2021 Gift Guide: Travel Experts Share Their Holiday Wishlists - Full-Time Travel

2021 Gift Guide: Travel Experts Share Their Holiday Wishlists

2021 Gift Guide: Travel Experts Share Their Holiday Wishlists

If finding the perfect gift for the travel lover/s in your life has you totally stumped, perhaps it's time for a little expert help? We asked some of our favorite people in the industry what goodies they are hoping to receive this year, and the results are definitely inspiring. From a top of the line coffee machine fit for an Italian espresso counter, to the ultimate compact capsules for storing toiletries and supplements, these travel-themed gifts are all winners, whatever your budget.

Courtesy of @chopsticksontheloose

We only recently got back from our month-long Interrail/Eurail trip around central Europe, but we loved it so much that our holiday wishlist would definitely include another Interrail Global Pass! Traveling by train is something we've really grown fond of over the years and we'd love to use a rail pass to explore the Scandinavian side of Europe.

Sarah & Eric, content creators behind @chopsticksontheloose

The New River Gorge, West Virginia: America's newest national park

A National Parks annual pass is high up on my wishlist, so I remember to prioritize traveling to the places that help me feel centered. I’m dying to visit the newest national park, The New River Gorge, in West Virginia in 2022! Plus, I would love a surprise Staycation with Pack Up + Go. The idea of someone else planning a quick, easy ‘getaway’ close to home so that I can relax and recharge is so appealing right now. 

Lillian Rafson, founder of Pack Up + Go

Four Seasons Plush Mattress

I would love the Four Seasons plush mattress for my new apartment in LA. I’ve stayed in Four Seasons properties all over the world and bought one of these mattresses for my home in Detroit. It’s the key to a really good sleep. 

Jessica Nabongo, content creator (@jessicanabongo) and founder of The Catch

Breville Duo Boiler

As a coffee fanatic who will continue to work remotely for the foreseeable future, I would love a Breville Duo Boiler for my home. Considering the amount I currently spend at my local coffee shop, I’m sure this thing will save me money in the long run!

Kimberly Motos, Full-Time Travel Content Marketing Manager

Courtesy of Basbas

I’m hoping for a bottle or two of Basbas - a herbal liqueur first distilled in the Balearic islands in 1499, that for the first time in history is available in the US this year. It contains 17 herbs and was once distilled by monks for its medicinal properties. 

Amy Chan, founder of Renew Breakup Bootcamp

Aqua Mare | Courtesy of Aqua Expeditions

On my wish list is a charter of the fabulous new Aqua Mare –  the first exclusive, ultimate luxury yacht operating in the Galapagos islands. You can choose to reserve just one cabin or take all seven for the most amazing family experience you could imagine.   

Jack Ezon, founder and managing partner of Embark Beyond

Courtesy of Blancaneux Lodge

As a traveler who prioritizes wellness on the road, I love Elaa, a micro batch maker of living, raw, organic, vegan and 100% recyclable or biodegradable skin care. The Superfruit Siren Mask – a juicy experience of fresh fruits, antioxidants and superfoods – is a perfect way to decompress and rejuvenate after a long day behind the computer or on the road. I hope to use it on a trip to Francis Ford Coppola’s eco-luxury hideaway, Blancaneux Lodge in Belize. It’s a Kind Traveler hotel partner, so every booking includes a donation to the local charity, Belize Wildlife & Referral Clinic. 

Jessica Blotter, founder and CEO of Kind Traveler

The Evergreen Collection from Cadence

I had the opportunity to stay at Villa Cora pre-pandemic and have been wanting to go back ever since. It was hands down the best hotel experience I have ever had - from the stunning historic villa, to the kind and attentive service, to the view overlooking Florence, everything was just perfect. I have also been coveting these Cadence Travel Capsules for awhile. I love the sleek design and eco-friendly nature of them. They're super cute, help keep everything organized, and are made from recycled ocean plastic. What's not to love!

