Souvenirs: Bring a Piece of Your Vacation Home

Buying souvenirs is one of the most fun parts of any trip, and while many are purchased for friends and loved ones, those people buy for themselves can become favorite items. Whether it’s a Mickey Mouse mug from Disney World, a fine bottle of wine from Italy, or a one-of-a-kind work of art, these gifts can add something unique to the home and serve as reminders of the places people have been.

Some might view souvenirs as nothing more than cheap knick knacks, but even the smallest keychain or bulky sweatshirt can help one re-live a memory of a special vacation. You just can’t put a price on the nostalgia  factor.

We’ve surveyed some frequent travelers about their favorite souvenirs and what makes them special in their hearts.

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Dr. Ruth Berman, CEO of Bon Beer Voyage, a company that organizes tours for Belgian and craft beer enthusiasts, has chairs from her first trip to Provence. She and her husband fell in love with the area as soon as they saw it. One day while shopping at the antique market in Isle sur la Sorgue, they came upon a set of blue folding chairs in Provence.

“Needless to say, we had to have them,” Berman says. “Once we purchased them, we spent a day and a half in search of a cardboard box large enough to wrap them up and bring them home on the plane with us. While we have brought back cases of wine, paintings, jewelry, clothing and other knick-knacks from our trips, two of these chairs are currently holding plants on our front porch and serve as our little bit of Provence back home in Florida.”

Jan Clark, who makes and sells aprons, totes, bedspreads, Christmas stockings and accessories through her company Icebox’s Yard, has a large—very large—vase she bought for $10 in Tijuana about 16 years ago. It was a real bargain, kind of.

“My son lugged it across the border, convincing me it would be cheap to ship to New Jersey from California, It was not,” Clark says.

It cost $200 to ship the vase, but that’s not the end of the story. It was so big it took up her son’s room, which led to her putting it in her bedroom. The base was such a centerpiece that it inspired her to remodel her bedroom. When she moved, this huge vase took up more room in a moving POD than some of her furniture pieces.

But it’s all been worth it to her, as the vase holds a very special place in her heart.

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“The $10 vase has probably cost me several thousand dollars by now, and it is known in the family as THE VASE,” Clark says.

Kathleen Thometz, an artist who owns Doodle Art & Design, which offers classes, art kits, and an art gallery in West Springs Illinois, says she likes to visit art galleries while on vacation, and find pieces made by local artists.

“When you buy a piece of art on a vacation, you are encapsulating a memory, supporting a local artist and economy and coming away with more than a photo album or magnet,” Thometz says. “You are adding to the decor of your house, creating an heirloom for future generations, and acquiring something beautiful to look at.”

Billie Tekel Elias is the author of “Pearl’s Party… and you’re invited” a memoir about her mother. Elias’ mother loved Latin dance, particularly the Mambo, and adored anything with a Spanish flavor: classical guitar, flamenco dancing, fans and bullfights.

“When she traveled to Spain and Puerto Rico she went out of her way to take in the local culture and always brought home castanets,” Elias says. “They were small enough to fit into the corner of her suitcase and she enjoyed making the distinctive clicking sound. After she died, I found multiple sets in her drawer.  They will always remind me of her.”

What a shame it would be if any of these precious mementos were lost before they even got home. With the LugLoc luggage locator, you can always be assured that you’ll know where your souvenirs and other possessions are when you’re traveling.

 

 

 

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New Unlimited Plans

LugLoc Announces New Service Plans for its Luggage Locator

Owning a luggage locator that leverages cellular technology involves two prices, the price you pay for the device, and the price you pay to track your bag through GSM.  We’ve received excellent feedback from LugLoc’s passionate user base, and created new simplified Service plans that launched the 14 of June, 2016.

Improved initial Service period

From now on, every device purchase includes FREE 30-day service plan included. This is twice what it used to be before! This activates the first time the LugLoc device location is requested.

New Unlimited Plans
You wanted unlimited plans, and we listened! You can now track your luggage as much as you’d like within each new option. Users can now choose from different service plans, including a month of unlimited tracking for $4.99, 6 months for $19.99, and $29.99 for annual unlimited service.

New Automatic Tracking
You also wanted LugLoc to track itself automatically, and we made it happen! From now on, LugLoc will automatically notify you when its location changes, all on it’s own! You can still manually refresh the location of your device at any time. No more going out of the way to track your luggage, the app will notify you as your luggage changes locations.

Going on a trip for a month? $4.99 will net you all the security you need to stay in control of your bag around the world. Have a busy season of traveling? LugLoc’s six-month $19.99 plan is a great fit for your needs. Need to keep track of your bag all the time, year round? Our year-round $29.99 of unlimited, automatic service plan is all you’ll ever need over the course of a year.

Old plans offered 15 days of free traces with initial purchase, Individual traces packs, and annual unlimited traces for $29.99. The new plan offers more value, flexibility, and most importantly what LugLoc users have asked for from the start – simplicity and peace of mind.

We’ve been working exhaustively to bring you the best travel experience you deserve. Thank you for your support!

6 Life-Savers You Should Always Carry When Traveling

There’s no doubt: travel can be really stressful and frustrating. Once you’ve sorted out your documents and repacked your bag a couple of times, you might still have ahead some long waiting lines and the anxiety that keeps you checking the departure updates every minute. Check out six products you should never travel without.

