As a travel writer, I’ve learned a few tricks of the trade over the years. Some are tried and true, and some are new. If you are looking for a gift for the travel writer in your life these 5 gifts for travel writers might be the perfect solution.
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My reporter’s notebook is an essential part of my travel writing toolkit. I write down quotes, history notes, destination notes, foodie notes, ideas for future articles – anything I want to remember and that I find interesting enough to include in an article.
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5 Gifts for Travel Writers
Travelers like to fly, and flying on miles is always a good thing. Many airlines have special offers throughout the year where you can buy a certain amount of miles and get bonus miles for your mile purchase. And, most airlines let you gift miles and/or transfer miles into another account (sometimes there is a fee for transfer). Each travel writer has their airline preference, so I’d recommend checking with them first before gifting miles.
As an example, for my MFA graduation this summer I asked for Alaska Airline miles as I often get emails where I get bonus miles if I buy miles. For $302.50 I got 11,000 miles, plus 2,200 bonus miles, for a total of 13,200 miles. Little did I know, that a month later, that purchase would help me get to St. Simons Island, Georgia for a press trip. And, I even had miles to spare!
LED Bicolor Camera Light
One thing I love about meeting up with other travel writers is sharing traveler tips. On a recent press trip to St. Simons Island I meet travel writer and amazing photographer Tammy Lee Bradley from Visit The South. For those poor lighting situations, which is usually at dinner when you want to take a really good food shot, she pulled out a couple of LED Camera Lights. Needless to say, they made all of our photos better. When I got home I decide to purchase a Flashpoint 198 LED Bicolor on Camera Light for myself.
USB Backup Solar Powared Battery
I’ve been in countless situations while traveling where my phone is either almost dying or dead when I really need to take a photo, check my email, or post something to my social media accounts. This August, I decided to remedy that and buy the Aduro® PowerUp Solar Powered Rugged Backup Battery W/ Dual USB Ports. So far, I’ve been pleased with how sturdy it is and while not super fast, it does charge my phone pretty quick. I also like its solar option as we go tent camping in the summers and to have solar charging power makes sense. The one thing I didn’t like about it, is that It didn’t come with instructions, which required some online searching. The functions are pretty basic – on, off, flashlight mode – you get the idea.
5 Gifts for Travel Writers
Seagate Backup Portable Hard Drive
This year I learned a very hard lesson. My computer crashed and 6 months worth of photos were destroyed. Needless to say, I’m still feeling the effects of this when I go to search for a photo for an article and it is no longer there. When this happened I invested in a Seagate Backup Portable Hard Drive.There are varying storage sizes and of course costs. But, not matter what you choose, it is worth every penny.
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