Everyone has a friend or family member that loves traveling. Today, we’ll give you five cool gift ideas that will help them capture memories, inspire future adventures, and make life on the road a lot more fun. Whether it’s a gift for a holiday or special occasion, these gift ideas will help you pick out the most meaningful presents for your fellow travel-lovers.
Everlane Twill Weekender
Everlane is a popular brand that creates designer-quality products for a fraction of the traditional retail price. This Twill Weekender duffel is completely resistant and can be easily stowed in an airplane overhead bin. It also has an external pocket to store on-the-go objects such as passports, boarding passes, or wallets.
Away’s hard-side suitcases make traveling a lot more efficient and, not to mention, more stylish. Away has become very popular for its impressively comfortable and indestructible designs. These rolling suitcases allow easy organization and even have a built-in USB charger inside, making them the perfect gift for someone who is always on the go.
“I Was Here” Travel Journal
The “I Was Here” journal is a great gift for someone who likes to write as they travel. This unconventional diary is beautifully illustrated from page to page and even offers exciting challenges that encourage travelers to wander in more whimsical ways.
Olloclip iPhone Lens Set
The Olloclip iPhone Lens Set will thrill anyone who loves to document their travels on Instagram. This set turns the iPhone’s built-in front and rear cameras into wide-angle and telephoto lenses. Weighing a total of just two ounces, you can bring along this little guy wherever you go. The cherry on top is the storage case that can also be used as a tripod for your phone.
Flight 001 5-in-1 Adapter
This compact adapter allows travelers to plug in in 150 different countries and even comes with a color-coded map that tells you which prong fits which each country.
Where Are These Music Video Vixens Now
Before social media, influencers, and bloggers, there was the music video and the video vixen. Some of these women went on to work in the industry, while others pivoted into other industries. And some — you might recognize!
Alicia Silverstone, Aerosmith
Nowadays, everyone knows actress Alicia Silverstone as Cher Horowitz from 1995 teen movie Clueless. However, several years before the movie was released, a 16-year-old Silverstone appeared in three music videos for Aerosmith — “Cryin’,” “Amazing,” and “Crazy.” All three of these Aerosmith videos played regularly on MTV, and Silverstone became a teen heartthrob.
Blac Chyna, Nicki Minaj
Blac Chyna is a well-known figure in reality TV circles, but she made her start as a video vixen for rapper Nicki Minaj. In fact, Chyna — real name Angela Renée White — was Minaj’s stunt double in the video for Kanye West’s hit track “Monster.” She also starred in boyfriend Tyga’s 2011 video for “Rack City.”
Blac Chyna went on to have a daughter — Dream — with Rob Kardashian, and the pair had a short-lived reality series. She currently stars in The Real Blac Chyna.
Pamela Anderson, Vince Neil
Model and actress Pamela Anderson was already a big name when she appeared in her first music video. The blonde bombshell had starred in two seasons of sitcom Home Improvement, and played C.J. Parker for several seasons on Baywatch. Anderson appeared in the video for “Can’t Have Your Cake” by Vince Neil in 1993, and then in the 1999 Lit video for “Miserable.”
Pammie has continued acting and appeared in the 2017 Baywatch movie. She has competed in several seasons of Dancing With the Stars.
Janine Lindemulder, Blink 182
‘90s kids will remember the iconic face of model Janine Lindemulder from the cover of Blink 182’s 1999 album Enema of the State. Emblazoned in blue eyeshadow, tattoos, and surgical gloves, the model’s face was synonymous with the band’s skate punk attitude. Lindemulder worked in the entertainment industry before starring in the band’s video for “What’s My Age Again?” and continued doing so afterward.
Janine Lindemulder was married to Mötley Crüe lead singer Vince Neil, and to TV personality Jesse James.
Bobbie Brown, Warrant
Bobbie Brown was a teen pageant winner, and worked as a model and actress in her early years. She is known as the red-lipped woman in Warrant’s 1990 video for glam metal anthem “Cherry Pie.” Brown met her future husband and frontman of Warrant — Jani Lane — while filming the music video. They had a daughter together but split up in 1993.
Brown was later engaged to Mötley Crüe drummer Tommy Lee, and has since been in a relationship with Joshua Bissell of Joy Island.
