travelers guife guide


It’s undeniable that Christmas season is here and I know you’re all scrambling to buy gifts like me. So I have curated the best gifts you can buy for your travel-addicted family, friends, lovers and of course YOU!

Here are 12 of the best stuff you should buy to keep your travels as stylish and fabulous as possible. Because you know, you don’t always have to be that dirty,smelly backpacker sleeping in hostel dorm rooms. And even if you are, you can always stay in style with these really cool things.

P.S. There are no affiliate links in this post. Only real recommendations. 😀


1. Helly Hansen Mylla Rand Boot

This very stylish, comfortable and warm boots with faux fur lining is ideal for winters spent chasing the Northern Lights in Lapland or around town shopping in the cozy winters of Stockholm. I think it’s the most versatile winter boots from one of the most trusted Scandinavian brand, Helly Hansen. I got a new pair online via Blacks. I can’t wait to use it on my trip to Finland in January.

Cost: 120 pounds. Get a pair here. I love Blacks online shop because they have a lot of good, quality stuff on sale.


helly hansen myra boots



2. Leather Weekender

It’s so easy to be stylish when you’re accessorized with a leather bag. I got this leather weekender online early this year and it’s my favorite travel bag for my short trips in Brunei or Belgium. It doesn’t look that big but trust me, I’ve packed everything in this sweet bag for a 2 week trip in Borneo last February.

Cost: ~150 euros. Get your own here.


leather bag


3. Peter Storm Men’s Record Wellies

Love music festivals? Dancing in the rain? These festival boots from Peter Storm are destined for muddy festivals and all kinds of rainy day adventures. I got a pair online via Millets in preparation for next summer’s music festivals. I know. I’m very organized like that.

Cost: 25 pounds. Get yours here. It’s currently on sale.


peter welley festival boots


4. Penguin Corkscrew

When you’re traveling in Europe, you’re faced with many situations that call for a corkscrew or bottle opener. Then you should have this pretty neat penguin corkscrew in your pocket. Made with white oak wood and stainless steel, this convenient and portable sommelier knife features a corkscrew in a folding body similar to a pocket knife. Plus it also features a bottle opener for opening soda and beer. This is definitely something most people don’t pack in their travel bags, but I do now and made lots of friends because of it.

Cost: 8.49 euros. Get yours here.


penguin cork screw


5. Robot Headphone Splitter

This is perfect for people who travel in pairs. Or solo travelers who want to find a partner 😀 I’ve always been frustrated when I wanted to watch a movie on my laptop with someone or share the music I’m listening to and I can’t because there’s only one plug for an earphone on a laptop or a smartphone. Well, this thing solves that problem. I saw it in the mall one time and hoarded all their stock which I gave to my sisters and other friends.

Cost: $10. Get yours here.


headpone splitter

headphone splitter


6. North Face Jecs Triclimate 3-in-1 Jacket

Speaking of winter trips in Europe or elsewhere, you can never go wrong with this classic black North Face tri-climate 3-in-1 jacket. And it’s not just for winter too. This versatile, protective jacket is ideal for indecisive weather. It’s the ultimate all weather jacket. This 3 in 1 combines these two zip-in protective layers to create a waterproof and breathable jacket which can adapt to changing weather conditions. You can wear the shell and inner separately on warmer days to combat the elements, or combine them to insulate yourself from cold and wet weather. I got a pair online from Blacks for Michael and he has been using it in our trips in Baden-baden and Nuremberg. He loves it.

Cost: 170 pounds. Get yours here as it is exclusively on sale at Blacks.


north face tri-climate



7. WESC Headphones

I love their headphones. They look delicious. You can choose from various colors and style too.

Cost: 50-150 euros. Get yours here.


wesc bass dj dandelion headphones


8. Canon Powershot G16

I am a loyal Canon fan. My first biggest purchase in life was a Canon digicam. I have been using Canon for the last 10 years. If you’re going to buy a new digicam, I think this super chic Powershot G16 is a good choice. Plus it’s wifi-enabled. WIN!

Cost: $500. Get it from the shopping mall nearest you.




9. Warby Parker sunnies

Warby Parker is one of my favorite glasses and sunglasses store. Why? Because they sell designer glasses for a very cheap price and they do good too. They donate a pair of glasses for every pair they sell. Besides the fact that their glasses are super stylish, classy and trendy, I also love them because they sell sunglasses like the one below with prescription lenses! I don’t have 20/20 vision anymore so sunglasses with prescription lenses are made for me. The only drawback is that they only ship within the US.

Cost: $95-$100. Get yours here.




