12 Gifts for the Traveler in Your Life

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Whether your favorite explorer travels by plane, train, or automobile (or kayak, cargo ship, or sled), they need thoughtful essentials to make every trip one to remember. Here are some of our latest favorites.

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1. THULE SUBTERRA CARRY-ON; $280

Thule

With a durable exoskeleton, oversized wheels, and a 7-pound weight, this carry-on is both tough and easy to transport. The divided main compartment keeps clothes separated—clean from dirty, wet from dry, and work from play. A zippered mesh pocket makes for fast access to keys, cash, and passport.

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2. COTOPAXI ALLPA TRAVEL PACK; $200

Cotopaxi

Adventurous travelers will love this next generation of backpack that's bursting with smart features. It's carry-on, trek-ready, and tech-savvy all at the same time. It has a durable outer cover, suitcase-style mesh zipper panels on the inside, padded hip straps to distribute weight off the shoulders, and a zippered laptop pocket. It comes with a high-visibility rain cover that stows away when not in use.

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3. MOMA OSTRICH PILLOW GO; $60

MoMA

From the Museum of Modern Art's Design Store comes a contoured travel pillow for the person who never leaves style behind. Composed of high-sensitivity memory foam, it adjusts to three positions that secure in place, thanks to hidden buttons. The soft stretch-fabric outer layer is washable. Plus, it compresses for easy packability.

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4. TIMELESS JOURNEYS: TRAVELS TO THE WORLD'S LEGENDARY PLACES; $26

Inspire someone's next journey with this gorgeous new volume from National Geographic, the world's authority on global adventures. Packed with stunning photography and deep knowledge, the book visits 50 bucket list–ready locations on every continent, including Easter Island, Kyoto, Mesa Verde, Carthage, Pompeii, Victoria Falls, Cappadocia, and Chichen Itza, among dozens of others.

Find It: Amazon

5. EAGLE CREEK PACK-IT SPECTER TECH™ STRUCTURED CUBE M; $30

Eagle Creek

This ultralight packing organizer is especially designed to keep collared shirts, button-downs, dresses, and skirts crisply folded. It comes with a folding board you fold clothing around that's just the right size for the bag. Use the cube's compression zipper to reduce its size way down, then slip it in your suitcase or carry-on. It's made from durable ripstop that is water and stain repellent.

Find It: Eagle Creek

6. TRAVEL ESSENTIALS BEAUTY BOX BY ALLURE AND CONDÉ NAST TRAVELER; $40

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Stay fresh on the go with this loaded beauty box curated by Allure and Condé Nast Traveler. It includes Talika Eye Therapy Patch, Noxidoxi Face Mist, Sisley Express Gel Mask Packet, Canyon Ranch Conditioner, Canyon Ranch Shampoo, Spongelle - the Spongette in Coconut Verbena, Missoni EDT, Living Proof Dry Shampoo, WetBrush Pop Fold in Black, and Bite Multistick in Gelato.

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7. WILDSAM FIELD GUIDES BOOK SERIES; $18

Amazon

These aren't your classic travel guides. Each of the nine volumes in this series is crafted by locals with insider knowledge, so your favorite explorer gets an authentic experience in each destination. Take Nashville: Of course the guide delves into country music, but it also explores songbirds, the Fugitive Poets, women's suffrage, comfort food, fly fishing, and homelessness. Other guides include Austin, San Francisco, Detroit, New Orleans, Brooklyn, Charleston, New England, and the Southwest.

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8. KODAK PRINTOMATIC INSTANT PRINT CAMERA; $70

Amazon

Skip the Instagram filter for the real thing: Kodak resurrects old-school instant photos in a modern way with the Printomatic. It instantly and automatically prints high-quality, full color photos on Zink (for "zero ink") photo paper. The 2x3-inch prints are made for traveling, sharing, and displaying: They're durable, water-resistant, and adhesive-backed.

Find It: Amazon

9. ULTIMATE EARS WONDERBOOM PORTABLE WATERPROOF BLUETOOTH SPEAKER; $80

Amazon

Planning a weekend away with friends? Whether you're headed to a winter cabin in the woods or a house in the Caribbean with a pool, you can create the right mood for the entire party with this portable speaker. Connect it to the music collection with Bluetooth—it provides clear, crisp sound for up to 10 hours on a single charge. It's waterproof, so don't worry about it getting wet—it even goes in the shower.

Find It: Amazon

10. WD BLACK MY PASSPORT PORTABLE EXTERNAL HARD DRIVE; $58

Amazon

A great tool for the avid photographer, music lover, or business traveler, this external hard drive holds essential files in a small, durable format. At just 4.3 x 3.2 inches, it's password protected with hardware encryption, and the included software offers automatic backup to ensure you don't lose files.

Find It: Amazon

11. ALLBIRDS MEN'S WOOL LOUNGERS; $95

Allbirds

Allbirds bills their shoes as the "world's most comfortable." Fittingly for a company based in New Zealand, where sheep outnumber people 6 to 1, they've crafted these loungers from superfine Merino wool, each strand thinner than a human hair. The loungers are wickable and breathable, with a casually sophisticated silhouette. Now those long walks through far-off cities won't be so hard on the feet.

Find It: Allbirds

12. BERGTAGEN WOOLMESH SWEATER; $160

Ain't no mountain high enough to outdo this sweater from Swedish company Fjallraven. The layers are designed "to keep the cold out, to trap the warmth in and to be outdoors longer in extraordinarily wild places."

