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All a traveller wants for Christmas…

Every year for Christmas you get asked the same question: “What do you want this year?” When my family asked me this a week ago I didn’t have an answer – I have everything I need. But as usual, I’ve come up with a few things I’d like (rather than need) especially as I’ll be spending a little bit of time at home over the summer. So here is my Christmas list for 2010.

Kodak Playsport
I have been drooling over this little puppy since I got my hands on it whilst working at a summer camp, then I got to have a play at the London Bloggers Meet-Up and THEN again when Cailin bought hers to London with her.. and that’s it – love.
Playsports are the ultimate  adventure camera. Not only are they a decent price (under AUS$150) they can slip away into pockets or bags easily, they are durable, they are waterproof/shockproof/dust-and-sand-proof – they can do almost anything.
Next year I’m planning on doing a lot more videos (lets start at a goal of 1per month, okay?!) and I think the Playsport could go where my JVC can not. (I’d also like one of these great XShot‘s as well!)

Books
I am an avid reader and have recently begun reading a lot more travel literature. So for Christmas I am hoping Santa will bring some new books for me. The list includes: The Lonely Planet Story, Jaywalking with the Irish, and a couple of guidebooks. Any more suggestions of good books would be appreciated!

Polaroid Camera
I have wanted one of these since I played with the one my Dad had as a kid. The fact you get ‘instant’ photos has always been appealing and I have always wanted to use one to take photos of a summer of my life and a road trip. As Polaroid has recently released a new line of instant-cams I thought now would be the perfect time to pick one up. They’re rather large, so probably not so good for traveling lightly but they are just so much fun!

French Lessons
My master plan (how evil does that sounds?!) is to become fluent in French (or well on the way) by the time I finish University. I studied French for a semester at University and found that despite loving languages and having a passion to learn then, I just don’t enjoy doing it in a classroom environment.
I’d really like to have some one-on-one oral-speaking classes as I find coupled with reading (and the Benny’s (the Irish Polyglot’s) Language Hacking Guide!), that is how I will learn best and excel!

An awesome backpack!
When traveling I have been a suitcase girl – one for check-in and one for on-board. I want to change this and try and complete a backpacking challenge (which is still to be set!) and so, for that I may as well look the part and limit my carrying weight by buying a backpack.
Names such as REM get thrown around a lot but for Christmas I’d really like someone who knows their stuff to come shopping with me and help me choose one which isn’t too fancy or with too many bells and whistles… oh, and lightweight!

So that’s my Christmas list.. as usual, left til the last minute!
Is there anything in particular that you want as a traveler for Christmas? Or do you have some ideas about what to give the traveler in your life?

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5 Comments

  • Reply
    Eurotrip Tips
    December 30, 2010 at 9:33 am

    Haha funny image!
    And great selection of gifts!

  • Reply
    Alix
    January 1, 2011 at 9:11 am

    May I recommend:

    Books
    When a Crocodile Eats the Sun by Peter Godwin (not travel writing, but it’s about Zimbabwe and is awesome)
    On The Road by Jack Kerouac (classic)
    In Patagonia by Bruce Chatwin (a source of inspiration for many travel writers)
    Under the Tuscan Sun by Frances Mayes (will make you want to move to Tuscany. Seriously.)
    The No.1 Ladies’ Detective Agency Series by Alexander McCall Smith (also not travel writing, but set in Botswana and just gorgeously written)

    See http://matadornetwork.com/bnt/2008/01/03/the-50-greatest-travel-books-of-all-time/ for more.

    Backpack
    My hubby and I are totally in love with Osprey after I bought one of their hiking packs to replace my dying travel pack in Bolivia. They do specially designed packs for women (to conform around our girly parts) and are *very* comfortable.
    See http://www.ospreypacks.com

    Good luck and Merry Christmas!

    • Reply
      Nicole
      January 2, 2011 at 2:57 am

      Thanks for the great recommendations Alix!
      I’ll defiantly be reading some of those books and checking out the Matador list and finding an Osprey supplier. =)

  • Reply
    Holly
    January 20, 2011 at 9:43 pm

    I just read Sleeping Around, by Brian Thacker. Awesome recount of a couch surfing tour of the world.

    I also love my Kathmandu Interloper pack, if that helps.

    • Reply
      Nicole
      January 20, 2011 at 11:16 pm

      Thanks Holly =) I’ll keep both of those suggestions in mind!

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