My Christmas last year was one of wind blown sand and pink tinged sky framed by palm trees; of golden Goan ocean and motorbike rides down clifftop roads soaked in sunshine. We drank mojitos on the sand and ate Christmas dinner round a table of strangers; curled around a laptop screen to watch Christmas films and strung fairy lights from the rafters of our rented village house. This year, amidst the sooty rain and biting frost of London, that all seems a million miles away.
My gift list this year is not of practical presents; not of portable solar chargers or hard wearing backpacks or a life saving penknife. These are wish gifts for wandering souls, small things that will light a momentary spark of happiness in that person you love despite and because of their wanderlust, whether they are treading foreign shores or, like me, dreaming of their next adventure. This is my list of christmas gifts for travellers 2014.