Lights, Camera…Travel by Andrew McCarthy and Don George
On-the-road tales from screen storytellers, published by Lonely Planet. $14.99 suggested retail.
ShowOffs – reusable travel bags that pass airport security while looking fashionable. Each single order comes with one quart-sized bag, one gallon-sized bag, three refillable bottles and bonus bags. $14,99 suggested retail.
Precision Voyager Digital Luggage Scale is a portable, lightweight travel accessory with 110 lb. capacity . $19.95 suggested retail.
Travel underwear with secret pockets from The Clever Travel Companion. $29.90 suggested retail.
Travel Destination Gifts
Gameday Expert – Sports experience
Gameday Expert puts sports professionals such as former umpire Ed Montague or pitcher Bill Laskey together with you (and up to 20 guests) to watch a game. Whether you are in field-level seats or a suite, your Gameday Expert will share what it’s like to be on the field, explaining players’ strengths and weaknesses and sharing behind-the-scenes stories.
My baseball loving cousin LOVED the experience. $1,500 for three, including seats/gifts/autographs
Contact: Gameday Expert (408) 832-1999 http://www.gamedayexpert.com
King Pacific Lodge – Eco Adventure in Canadian Rainforest
For the traveler who has done it all – King Pacific Lodge is the big ticket item. It will take three planes to get to Princess Royal Island, located in the Great Bear Rainforest on the west coast of British Columbia – but this is a once-in-a-lifetime experience. You’ll stay at King Pacific Lodge, a floating luxury barge and experience Canada at its finest. $5,400 pp 3 nights, including air/activities/meals. (I like it because I was able to see the Kermode spirit bear – a pure white, black bear.)
Contact: King Pacific Lodge (888) 592-5464
For the Horse Lover
Triple Creek Ranch
She likes horseback riding. He likes fishing. They both like Relais & Châteaux quality resorts. This is the ideal Montana hideaway. (I liked it because they offered four day Klicks for Chicks horseback riding adventure with gourmet food and a soft bed at night!)
Contact: Triple Creek Ranch (800) 654-2943 http://www.triplecreekranch.com
Travel Gear Gift Ideas
Kigo Footwear – Packs flat as a pancake
Designed for the barefoot lifestyle, Kigo footwear offers stylish minimalist shoes that are good for the body and for the Earth. (I like them because they pack flat as a pancake, yet offer footwear protection in and out of the water.) $69.99
Contact: Kigo Footwear http://www.kigofootwear.com
Sanuk Footwear – Funky travel shoes
Connect with your inner surfer with Sanuk beach and surf sandals. This Southern California-based company offers distinctively designed food wear for the global outdoor community. Taking its name from the Thai word for fun, Sanuk combines funk and function. (I like the shoes because they slide off easily going through airport security.) Donny Sanuk $60.
Contact: Sanuk (877) 412-7467 http://www.sanuk.com
Selk bag – Gumby meets sleeping bag
Making its debut in the U.S. market in August of 2008, the Selk’bag is marketed as an innovative sleepwear system. I call it Gumby meets sleeping bag, because it is a sleeping bag with arms, legs and feet. You can actually walk or dance in this bag! (My daughter dancing in the Selk bag http://youtu.be/j2dIIjKUHpg) Adult Selk bag $99.
Contact: Selk’bag Sleepwear System (888) 745-4774 http://www.selkbagusa.com
Are you shopping for a traveler this holiday season? What’s on your shopping list?