Do you have a traveler on your holiday shopping list? From foldable luggage to GPS for baby boomers and books for the traveler, this holiday gift guide includes stocking stuffers to big-ticket travel items.
Books for the traveler
Remember the movies "Pretty in Pink" and "St. Elmo's' Fire?" In this travel book, "The Longest Way Home," brat-packer Andrew McCarthy writes candidly about his fears of commitment and marriage while wandering the globe. The hardback book is available for $26
Designed for children 8 and older, Lonely Planet introduces "Not for Parents: Extreme Planet," a whirlwind book tour of the globe. Priced at $19.99 from Lonely Planet, the reading series also features "Not for Parents: How to Be a World Explorer."
For college students studying abroad, the jet-set traveler or the space-challenged condo-dweller, Biaggi foldable luggage is sexy, sleek and durable with a unique space-saving design. $269.
Speaking on behalf of geographically-challenged baby boomers, you are going to love the Magellan RoadMate 9250T-LMB. With its 7-inch touch screen display, it 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.
Give the gift of peace of mind to your road warrior. MedjetAssist medical transport is a gift to give yourself, a family member or loved one, because accidents happen. Did you know that cruise ships are only obligated to deliver passengers to the closest reliable medical facility? Once stable, the patient is transported home for recovery on your dime. I know 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. $260 annual membership.
An affordable stocking stuffer, Heat Holder Socks are soft and cozy, yet they truly do keep your feet warm. I wear these socks in my boots while horseback riding and I use them to keep my toes warm in bed at night. $19.95
I suppose I am old-fashioned, but I actually enjoy wearing a wrist watch. I recommend the eco-friendly and lightweight Sprout watch for those who prefer watches to smart phones for keeping track of time. $80.
Are you a frequent traveler? Do you fly out of SFO International Airport? Like Disneyland's Fast Pass, the Clear Card delivers you to the front of the line and makes you feel like a VIP with its own security line entrance. The card is a life saver if you are running late to the airport or for the time challenged traveler. $179 per year.
I review plenty of shoes on the What a Trip blog. Happy feet make a happy traveler. Wet feet do not make a happy traveler. That's why I love my Ara shoes with Gore-Tex. $184.95
Thirst for adventure
The Pura stainless steel water bottle is BPA- and toxin-free, so it won't leave a metallic taste in your drink. The wide mouth is easy to drink from and is large enough for ice cubes. The bottle is backed by a lifetime guarantee. $17.99
What are your favorite gifts for the traveler?
Read Lamorinda-based Nancy D. Brown's blog at www.Nancydbrown.com.