If you’ve got a friend, partner, or family member who’s a passionate traveler, one of the best Christmas gifts you can get them is a piece of technology that’ll let them enjoy their hobby even more.
But where do you start? It all depends on how much you want to spend and what the person enjoys doing while they are globetrotting. So, here’s the MakeUseOf-approved guide to the top ten tech gifts for the intrepid international adventurer in your life.
Hopefully, you’ll find something that’ll inspire you. Keep reading to find out more.
Ask a group of regular travelers about their biggest gripe when they’re in a foreign country, and many will point to the excessive data roaming charges.
Some parts of the world – such as the European Union – have moved to eradicate the charges, but they remain problematic.
The solution could be the Skyroam Global Hotspot. The tiny device works in more than 100 countries and provides Wi-Fi for just $8 per day. You can connect up to five devices, and the battery lasts for 16 hours.
One of the most enjoyable aspects of traveling is taking photographs of unique people, places, and cultures. If you have any aspirations to hang photos of your travels on your wall when you return home, you’ll need to use a professional camera and tripod combo.
But traditional tripods don’t make good travel companions. They’re often heavy and bulky. You need a lightweight version.
You should check out the MeFOTO model. Weighing just 2.6 pounds and with collapsible, invertible legs, it’s small enough and light enough to carry anywhere.
Sticking with the theme of photography, do you ever wish you could print a snap instantly and give it to someone you’ve met as a memento?
Prynt Pocket for iPhone allows people to do precisely that. You can print photos from a phone or a social media feed in under 30 seconds. Best of all, the device doesn’t even need ink; it uses ZINK (zero ink) Sticker Paper. The rear of the photo can also be peeled off to create instant stickers.
The Prynt Pocket is compatible with the iPhone X, iPhone 8 Plus, iPhone 8, iPhone 7 Plus, iPhone 7, iPhone SE, iPhone 6s Plus, iPhone 6s, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 6, iPhone 5s, and iPhone 5.
If you’re going away from home for a long time, you don’t want to spend your entire trip worrying about your home’s security.
The advent of smart home technology has made it easier than ever to keep an eye on your abode while your traveling, but not everyone has the money to spend on a high-end system.
If you’re looking for a cheaper alternative, the Amazon Cloud Cam could be an option. It broadcasts in 1080p high definition, can send alerts if it detects motion, and includes two-way audio. It’s also Alexa-enabled, meaning it integrates seamlessly with devices such as Amazon Fire TV, Fire Tablet, Echo Show, and Echo Spot.
Tablets have been undergoing something of a renaissance in the last couple of years; they’re more powerful, more flexible, and cheaper than ever.
A tablet is also a must-have for a globetrotter. It doesn’t matter how much you enjoy sightseeing; there will always be the odd occasion when you want to collapse in a hotel bed and watch a film.
If you want to buy a cheap tablet for someone this Christmas, you don’t need to look any further than the Amazon Fire Tablet. In our recent review, we gave it a score of 9/10 and established it was the best value tablet around.
Wired charging is so 2012. These days, most flagship tablets and smartphones include Qi wireless charging capabilities. Some examples: the iPhone X, Samsung S8, and Moto Z.
Of course, the drawback of wireless charging is that you still need to connect the wireless base to a wall socket. For travelers, that can be problematic – it’s a minefield of plug socket adaptors and varying voltages.
Therefore, perhaps the globetrotter in your life would appreciate a mophie Powerstation Wireless External Battery Charger. With a battery capacity of 10,000mAh, it can charge several devices before it needs a refill.
Although wireless charging is becoming more prevalent, the majority of commonly-used gadgets are still not Qi-enabled.
So, if the person you’re buying for is still stuck in the past, this USB Charger 4-Port Wall Charger might be a more appropriate gift.
It comes with four USB ports, two of which output 1A, and two of which output 2.4A. It also has dual voltage, meaning it will work anywhere in the world. The device even ships with four plug adapters, allowing it to work in the United States, the UK, the EU, and Australia.
Traveling isn’t all about lying on a beach; sometimes, you need to dump the flip-flops and don your most elegant attire.
Sadly, you won’t look great if your best shirt has been stuffed in the bottom of your suitcase for the last two weeks.
Previously, that meant a trip to the hotel reception in a bid to locate its single 25-year-old iron. Not anymore. Now you can make your clothes look perfect thanks to the Steamfast SF-717 Mini Steam Iron.
It has a 1.4-ounce water tank; heats up in just 15 seconds, and has variable temperature settings.
If the traveler in your life enjoys “off-piste” experiences, they’ll probably thank you for buying them a LuminAID Solar Inflatable Light. The product grew out of a pitch on American TV show, Shark Tank.
It runs for 16 hours on a single charge, includes an emergency flash setting that can run for 32 hours, and is waterproof up to one meter. On the brightest setting, it emits light at 65 lumens.
Better yet, it only weighs 2.9 pounds; you can throw it in your backpack and forget it’s there. When folded, it only measures 5 x 3 inches.
The last thing anyone needs when they’re traveling is to get to the airport only to be told their baggage is too heavy.
As so many people travel on a tight budget, it means they can often be left with the decision of either dumping their toiletries or that unique Chinese vase they got for their mother.
You can help your fearless pioneer avoid the hassle and the embarrassment of heavy luggage by getting them a digital luggage scale. The EatSmart Precision Voyager Digital Luggage Scale can weigh loads of up to 110 pounds and includes a long-life lithium battery.
What Will You Buy?
We hope these 10 gift ideas have sparked a few ideas for you. If you’re prepared to think outside the box, the number of suitable presents for globetrotters and world travelers is vast.
Now it’s your turn to add to this list. What presents would you recommend for someone who loves traveling? Do you own any of the gadgets we recommended?
As always, you can leave all your ideas and suggestions in the comments below. And make sure you share this article with your friends and followers on social media.