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Getting personal with your luggage

Luggage can say a lot about a person. Sure, you can buy a generic suitcase that anyone could walk around with, but a lot of people express themselves with their bags. Is a suitcase intended for a family vacation, or is it all about getting down to business? You might be a world traveler with a suitcase covered with stickers from all the places you’ve visited. Or, you might have a bag themed around your favorite sports team or band.

Using luggage with a personal touch can make traveling a little more fun. It also helps make bags stand out at the luggage claim, and you might even strike up an interesting conversation with someone at the airport with whom you share a common interest.

Catherine Ryan, of Cedar Rock Investment Advisors, in Massachusetts, says she has a bag that tells everyone, “This girl travels light.”

“I use a kid-sized rolling cabin bag from a discount chain,” she says. “It’s light, comes in fun colors, and can always fit overhead. It also keeps me from over-packing.”

But it’s not for everyone. She recently offered to lend it to a friend who was going away for a weekend.

“She said she could not use it because it was too small,” Ryan says. “I laughed and said, ‘I’ve gone overseas for a week with that bag.’”

Dan Nainan is a comedian whose work has him traveling a lot, enough to be an elite flyer with Delta with a Diamond Medallion with million-miler status. It’s pretty cool, and he’s earned it, but it doesn’t impress everyone.

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“I have luggage tags which indicate my Diamond status which I have on the outside of my bag,” he says. “I got into an argument with a fellow passenger who said that it was ostentatious and obnoxious to have the tag on my bag. It almost came to blows.

Danny Bamboat, a travel developer with his own startup, Building Adventure Minds Travels (www.bamtravels.com), says he always travels with his backpack—an Osprey Farpoint 70.

“It’s a great size, big enough to carry everything I need, but small enough to take as a carry-on,” Bamboat says. “I’ve fit gifts, sweaters, blankets, hammocks, equipment, and more in it. It comes with a day-pack that you can detach that I find so useful.”

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One day, while in a tuk-tuk in Cambodia late one night, his day-pack was stolen.

“Two guys on a motorbike drove up and swiped it,” he says. “It happened so quickly. My passport, business laptop, hard-drive, and a bit of cash were in it. That bag had been with me up in the Himalayas, exploring jungles, visiting Komodo dragons, at the beach…It was weird how attached you can get to a material object.”

When he went back home to Canada, he tried to order a replacement, but could only get a red one (his original is gray).

“I ordered it and now I travel with a two-toned backpack,” he says. “It always reminds me of the experiences, good and bad, that you encounter when you travel. I have my company patch on it as well and anyone who knows me, knows how much I love that piece of luggage. I’ve lived out of it for months at a time and it’s basically carried my life on my back—comfortably.”

Sheridan Becker is a world traveler, blogger, and claims to be the “most-traveled mom.”

She describes herself as a “self-confessed” luggage lover, and she even gives each of her suitcases a first name.

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“Sometimes I will buy a piece of luggage to match the type of travel journey that I will go on,” she says. “Luggage and good, practical pieces are essential for any form of travel. Trust me, my back depends on comfortable travel suitcase.”

Channon Dade is a travel host and actress, with her own website, www.channondade.com. She has traveled the world during her nearly 17 years working for airlines.

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“I have traveled to countless destinations, five continents, 32 countries (and still counting) and my luggage is my prize possession everywhere I go,” she says.

She owns a pink-and-brown snazzy Tommy Hilfiger bag, which she says is very feminine. She protects it with a black luggage cover, which proudly sports an emblem of her alma mater, Stanford University.

One reason for the emblem is to keep her “pretty luggage” safe when she checks it, which she has to do often because she flies stand-by a lot, and by the time she gets on, there’s no bin space.

“The second reason is due to the fact it makes for a great conversation starter piece while traveling,” she says. “The third reason I use it, and the most important reason, is due to the fact that Stanford has enabled me through my connections and education, to help create more conscious travelers by creatively sharing my travel life lessons. So, I like to represent them every chance I get.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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5 Signs You’re a Travel Addict

 

Once you’ve started, it can be difficult to stop. Traveling is like a drug. If you haven’t been able to see the entire world with your own eyes, it won’t ruin your life. But, from the moment you start your first journey, if you are a real travel addict, you’ll never be the same again. Deep down you’ll know that you will never ever be free of travel-induced wanderlust. Traveling is now part of you and, you know what? You gotta do what you gotta do 😉

Not sure if you just enjoy traveling once in awhile, or you’re a travel addict? Here’s five signs that will help you discover your travel addict tendencies, and if in fact you are one or not.

