No Australian life is complete without copious amounts of travel, making this particular 2017 Christmas Gift Guide one after our very own hearts. Below you’ll find products aimed exclusively at the fellow adventurers out there, who aren’t satisfied until they’ve scoured every corner of the globe. Their means of transportation are varied, and they never leave home without a backpack or suitcase full of gear and gadgetry. Some travel like it’s their job. Others travel because it is their job. And while we might envy those men who make the whole world their domain, that doesn’t mean we still can’t buy them something nice for the holidays. To find that something nice, look no further than our 2017 Christmas Gift Guide–The Traveller.
Kyza Travel Co. Oxford Leather Wallet
For those who want to globe trot without sacrificing their sophisticated style, accept nothing less than the Kyza Travel Co. Oxford Leather Wallet. The elegant accessory is actually two wallets in one, with the smaller wallet fitting inside the larger one. From both wallets, expect brushed, tan leather on the outside and smooth, slate green leather within. Meanwhile, the name Oxford didn’t come about by happenstance–the interior shade of slate green on both wallets was inspired directly by the rolling lawns of the renowned university.
Featured on the larger wallet are two slip pockets big enough for things like a boarding pass or passport. That’s joined by a note compartment and four credit card slots. On the inner (or smaller) wallet are four credit card slots, a note compartment, and a rear slip pocket. Embossed finely on both wallets is the brand logo. The two wallets fit together seamlessly and work as a stylish pair. For occasions where you need to travel light, simply take out the inner wallet and you’re good to go. Also included in the purchase is a trusty travel pen. Take the set anywhere and expect heads to turn. These beauties are all kinds of classic.
Matador FreeRain 24L Packable Backpack
Fundamental to long periods of travel is a quality backpack that’s easy to transport and resistant to inclement weather. The FreeRain 24L Packable Backpack from Matador is that backpack and then some. Not only is the 24 litre bag waterproof and puncture resistant, but it can roll down to a compact size that fits in the palm of your hand.
Kindle Oasis E-reader
Sure, you can take up precious storage space by filling your luggage with a slew of paperbacks, or you can streamline by getting a slim Kindle Oasis E-reader instead. The popular device is now more optimal than ever before, touting super high resolution that stays clear even in the face of direct sunlight. The e-reader is also waterproof (IPX8), equipped with Wi-Fi, ergonomic, and long-lasting. Available with either 8GB or 32GB of storage, the Kindle Oasis puts the world’s largest library at your fingertips. Literally.
Google Pixel Buds
Ideal for travellers, Google Pixel Buds don’t just offer a wireless music listening experience, they grant you real time access to 40 different languages. Specifically, you can sync the buds with your Pixel phone and activate Google Translate. Once activated, all you need to do is press down on the right earbud, and then tell Google Assistant what language to translate. Talk about an indispensable resource for the modern globe trotter!
Allbirds Wool Loungers Shoe
When it comes to extensive travel, comfort is key, and the Allbirds Wool Loungers Shoe is indeed sensationally comfortable. It’s also lightweight, breathable, machine washable, flexible and made from a moisture wicking material. As if that wasn’t enough, the shoe also adapts to temperatures, staying cool when it’s hot out and warm when it’s cold out. Suffice to say, your friend or loved one’s feet will be floating on cloud nine long after their flight lands.
No brand crafts accessories and essentials with artisanal panache the way Australia’s own Bellroy does. Their stunning backpacks are naturally no exception. Designed for maximum comfort and accessibility alike, the bags come equipped with soft shoulder straps, a back padding system, a quick grab handle, and padded pockets for your laptop or other devices. Quality lives here.
Gnarbox Portable Backup and Editing System
Odds are the passionate traveller in your life is also taking tons of photos and videos. He may even run a vlog that’s overflowing with action camera footage. That means he can always use backup for his data, and the Gnarbox Portable Backup and Editing System has him covered. To use it, he just needs to slide in his camera card, connect the Gnarbox to Wi-Fi, and open an adjoining app. He’s now able to back up 128GB of footage, as well as edit and share 4K videos and RAW photos. What a good friend you are.
Monocle Travel Guide Series
It’s 2017 and no one wants to feel like a tourist, even when visiting a new place for the first time. To get the inside scoop, equip yourself with the Monocle Travel Guide Series. Each guide is compiled by a broad team of correspondents and reporters, who make it their mission to uncover all the hidden gems, locals-only hangouts, high end restaurants and choice hotels in any given area. Choose your destination, grab the appropriate Monocle Travel Guide, and prepare for the experience of a lifetime.
Sennheiser HD 4.40 Wireless Noise Cancelling Headphones
Give your friend or loved one a truly immersive soundtrack to his endless travels by getting him a pair of Sennheiser HD 4.40 Wireless Noise Cancelling Headphones. Sennheiser is one of the best names in the game and here they deliver top shelf, cord free sound. Featured on the headphones are ear-cup mounted controls, a 25 hour battery life, a sleek design and seamless compatibility with most mobile devices.
