Best Travel Gifts 2013

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Looking for the perfect gift for the adventurer, techie or jetsetter in your life? You’ll find no shortage of ideas here. Travel Channel has assembled an expert panel of advisors -- including adventure traveler Mathew Karsten, the Expert Vagabond, and our own gadget guru, Rob Pralgo -- to put the “Travel’s Best” stamp of approval on the year’s top 10 travel gifts.

Meet the panel and shop their favorite picks, from ski goggles with HD video and wifi, to timeless leather travel accessories.

GoPro HERO3+, $399.99

Travel’s Best Travel Gifts 2013

Consider this the globetrotter’s ultimate wish list, handpicked by our expert panel of advisors. Let the holiday shopping commence!
GoPro HERO3+, $399.99

GoPro HERO3+, $399.99

"Record your wildest travel adventures this year with the waterproof action camera that can take a beating while still producing stunning HD video and 12mp photos. GoPro's newest model is smaller, lighter, and sharper than ever before with impressive low light performance." -- Matthew Karsten, ExpertVagabond.com 960 1280

GoPro  

One Love Organics Deluxe Travel Kit, $67

One Love Organics Deluxe Travel Kit, $67

"Keeping your skin clear, hydrated, and healthy goes a long way towards helping you look and feel your best. But when we travel, a skincare regimen is often the first thing that falls by the wayside, a victim of TSA restrictions or a desire to pack lightly. Enter this handy travel set from cult beauty brand One Love Organics. Each product does double- (or even triple-) duty, from a face/hair/body wash to a balm that cleanses and moisturizes." -- Holly E. Thomas, DC Editor for Refinery29 960 1280

Eco Diva Beauty  

Electronic Cord Zip Pouch, $149

Electronic Cord Zip Pouch, $149

"This cord pouch is the perfect gift for a frequent traveler. A rather new product to the market, so there's a good chance they won't have one yet. Any time I'm traveling I'm always trying to find the perfect option for all of those pesky cords I have to bring along with me — Macbook, iPad, iPhone, my camera — why must they all have different chargers!?! The black leather one from Coach is thoughtful and chic." -- Meg Biram, lifestyle blogger at MegBiram.com 960 1280

coach.com  

Hennessy Hammock, from $99.95

Hennessy Hammock, from $99.95

"Hammock camping is the wave of the future. A quality hammock like the Hennessy is more comfortable than sleeping on the ground, lighter to pack, and super fast to set up. You can explore remote corners of the globe and always have a dry & bug free place to sleep." -- Matthew Karsten, ExpertVagabond.com 960 1280

Hennessy Hammock  

Steph Tassel iPad Case, $268

Steph Tassel iPad Case, $268

"Ensure your gadgets are always as glamorous as you are with this exotic, jaguar-print iPad case. Your prized piece of technology will be protected as it goes through airport security in this luxe, calf-hair case designed by Mumbai-based Simone Camille." -- Alisa Ng, Founder of ShopLatitude.com  960 1280

Latitude  

Travel Fragrance, $84

Travel Fragrance, $84

"This perfume was made for traveling. The bottle is made so it won't leak or break because the glass is housed in the black aluminum exterior. You simply twist it up to expose the sprayer, and twist it back down when you are putting it back in your bag. Not only does it abide by airport regulations, but the scents are like nothing you've smelled before. All based on a city in the U.S. — the complex scents will have everyone asking you what it is." -- Meg Biram, lifestyle blogger at MegBiram.com 960 1280

Meg Biram  

Apex HD + WiFi Video Snow Goggles, $400

Apex HD + WiFi Video Snow Goggles, $400

"You see, I am a slightly below average skier -- at best! And as self-deprecating as I am, I can’t imagine anything better than sharing the POV horror of my skiing with friends and relatives with these Apex HD + WiFi Video Snow Goggles. I can only imagine the enjoyment and laughter they’ll  all get from this wonderful gift capturing all my pain." -- Rob Pralgo, Host of Travel Channel's Gear Guide 960 1280

Liquid Image Co  

Dezso Pouch, $70

Dezso Pouch, $70

"Where ever you go, take the beach with you with this canvas pouch by Mexican designer Sara Beltran. Featuring a black-and-white photo of Tulum, Mexico, this well-sized pouch holds vacation must-haves and can double as a clutch on a night out on the town. It's the chicest choice for toting a day’s essentials in perfect style!" -- Alisa Ng, Founder of ShopLatitude.com  960 1280

