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Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Gifts for Graduates: On the Road

In her comments, the Duchesse of gifts suggested many thoughtful presents for the graduate. My favorite--in fact, I would be happy to receive it myself--is an etching. I guess one should distinguish between grads setting up house or going to graduate or professional school and those who are planning life on the road for a while.

Frugal Son will be (fingers crossed) teaching English in France next year. After that, he wants to teach English in Asia. He won't be setting up much of a household any time soon. In fact, he has everything he needs for his journey, with the exception of a plane ticket. So that's what he will be getting.

For a graduate soon to be on the road I recommend a gift I've written about before. In fact, I've already bought these for my children. We bought these before the scary charges for checked baggage; now a bag you need not check is worth even more: Rick Steves bag.


Shelley said...

I have a Rick Steves back pack/suitcase and it's brilliant - we still use it for trips in Europe. Wheels are great, but cobble stoned streets and loads of stairs can make them a headache. Also, knowing that I'm carrying it on my back makes me a very careful packer.

Duchesse said...

Great! Also, consider a portable solar laptop charger, as travelers can't always plug in.

A friend's daughter just returned from Europe and found she had inadvertently run up a bill for $2,000 in phone roaming charges, so paying for a local mobile phone is another welcome gift. Research plans carefully, some companies target short stay visitors with exorbitant fees.

Frugal Scholar said...

@Shelley--I'm the only one who doesn't have one. Watching people negotiate luggage on cobblestones REALLY influences how one packs!

@Duchessse-Both my kids bought phones, thank heavens. Great advice.