Amazon's Best Cyber Monday Deals on Tablets, Wireless Headphones, Kitchen Appliances, and More

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Cyber Monday has arrived, and with it comes some amazing deals. This sale is the one to watch if you are looking to get low prices on the latest Echo Dot, Fire Tablet, video games, Instant Pots, or 4K TVs. Even if you already took advantage of sales during Black Friday or Small Business Saturday, Cyber Monday still has plenty to offer, especially on Amazon. We've compiled some the best deals out there on tech, computers, and kitchen appliances so you don't have to waste your time browsing.

Computers and tablets

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- Amazon Fire HD 10 Tablet 64GB; $120 (save $70)

- Amazon Fire HD 8 Tablet 64GB; $84 (save $35)

- HP Pavilion x360 14 Convertible 2-in-1 Laptop; $646 (save $114)

- HP Pavilion Desktop, 10th Gen Intel Core i3-10100 Processor; $469 (save $81)

- Acer Nitro 5 Gaming Laptop; $973 (save $177)

Headphones and speakers

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- Bose QuietComfort 35 II Wireless Bluetooth Headphones; $200 (save $100)

- Sony Bluetooth Noise-Canceling Wireless Headphones; $278 (save $72)

- JBL LIVE Wireless Headphones; $100 (save $30)

- JBL Charge 4 - Waterproof Portable Bluetooth Speaker; $120 (save $10)

- Bose SoundLink Color Bluetooth Speaker II; $79 (save $50)

- Powerbeats Pro Wireless Earphones; $200 (save $50)

Video Games

Sony

- Watch Dogs Legion; $30 (save $30)

- Marvel's Avengers; $27 (save $33)

- Ghost of Tsushima; $40 (save $20)

- The Last of Us Part II; $30 (save $30)

TECH, GADGETS, AND TVS

Samsung/Amazon

- Amazon Fire TV Stick; $30 (save $20)

- Echo Show 8; $65 (save $65)

- Nixplay Digital Picture Frame; $115 (save $65)

- eufy Smart Doorbell; $90 (save $30)

- Samsung 75-Inch Class Crystal 4K Smart TV; $898 (save $300)

home and Kitchen

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- T-fal 17-Piece Cookware Set; $124 (save $56)

- Le Creuset Enameled Cast Iron Curved Round Chef's Oven; $180 (save $136)

- Ninja Foodi 10-in-1 Convection Toaster Oven; $195 (save $105)

- Roborock E4 Robot Vacuum Cleaner; $189 (save $111)

- Instant Pot Max Pressure Cooker 9 in 1; $80 (save $120)

- Shark IZ362H Cordless Anti-Allergen Lightweight Stick Vacuum; $170 (save $110)

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Language-Learning Programs, VPN Services, and More Are an Additional 40 Percent Off During Cyber Monday

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The days following Thanksgiving are a great time for deals, but you’re not always in the market for a big-screen TV or the latest toy craze. For those less tangible needs, like VPN services, cloud storage programs, and language-learning software, you’ll want to act on this deal that will get you an additional 40 percent off when you apply the code CMSAVE40 at checkout. Check out how much you can save on the nine products below.

1. Xsplit Vcam // Lifetime Subscription (Windows); $12 (76 percent off w/code CMSAVE40)

This Windows-compatible program allows you to easily manipulate the background on your video calls by replacing it entirely or blurring elements for privacy purposes.

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2. Mondly // Lifetime Subscription (All Languages); $56 (97 percent off w/ CMSAVE40)

Pick from up to 33 languages to learn with a lifetime subscription to Mondly. According to the company, Mondly uses state-of-the-art speech recognition software and "knows how to listen to your words and phrases and only gives positive feedback if you speak clearly and correctly."

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3. Thunderdrive Cloud Storage // Lifetime Subscription; $35 (97 Percent Off W/ CMSAVE40)

Create folders, manage files, and share private links from any device with this 2TB cloud storage plan that’s six times faster than Amazon storage.

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4. Picastock Premium Fonts And Graphics // Lifetime Subscription; $59 (88 Percent Off W/ CMSAVE40)

If you’re looking to make your work really stand out, you’ll want to snag this subscription to premium fonts, graphic templates, and illustrations for just $59. Best of all, any work you produce is easily compatible with Photoshop and other image editing tools.

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5. Degoo Premium // Lifetime 10tb Backup Plan; $89 (98 Percent Off W/ CMSAVE40)

Never lose or delete a memory again with this lifetime data storage plan that’s perfect for image and video storage and sharing.

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6. Whitesmoke Grammar Checker // Lifetime Subscription (Business Plan); $60 (96 Percent Off W/ CMSAVE40)

A lot of communication is digital these days, and if you’re not using the best resources, you could be embarrassing yourself with poor grammar. Put your best foot forward with this grammar, spelling, style, and punctuation checker fit for MS Office, GMail, and all browsers.

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7. Hushed Private Phone Line // Lifetime Subscription; $60 (60 Percent Off W/ CMSAVE40)

Keep your anonymity with this private phone line that Tech Crunch called, “A viable, more lightweight alternative to something like Google Voice.”

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8. Memrise Language Learning // Lifetime Subscription; $60 (57 Percent Off W/ CMSAVE40)

Learning a new language can be tough, but the Memrise method aims to relieve that struggle with a listen-and-learn tactic that teaches language in real-world contexts.

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9. Nordpass Password Manager // One-Year Subscription; $18 (99 Percent Off W/ CMSAVE40)

Keep track of all your passwords in one safe, encrypted place with this app. Not only will they be easy to find should you ever forget one, but it also comes with an auto-fill feature, just in case you don't want to even bother memorizing anything.

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