Jasmine Villegas, Justin Bieber
California girl Jasmine Villegas appeared in her first commercial when she was just nine years old. Only two years later, she signed a record contract and got to work on her debut album. Villegas was cast as Justin Bieber’s love interest in the music video for 2009 hit “Baby,” and joined the pint-sized popstar on tour.
Villegas has continued with her singing career, releasing her debut single “That’s Me Right There” in 2014. The ex-video vixen has two children.
Gemma Ward, John Mayer
Australian supermodel Gemma Ward was discovered when she was just 14 years old. She made her fashion week debut one year later, and then became the youngest model to appear on the cover of American Vogue. What a resume! The same year that Ward walked in fashion week, she starred in John Mayer’s video for “Daughters.”
Over a decade later, Ward appeared in Fergie’s video for “M.I.L.F.$.” Gemma Ward is a full-on supermodel, and she’s acted in several films.
Lisa Vanderpump, ABC
London-born Lisa Vanderpump starred in her first movie in 1973 and had roles in several TV shows. The restauranteur is an experienced video vixen, starring in the videos for “Poison Arrow” and “Mantrap” by ABC, and “(What) In The Name of Love” by Naked Eyes.
Lisa Vanderpump went on to become the reigning queen on The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills until her shocking exit from the series in 2019. During her time on the show, she starred in Lady Gaga’s video for “G.U.Y.”
Kristen McDow, Justin Bieber
It’s time for another Justin Bieber video vixen, though admittedly, these are actually quite young teenage girls. In this case, we have Kristen McDow, who was the Bieb’s love interest in the video for his first-ever single, “One Time.” In the video, Bieber has a house party and tries to get close to McDow’s character.
In 2019, ten years after the video was released, Kristen McDow posted a video on YouTube entitled, “How to Be in a Justin Bieber Music Video.” Interesting.
Krista Ayne, Jessie McCartney
Model and actress Krista Ayne started modeling at nine years old and had appeared in numerous campaigns before her music video debut. Ayne played the love interest in Jessie McCartney’s debut single “Beautiful Soul,” which was influenced by Mexican film Y Tu Mamá También.
Ayne has also starred in music videos for Usher, Lady Gaga, 50 Cent, and Bon Jovi — not to mention her appearance on The Howard Stern Show. According to the video vixen’s Instagram account, she currently works in real estate.
Tawny Kitaen, Whitesnake
Julie Kitaen was only 12 years old when she started going by “Tawny” and she was 14 years old when she attended her first rock concert. Kitaen had several acting roles in the 1980s, and appeared in several of rock band Whitesnake’s videos, including “Here I Go Again.”
Tawny Kitaen was married to Ratt guitarist Robbin Crosby, and then to Whitesnake singer David Coverdale. The video vixen has faced some troubles with the law throughout her life.
Melyssa Ford, Glenn Lewis
Melyssa Ford has had a long career as a video vixen, and is often referred to as Jessica Rabbit. Ford was discovered in the late 1990s and has appeared in music videos by Jay-Z, Sisqó, Alicia Keys, and Usher.
Since her time as a video vixen, Ford has questioned whether her role in music videos perpetuated negative stereotypes. She went on to star in the Bravo series, Blood, Sweat & Heels — and co-hosted hip-hop radio show Hollywood Unlocked.
Eva Mendes, The Pet Shop Boys
The beautiful Eva Mendes starred in her first music video in 1996, for the Pet Shop Boys’ single “Se a vida é (That’s the Way Life Is).” She was in the Aerosmith video for “Hole in My Soul” the following year, and then drove a convertible in Will Smith’s video for “Miami.” At the same time, Mendes acted in various movies.
Eva Mendes had her breakthrough with Training Day in 2001, and went on to star in multiple movies. She is married to actor Ryan Gosling.
Courteney Cox, Bruce Springsteen
In 1984, Courteney Cox had her first-ever acting job, starring in soap opera As the World Turns. That same year, she was cast as a teenage girl being pulled out of the audience at a Bruce Springsteen concert. At the time, Springsteen didn’t know Cox was an actress, never mind that she’d go on to become Monica Geller.
Courteney Cox has had a successful acting career, and is an executive producer. She will also be appearing in the 2022 Scream movie.
Gloria Velez, Ja Rule
Video vixen Gloria Velez was discovered in Florida’s clubs, and started touring as a dancer. The Puerto Rican model and dancer was the iconic woman wearing an all-white cowboy suit in Jay Z’s 2000 video, and starred in Ja Rule’s video for “Holla Holla.”