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  1. Working To Fund Your Next Adventure.

It can occur that one day you find yourself saving your paychecks for a new experience abroad, not buying new clothes for several months and inviting your friends home instead of going out for a bite. It’s fine, you’re saving money for what’s more important to you. Not material things, but real trips that make you feel butterflies in your stomach.

  1. Constantly Dreaming of Your Next Trip.

You dream about traveling when asleep and when awake. You think about what to take in your backpack, who you should ask about a certain destination, and how to live with the anxiety until the moment you start this new unbelievable journey. You wonder where to stay and whether you should be vaccinated if you’re visiting a given city?

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  1. Spending Hours Browsing Travel Blogs.

Instead of going out, chilling, reading a book or shopping with friends and having fun outdoors, you spend countless hours browsing travel websites and blogs your next adventure. Of course, it’s the most wonderful thing for you, and your very best plan, not a disease or something. You need to know about others who have travelled to your next destination, what the place looks like, what to take with you, what places you can’t miss, the most wonderful spots and so on. Suddenly your phone is loaded with travel apps: Booking and AirBNB for the right hotels and apartments, Turo for renting a car, LugLoc for tracking your luggage anytime and anywhere in case the airline misses it, and a couple of others for buying the cheapest flights and the list continues. You are what people call a master researcher

  1. Planning Your Next Trip While on Your Current Trip.

You can’t help that with a single step on new soil you’re already making plans for the next destination. Some will see this in the wrong way and will say that you are never living in the present or loving what you are doing. Let them think what they want to think. This is your passion, your hobby, sometimes even your job (lucky you!) and your thirst of getting to know new places, people from different points of the planet, diverse cultures and more needs to be satisfied. It’s your way of re-energizing.

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  1. Every day brings a new destination idea.

Films make you want to travel. So do books and music. Whether it’s your best friend who tells you about his dream trip, or a stranger who has just got off a plane from a distant island, you are always thinking about the next stop ahead. Staying in one place for more than 3 months makes you anxious. With your magnificent ability to pack your bags in five minutes flat you consider almost any place as a must on your list.

Recognize yourself in any of these? Congrats, you’re an official travel addict. Enjoy the ride!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Luggage can be funny

No, really, there are lots of humorous stories involving luggage out there. Discovering things we thought were lost; having to lug a large bag around awkwardly; getting stopped at security for a strange, unexpected reason… these things happen. And if you have the right attitude, after you get over the frustration, it’s helpful to laugh about it and be happy you have a story to tell at parties.

NJS Kaye, author of “Items May Have Shifted: How to Travel With Your Baby or Toddler,” shares a fun story about something that usually isn’t funny—losing your luggage. In 2000, Kaye lost her luggage while traveling to Morocco.

“I wasn’t an optimal packer at that time, so the most useful thing in my carry-on bag was a sweater—which, in August, was not very helpful in North Africa,” she says. After several calls to the airline turned up nothing, she bought some extra underwear and lived with “very, very little” for a few weeks, until she was at the airport in Casablanca.

“I passed through the baggage area on my way to departures,” she says. “There, in a corner, in a sea of other luggage, was my bag, with all the tags torn off but the lock still in place. I ran for it and made a flying leap to land on top of it, yelling, ‘That’s mine!’

“Nobody even blinked an eye at me heaving it up and dashing to make my flight home—this was pre-9/11. When I got home, I unpacked my perfectly packed bag.”

Since then, she tries to make due with carry-on luggage, but that can backfire.

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“On one international trip, my 5-year-old twin boys stuffed Star Wars Nerf blasters in their backpacks without my knowledge. (They) look remarkably like sawed-off semi-automatic rifles. That did not go over well at security.”

