It is that time of year again! If you don’t usually start your holiday shopping early, this is the year to begin. Because the early bird gets the worm called sales and better prices. Although this year hasn’t included travel for most, it’s still on our minds. And if you have a travel lover in your life (or maybe it’s you!), I’m rounding up some of the best travel-themed gifts. And best of all, most are on sale or offer coupons. And if they’re not on sale, they partner with Rakuten, meaning you get a percentage cash back with your purchase. Here are some great Black Friday deals for travel lovers.
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First things first: Rakuten
If you don’t have a Rakuten account, the holiday season is truly the time to change that. It’s 100% free to open an account, and you get cash back at thousands of stores online. Getting money back for doing the shopping you already do? Heck yeah!
Best of all? They’re doing a promotion now that if you sign up with my link, you get $40 when you make your first purchase. I’ve gotten more than $100 in cash back from Rakuten — and that was from online shopping only with a college student budget. If you’re wanting to profit from the best Black Friday deals for travel lovers, this is step one.
My walls are always plastered with postcards, maps and other travel wall art. And Rifle Paper Co. is one of my favorite places to find these items. I have this wall print of France and absolutely love it. They have plenty of other cities, countries and states, too. Everything at Rifle Paper Co. is 30% for Black Friday with the code VIP30.
I also purchased a darling New Yorker cover on Etsy, if you’re looking to shop small.
Phone cases + trinkets
This Rifle Paper Co. phone case is currently 50%, and the globe keychain is also on sale. Everything at Rifle Paper Co. is 30% for Black Friday with the code VIP30.
For the past two years, I’ve had Rifle Paper Co. calendars and am astounded at the quality of paper and ink. At the end of the year, I couldn’t bear to part with the illustrations, so I cut them out to hang up. And everything at Rifle Paper Co. is 30% for Black Friday with the code VIP30.
You cannot travel successfully without a reliable bag. It’s just the facts. I’ve tried travel backpacks over the years, but one of my favorites is the classic NorthFace backpack, which I used at school for years. But its quality is unbeatable and the compartments are handy.
My friend Riley also recommended this Dakine backpack, which I received for Christmas last year. I also highly recommend this bag for its sturdy, waterproof quality. And I like that you can roll it over to the size you need. Even more, as a traveler, I worry about pickpocketers and don’t like having my belongings on my back, out of sight. But with this backpack, I feel better because it would be extremely hard to sneak something out of this one.
Blanket scarves are one of my travel staples through and through. Not only do they keep you warm, but they also spice up your outfits. When I studied abroad for three weeks during the winter, I *lived* in my leopard blanket scarf from Old Navy. Especially in Prague! And blanket scarves are 40% at Old Navy right now.
When you’re on the go, you need to make sure your luggage can keep up. I had bought a Samsonite bag on sale at Marshall’s because my Away luggage hadn’t arrived in time. And the Samsonite bag was a pain to roll around. The wheels could not support what I had inside my bag, and it was not a pleasant experience at all. I’m so glad Away’s large blush suitcase is waiting for me back in America. I will gladly swap out my current Samsonite for my cute, sturdy Away luggage when I return from France. Get $20 off your first Away bag.
What is a passport without an adorable cover? I own both the I’m Outta Here and I’ve Been to Paris passport covers — the second of which is half off currently along with other discounted patterns. And I am obsessed with both patterns and quality. Get $10 off any $20 purchase at ban.do with my link.
Sometimes planning and anticipating your trip can be just as fun as the actual adventure. I have the “I’m Outta Here” ban.do travel planner, which is complete with stickers and tear-out postcards. Select styles are on sale. Get $10 off any $20 purchase at ban.do with my link.
I am in love with my ban.do toiletries bag and like its compartment pockets and overall size. Also, the pink floral design is one of my favorites. It’s currently on sale, too. Get $10 off any $20 purchase at ban.do with my link.
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Travelers cannot survive without comfy, sturdy shoes. But you also don’t want to look like a doofus in your photos. Good news: I am love with how comfy and cute my Sperry duck boots and Naturalizer sneakers are. Multiple Sperry styles are on sale. Plus, Rakuten cash back for these two stores range from 3.5% to 5%.
What did humans do before portable chargers? Because my Anker portable charger has saved my life on multiple occasions. This is a practical gift that will be used for many years to come. I also love my Beats because they block out the noise on airplanes and are easy to work out with.
This year has been a wild one, but I hope that your holiday season is filled with special memories and sweet moments. And with these Black Friday deals for travel lovers!