Here we go again. Another pandemic year. While Gail, Styxx and I have made the best of the year with road trips to our provincial neighbours in Saskatchewan and roamed across southern Manitoba, travel has been substantially curbed by Covid-19.
So, this year’s gift list is a little different.
It totally reflects my renewed interest in Polaroid photography, a creative habit (or addiction) that I picked up at the beginning of the pandemic, back in March 2020.
Lastly, the video is shot outdoors…entirely outdoors…in Winnipeg…In December! It had to happen.
It is also my first video gift guide. As you may be aware, I have been posting a number of Polaroid-centric videos on my WalkClickMake YouTube channel. It makes sense that this year’s gift guide be a part of that new venture.
What can I say? How can I put together a compelling list of travel-related gifts in 2020? For Canadians, travel anywhere beyond the boundaries of our home province is a risky, if not entirely outlawed, activity. And it is possible that this will be the state of affairs until late 2021—at best.
For 2020, I have divided my gift ideas into two groups: the Tentative Traveller and the Covid Cocooner.
Here are ten gift ideas, in no particular order, for that committed long-distance walker on your list. They range from the absurdly expensive—although serious walkers with a few thousand kilometres under their belts would love these gifts—to small, inexpensive stocking stuffers. All have been tested by Gail and me over the past year on the Andalusian Coast to Coast walk, the Chaucer Way and the first leg of the Via Francigena. That’s a thousand kilometres and 44 days of testing!
Still searching for an appropriate gift for the avid long-distance walker on your list? Here are eight practical ideas. None weighs more than 150 grams. None costs more than $60 Canadian (CDN). Continue reading →