Bose SoundLink Micro
If your friend or loved one would rather spread the positive sonic vibes than keep them all to himself, hook him up with a Bose SoundLink Micro. The effortlessly portable Bluetooth speaker brings deep bass and outsized sound. It’s waterproof both inside and out, equipped with a handy strap, and good for 6 hours of play time. Let’s get this party started!
Segway One S1
At home or abroad, there are conventional ways to get around, and then some not so conventional ways. Next time you want to cruise the city, ditch the bike and hop on a Segway One S1 instead. Safe, compact and powered by a lithium-ion battery, the novel transportation device is as fun as it is practical.
Victorinox Spectra 2.0
Passionate travellers need luggage that can keep pace with their adventures, and the Victorinox Spectra 2.0 is assuredly up to the task. Made of 100% pure polycarbonate, each piece is lightweight and break resistant. Dual caster wheels and an smart aluminium handle makes transport that much easier.
Sony a7R III Full-Frame Mirrorless Lens Camera
What’s one thing virtually all successful vloggers and videographers have in common? A Sony mirrorless lens camera, of course. Needless to say, the Sony a7R III keeps the performance bar raised high. Among the bevy of remarkable features on this 42.4MP stunner is an Advanced Hyrbid AF system and updated BIONZ X processing-engine. If you know a travel vlogger, and want to make his wildest fantasies come true, buy him this legendary camera for Christmas.
Bose QuietComfort 35 II
Audio brand Bose is an absolute masters of noise cancellation, making the QuietComfort 35 II headphones a no-brainer gift for the music loving traveller in your life. The wireless gadget comes with pretty much everything one could ask for, including volume optimised EQ and a noise-rejecting dual-mic system for undisturbed calls and voice commands. Meanwhile, the noise cancellation is adjustable, meaning your friend or loved one will have seamless control over the sonic environment that surrounds him.
Canon EOS 5D Mark IV
Another favourite among vloggers and videographers, the Canon EOS 5D Mark IV is guaranteed to raise a huge smile this holiday season. Capable of 4K video recording and a continuous shooting speed of up to 7.0 fps, the brilliant camera hosts a 30.4 MP full-frame CMOS sensor, touch screen LCD monitor, and a 61-point AF system among plenty of other goodies.
Huzi Infinity Pillow
Made of super soft bamboo rayon fabric, the Huzi Infinity Pillow gives you something to look forward to on those long international flights. That fabric, by the way, is both machine washable and hypallergenic. The pillow also features a unique, mobius shape that was designed for maximum closure and comfort. Put it all together and you end up with one dreamy pillow.
Carry On Cocktail Kit
Some airlines might offer a bevy of perks, but precious few can pull off a genuinely tasty cocktail. Take matters into your own hands by picking up a Carry On Cocktail Kit. Available for a variety of drinks, the kit gives you all the tools you need to make a classic boozy beverage thousands of feet above ground. Naturally, the kit works at ground level, too.
Incase EO Travel Backpack
Awash with padding, breathable mesh and spacious compartments, the Incase EO Travel Backpack was built exclusively for the modern adventurer. It includes a main compartment that expands 35% to fit more items, and a weather-resistant front panel. Also part of the deal are special compartments for your devices like MacBook Pro and iPad.
Citizen Wolf Custom Tailored Tees
For the true style connoisseur, we bring you Custom Tailored Tees from Australia’s own Citizen Wolf. The shirt’s aesthetic, fabric, and fit is all up for grabs, while the brand’s customer service is second to none. Every apparel company claims to offer “the perfect tee”, but isn’t the true perfect tee the one made just for you?
FLIGHT 001 5-In-1 Adapter
Colour coded and supremely easy to use, the FLIGHT 001 5-In-1 Adapter will ensure you’re never left without a charge no matter where you might be. The handy accessory is broken down by colour so you know which adapter to use and where, and it works with outlets in over 150 different countries.
This is Ground Tech Dopp Kit
Give those smaller travel essentials the home they deserve with the Tech Dopp Kit from This is Ground. Inspired by modern grooming kits, the leather organiser can manage all your various cords and chargers with elegance and precision. Don’t leave home without it.
Best Made Company Holdall
Some travellers go with a suitcase, while others enlist the mighty duffel. If you’re one of the latter, then do we have the duffel bag for you. Indeed, the Leather-Trimmed Canvas Holdall from Best Made Company is as sturdy as it is pretty. Made of tear-resistant canvas, the bag includes a detachable (and adjustable) shoulder strap, resilient twill lining, and all the room you could ask for. Buy one for yourself and one for your fellow traveller and go exploring like the road warriors you are.