Holiday Gift Guide 2018: The 13 Best Travel Gadgets For Tech Lovers

Technology has certainly made travel easier, but it can also make it much more fun.Photo: (Clockwise from top left) Courtesy of Apple; Courtesy of DJI; Courtesy of Samsung; Courtesy of Tile; Courtesy of Sony

With the holidays just around the corner, it’s time to start thinking about what to get your loved ones. Choosing the perfect gift can be tough, but the key is to strike a balance between necessity and desire. For the tech-savvy jetsetter in your life, gadgets that hit both marks will be instant winners, because while there’s no doubt that technology has made traveling easier, it can also make globetrotting much more fun. From the latest in photo- and video-enabled devices that will allow your wanderer to record every moment while abroad to more practical items that will give your adventurer peace of mind, here are 13 presents that techies will appreciate.

DJI Mavic 2 Pro travel holiday gift guide

DJI Mavic 2 ProPhoto: Courtesy of DJI

If there’s one gift that has remained at the top of just about every traveler’s wish list over the past couple of years, it’s a drone. These aerial devices help capture spectacular images and videos from vantage points that would be otherwise difficult—and in some cases, impossible—to achieve otherwise. DJI still remains at the forefront of the industry and after releasing the Mavic Pro Platinum last year followed by the lightweight Mavic Air in January, they’ve outdone themselves once more with the recently released Mavic 2 Pro. With improved battery life, greater range, faster speeds, omnidirectional sensors, and upgraded camera quality, it’s their best compact drone yet.

GoPro Hero7 Black travel holiday gift guide

GoPro Hero7 BlackPhoto: Courtesy of GoPro

For the adventure traveler an action camera is a must and GoPro has upped their game once again with the Hero7 Black. In addition to 12MP photo resolution and 8x slow-mo captures, the new devices also shoot smooth 4K videos with gimbal-like stabilization and are enabled for live streaming. Don’t forget all of the various accessories that’ll make this cam even more fun, like sport-friendly mounts and straps suited for a variety of exhilarating activities.


Sony a9 camera travel holiday gift guide

Sony a9 CMOS Sensor Full Frame Mirrorless Digital CameraPhoto: Courtesy of Sony

While the above gadgets are spectacular in their own right, purists still love the look and feel of a proper camera. For the best of the best, Sony’s a9 knocks all others out of the park. With a 24.2MP 35mm full-frame stacked CMOS sensor, high-speed continuous shooting at up to 20fps, shutter speeds up to 1/32000 seconds, ISO sensitivity that’s expandable up to 204800, and 5-axis image stabilization, there’s truly nothing else like it on the market.

iPhone XS Max travel holiday gift guide

iPhone XS and iPhone XS MaxPhoto: Courtesy of Apple

But for those that prefer to have everything at their fingertips, a trustworthy smartphone is the way to go. This year Apple unveiled the iPhone XS, which has Super Retina HD display, dual 12MP cameras with improvements to video capabilities, and an upgraded A12 Bionic chip for faster processing speeds. The biggest change is the introduction of a dual SIM system (the new XR model also has this), allowing jetsetters to have two lines on one device; it’s a significant update for those in need of a local number while traveling internationally. And if a bigger screen is being requested, the XS Max is the way to go—coming in at 6.5 inches, it’s the brand’s largest to date.

DJI Osmo Mobile 2 travel holiday gift guide