Gloria Velez had a brief rapping career, and ended up calling rapper Nicki Minaj “a gimmick.” The dancer’s Twitter profile says she is now the CEO of Icon Clothing and a “Supermama of two boys.”
Esther Baxter, Petey Pablo
Miami-born Esther Baxter became a well-known video vixen after starring in Petey Pablo’s 2004 music video for “Freek-A-Leek.” She went on to appear in videos by Will Smith, Ludacris, Nelly, and Kanye West — and modeled for various hip-hop magazines. The model was also known for her rocky relationship with rapper Joe Budden.
Esther Baxter decided to ditch showbiz in the early 2010s, but is still active on social media. Recently, rapper Bow Wow has spoken about his early relationship with her.
Lauren London, Pharrell Williams
Lauren London started her career as a video vixen, but used it as a springboard to get into film and TV. She started off in Pharrell’s video for “Frontin,'” and then appeared in videos for Snoop Dogg, Ludacris, and Common.
London starred as a romantic lead in movie ATL before appearing in Tyler Perry’s Madea’s Big Happy Family. You may have also seen her in The Game and Games People Play. Lauren London had long term relationships with rappers Lil Wayne, and Nipsey Hussle.
Sharise Ruddell, Mötley Crüe
Sharise Ruddell started her career after graduating high school, and became a model and mud wrestler. She met her future husband, and Mötley Crüe frontman Vince Neil when he invited mud wrestlers to a party at his home.
The pair were married in 1987, and Ruddell starred in the video for “Girls Girls Girls” the same year. The couple split up in 1993. Following the split, Ruddell worked as a designer. She is active on social media, and mom to a son named Colt.
Minka Kelly, Maroon 5
Minka Kelly is the only child of Aerosmith guitarist Rick Dufay, so it’s fitting that she starred in a music video. The actress appeared in various TV shows before getting her big break on sports drama Friday Night Lights in 2006. Kelly continued acting, starring in comedy Parenthood, and the reboot of Charlie’s Angels.
Minka Kelly starred in her first music video in 2012, for Maroon 5’s “One More Night.” The actress has been in long term relationships with actor Chris Evans, and athlete Derek Jeter.
Jaime King, Lana Del Rey
Model Jaime King was discovered at 14 years old, and went on to appear on the pages of Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar. Her first big acting job was in 2001’s Pearl Harbor, and she has since starred in Bulletproof Monk and Sin City.
Jaime King played Lana Del Rey’s lover in the music video for the 2012 song, “Summertime Sadness.” King’s husband, Kyle Newman, directed the video. Since then, King has starred in the TV series, Hart of Dixie — and landed the lead role in Hallmark’s movie, The Mistletoe Promise.
Lauren Hastings, Justin Timberlake
When Justin Timberlake released the video for Grammy award-winning song “Cry Me a River,” it raised eyebrows. The video showed Timberlake watching his ex-girlfriend, then breaking into her house with another woman. The ex-girlfriend was supposed to depict JT’s ex, Britney Spears, and she was played by model Lauren Hastings.
We’re not sure what Lauren Hastings did after her time in Timberlake’s music video, but she is active on social media. Her Instagram page links to a talent agency, and it looks like she’s also a mom.
Amber Rose, Young Jeezy
Video vixen Amber Rose appeared in the video for “Put On” by Young Jeezy and Kanye West in 2008. The model was noticed by Kanye and appeared in an advertisement modeling his sneaker line. She has also appeared in music videos by Nicki Minaj, Wiz Khalifa, Future, Ludacris, and more.
Rose was known as Kanye’s buzzcut girlfriend, and went on to marry rapper Wiz Khalifa. Rose has built a solid career from her time as a video vixen, and is a mother of two.
Karrine Steffans is an interesting video vixen because she went on to write three books about working in the industry. Steffans moved in with rapper Kool G Rap when she was only 17, and appeared in her first music video aged 21 – Jay-Z’s “Hey Papi.” The video model starred in videos for R. Kelly, LL Cool J, and Mystikal.
Steffan’s first book, Confessions of a Video Vixen, was released in 2005 and made the New York Times Best Seller list.
