Comments 18

Your Gift Guide To Valentines Day – All Travellers & Budgets

With this non-holiday “holiday” coming up, there are a lot of Valentines Day themed posts dominating my social network newsfeed. So I thought I’d jump on the bandwagon and curate some useful and practical Valentines Days gift ideas for your special travelling half.

Thanks to Your Own Trail, Jake and Lisa have already listed a number of sweet ideas to get the ball rolling:

  • Luxury travel wallet
  • Travel journal or diary
  • Travel inspired jewellery
  • Map of where you’ve both travelled to
  • Romantic dinner, complete with their favourite vino
  • Day trip to somewhere easily accessible
  • Treat yourselves to a slightly luxurious accommodation

Here are more Valentines gift ideas to suit all types of budgets and all types of travellers.


  • Backpack for hiking, bushwalking or general travelling purposes.
  • Unique travel inspired jewellery – perhaps you’d like to remember one of your most fondest travel memory. I’ve always wanted a Coordinates Collection Jewellery bracelet so perhaps I’ll hint ask for these.
  • Long lasting scented candles that remind you of a place that you’ve travelled to – The Liberty Trading Co, Glasshouse Fragrances, Ecoya are our faves. Also visit markets local to where you’re travelling to as I can guarantee you will find locally made products, doubling as a souvenir.
  • Gadgets are always a treat – whether it’s a fitness gadget, camera attachments or a Victorinox Swiss Army Knife, there are loads to choose from.
  • If you were given a long Christmas list and you didn’t end up getting around to it all, perhaps some of these inexpensive gift ideas might help – leather luggage tags, mobile phone accessories, Amazon Kindle gift cards, world map wall decals, Powerbank or external battery charger.
  • Perhaps do something completely opposite of the romantic. Valentines Day 2013 has been our most memorable V-day to date – we decided to visit the Rocinha favela in Rio de Janeiro.
  • Or choose to go ultra romantic by treating your other half to a getaway. Fortunately, there are various online booking sites where you can score last minute bookings.
  • Chase the sunrise or sunset. Pack a small picnic and secure a vantage point.
  • Sketched portrait of yourselves by a street artist.
  • Take a hike (not that kind of hike!). Everywhere you go, there are natural parks and reserves. Take advantage of mother nature and go for a hike or bushwalk.
  • Book a night tour of the city that you’re currently in. Everything always look different at night.
  • Help each other tick one, two or three items from your bucketlists. You will definitely remember ticking off your bucketlist items more fondly.
  • Treat yourselves to a meal. Any meal. If you’re a budget traveller and have been DIY-ing your meals in your hostel, perhaps you might want to take a night off. It doesn’t have to be expensive. An expat friend of mine living in Hanoi Vietnam often tells me she treats herself to an “expensive” Pho Bo (beef and noodle soup) for just USD $1.50
  • Pop the question“would you like to spend Valentines Day with me?” *wink* What question do you think I was referring to?!

The Travel Channel and Conde Nast Traveler also curated a fantastic list of Valentines Day gift ideas so go check it out. My fave is the Cork Globe as I think it’s less tackier than the wall version. Still tacky, but less tackier.


What have you got planned for Valentines Day this year?


Feature Image: Flickr Carmen Eisbär and Inset Image: Rahim Packir Saibo – both under Creative Commons license agreement.



    • Hells YES!!!! Darn, if only I lived close! How good is it being in Europe or UK where everything is a Eurail, Easy Jet or Ryan Air away =)))


Love to hear your thoughts

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s