Congratulations, they did it!

Someone is approaching their graduation, and you’re looking for meaningful yet not bank-breaking gifts to inspire them for the next phase of their life. If that person is even moderately adventurous, soul searching, and wanderlusty, you are in the right place.

The following ten suggestions are unisex and chosen for new grads to help them reflect inward, adventure onward, and just congratulate them for reaching this milestone in their life. Each gift is guaranteed to encourage, entertain, and inspire wanderlust.

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1. A once in a lifetime adventure!

The most expensive gift on this list but also probably the most valuable, for a few reasons.

A trip abroad could be just what the doctor ordered for a recent college grad. They’ve spent years working to reach this accomplishment, and can feel a bit overwhelmed by the world at this point. Not only is a trip abroad relaxing and congratulatory, but it give them the perspective they need to guide them in the near future.

The getaways I’ve linked below offer a ton of amenities from a variety of different dates, to daily meals, and airfare inclusive—all at an unbelievable price. You and a few family members could split the price for this and truly give a gift that lasts a lifetime.

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2. DNA Ethnic Background Test

A unique, multipurpose gift to help your recent grad find out more about their identity—something they’re likely questioning a lot at the moment.

And once they get some clues to “who they are”, they can plan a trip to some of the global regions that they’re “from”.Graduation Gift Amazon Shop AncestryDNABuy this, click here.

3. Help them get a blog/website.

One of my favorite ideas. A blog or website is a great way for them to stay productive, hone their passions, and it’s just fun!

It’s also a great asset for job hunting, which they wikely be doing a lot of at this point. They can host their resume, reference, and portfolio of work on their website. It goes a long way in an interview, I guarantee it.

You can pay to host their website with companies like Bluehost and Siteground for 1, 3 or even 5 years. You pay cheap costs to have a domain name like mine, www.packslight.com. Once you have a web host, I suggest your grad use WordPress to design and launch their site.

This gift is thoughtful, useful, and can set them up for success!

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4. Oh, the Places You’ll Go! by Dr. Suess

Maybe the most popular/cliche graduation gift, but a wonderful one none the less. And, it’s very travel related! Oh, literally, the places you will go! 

Make this a truly heartwarming gift by having each family member and friend write a personalized notes in the blank pages at the beginning and end of the book. It’s much easier to keep a heartwarming card when it’s a book (and they’re definitely less likely to accidentally throw it away).

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5. Passport Cover

Assuming your grad has a passport (if they don’t, that’s the best gift! Help them order one for $135), a passport cover can be a wonderful gift. They can inspire your grad to put that passport to use, and also be very useful for protecting their information and not keeping their travel documents.

  • Removable portable charger
  • RFID protectant to prevent information from being scanned and stolen
  • Folds for credit cards and cash, with zipper close
    Graduation Gift Amazon Shop Passport RFID Holder

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  • Faux leather
  • RFID blocking ability
  • Flatter, less bulky
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6. “Get Out of Your Comfort Zone” Travel Prompts

I am in LOVE with this, mine just arrived in the mail and I am beyond excited to use it.

It has 75 prompt cards such as “Ask the next person you meet where his/her favorite street is. Go there” and “Write down what you like about this city on a small piece of paper. Leave it where someone else will find it later”.

It’s a challenge to be present, and get out of your comfort zone! It’s great to use abroad, but it can also be a great way to explore your hometown. Half of the suggestions may be a little cheesy—so take it with a grain of salt—but it’s a fun and inspiring gift nonetheless.

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7. Travel Between the Lines, Adult Coloring Book

“47 travel illustrations for globetrotters and daydreamers” says enough about this meditative gift.

A gift to inspire and relax your recent grad. What clears your mind better than coloring in a stunning landscape of Lisbon, or a tropical scene in St. Lucia? Practically nothing. 

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8. Hidden Contents Gross Underwear Secret Stasher

I am in LOVE with this, seriously!!! First of all, it’s hilarious—but it’s really functional too.

Imagine: your new grad is at the beach and wants to get into the water. However, they don’t want to leave their cellphone and just laying on their towel, and also doesn’t want to leave GramGram alone there in the sun.

THIS IS THE SOLUTION. I’ve heard of “clean diaper”, fake water bottle, and fake hairbrush tricks to stash your items, but all of those items can be thrown away or easily lost.

I promise you no one is going to try to help them dispose of their stanky drawers, and no one will ever think to go through them. It’s sort of a hilarious gag gift for them to open up, but it may also be the most ingenious invention of our generation.

10/10, would recommend.

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9. Scratch Off World Map

Get them the gift of visual encouragement, and inspire them to get to scratchin’. 

Also if they just graduated and are moving out of mom and dad’s house, this is a great inspirational piece to fill up those new empty walls. It’s a great way to kick off their new, independent life.

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10. TSA PreCheck

The gift of skipping long airport security lines and not taking off your shoes is truly one of the most magical gifts one can give.

This $85 gift is valid for 5 years, and if you travel at least once a year internationally I think it’s worth it! Also, having TSA precheck is just another incentive for your college grad to put it to use and go somewhere amazing. I would definitely shed a tear if someone got this for me.

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11. AirBnb Account

AirBnb can be a great way to get your grad traveling! It’s an affordable way to have accomodations at home and abroad. You may have read some AirBnb horror stories, but with a little common sense and preparation, I’ve never had any issues and can 99.9% guarantee you won’t have any either.

As a bonus, when you sign them up with my discount code, you can give them a $40 coupon when they book their first stay!

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12. Noise Cancelling Headphones

Really any millennial travelers’ ESSENTIAL item.

Why, you ask?

In crowded, 16-person hostel rooms, when you’re in the middle seat of two crying babies on a 14-hour flight (don’t ask me how), when you’re trying to sleep and didn’t realize your AirBnb was situated next door to a dubstep dance hall…  you will realize why.

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Any other travel gift ideas you would want as a new grad? Comment them below!

10 gift suggestions for a congratulate a soon-to-be college graduate who LOVES to travel! From $5 to $1000, these gifts are all meaningful and inspiring for new grads to see the world and look forward to their future!
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7 thoughts on “12 Travel Graduation Gifts for the Wanderlusting Grad

  1. Brianna

    This is a great list! When I graduated my parents got me a beautify framed world map and pins to mark where I have traveled. Seeing the world so visually every day has inspired me to get more and more pins on it!

  2. Kate

    My college graduation trip from my parents was a three week trip to Hawaii with my then boyfriend (now husband) – they’d been planning on buying me a car, but thought I’d enjoy this more and sure enough, the memories from that trip have lasted way longer than a car would have. It’s a pricey gift, but it’s a great one! Also, I’ve never heard of number 8 but oh my goodness, I need someone in my life to buy those for!!! Great list!

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