LoLa Monroe, Kanye West
Ethiopian-born Fershgenet Melaku is known as LoLa Monroe, and started writing songs at 12 years old. She was a video vixen in music videos for Kanye West and Trey Songz, and then went on to forge her own music career. Apparently, at her peak, Monroe was making $10,000 per music video. Monroe released her first mixtape in 2010, and has been making music ever since.
LoLa Monroe is married to fellow rapper King Los, and together they have a son, named Brixton Royal Coleman.
Nathalie Kelley, Bruno Mars
Upon its release in 2010, Bruno Mar’s debut single “Just the Way You Are” hit the number one spot in several countries. The video featured Peruvian-born Australian actress Nathalie Kelley, who was already known for her role in the 2006 movie, The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift.
After starring in the video, Kelley nabbed a major part in the crime series, Body of Proof. She then went on to star in Unreal and The Vampire Diaries. Kelley has a lead role in 2020’s The Baker and the Beauty.
Meagan Good, Will Smith
Meagan Good had a career in acting when she was just a child, starring in Nickelodeon show Cousin Skeeter, sitcom My Wife and Kids, and more. She continued acting and appeared in music videos for 50 Cent, Imajin, Tyrese, and Will Smith. The actress eventually started her own production company, Freedom Bridge Entertainment.
Meagan Good is married to DeVon Franklin, a Seventh-Day Adventist preacher and executive for Columbia Pictures. She appeared in the comedy, Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues, as well as 2019 superhero movie Shazam!
Angelina Jolie, Lenny Kravitz
When Angelina Jolie started going to auditions at 16 years old, she was told that her look was “too dark.” She ended up starring in a number of music videos including “Stand by My Woman” by Lenny Kravitz, and “Rock and Roll Dreams Come Through” by Meat Loaf. Jolie kept acting, and as we know, eventually hit the big time.
Angelina Jolie’s breakthrough was her role in the HBO biopic, Gia. From there, she won an Academy Award for Girl, Interrupted, became Lara Croft, and married Brad Pitt (although that didn’t last).
Rachel Hunter, Fountains of Wayne
Who can forget the Fountains of Wayne song “Stacy’s Mom,” or its provocative music video? The pop-rock song was released in 2003, and is about a crush a young boy has on his classmate’s mother. In the video, Stacy’s mom was played by New Zealand actress and model Rachel Hunter (who was married to singer Rod Stewart at the time).
Rachel Hunter has continued working, and was even a judge on New Zealand’s Got Talent. She also hosted her own show, Rachel Hunter’s Tour of Beauty.
Pilar Sanders, LL Cool J
Pilar Sanders starred in LL Cool J’s 1996 video for “Doin’ It,” and became a popular video vixen. Following that, the video model married Super Bowl-winning athlete Deion Sanders and starred with him on their own reality series, Deion & Pilar: Prime Time Love.
The marriage didn’t end well, and ended up splashed all over the tabloids. Together, the ex-couple have three children — sons Shilo and Shedeur, and daughter Shelomi. Pilar Sanders works as an actress and producer.
Jennifer Love Hewitt, LFO
Jennifer Love Hewitt was in Disney series Kids Incorporated. She then rose to fame in teen drama Party of Five before starring in the horror movie, I Know What You Did Last Summer. In 1999, the actress was in the LFO video for “Girl on TV,” and several years later, she starred in Enrique Iglesias’s video for “Hero.”
Jennifer Love Hewitt has had a successful acting and singing career. She fronted supernatural drama Ghost Whisperer, starred in Heartbreakers alongside Sigourney Weaver, and has released four studio albums.
Zooey Deschanel, The Offspring
Zooey Deschanel is the ultimate manic pixie dream girl, with rock-solid acting and singing careers. Within a few years, Deschanel made her film debut, appeared in the video for The Offspring’s “She’s Got Issues,” and nabbed a part in the 2000 comedy-drama Almost Famous.
Zooey Deschanel has starred in Elf, 500 Days of Summer, Yes Man, and as the lead character in hit sitcom New Girl. She has also released five albums as part of the duo, She & Him. The actress has two children, Elsie and Charlie.
Evan Rachel Wood, Green Day
Evan Rachel Wood started acting in the 1990s but didn’t appear in her first music video until 2004. The American actress had her breakthrough with the 2003 teen drama, Thirteen, and starred in a range of other projects over the next few years. Wood appeared in the Green Day video for “Wake Me Up When September Ends” along with her future husband, Jamie Bell.
