Holiday Gifts for Travelers

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Published/Revised on December 10, 2013·


This year, we have rustled up a great bunch of gift ideas for the traveler or wannabe traveler. From gifts for the practical traveler to those wanting the trip of a lifetime, our holiday gift suggestions have you covered.

For the Travel Sophisticate

RFID Protecting Passport holderAn RFID Blocking Passport Holder is the best way to protect your passport from identity theft. All newly issued passports and many credit cards include a RFID (radio frequency identification) chip with personal information.  Choosing a RFID blocking passport holder or wallet,is an inexpensive and attractive way to protect vital information.

The pictured passport holder comes in several colors including black. It has interior pockets for credit cards, ID, business cards and currency, and includes zippered pocket for coins

For the Fashionista

I will let you in on a secret…actually a secret sweater. I accepted a sample sweater to review, but was not sure what to expect with something called a Secret Sweater, but once I tried it on, I got it. This lightweight sweater is perfect to wear under a suit jacket if you need just a little extra warmth…the secret part is that it doesn’t show. But equally as nice, it can be worn over a sleeveless dress or blouse and look fabulous.

I love the cotton and modal material from which it is made; it feels smooth and light, but is actually very warm. It comes in a small packable pouch that you can easily store in your carry-on, ready to wear in case the plane is cold or you need a sweater at your destination.  Made in four sizes and in black or creamy white, it makes a great gift or stocking stuffer. If you buy one as a gift, do yourself a favor and get one for yourself as well. Order now..there’s free shipping through 12/18. For more details and to order this Made-in the USA product, visit  Secret Sweater.


For the Garden Lover

We received a review copy of The Gardens of Venice and the Veneto by Jenny Condie and Alex Ramsay and were astonished by the gorgeous photos and poetic descriptions  of  the gardens. It makes you want to jump on the next plane to see these living art installations.

A Coffee-table sized book, The Gardens of Venice and the Veneto invites you to turn the pages with its abundance of full-color photos, some reaching across both pages. Offering historical information along with intriguing photos, this book entices garden lovers and Italophiles alike to travel to the Veneto.The Gardens of Venice and the Veneto

For the Adventure Traveler

A down sweater is warm and packable. We love that it is almost weightless, but still warm and toasty. The pictured women’s Marmot down sweater is made from 100% Polyester DWR Ripstop 1.2 oz/yd – 100% Polyester Embossed WR 1.8 oz/yd – 800 Fill Goose Down. this fitted, warmth-trapping down jacket offers surprising combination of warmth and light weight. The European 800-fill goose down insulation is extremely warm, lightweight and compressible.  Stuff it into an inside pocket for a snowball sized package that take on all your travels.Marmot Women’s Jena Jacket

Trip of a Lifetime

Next year might just be the year to take your family on a vacation they will never forget. If you are beyond the Disney cruise and the all-inclusive beach get-a-way, you should consider a family luxury barge cruise in Europe.  You can charter a 4,6,8, 10 or even 12 passenger, all-inclusive, luxury barge cruise in France, Ireland, Scotland, England or Holland for a week. Imagine, taking your family, or group of friends, on a one-week canal cruise in your favorite country. Practice the language, eat the cuisine and drink the wines and other libations of the country, being pampered every minute. Excursions to castles, wineries, and other famous sites are fully included.

Of special mention is the opportunity to visit England’s Highclere Castle, setting for public television’s Downton Abbey, on the 8 passenger luxury hotel barge, Magna Carta. For more information on Luxury Hotel Barges, contact EuroEscapes, specialists in Barge and River cruising.

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