It’s December already which means one thing… Christmas is just around the corner! Not only that, but it means time is running out for your Christmas shopping. But don’t worry… help is at hand with our annual gift guides. In this round-up of festive gifts for him, we have some great items of clothing that are perfect for the traveling man as well as some useful and fun gadgets, and much more besides. Enjoy!

Como ¼ zip from Bluffworks

Luxury destinations demand you look the part, which is why we love Bluffworks. This small company places elegant technical fabrics in classic designs that help you travel light, but always look great.

Bluffworks’ Como ¼ zip is a great addition to a traveler’s wardrobe. It’s soft, stretches, wicks moisture and is elegant enough to layer under a blazer so you can go straight from a long city walk to a

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I thought I managed to beat the tourist crowds on my recent trip to Japan.

On my first night in Osaka, I managed to get a picture with the famous Glico sign without anyone else in the background.

Days later, CNBC’s Abigail Ng saw multiple groups of people flocking to this spot to pose for pictures. —Courtesy of Chen Meihui

But perhaps I should’ve chalked it up to the fact that it was a Monday night.

I wasn’t so lucky later that week: It was next to impossible to get a picture at the top of the forest in Kyoto’s Arashiyama Bamboo Grove — about an hour away from Osaka — without being photo-bombed.

And my journey to a Kyoto Buddhist temple, Kiyomizu-dera, was no different — I got off a packed bus only to encounter a human traffic jam in the street leading

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Those who’ve been bitten by the travel bug know what I mean when I tell them my bucket list only gets longer, even though I do my utmost best to tick many of the items on it. However, for those who aren’t into travel that much and their ideal holiday consists of lying on a beach while enjoying the all-inclusive hotel they’re staying at, it isn’t a given to have a list. But is that really necessary? please allow me to give my modest opinion.

Do you really need a bucket list?

Just to be clear, I’m talking about a travel-related bucket list, not the ones where you sum up your personal crushes!

With that out of the way, let’s talk about those who don’t really need (or care) to have a bucket list. It’s those who look at a

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A solar-powered stove and cooler sit on the Outback Way near the border of Queensland and Northern Territory, Australia.
A solar-powered stove and cooler sit on the Outback Way near the border of Queensland and Northern Territory, Australia. (Michael Robinson Chavez/The Washington Post)


What could have been better for celebrating my reporting partner’s 39th birthday than a feast of two microwaveable “pub-sized” meals at a lonely Australian roadhouse some 150 miles from nowhere?

Covered in dust, we’d arrived at the Tjukayirla Roadhouse — pronounced “Chook a-year-la” — and claimed by its owners to be the most remote stop on the continent. That seemed an accurate description. All was quiet save for a desert breeze as we started in on the birthday dinner of chicken Kiev, and bangers and mash. A dingo roamed the grounds as we ate.

So goes life on the loneliest stretch of the 1,700-mile Outback Way, the grueling route, often unpaved, that cuts across

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