Sophia Dembling, author of “100 Places in the USA Every Woman Should Go” once had her checked luggage searched, and the officials used a plastic-pull-through locking tab to close it. That led to a tricky situation.

“Since I couldn’t carry anything sharp on board, when I got to my hotel late at night and realized what had happened, I also had nothing to cut the tab off with,” Dembling says. “I finally found a book of matches in my carry-on and managed to melt it off.”

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Candace Johnson, of Change it Up Editing and Writing Services, has a cute, and touching, memory about her grandmother’s engagement ring. After Johnson’s grandmother moved into a nursing home, her engagement ring went missing. A dutiful search of her room, including her suitcase, didn’t result in the ring, and an insurance claim for the 55-year-old ring was made.

“A decade later and after both grandparents had passed away, my brother was sorting through their few remaining personal items in preparation for donating them to charity, and he decided to search through my grandmother’s suitcase one more time,” Johnson says. “Between the fabric lining and the suitcase, he found her engagement ring; apparently, it had been tucked away in a fabric pocket for safe keeping but had slipped through a small hole in the lining. Today, the diamond sits on the hand of his own bride of 22 years; I think that would have made my grandparents so happy.”

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What do you do when you need to go to the bathroom, but can’t get your bag through the door to the bathroom?

This recently happened to Megan Stetzel, who blogs about travel at ForksAndFootprints.com, when she was at a bus station in a town on the Mexican border.

“I was traveling solo, which meant I needed to bring my luggage with me to the bathroom like I had done many times before,” she says. “At the time my luggage was a 40-pound backpacking backpack and a small day bag. I got to the restroom and there was a fee to use it, which is not uncommon in Mexico. However, the challenging aspect was the gate to get into the bathroom was a rotating, revolving door that I could not fit into holding my bag.

“After a failed attempt, or five, I wound up having to throw my large bag over the top of the 10-plus-foot metal gate and then run to hurry through it with my small bag before someone could swipe it. There was no air conditioning in the station and by the time I finished with the bathroom and made it back through the gate, I was completely soaked in sweat from the exertion of it all and had to sit down because I was laughing so hard at the outrageousness of the situation. It made for a hilarious snapchat!

But let’s face it, losing your luggage is rarely funny. Keep track of your bags with the LugLoc luggage locator.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Traveling With Kids Is Possible and Suggested

 

Car seats, stroller, diaper bags, the joy of plane traveling with children. Let’s face it: if your destination requires a flight and you have young kids, then you better do some planning in advance. Don’t get me wrong, traveling with kids isn’t always a nightmare. In fact, lots of people really enjoy those moments that today may seem impossible to imagine. Whether you are taking your kids with you because you can’t even consider a vacation without them and your chest hurts just by picturing it, or because you can’t seem to find the most responsible and perfect babysitter. Let’s take a look at these tips that can help you know more about how to travel with your children and enjoy your free days from the first moment.

Take Your Time: You Both Need It

Forget about those years and experiences when everything you did was last minute. With children, you always need extra time. Kids sometimes just want to explore, while other times they are sleepy or cranky and need a moment or two to feel better. When properly managed kids can be made to feel comfortable and excited about the journey they are about to take. There are days when they need a quick nap or simply play and do something they really enjoy instead of walking from A to B or going from one museum to another attraction nonstop. Keep the activities coming and, depending on the age of your kids, take with you a small collection of toys to be handed out, puzzles, stickers or coloring books. And no more long days without stopping, for everyone’s sake. Downtime is not a waste.

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Don’t Bring More Stuff Than You Can Carry

There’s no doubt: your packing list with essentials is longer than it used to be. Since you are a parent, sometimes you will need to do everything with just one hand as the other one has to be free for your child. It’s a fine line between carrying everything you need in case of an emergency (when you have kids, cold weather can be considered an emergency if you don’t have enough winter coats), and something you can carry easily. Backpacks are an awesome choice. Clothes, snacks, a blanket and a pillow, a box of wipes and the list goes on and on. Welcome to minimalism!