Latitude  

The Resort at Paws Up, nightly rates from $885

The Resort at Paws Up, nightly rates from $885

“Give an unforgettable glamping experience at Paws Up in Greenough, MT. Guests can go fly fishing, horseback riding and hot air ballooning before hitting the spa tent for a massage and retiring to their tent (with heated floors and electricity). Wilderness lovers and those who don't consider a vacation a vacation without certain creature comforts (think: gourmet meals), will both be pleased.” – Sara Gilliam, Senior Interactive Producer at Travel Channel  960 1280

The Resort at Paws Up  

Gift of Travel Sweepstakes

Gift of Travel Sweepstakes

What’s this snowy scene got to do with Puerto Rico? Everything! Enter our Gift of Travel Sweepstakes, and snag a grand prize of $10,000 cash. Just what could you do with a cool 10 grand while on vacation in Puerto Rico? Click on to find out! 960 1280

Travel Channel  

Travel Channel's Gear Guide

This web series informs travelers of all the new gadgets they should not live without. Hosted by Rob Pralgo, the series features 12 of the coolest new travel gadgets on the market.
Inflatable Stand-Up Paddleboard

Editors' Picks: Holiday Wish List

As travel junkies, it’s no surprise we have a few things on our holiday gift wish list this year involving travel. See what’s at the top of our list for 2013.
Pet Travel Bowl

Pet Travel Bowl

“Picture this: You’re on a long car ride, and suddenly, the dog begins to lick the condensation on the outside of your water bottle. Shoot! She needs water. But what to put it in? Don’t get caught in a pinch! These squishy pet travel bowls fold up so small, you can literally take them anywhere. An added bonus: they’re super cute!” -- Allee, Interactive Producer 960 1280

Dayna Winter  

Tablet Folio

Tablet Folio

"What’s the one thing we never leave home without? Our tablet, of course! I could forget my passport, but never my tablet (or iPad – whichever you prefer). And protection is key, so take care of it with the Tablet Folio from Fab.com." -- Rani, Managing Producer 960 1280

Fab.com  

Jewelry Travel Pouch

Jewelry Travel Pouch

"I've found when I travel with jewelry I tend to only bring a few special pieces, which would perfectly tuck into this chic jewelry pouch. I'm usually not a fan of monograms, but the gold, block letters still feel modern." – Sara, Interactive Producer 960 1280

Clare Vivier  

Eskuche Control v2 Headphones

Eskuche Control v2 Headphones

“The one thing I can't travel without is a good pair of headphones, but I still can't bring myself to drop $200 on a pair. Eskuche Control v2 headphones have all the quality, comfort and style of a high-end pair of headphones, but at a much more reasonable price. The retro styling keeps you hip while killing time at the airport or falling asleep on the plane, and the square, plush ear cups fit comfortably over your ears, so you can avoid the dreaded earring poke.” -- Amanda, Interactive Producer 960 1280

Eskuche  

Contigo Travel Mug

Contigo Travel Mug

“The Contigo travel mug is the perfect vessel for road trips. When you fill it with your beverage of choice, you don't need to worry about spilling anything if the mug topples over during a hard turn … unless it's filled with Pellegrino, as it doesn't always work well with carbonated drinks.” -- Arthur, Video Producer 960 1280

Contigo  

Skagen Watch

Skagen Watch

"I am a huge fan of watches. After scouring websites and retail stores, I found this affordable, yet sleek and classy Skagen watch – it’s the perfect gift for a watch lover.” – Ben, Interactive Producer
 960 1280

Skagen Denmark  

Book Dock

Book Dock

“If you travel a lot, making your destination feel a little more homey is always a plus and a Book Dock by Rich Neeley Designs can do just that. Every dock is unique and fits a variety of tablets and smartphones. I love that they keep my devices in one steady place, too, so I can avoid losing my smartphone in a hotel room’s unfamiliar nooks and crannies.” – Liz, Photo Editor 960 1280

Rich Neeley Designs  

Inflatable Stand-Up Paddleboard

Inflatable Stand-Up Paddleboard

“I’m obsessed with SUP (stand-up paddleboarding); I even have even taken up SUP yoga. The only problem is there’s no easy way to carry those giant boards around. My problem is solved with this Tower inflatable stand-up paddleboard! Now I can easily carry my board when I travel, as it folds up, comes with its own carrying bag and even fits in the overhead compartment on a plane. Perfect for my next trip to Hawaii.” -- Kathleen, Interactive Producer 960 1280

  

North Face Insulated Down Jacket

North Face Insulated Down Jacket

“With the Farmers’ Almanac predicting a nasty 2013-2014 winter season, it’s time to get back to the basics, with this sturdy, yet sleek long winter coat from The North Face. I’m hoping it will keep me warm in the wilds of Montana this winter!” -- Lisa, Interactive Producer 960 1280

The North Face  

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