  1. Backup Charger

No more dead phones, please. Remember to travel with a small battery or solar-powered charger to prolong the life of your cell phone in an emergency. Today there’s a vast majority of them. The Carved Wood Power Bank is quite original because, unlike the metal or plastic ones, this is made of wood and it likes like a simple wooden box with two USB ports for charging your devices, along with a Micro USB input for charging and a recessed wooden button for turning the battery on and off. Take a look at the best-in-class chargers there are right now.

A user has reached out to mention that this might require some care as many countries now restrict the capacity of them being allowable in hand or checked luggage.  It’s particularly a major issue in China for both domestic and outbound international travel, so take care!

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  1. Noise-cancelling earplugs

It’s worth investing in a good pair of noise cancelling earplugs if you’re a frequent traveler. They can really make the difference. Whether there’s a crying baby near you, a couple fighting or someone snoring like you’ve never thought someone could snore, you can try the Hush plugs and fall asleep to soothing sounds like ocean waves and rainfall. There are also noise-canceling headphones that you can get!

  1. Compression sack with compartments

These space saving magical bags are the greatest. However, when inside, your clothes might jumble and be hard to find. Luckily, Hoboroll comes to solve this issue by bringing five compartments to know exactly where everything is. You won’t have to dig out the entire contents of your backpack just to find your socks, it’s a promise.

  1. Tiny Travel Steam Iron

Whether you are on a business trip or simply want to have your shirts tidy for going out, the World’s Smallest Travel Steam Iron might be your most precious object. It’s about the size of a computer mouse and can be extremely useful if you’re on the road and need to remove the inevitable wrinkles from packed clothing. Most hotels have an iron nowadays, but you can never be too sure!

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  1. Compact Towel

Every traveler knows that they will need some sort of pack towel while on a trip and there’s no doubt that the Lightload Towels sound like the best. They are incredibly affordable, unbelievably compact and easy to toss in every sort of bag. It has the size of a silver dollar and it’s extremely durable, absorbent and quick drying.

  1. LugLoc, luggage locator

This small device is the first luggage locator in the world. You just place it in your luggage and download the app. With a quick tap on your smartphone, you will be able to track your luggage anytime and anywhere, to make sure that everything’s under control. LugLoc utilizes GSM-GPRS technology, as GPS requires open areas to operate it is not ideal for airport locations. You will love it!

Do you have others life-savers objects? Share them with us!

 

 

 

 

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How To Save Money On Last-Minute Business Travel?

 

Last-minute travel isn’t often known for its affordability. It’s common to hear that booking travel in advance can save money but, sometimes you have no other option. If you are not tied to a certain date, you can first look up the most cheap flights and accommodations and then start planning in detail. Sometimes you can’t and you need to run. Fortunately, there are awesome deals to be had on last-minute and some of these can be well used when traveling. Let’s have a look at a couple of examples you necessarily need to check before going on a business trip.

No summer months, no weekdays

If it’s possible, try to avoid traveling last-minute during the summer months. Why? Airfares tend to be at a higher rate. There’s no doubt that keeping business meetings scheduled during off-season travel months can certainly help manage the bottom line. Remember that many destinations offer lower rates during the week, so it would be better to skip the weekends, that time of the week where everybody seems to fly more. The same happens with early-morning flights: they are usually cheaper than the ones that leave later in the day.

Here’s two major holidays on Google’s flight search with the exact same criteria. One in the summer – July 4th, and one in the winter, New Years. Let’s look at the cost difference.


Flying on July 4th

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Flying on New Years

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As you can see flying in the summer saves $60 compared to the winter.

A room for the night or a booking in advance

Today there are plenty of apps and websites, including Priceline and Hotels.com, that feature last-minute hotel deals and bigger discounts to those who are booking a room for that night. If you find a tempting prize but are not sure about whether that beatiful offer is real, take in consideration that you can call the hotel directly and ask if they still have that room you are willing to pay with a huge smile on your face. Of course some deals are only online but, although you may have little time to organize your business trip, you don’t need to leave this until the last minute. Keep in mind that you can always book a room in advance at a hotel that has a liberal cancellation policy and cancel it if you find a better deal.

Secondary airports and car coupons

Another tip to find ways to travel cheap on last-minute business trips is to choose secondary airports: choosing Baltimore Washington International Airport, MD, when you’re traveling to the capital or Long Island MacArthur Airport, NY, when going to Manhattan. It’s generally cheaper than the major ones, the busiest ones. They are less congested. So, before buying a flight you might want to consider your options, if you have the chance to live in a city with multiple airports. Sometimes, taking a train or bus can be better, depending on the distance of the two cities. Fortunately, airlines aren’t the only travel companies that offer promo codes online so, if you happen to need a car, don’t forget to look up for coupons or promo codes to save you a couple of dollars.  

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Whether you are traveling on a last-minute trip or a well organized one, take your LugLoc with you to track your luggage at all times, anytime and anywhere. You need to place your device inside your bag and tap the app in your smartphone to trace it. It uses GSM-GPRS Technology and locates your luggage worldwide in real time.

 

 

 

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