Getaway Brigade

It’s the last day of our weeklong gift guide extravaganza! Every day this week, we posted a new guide of travel-related gift ideas for the special people in your life. Today, instead of posting a gift guide for a specific type of person, we’re showing you some travel items to splurge on.

Obviously what counts as a “splurge” varies from person to person. The items featured today run from “sort of pricey if you’re on a budget” to “you’d better really like this person if you’re giving them this” to “please tell me how you have this much money to spend on someone else.”

Intrigued? Me too! Let’s do this!


1. Luggage

I can’t think of anyone who wouldn’t appreciate some really nice luggage. It’s one of those things that just makes the travel experience a little sweeter. And as someone who hauls around an ordinary canvas roller, I admit to eagerly ogling strangers’ suitcases in airports and dreaming of having my own envy-inducing suitcase.

I myself am a sucker for hard-shell cases and fell in love with the pictured suitcases by Hideo Wakamatsu when I saw them on Fab. I can’t decide if it looks better in red, or white with red trim. Mmmm.

If the pictured suitcases aren’t your thing, or you feel like dropping more than $300+, I suggest you look at the stuff on Globe Trotter—now that is some gorgeous stuff.

(Other places to look for luggage: Tumi, Rimowa, Flight 001, and Zappos.)

2. Carry-on bag


Maybe the object of your affection already has a nice suitcase and needs something for weekend getaways. Or maybe they’d rather have a versatile carry-on that doesn’t take much space. In any case, a nice carry-on bag isn’t a bad idea. I love the clean, unisex look of Everlane’s Weekenders, which should be sturdy enough to stand up to any adventure.

Another option is Peasants and Travelers’ Doctor’s Bag, which I bought for Bryce from Fab several years ago. It’s a great little carry-on that you may have spotted in his post on packing.

3. Tote bag


Everyone could use a good tote bag. (Guys included!) They’re a not-so-sneaky way to max out your “personal bag” limit on the airplane and they double as beach or picnic bags on getaways. Plus, in the case of overnight stays or extremely minimalist packing, one tote bag can be all you need.

Once again, Everlane nails it with their totes; in addition to the one pictured (it’s the gray one on the left) in reverse denim, they offer their totes in multiple colors. If you’re looking for a bigger splurge or something with more personality, I love Kate Spade’s nautical-looking tote with the words “Get out of town”—how perfect is that?

4. Spacepak Set


For some people, this is a splurge; for others, this may be a side gift to include with a suitcase. In any case, a Spacepak set is a super-useful packing accessory that will help take the headache out of packing. Spacepaks are individual compartments for your clothes, so you can keep them organized, and they stack easily in your suitcase so packing is less “Tetris” and more “that toddler game where you put blocks through a hole.”

The entire Spacepak set can be found here; Flight 001 also has individual Spacepaks.

5. Round-the-World Ticket

Remember how I said earlier that this guide ran from reasonable splurging to “please tell me how you have this much money to spend on someone else”? Well, here it is: the splurge to end all splurges, the gift that will make you the best gift-giver in the world.

A round-the-world plane ticket.

In its most basic form, a round-the-world ticket is like a season pass for an airplane alliance—so instead of just getting you from point A to point B, a RTW plane ticket enables you to take multiple (sometimes unlimited) flights to and from anywhere in the world for a year (or sometimes longer!) It’s the stuff dreams are made of.

There are multiple kinds of RTW tickets, and they can run you between $3,000 and $10,000. They also require a lot of research and a lot of planning, so don’t expect to just pick one up on the way home from work. If you’re interested, Nomadic Matt has a really comprehensive post about round-the-world tickets.

Hope you enjoyed our week of gift ideas! If you have any questions about the items we featured or other ideas for travel gifts, please let us know in the comments!

Our previous gift guides:
Day 1: For Your Parents
Day 2: For the Techie
Day 3: For the Stylish Jetsetter
Day 4: For the Modern Gentleman
Day 5: For the Germaphobe
Day 6: For the Travelphobe

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