Just in case you’re on Santa’s Team this year, here are a few items guaranteed to fit into the Christmas stockings of any travelers on your list:
1) If you followed the blog posts of my stay at Termas Papallacta this past summer, then you already know how I feel about chocolate. So is it any surprise that I would urge Santa to plant one in a traveler’s Christmas stocking? In the interest of research, mind you, I sampled the Tiramasu Dark Chocolate wedges in the nifty tin from The Chocolate Traveler’s International Collection. With eight small pieces, this little gift offers just the right amount to satisfy your sweet tooth without going overboard – unless you eat all eight pieces in one sitting, of course (and for the record, no , I didn’t.).
Where I Found It: REI – a package of 2, milk/dark chocolate, $8.50
2) Here’s another handy stocking stuffer: a specialty hand wrap to help world travelers identify their bag as it comes whizzing around on the luggage carousel. Assuming it makes it to the carousel, that is . . .
Where I Found It: Wide World Books & Maps, That’z Your Bag, $4.99
3) While the world does not start and end with chocolate, I always seem to circle round to it again when it comes to gift-giving. And, gosh darn it, I discovered this great palette of exotic flavors that was too good to pass up. While you might not be able to stuff all eight bars into one stocking, even including one or two is enough to inspire a future trip.
Where I Found It: Trader Joe’s, under $10.00 for eight bars of chocolate from Venezuela, Tanzania, Papua New Guinea, Dominican Republic, Peru, Ghana, Ecuador and São Thomé. Such a deal!
Of course, another stocking stuffer that will endear you to this traveler’s heart is a ticket to a surprise destination, like Australia, Antarctica – almost anywhere . . . Are you listening, Santa?
What stocking stuffers for travelers do you recommend, Wanderboomers? Santa needs all the help he can get!