For that someone in your life who’d rather be anywhere else but where they are.
1. The Tao of Travel by Paul Theroux. Travel writer and novelist Paul Theroux has compiled a beautiful book of quotes, thoughts and insights from not only himself but many other travel writers as well on the positives and negatives of the travel experience. $21.77 atIndigo.
2. A one-year subscription to National Geographic Traveler. The granddaddy of all travel magazines. Its stories, articles, photos and traveling tips will inspire wanderlust in anyone. $19.95 from National Geographic.
3. A map of the world. The perfect addition to a bare wall. A constant reminder of how big the world is and will instill the desire to go EVERYWHERE. Prices vary at allposters.ca.
4. BBC’s Planet Earth: The Complete Series. The world’s mountains, deserts, oceans, caves, forests… all of Earth’s natural wonders are covered in this epic series about the planet. And, in the words of a friend who has seen and loved it: “It’s fucking monumentally insane.” Word. $49.95 on amazon.ca.
5. Godiva Shampoo and Conditioner Bar. This solid 2-in-1 bar means no leaks and less packaging (leaving room for more clothes/shoes/hair straighteners/whatevers in your suitcase). Bonus: It’s vegan, preservative-free and like totally good for the environment. $10.95 from Lush Cosmetics.
6. Taschen City Guides, 12 volume set. This box set covers the four mega-stylish cities, Paris, Berlin, London and New York and divides each into three sections for hotels, shops and restaurants. $64.99 at The Drake General Store.
7. MEC Walkabout Travel Backpack. A backpacker’s essential. $99.00 (on sale!) at Mountain Equipment Co-op.
8. Marc by Marc Jacobs Pretty Nylon Cosmetics Case. A girl needs something to put toiletries in and this case is pink and snake-printed, sooooo. $88.56 from Shopbop.
9. Lonely Planet’s The Travel Book. The title pretty much explains it, but in case you need further information, the profiles on 229 countries and destinations and 817 stunning photographs should help you out. $32.00 from Lonely Planet.
~ Lindsay Tapscott