Top Gifts for Senior Travelers

Holiday Gift Ideas for the Mature Traveler

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Travel-related gifts are perfect for the active seniors and Baby Boomers on your list. Whether you're buying for seasoned travelers or first-time vacationers, we'll help you find the perfect travel-related gift.

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Money Belt / Travel Pouch

Wherever you travel, keeping your money and travel documents safe is very important. Wearing a comfortable money belt or neck pouch is the best way to foil pickpockets.

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Travel Guidebooks

If you already know your senior traveler's next destination, you can purchase a guidebook that focuses on that area. Alternatively, a general interest travel book, such as The Traveler's Web, will help any senior traveler plan a rewarding trip.

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Dual Voltage Appliances / Voltage Converters

Perhaps your favorite mature traveler is headed to another country. If so, a dual-voltage hair dryer, electric razor or curling iron might be a welcome gift. Voltage converters and plug adapters are also useful items. Plug adapter shapes vary by country, so it's a good idea to do a little research before you buy a set of adapters.

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GPS Unit / Map Upload

On any trip, getting lost can be frightening. A handheld GPS unit can be a traveler's best friend. Map uploads are available for cities and countries around the world. You can also buy map uploads for specific national parks, lakes and golf courses.

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Onboard Cruise Gifts

Perhaps your senior relative or friend has booked a cruise. Holland America Lines and Crystal Cruises – both popular with senior travelers – are among the many cruise lines that offer passengers' friends and family the chance to purchase onboard gifts, such as shipboard credit, flowers, prepaid gratuities and spa packages for their loved ones.

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Prepaid Credit, Debit or Gas Cards

It's always nice to have extra travel money. You can buy a prepaid VISA card at your local grocery store or bank. Many grocery stores also sell prepaid gas cards. Don’t forget to check the card's expiration date.

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Emergency Roadside Service Plan

If the senior travelers on your list take lots of road trips, consider buying them a roadside service plan. Some plans, including AARP Motoring Plan Premier and AAA Plus RV, cover RVs as well as automobiles. Others offer extended towing, usually up to 100 miles, which can be very helpful if you break down in a national park or wilderness area. Better World Club provides roadside bicycle assistance in addition to traditional automobile assistance.

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Portable Fitness Gear

It's easier than ever to stay fit while traveling. Fitness gear comes in all shapes and sizes, and there are many portable options, ranging from weights to DVDs. One of my favorites is The Fit Traveler - Senior Edition, which includes an exercise band and illustrated exercise guide.

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