Stick to One Hotel And Be Flexible with Routines

Perhaps it’s a better idea to just stay at one hotel the first time and analyze how the journey with your kids goes. You’ll have plenty of moments to trip around and move from one place to another. If you have the possibility, it’s always a plus to book a hotel with amenities: a pool, playground or game room will give them a place to expel a little energy. And, not less important, if your kid sleeps in a crib, you can bring your own (if space allows for it and it’s not the heaviest) instead of asking for one and facing the fact that not all the cribs are as clean as yours. True, it’s a new place to sleep so try to be so flexible with a sleep schedule and you’ll be less frustrated.

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Traveling with kids is the best possible way for parents and children to bond with each other. Trip after trip, you will realize that it gets easier and easier. Don’t be surprised that kids are very good at adapting to new environments. What’s more, the younger you start traveling with your children, the quicker they become excellent travel companions.

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Luggage That’s Special

Some people look at a piece of luggage and see little more than a bag to put things in when they take a trip, but for others, their luggage is special.

It might be that luggage is more than a place to keep your clothes and essentials, as it holds memories of trips taken around the world. Or maybe it was a gift from someone special, or it’s something you’re comfortable with and traveling without it wouldn’t be right.

Whatever the reason, if you’re sentimental about your luggage, don’t fret, because you aren’t alone. That’s why we asked people to tell us the stories behind their luggage.

Yuchun Cheng is a San Francisco-based jewelry designer and the founder of S for Sparkle. She was born in Taiwan, where her father made combination locks for luggage and suitcases. The story behind her bag is truly inspirational.

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“My father gave me a suitcase with his combination locks on it after I got a green card in 2014,” Cheng says. Since opening her business last year, she has attended many craft shows and always brings that suitcase with her.

“Every time I pack with all my show booth setup in this suitcase, I think of the day I decided to move 6,000 miles away from home so I can give myself a chance to build my own future in my own terms,” Cheng says. “Every time I drag this suitcase to a craft show, I think of my family, and hope one day I would make them feel proud. When I unpack, I would put my guard down and cry a little telling myself it’s going to be worthwhile. After 15 plus craft shows, this suitcase is still in good shape but all scratched up. It’s more than just a suitcase, it’s a reminder of my own promise.”

Zondra Wilson is an actress and model and president and CEO of Blu Skin Care, her own line of organic skin products. With a career devoted to glamor and beauty, it’s an old Cleveland Indians tote bag, given to her by her mother, that holds a special place in her heart.

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“I’ve had it at least 15 years,” Wilson says. “My mom passed on Sunday, May 26, 2013. I still carry it to this day. I love it because it represents my hometown and it’s something my mom gave me before she passed.”

Joy Donnell is an entrepreneur, sustainable luxury advocate and Editor-in-Chief of Vanichi Magazine. Her special bag is a Cole Haan cordovan leather suitcase that she’s had for nearly 20 years.

“The bag still exudes simple sophistication with gently rounded edges, a gorgeous brass combination lock and pinstripe lining that is its own work of art,” Donnell says. “The moment I saw it on the shelf, I knew it would be mine. It held a certain dream and promise for me about the woman I am and the woman I would become.”

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What makes it special is that it’s the first piece of luggage she purchased with her own money, just as she had finished college and was about to start her career. She still uses it for weekend getaways and short business trips.

“Sometimes I even find excuses to use it,” she says. “Back then, it was a bit of a splurge item but it was worth it to me because the bag symbolized the beginning of the rest of my adult life: independence, elegance and travel.”

Sarah Lisovich is the senior editor and content strategist at CIA Medical. A regular traveler, she says that regardless of who she travels with, it’s her luggage that’s her partner in crime.

“I first got my luggage as a gift from my family at age 18, when I went on my first trip out of the country to Italy,” she says. “It served me well, and ever since then, I have accumulated stickers from every country I have visited. In this way, my luggage has become personalized and recognizable, making it a testament to my travels, like a passport filled with stamps.”

Losing any of these special bags would be terrible for their owners. The LugLoc luggage locator app can help you make sure that your luggage, and its contents, are safe and secure.

 

 

 

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The Era of the Ecotourism

Over the last couple of years, travelers have been looking for more ways to get involved and give back. In case you’ve never heard about this trend, it’s called ecotourism, a more responsible and sustainable way of traveling is possible. With all the wonder that comes with discovery, there is no better education than travel. Why? It’s the most wonderful way to open your eyes to different cultures and ways of living and, fortunately, we can protect those places we visit in simple but effective steps.

