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Best Travel Gifts

Saturday December 6, 2014 at 7:07 AM | 2 Comments

I live, eat and breath travel. I could travel 24/7 if the opportunity presented itself. Seven days a week I think about and write about travel. Travel is as affordable or as expensive as you make it. The same may be said for travel gifts. With that in mind, I give you my seven best gifts for the traveler.

Tieks, travel shoes, ballet flats

Tieks wool ballet flats are great travel shoes.

Good things come in small packages; small blue packages from Beverly Hills, California to be exact. I first discovered Tieks ballet flats in 2012 when beach volleyball Olympic gold medalist Kerry Walsh wore her Starstruck Tieks while showing off her medals. This year I discovered Tieks for winter. New to their Vegan collection, the greystone non-leather Tieks add warmth to my wardrobe. I’m looking forward to wearing these on my Viking River Cruise down the Danube. They will be perfect to slip into after a day of exploring Christmas Markets in rubber rain boots. These travel shoes are priced at $175 – as with all items listed here, check the website for current prices.

Nancy D. Brown, Royal Robbins, Carmel, California, travel

I can go everywhere in these travel clothes.

What’s a great pair of travel shoes without travel clothes to match? I was introduced to the Royal Robbins brand from fellow travel bloggers Deb and Dave of the Planet D. They, too, were looking to dress up their wardrobe while still looking good on the road. You’ll be seeing a lot more of me dressed in Royal Robbins go everywhere clothing.

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Luggage tags from Your Bag Tag. Photo © 2014 Nancy D. Brown


Stocking stuffer

For children looking for affordable gift ideas for the traveler, or anyone with limited holiday budgets, custom luggage tags are the ideal gift for people on the go. These personalized luggage tags from YourBagTag will also work well for locating sports, fishing, scuba, skiing, tack and golf bags in a hurry. The carabiner bag tags are perfect for camera gear bags and backpacks. Prices start at $12.99.

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Ugobags custom luggage. Photo © 2014 Nancy D. Brown


For the traveler who has everything, custom luggage from Ugobags is perfect. Successfully funded through a Kickstarter campaign, Ugobags offers travelers the opportunity to customize their luggage online! With free delivery and a two year warranty, this lightweight luggage is a sure bet from a California-based company. Carryon luggage starts at $189.

Glacier Bay, Alaska, experiential travel

Experiential travel in Alaska. Photo © 2014 Nancy D. Brown

Travel experiences

Some of us prefer travel experiences over collecting things. The term experiential travel is popular with parents and grandparents because many of us are looking for memorable or teachable moments that we can share with family members or close friends. A memorable travel experience for me was a trip to Alaska’s Glacier Bay with UnCruise Adventures – what a trip! All inclusive Alaska rates start at $4,195.

Creekside Farms, wreaths, California

Bring California indoors with Creekside Farms wreath. Photo © 2014 Nancy D. Brown


California grown

The herb wreaths from California-based Creekside Farms not only look pretty, they will make your house, apartment or dorm room smell simply divine. If you want to bring a bit of country into your home, these wreaths are certainly cheaper than a trip to the lavender fields of Provence, France. These California-grown gifts start at $29.
An Innocent Abroad, travel, bookTravel books

Last year I recommended the book Wild by Portland, Oregon-based author Cheryl Strayed. A book for the adventurous explorer, hiker or armchair traveler about her wanderings From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail. I still recommend this book and look forward to watching Reese Witherspoon play Strayed in Wild, the movie. Suggested retail price $16.43.

A book I’m taking with me on the airplane to Europe this winter is An Innocent Abroad Life-changing trips from 35 great writers. Published by Oakland, California-based Lonely Planet, this book includes travel tales from Tim Cahill, Pico Iyer, Ann Patchett, Jane Smiley and Cheryl Strayed, among others. Suggested retail is $15.99 for this book.
I hope you found these gift ideas helpful. What are your favorite holiday gifts for the traveler in your life?
Companies often reach out to me to review their products, travel apparel and gear. Many of the above items have been reviewed on the What a Trip blog. I wouldn’t recommend these 7 best gifts for the traveler if I didn’t personally use and approve of them.

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Monday November 19, 2012 at 5:05 AM | 1 Comment

Stocking Stuffers


Give the gift of peace of mind with MedjetAssist medical transport

MedjetAssist – because accidents happen. This is a gift to give yourself, a family member or loved one. My husband would sleep better during my travels if I had MedjetAssist.

