommend Cabin Porn – a scrapbook turned hugely successful Tumblr, turned Instagram, turned coffee table book.

On more a budget and can’t foresee him ever building a Grand Design of his own in the woods? 50 Places to Camp Before you Die is full of more nature porn. 


Personalised travel playing cards

Travellers need cards – so why not make sure each one of the 52 is emblazoned with a different snap of his travel triumphs (or fails, if he’s the sort to have them plastered allover his tagged photos on Facebook)?

Us travel-obsessed lot in STA Travel HQ have as much fun customising each of these playing cards as the recipient has always had rifling through for the first time.

Disclaimer: we won’t be held responsible for any games of Ring of Fire that never end. Each card is a sure-fire distraction for new players. Queen of spades? “Ah… you went to Machu Picchu!?!” Seven of hearts? “There’s me outside the Taj Mahal”… *sigh!*

You can upload photos and order them to your door, here.



Feeling generous? Like, really generous? The HP Spectre laptop is 10mm thin, touch screen and small enough to fit into hand luggage. We love it for writing whilst on the road, so if he’s a wandering wordsmith, web developer or photographer, he can take this one for a spin around the world with him.

Buy it here.


An STA Travel Gift Card


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We still firmly believe that filling your life with amazing experiences instead of material possessions is the key to happiness. Collecting laugh out loud memories and of course, stamps in your passport beats collecting things. So why not whack some money on an STA Travel gift card and send them on their way?