Many times, students travel the summer after graduation to celebrate the accomplishment - and with good reason! Travel is an excellent way for someone to broaden his or her horizons. While some graduates will have been planning their journey for a while, others will have not started to plan their journey until after graduation. If you find out where he or she is going, you might gift a travel guide, or a travel essay book. For those students who enjoy travel, these are some great potential gift giving opportunities!
Travel essay classics like Peter Mayle's, A Year in Provence and Under the Tuscan Sun by, Frances Mayes are great gifts for the graduate who is a travel fan. In fact, you could almost pair these with a basket of wine and cheese. This is an especially great idea since both books will make the reader hungry while reading them (at least I got hungry reading about all the different food options!) All joking aside each is the first book in a series and each will fill your traveler with yearning to see European soil.
For the student with a restless spirit, the book Bon Voyage: A Gift Book of Travel and Adventure Quotations by Helen Exley is a very nice option. This book has pithy quotes from authors such as Walt Whitman, Yogi Berra, and Ed Buryn. It can stand alone just fine on its own, or it can be given with another gift such as a passport case or a personalized luggage tag.
The Traveler's Tales series is another idea you can take advantage of. One of the books in the series, The Spiritual Gifts of Travel: The Best of Travelers' Tales has many short essays the travel aficionado will appreciate. Essays include "We Shall Live Again," "The Road Within" and "Restless Ghost" among others.