If a Medjet member is hospitalized more than 150 miles from home – virtually anywhere in the world – MedjetAssist reviews his or her condition and arranges medical transfer to the hospital of their choice. There are no health restrictions, co-pays or cost limitations – no additional charges after paid membership fee.

Time travel

I recommend the eco-friendly Sprout watch, for those of us who prefer watches to smartphones for keeping track of time. $80.

If you are a frequent traveler, particularly for those of us who fly out of SFO International Airport, the Clear Card not only makes you feel like a VIP – with its own special security line entrance it saves time.  The card is a life saver if you are chronically late to the airport or time challenged. (only available at certain airports – check website for locations.)

"Sprout watch"

Eco-friendly Sprout watch

Jet-set traveler

For the jet-set traveler, college student studying abroad or space challenged apartment or condo-dweller, Biaggi foldable luggage is durable and sexy with a unique space-saving design. $269

Comfort travel

I review plenty of shoes on the What a Trip blog. If I have happy feet, I am a happy traveler. Wet feet do not make a happy traveler. That’s why I love my Ara shoes with Gore-Tex.   $184.95

The BPA and toxin free Pura Stainless Steel Water Bottle


The Pura stainless steel water bottle is BPA and toxin free, so it won’t leave a nasty taste in your drink. The wide mouth is easy to drink from and is large enough for ice cubes, and the bottle is backed by a lifetime guarantee.  $17.99

Road Trip

For those who do a lot of driving, a reliable GPS system is imperative. The Magellan RoadMate 9250T-LMB, with its seven inch touch screen display, is easy to read and use. It comes equipped with bluetooth technology and real-time traffic updates, and uses landmarks in its directions. The voice speaks loudly and clearly, and should prevent even those with the worst sense of direction from getting lost.   $229.99

Travel gifts for kids

Not For Parents Extreme Planet $19.99 Lonely Planet

Not For Parents Extreme Planet is a whirlwind tour of the globe, seeking out the highest, deepest, wildest, narrowest, coolest, hottest, scariest, smelliest things on the planet. What’s the longest place name? The oldest fossil? Most treacherous road in the world? Each page is dedicated to a theme (e.g. Animal Extremes, Deadly and Dangerous, Big Things) and includes imaginative graphics, illustrations, and photographs to capture these themes from a child’s point of view.

Giving While Giving Back


Biaggi luggage for the space challenged

Passports with a Purpose is an organization dedicated to bringing clean drinking water to as many people as possible around the world. For $10, you get a raffle ticket that enters you in a drawing for some cool trips. Each $10 donation gets you another entry in the raffle, and all the money goes to clean water in places such as Haiti. Giving a donation on someone’s behalf and a chance for a fun getaway is a great gift idea for someone on a budget.


What are your favorite gifts for the traveler?

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Biaggi Foldable Suitcase – Travel Gear Review

Tuesday November 13, 2012 at 5:05 AM | 0 Comments

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Biaggi Tecno Spinner Upright Luggage Review.

Most people do not have unlimited storage space for luggage when they travel. Small hotel rooms, cruise ships, and train compartments can provide a challenge when it comes to stowing luggage. Biaggi has a solution for this problem with its new line of foldable luggage collections:  The Contempo, Volo and Tecno. The pieces in these collections fold down into a much more compact form, while still retaining solid construction for traveling.

College students will love Biaggi foldable luggage

Another group of people who should appreciate this new line’s folding capabilities? College students, who consistently must figure out notoriously small living spaces. Dorm rooms don’t have a lot of extra space for anything, so a suitcase that can fold up and fit under beds or between desks is definitely a bonus.

Biaggi Tecno Large Spinner Upright

The fact that the Biaggi suitcases can fold does not detract from the structural strength of the piece. It is just as sturdy as any other modern suitcase. The Biaggi Tecno Large Spinner Upright (27″) comes in several colors, (brown and black for the Techno) and includes a storage bag to keep it free from dust and dirt.

The suitcase includes standard features such as an adjustable titanium handle for people of all heights, and side mesh pockets inside for cosmetics and other small items. The exterior features zip pockets for further storage. In keeping with today’s trends in luggage, the new Biaggi suitcases feature four spinning wheels for maximum maneuverability.

Function and fashion go hand in hand with Biaggi’s innovative new line of luggage, a must for anyone who has ever had to deal with less than ideal storage space.

This new collection ranges in price from $79 for smaller pieces to $399 for a full-size 30” suitcase. The Tecno 27″ Expandable Spinner Upright with Suiter retails for a suggested price of $299.

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Biaggi provided me with this travel gear for review.