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For those of us who have a travel lover in our lives (or they are that travel lover), you might be wondering what to give someone who’s practically seen and done it all. Sure, we’d love to give them a plane ticket to that next destination on their bucket list if we could. However, there are plenty of other great holiday gifts for travel lovers that don’t exactly have to break the bank, including many under $100 dollars. Here are a few gift ideas to inspire that wanderlust in your family member, friend, or partner that loves to travel. From noise canceling headphones to stylish suitcases, these gifts are great for making a traveler’s journey more comfortable or memorable.

  1. Stay connected no matter how far you are away from a power outlet with this 10ft long charging cable
  2. This world traveler calendar will have you dreaming of a new destination every month
  3. The perfect camera for capturing those little moments while on the go
  4. Noise canceling headphones to help keep you sane when flights get noisy – especially if you’re sitting next to a crying baby
  5. Travel in style with this chic luggage that makes traveling a breeze
  6. Travel guides from Monocle that make it easy to learn the in-and-outs of every city on your bucket list
  7. A vegan leather bag that’s perfect for those weekend getaways with friends
  8. Always stay charged while on the go with this Belkin portable charger
  9. Miracle face wipes that are ideal for those of us on the go & in need of refresh
  10. An amazon kindle is great for keeping yourself entertained during those long flights and layovers and is also very affordable
  11. Ditch the plastic waste and start using a waterbottle while traveling – this one even keeps your beverages hot or cold
  12. Say goodbye to tangled headphones and iphone cables thanks to these life-changing cord tacos
  13. Everything a frequent flyer needs all in one place with this stylish and sleek traveler wallet
  14. A travel sized assortment of all the Aesop essentials you need bundled up into a travel friendly case
  15. Packing cubes that make it easy to stay organized and save space (and also your sanity)
  16. Give dry skin a boost with this soothing face mist made from rosewater
  17. Eco-friendly pouches that are great for organizing small loose items like makeup, cords, and other accessories
  18. Look refreshed even after that 16 hour flight thanks to these eye-gel masks from Honest Hazel

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*I wanted to give a big thanks to Athleta for sponsoring this post and letting me test out their new sustainable collection. As always, all opinions, thoughts, and experiences I share are completely honest and my own.

This year, I’ve been thinking a lot about my impact on the planet and ways that I can reduce it by living more sustainably. There are plenty of lifestyle changes and everyday choices we can make to practice sustainability including the clothes we buy and wear. Today, the common approach to shopping includes little thought for how our buying practices affect the world around us. In a study from Huffington Post, it was found that the average American throws out 81 pounds of clothing per year and 26 billion total pounds of clothing are sent to landfills! This was shocking to me and something I wasn’t even aware of. It made me realize that not only does a significant change in the fashion industry need to happen, but also a change in consumer mindsets to combat these destructive practices.

Thankfully, awareness surrounding the issue of sustainability and mindful consumption has continued to grow over the last decade, with even large brands starting to offer space for ethical products on their shelves. One of those brands that is working to do better is Athleta, who I was thrilled to partner with for National Take A Hike Day on November 17th to promote their new collection of sustainable outdoor wear. To celebrate, I headed outdoors to do some hiking in one of my favorite valleys in Switzerland wearing head to toe eco friendly Athleta items so that I could test them. To see the full details of my outfit, click here.

Sustainable Fashion From Athleta - Allie M. Taylor

I’ve always regarded Athleta as a high quality company and leader in the outdoor and fitness wear industry. However, after testing a few items from their sustainable collection and doing some further research about their sustainability initiatives including becoming a certified B-Corporation, they’ve earned an even greater amount of respect in my books.

As I was researching the values and mission of Athleta, a few important topics stood out to me that I also support.

  • Empowering women to achieve their limitless potential 

One of the core values of Athleta is to empower women to be the best version of themselves with the #PowerofShe movement. They celebrate women and their bodies by designing for all body types and situations. I’m personally inspired by the #PowerofShe movement because it recognizes the limitless potential of every woman including our strengths, talents, and our voice to inspire others.

  • Protecting and preserving the world we live in

Over the last two years Athleta has been hard at work to increase their use of sustainable materials by using organic cotton, switching to recycled fabrics, and implementing more efficient fabric dyeing and finishing techniques. As of today, 40% of Athleta’s fabrics are made with sustainable fibers and by 2020 their goal is to increase this to 80%. As a B-Corp brand, Athleta is using business as a force for good by putting people and the planet right up there with profit!

Sustainable Fashion From Athleta - Allie M. Taylor

Athleta’s initiatives are a great reminder to be aware and be conscious of what we buy and how our consumerist behavior can impact the planet. We, as consumers, have as much of a responsibility as big companies to inspire and make positive and progressive changes to do better and protect the world around us. I hope this blog post gives you a glimpse into why sustainability is such an important topic and also inspires you to take a better look at your impact on the environment and the changes, if even small, that you can make to reduce this impact. Now go ahead and get outdoors and explore this beautiful world we live in.

Do you have any favorite tips on living sustainably or being a more mindful consumer? Feel free to share them below in the comments.

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