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10 Perfect Gifts for the Frequent Traveler

It can be incredibly difficult to come up with the perfect Christmas gift for everyone on your list.  To help you out, we’ve come up with our top ten gift ideas for the frequent travelers and road warriors in your life. They will love receiving a practical yet thoughtful present that they can use on the road.

In no particular order, here are our ten favorites:

10. A Tempur-Pedic Sleep Mask

Tempur-Pedic uses the same space age technology that has made their mattresses famous, to make the best sleep mask around. The mask molds to the wearer’s face to completely block out any light. And unlike the usual sleep masks, these won’t leave any tell-tale lines on their face. It’s a must for a good night’s sleep when traveling.

9. iTunes Giftcard

If you’re unsure of exactly what to get a person, it’s hard to go wrong with an iTunes giftcard. They can redeem it for music to listen to while traveling, order books, or download some of the best travel apps that they’ve had their eye on.

8. Emergency Car Kit

While not the most seemingly exciting of gifts, an emergency car kit could be a real live saver, especially for winter travelers. Made to store in the trunks of vehicles, these emergency kits usually contain a first aid kit, flashlight, foil blanket, jumper cables, batteries, dried food and more.

7. A Snack Box Subscription

There are so many temptations, along with a lack of healthy options when traveling, that it can be hard to eat right. Consider signing up your friend or loved one for a healthy snack box service. Each month, companies like Naturebox send out a box of assorted and rotating healthy snack options. Your gift recipient can then bring these snacks on the road with them.

6. Noise Cancelling Headphones

Noise-cancelling headphones are a god send to anyone stuck in noisy spaces. Not only is the sound quality fantastic, but the headphones to an amazing job of cancelling out all the other noise around you. We especially love them for drowning out the humming noise of airplane engines.

5. Travel Beauty Bag

If the person you’re buying for is a frequent flier, make them a travel beauty bag that they carry on the place. Pick up a clear plastic quart sized bag and fill it with sample sizes (of no more than 3oz.) of your favorite beauty and toiletry products, including shampoo, body wash and moisturizer.

4. Travel Notebooks

Frequent travelers love to jot down their thoughts in Moleskine and Field Notes travel journals. The journals are slim so travel well even when packing light. Your gift recipient can use them to take notes on the places they’ve been, restaurants they’ve eaten at, they can even use it to keep track of expenses.

3. Microfiber Towels

On the road, Microfiber towels work so much better than regular towels. They are very light weight, taking up very little space in luggage, yet they do an amazing job of soaking up moisture, getting you dry faster. The towels themselves also dry faster than normal towels, so they won’t dampen the rest of the luggage.

2. Massage Gift Certificates

Being out on the road for weeks on end can be stressful. Give your gift recipient something to look forward to, when they return home – a relaxing massage. It will help sooth their travel weary body.

1. Coffee Press

With the bodum travel press, it’s quick and easy to have a delicious cup of coffee, no matter where you are. With this french press system, all you need are the beans and hot water. The coffee is brewed right in the travel mug. The press also works great for tea lovers to.

What are your favorite travel gifts to give and receive?

 

 

Free Things to Do in Orlando

Orlando Skyline at Night

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Taking a trip to Orlando can be an expensive endeavor, especially if you plan on hitting the theme parks. Plan carefully however, and you’ll find that there are many free things to do in Orlando, which can help ease the expenses. Here are a few of our favorite free or low-cost options:

Free at Walt Disney World

Disney BoardWalk

Sitting on a large lake, between EPCOT and Disney’s Hollywood Studios is a stunning quarter-mile boardwalk filled with all kinds of Disney Magic. Peruse the unique shops, do some people watching and catch the live entrainment. Sometimes there are jugglers, other times its magic tricks, or an a capella performance.  There is no charge for the BoardWalk (though restaurants and shopping are of course, extra).

Downtown Disney

Downtown Disney is Disney’s free Entertainment area. The complex is filled with all sorts of shops, activities, restaurants and entertainment. The people watching is pretty great too! Kids (and many adults) could spend a whole day playing at the LEGO World. Downtown Disney is open during the day, but really gets going after the sun sets.

The Monorail/Fireworks

The Monorail is what brings guests from the parking lots to different spots around Disney World including the Magic Kingdom. It’s really a (free) ride in itself. We recommend taking a night tour on. Drop by each of the hotels that it stops at and explore the lobbies. Our favorite is the Contemporary, as the monorail goes right through the hotel!

While heading around the lake, be on the lookout for the Electrical Parade out on the water. After you’ve visited the hotels, head for the Magic Kingdom. There is no cost as long as you stay outside of the gates. It’s a great spot to view the fireworks that go off nightly.

Free at Universal Studios

Universal Citywalk

Similar to Downtown Disney, Universal Citywalk is Universal Studio’s entertainment complex, and there is no admission charge. Citywalk is home to a movie theater, bars, restaurants and lots of shops. Spend some time browsing the stores and doing some people watching. Take in the sights, sounds and decorations. The Holidays are an especially beautiful time to visit.

Universal Orlando Hotel

Enjoy an Italian night out at the Loews Portofino Bay Hotel Universal Orlando Resort. Every Friday night, in the main lobby, live Italian music is preformed. The music is always changing, but it’s always lovely to listen to.

 

Free Outside the Parks

Black Hammock Adventures

Learn all about alligators while getting up close and personal with them at the Wildlife Exhibit at Black Hammock Adventures. While the amusement park does charge fees for boat and hovercraft rides, the Wildlife Exhibit is always free. Here’s you’ll find all sorts of Florida’s creatures like parrots, snakes and fan favorites – the alligators! If you attend the exhibit on a Sunday, you’ll get to see the park’s star Hammy, be fed.

Fleaworld

We know, the name doesn’t sound very attractive, but we promise you won’t return home with bed bugs after visiting Fleaworld. It’s actually the largest flea market in America. Stroll along the numerous stalls and you’ll come across all sorts of interesting items (and people). If you do find an object that catches your eye, try bargaining the price down – some vendors love a good challenge.

Orlando Brewing Company

When you visit the Orlando Brewing Company, not only will you get a tour of the ten year old brewing facility, but you’ll get to sample some of their premium, organic beers, all for free. The company produces a number of unique and delicious beers, some with interesting names like Pompass Ass IPA and Miami Weiss. Tours are held at 6pm every day except Sunday.

Oscala National Forest

Nature walks might not be the first thing you think of when planning a trip to Orlando, but the Oscala National Forest is one of the largest and most beautiful national parks in Florida. Located just north of Orlando, it makes for a great day trip. There are hiking and biking trails, and you can swim and snorkel in the lakes year round.

Rocket Launches

If you’re lucky enough to be in Orlando on the day of a rocket launch, you’ll have the amazing opportunity to see a rocket blast into space from nearby Cape Canaveral. While it is worth the hour-long drive out to the cape to view the launch, if the skies are clear, you’ll be able to see the liftoff at just about any clear space in Orlando. Be sure to look to the southeast.

Second Stage Series

See what the Rollins College drama students are up during their Second Stage Series performances at the Fred Stone Theater. The Second Stage Series is created, directed and preformed by the college students. Admission to the performances always free, and first come, first serve.

For other budget friendly activities in Orlando, plan ahead and search online for coupons that are valid during your stay. Many places offer discounts, 2-for-1 deals and more. To learn more about how to save money when visiting Orlando check out this blog post.