Tara Cappel, founder of For The Love of Travel 

After traveling the U.S. and working remotely for the past four months, I’m looking forward to settling back in New York City again. I’m entering full nesting mode for winter and would like some lovely homeware items from Tucson-based ceramic artist Ursula Basinger. Her pieces conjure the beautiful colors and landscapes of Arizona, one of my favorite states. 

Esme Benjamin, Editor-in-Chief of Full-Time Travel

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Sweeping mountain views of the Dolomites, beautiful wildflowers, and the most delicious dinner included with your stay at @hotel_dolomitenhof_u_altepost.

Reel: @tc.travels

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In the latest episode of our podcast, Christine Winebrenner Irick, entrepreneur (@lotussojourns) and podcaster (@souloftravelpodcast) shares the story of her first big trip to Asia. In the midst of a period of rebirth, as her career and marriage were crumbling, Christine took inspiration from Alex Garland`s book, The Beach, and set off for Thailand with one good friend and no solid plans. What unfolded was a perspective-shifting experience that would, in Christine`s own words, "reveal who she would become." 🎧 Link in bio to listen!

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Is it too early to think about Fall? Daydreaming of autumn in Patagonia.

Reel: @ramirotorrents

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A lovely town on the French Riviera, Menton is known for its beauty, mild weather, colorful buildings, and lemon production. Enjoy beaches, history, and a laid-back vibe.

Reel: @sofikulin

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Full-Time Travel`s sister brand, @kingdomgolf, invites you to a join special guests from the world of golf and entertainment, including Jack Nicklaus and Annika Sörenstam, for a luxury island experience. Play the incredible courses at Wexford and Palmetto Hall Golf and Country Club. ⛳️ Link in bio to reserve your spot at the 2023 Kingdom Cup on Thursday, September 21st thru Sunday, September 24th. ...

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One night in the desert inspires a corporate worker to follow her dream of becoming a travel journalist.

In the latest episode of our podcast, The Trip That Changed Me, travel journalist, podcaster, and entrepreneur Yulia Denisyuk (@insearchofperfect) shares the story of a career-altering trip to Morocco. It`s an ode to the power of looking for signs when you need confirmation you`re on the right track. If you`re harboring a dream but it never quite feels like the right time to make the leap, this episode is for you. 🎧 Link in bio to listen!

#fulltimetravel #travelreel #ftt #thetripthatchangedme #podcast #travelpodcast

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Submerged beneath the ocean waves or inside a kaleidoscopic aquarium, these rare underwater restaurants serve meals alongside a cast of aquatic creatures. Book a table and enjoy a whole new spin on dinner and a show. ...

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Bike through the world`s largest salt flats in Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia.

Reel: @islayjoy

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Known for its stunning sand dunes that create a landscape resembling white sheets (lençóis in Portuguese), Lençóis Maranhenses is a unique national park located in the state of Maranhão, Brazil.

The park`s most iconic feature is the series of turquoise lagoons formed by rainwater that collects between the dunes. These lagoons are a stark contrast to the surrounding white sands and provide a refreshing oasis for visitors.

Reel: @melly_ba

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A travel entrepreneur rows 3,000 miles in 36 days, completely unsupported.

In the latest episode of our podcast, The Trip That Changed Me, travel entrepreneur, Jimmy Carroll (@jimmyalexandercarroll), shares his experiences of participating in the world’s toughest rowing race: the Talisker Whiskey Atlantic Challenge.

For 36 days, Jimmy and his three teammates rowed in alternating two-hour stints for 24 hours a day, through storms, sleep deprivation, and an unexpected attack from a 12-foot blue marlin. It was an experience that pushed them to the limit of their resilience but one that was also full of profound beauty and awe.

🎧 Link in bio to listen!

#thetripthatchangedme #fulltimetravel #ftt #travelpodcast #podcast #jimmycarroll

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Sunsets in Big Sur are always a magical view.

Reel: @nathanaelbillings

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Like a big party by the beach, Coney Island has sandy beaches, a boardwalk perfect for strolling, and epic rides like the Cyclone roller coaster that`ll make your heart race! It`s all sun, excitement, and good times at Coney Island! 🎢🏖️

Reel: @brittanyeliza.photo

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