Many of us have reached that slightly-elevated age where we don’t really need any more stuff, things like neckties and bracelets, knickknacks and coffee table items. But since we also have more time to travel, now that we have achieved seniordom, we can appreciate gifts that can be useful on tours, junkets and getaways.
A GPS system is a good example, particularly for those who take leisurely motor trips across the United States. They’re easy on the budget, and relatively simple to operate, even for us non-nerds. Some are also small enough to be hand-held and adaptable for foreign travel, which can be a blessing for those who get confused while walking along the back streets and crowded byways of such places as Venice, Munich and Tokyo.
Travel card gifts will also help defray tourism costs. Best Western Travel Cards can be redeemed at more than 4,000 hotels worldwide for room rates, taxes and incidentals. The cards can be loaded with a variety of values in several currencies, ranging from a minimum of $25 to a maximum of $1,000. For details, go here: Best Western Travel Card.
Books always make good presents for the senior traveler. Reliable guide books can be a big help during pre-trip planning. And extended plane rides can get boring, especially if none of the movies grab your attention. But not if a friend or relative is kind enough to present you with a book or an electronic reader as a gift, Christmas or otherwise. Both are small enough to fit easily in carry-on luggage, and once the plane leaves the ground, readers of any type can get lost in their own world.
Travel deals abound in some rather unexpected places. Grocery stores, drugstores and warehouse clubs often sell airline tickets, theme park admissions, ski lift tickets, and other travel gift cards at discounted prices. Ski and golf packages, helicopter tours, spa treatments and even snorkeling expeditions are all offered to online gift-seekers by Costco. Sam’s Club doesn’t sell tours or tickets, but it does carry a line of travel videos. Anyone who gets “Must See Places of the World” along with a travel gift card would be a happy voyager.
And here’s something for the hard-to-buy-for traveler: Bed, Bath and Beyond sells a digital luggage scale. It can weigh items up to 100 pounds, which might cut down on back strain for those concerned about overpacking.