Evan Rachel Wood has continued acting, with roles in horror series True Blood, drama miniseries Mildred Pierce, and sci-fi Western Westworld.
Chloe x Halle, Beyoncé
When Beyoncé released her visual album Lemonade in 2016, fans spotted all sorts of celebrity cameos. Tennis champion Serena Williams appeared, actress Zendaya appeared, and newcomers Chloe x Halle appeared. The sisters are an acting and singing duo that were discovered and signed by Beyoncé. They are in the video for “All Night.”
The sisters have toured with Beyoncé twice, starred in the sitcom Grown-ish, and released two studio albums. Keep an eye out, because these two aren’t going anywhere!
Katy Perry, Gym Class Heroes
Katheryn Hudson started out as a gospel singer, before changing her name to Katy Perry and becoming a global popstar. Before she hit the big time, Katy Perry was dating Travie McCoy, the frontman of rap rock band Gym Class Heroes. She appeared in their video for “Cupid’s Chokehold” in 2006.
Katy Perry went on to become the first artist to have multiple music videos reach one billion views on Vevo. She is in a relationship with actor Orlando Bloom, and together they have a daughter.
Buffie Carruth, 50 Cent
Also known as “The Body,” Buffie Carruth was a video vixen in 50 Cent and Tony Yayo’s 2005 track “So Seductive.” From there, she featured in multiple magazine layouts, and became a successful swimsuit model. Carruth has also had a TV and film career, appearing in comedy ATL and in her own fitness DVDs.
Buffie Carruth’s runs an Instagram store named Brick Built Apparel, where she sells her own designs. Carruth offers home goods, casual clothing, and fitness accessories.
Kim Porter, Heavy D
Kim Porter was a popular urban model in the 1990s, and went on to have relationships with two famous musical artists. Porter appeared in Heavy D’s 1993 video for “Truthful” and 1994’s “Nuttin’ But Love.” She had a son, actor Quincy, with singer-songwriter Al B. Sure!, and three children with rapper Sean Combs — or P. Diddy.
Diddy actually adopted Porter’s son from her previous relationship, and the couple stayed together until 2007. Tragically, the model passed away in 2018.
Emily Ratajkowski, Robin Thicke
When “Blurred Lines” shimmied its way onto the public stage, it caused a lot of controversy. At its center was striking model Emily Ratajkowski, who had dabbled in acting and modeling. After posing for the cover of treats!, the model was cast in “Blurred Lines,” Maroon 5’s “Love Somebody,” and Taio Cruz’s “Fast Car.”
Ratajkowski initially feared being seen as a video vixen, but went on to star in thriller Gone Girl, comedy I Feel Pretty, and series Easy.
Stephanie Seymour, Guns N’ Roses
Stephanie Seymour started modeling at 16 years old, and was in both Sports Illustrated and Vogue in the 1980s and 1990s. Seymour went on to become a supermodel, alongside greats like Naomi Campbell and Kate Moss. Around this time, the model appeared in several music videos for rock band Guns N’ Roses, including “November Rain.”
At the time, Seymour was dating lead singer Axl Rose. Since her time as a rockin’ video vixen, Stephanie Seymour has continued to work in the fashion industry.
Leslie Segar, LL Cool J
Leslie ‘Big Lez’ Segar starred in numerous ‘90s hip-hop music videos. She was in LL Cool J’s video for “Around the Way Girl,” and in Heavy D’s video for “Black Coffee.” Even more impressively, the dancer featured prominently in the opening credits for the sitcom Living Color.
Big Lez went onto co-host BET’s Rap City, and radio show ThaSpinRoom. Her website describes her as a dancer, choreographer, radio and TV personality and producer, fitness specialist, and stage and film actress.
Dana Patrick, Meat Loaf
Incredibly, the music video for Meat Loaf’s 1993 smash hit “I’d Do Anything for Love (But I Won’t Do That)” was directed by Transformers director Michael Bay. The video was based on both Beauty and the Beast and Phantom of the Opera, and its cinematographer had filmed The Texas Chainsaw Massacre.
Based on an audition tape for a Levi’s commercial, Dana Patrick landed the role. She starred in another Meat Loaf video after that and briefly worked as an actress. She now runs her own photography business.