10. Burt’s Bees beeswax lip balm

Dry lips was never in style! So go get yourself one of these and your lips will love you for it. (See also: how to score while traveling)

Cost: $3. Get it from the beauty shop near you.


burt bees beeswax lipbalm


11. Travel-inspired reads

Guys (or girls) who read are super sexy. Interestingly, I finish more books when I’m on the road. Here are some of my favorite books that I read this year.

The 100-Year-Old-Man Who Climbed Out The Window and Disappeared by Jonas Jonasson – I finished reading this book in 2 days while I was busy getting drunk with gluhwein in Nuremberg Christmas Market. It was so good, funny and well-written I couldn’t put the book down. I’m not going to say more but this book probably taught me more about world history and Swedish culture than your normal, boring history book.

Freedom by Jonathan Franzen – I love Jonathan Franzen ever since I read his award-winning book, “The Corrections”. This book is kind of depressing so don’t read it when you’re actually sad because it will just make you sadder. It’s another Great American Novel that makes a social commentary on humanity, overpopulation, etc etc. It’s the ultimate lyrical realist novel.

Siddharta by Herman Hesse – This book deals with the spiritual journey of self-discovery of a man named Siddhartha during the time of the Gautama Buddha. It’s a short read but this philosophical book will make you question a lot of things about life.

A Night Train To Lisbon by Pascal Mercier – Just go buy it. It’s soooooooooooo good it makes me cry. If you didn’t like the book after reading, please let me know and I’ll refund your money.

Cost: $5-10. Grab a copy at the nearest book store.




12. Travel Experiences

There is no better gift than experiencing things and creating memories. Ever wanted to ride a hot air balloon in Barcelona? Go do it. Dreamt of bungee jumping in Macau? Book it! Do whatever you’ve always dreamed of. Long-term happiness guaranteed!

Cost: $0-$1000. Get it now!




What are you buying this Christmas?




DJ Yabis is the poster boy of Dream Euro Trip and a modern day renaissance man. Originally from the Philippines, he loves throwing dinner parties and stalking rock stars in music festivals. Subscribe or follow his adventures LIVE on Facebook or Instagram. Learn how to plan your own eurotrip.

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18 Responses to “Dream Euro Trip’s Gift Guide for Stylish Travelers” Subscribe

  1. Jennifer December 15, 2013 at 4:58 AM #

    I love these fashion-forward travel gear gift ideas!

    • DJ Yabis December 16, 2013 at 8:19 AM #

      Thanks Jen!

  2. Adam December 14, 2013 at 9:42 PM #

    My first serious attempt at photography was with a Canon G-series camera (the G10, I think)… Definitely one of the best cameras on the market. Those headphones look really nice as well! I’ve currently got a red pair from a different brand…

    • DJ Yabis December 16, 2013 at 8:19 AM #

      Yep. I love Canon. I’ve never used other brands actually.

  3. Cat of Sunshine and Siestas December 14, 2013 at 8:16 PM #

    I love that you have a corkscrew on the list. You know you’re a seasoned Euro traveler when…

    • DJ Yabis December 16, 2013 at 8:19 AM #

      Right? It’s almost as essential as your passport! ;D

  4. Jean| Holy Smithereens December 13, 2013 at 10:50 PM #

    Ooh i like numbah one!! 🙂

    • DJ Yabis December 14, 2013 at 6:10 AM #

      I can’t wait to wear it. My feet love how warm and soft it is inside ;D

  5. Ronnie December 13, 2013 at 8:49 PM #

    Love this list. Let’s go shopping!

    • DJ Yabis December 13, 2013 at 8:50 PM #

      I know! Wanna get some of them for me too haha

  6. Mary @ Green Global Travel December 13, 2013 at 10:27 AM #

    Lip balm is a must for travelers. We’re big fans of Burt’s Bees.

    • DJ Yabis December 13, 2013 at 11:39 AM #

      Yep. It’s such a small thing but makes such a huge difference 😀

  7. wanderingeducators December 13, 2013 at 10:04 AM #

    Oh man, I love that robot!! Great list – thanks!

    • DJ Yabis December 13, 2013 at 11:39 AM #

      It’s the cutest thing ever!

  8. Melissa December 13, 2013 at 4:39 AM #

    OK, so one of the books is now on my Christmas list, as are the sunglasses and the weekend bag…

    • DJ Yabis December 13, 2013 at 11:38 AM #

      Great. Which one? You should get all of them! 😀

  9. Ross December 12, 2013 at 6:03 PM #

    Ooh I really like the leather weekend bag!

    • DJ Yabis December 12, 2013 at 6:55 PM #

      I love it too! 😀