Who would have thought that Ireland has such an insatiable travel itch?
The wanderlust cliche is probably the fastest growing trend in history. The need to experience new cultures, traditions and glorious, sunny weather has generated a significant increase in seasoned travellers, and we all know one.
The world is working in the travel bug's favour with cheap flights, Airbnb and access to Uber luring mass amounts of daydreamers to breakaway to Paris for the weekend and enjoy a cafe au lait at Café de Flore - when in Rome. Also, the promise of a more fluid and prosperous job trajectory along with an excitingly different lifestyle have encouraged generations to opt for the long-term-visa adventure in Canada or Australia.
For a nation of home birds, it can be quite hard to pin people down at the moment. The travel epidemic has revolutionised modern-life and we are here for it. With travel becoming more readily available to all saying goodbye, for now, has not gotten any easier. Yet, a travel-comfort surprise means you are still with them in some shape or form.
Check out gift guide of travel essentials to make any trip all the more special.
AirPods Pro, €279, Apple
Apple’s latest creation, AirPods Pro are magic to your ears with active noise cancellation, transparency mode so you can hear and connect with the world around you, a customisable fit and they are sweat and water-resistant. The number one travel essential, dessert island device, a travel junkie is truly lost without headphones.
Polaroid Originals Polaroid OneStep 2 Vf Camera, €129.99, Brown Thomas
Capturing travel moments is crucial, saving the memories in style is a bonus. The Polaroid OneStep 2 features a powerful flash, sixty-day battery life, self-timer function and a quality lens for incredible pictures in one click. A vintage feel, keepsake camera for truly unique shots you will want to use as wallpaper.
Rifle Paper Co Wild Rose 2020 Diary, €39, Oliver Bonas
Travelling is one million times more enjoyable when time management is involved. Taking a day planner with you on your trip can be such a saviour. Organising what sites you want to visit on a certain day, travel times and tickets can all be stored safely in your planner so you can make the most out of your trip and save your phone battery.
Tripp - Flamingo 'Accessories' Pillow, €8.50, Debenhams
Neck Pillows are an in-flight dream come true. Catching up on some sleep is completely possible with Tripp’s soft fabric pillow with microbead filling. It is no secret that travelling can be exhausting, in which case meet your new best friend.
The Gift Of Red Carpet Skin Travel Kit, €75, Charlotte Tilbury
Sadly, travelling isn’t a foolproof activity and can often leave you feeling run-down, showing the effects on your skin. However, with Charlotte Tilbury’s trusty skincare and makeup travel kit, you will look just as flawless as you did pre-flight. The set includes Charlotte’s Goddess Clay Mask, Multi Miracle Glow Cleansing Balm, Magic Cream, Wonderglow, Supermodel Body and the Take It All Off Cleanser all perfectly kept in a glamourous TCA-approved makeup bag. Thank you Charlotte.
Samsonite Cosmolite 4 Wheels Spinner 55cm, €400, Samsonite
The classic Cosmolite suitcase has been reimagined with more lightweight components for easy travel. The ribbed shell design provides extra strength with interior compartments squashing the stress of packing. The trusty Cosmolite is practicality at its finest.
Celine Eyewear Oversized Square Acetate Sunglasses, €373, MATCHESFASHION
Suncare protection is a top priority, particularly in a hot climate which is why sunglasses fail to go out of style - plus they upgrade any outfit to ultimate glamour. Celine’s sunglasses are a cult classic produced in Italy with UV protection and logo insets. Boujee and timeless.
Large Technical Bag With Zip, €69, COS
Spare the suitcase hassle for a short trip with COS’ smooth and modern weekender bag. With practical colouring and a lightweight feel and an inside zip pocket, this spacious holdall doubles as deluxe city shopper and a packing essential.
Deluxe Scratch Map, €24, Oliver Bonas
The number one source of travel inspiration that pulls on nostalgia. A world map is a creative reminder to all travel lovers of the places left to visit and a unique interior piece. Best to include a box of thumbtacks with this gift.
Elenor Oliphant is Completely a Fine by Gail Honeyman, €8.99, Eason
An amazing read is the best form of in-flight and poolside entertainment. Whatever your genre preference, escaping with a book is just beneficial for your imagination as travel is for the soul. Gail Honeyman’s Sunday Times bestselling contemporary fiction book is an unforgettable story that is sure to enhance your holiday experience.
Neom Organics Perfect Night's Sleep Pillow Mist, 30ml, €24, Amazon UK
A heavenly and relaxing blend consisting of 14 essential oils guaranteed to give you a perfect night’s sleep. Spray on your pillow (or neck pillow) and enjoy - after a full day of sightseeing or travelling a re-energising rest is the only remedy.
ADATA P20000D Power Bank, €49.99, Harvey Norman
A gift that does not need to be justified, the lack of plugs in all airports speak for themselves. A practical and travel life-saver with dual USB ports and enough power to fully recharge a smartphone 6.4 times. No more missed calls or photo opportunities.
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