We can all enjoy a “greener” trip. Ecotourism is defined by the International Ecotourism Society (TIES) as, “responsible travel to natural areas that conserves the environment, sustains the well-being of the local people, and involves interpretation and education”. This concept talks about visiting a place as a tourist and trying to make only a positive impact on the environment, society and economy. A little respect for those who call the location their home, you know?

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Conservation of an area’s resources, such as energy and water, and preservation of the land and wildlife are important aspects of ecotourism. Taking into account that this industry is one of the world’s fastest-growing one it’s essential for itself to reduce the sustainable consequences to make a real impact. Obviously, the hard work needs to be shared both ways and travelers should do their part. Although many people adopt green habits at home (by recycling or turning off the faucet when they brush their teeth), the challenge is to encourage environmentally-friendly manners when they’re on holiday too.

Eco has become a buzzword, because people are starting to realize that a new way of living and traveling is necessary. It’s simply a new form of enriching your travel experience and, at the same time, contributing to make the world a better place.

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Here are some tips you can start today to embrace this concept:

  1. A green hotel stay: choose to reuse your sheets and towels, take short showers, turn off the air conditioner and use less electricity. If you want to find a hotel that has sustainable practices, check the Green Hotels Association.
  1. Local tour cities on foot: if you have the option, walk. There’s no better way than understanding the place you’re visiting than doing it with a local. They tend to know the area best, of course. TourPal is a smartphone travel guide application that provide users with multilingual audio tours, created by professional tour guides, another great option. Are you prepared for the adventure?

  1. Take care of the place: leave it as you found it or even better.
  1. Spread the word: you green habits need to be passed on to others so that they can enjoy this new way of traveling and help making a positive impact for all.

Have you tried this new way of traveling abroad? Can you share some other tips with the community?

 

 

 

 

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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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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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Must-Have Travel Items

Traveling often, whether for pleasure, or whether for work, can be exciting, while expanding our horizons by exposing us to new places and cultures. But no matter how worldly some people may be, most of us have those things we just can’t leave behind.

We’re not talking about necessities like credit cards, I.D.’s or a laptop for work. We mean creatures of comforts, things that entertain, remind us of home, or just make us feel like everything is OK.

It might be a comfy pair of slippers, a favorite gadget, or something that reminds us of home. One thing all these items have in common is that their owners just can’t leave home without them. We were wondering:

Do you have any must-have travel items?

Amy Wensloo, CEO of Products to Profits in Pasadena, California, travels to trade shows conferences and meetings. She also takes vacation trips with her fiance. Her must-have items include a hair dryer. “Ridiculously bad hotel hair dryers are a pet peeve since I do a ton of speaking at events,” she says. “I’m currently looking at several high-end travel size dryers but haven’t found a great one yet.”

She also brings lavender, citrus and mint essential oils to help with energy, nausea and being happy; a “success journal,” a blender bottle for a healthy and fast breakfast; Natural Calm magnesium powder, and Pito Tubes, for her favorite toiletries. “I’ve been using the same set for over 15 years,” she says. “Completely leak-proof that entire time. Awesome!”

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Beth Beutler, a writer and consultant, says she brings a quilted “relaxing bag” with her on trips. “(It) includes a journal, a coloring/inspirational study book, and some trinkets from past trips to enjoy or reflect on during free time,” she says. “These particular items are only used when on trips, to make them special and different from similar items I use at home.”

While most people use fans to cool off, Mark Rust brings one on trips with him so that he can get a good night’s rest.

“I’m a light sleeper, small sounds inside or out will wake me,” says Rust, a musician from New Paltz, New York. “Even if it’s perfectly quiet, I can’t sleep. So when I travel I always carry a small electric fan. The constant ‘white noise’ of its blades put me right to sleep, and keep me from hearing anything from the trucks passing by the hotel, to the TV or conversation in the next room. Often in the hotel elevator, other guests will see the fan and remark how they wished they’d brought one.”

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Tara Cappe, who travels internationally as the owner of For the Love of Travel, a group travel company for young professionals, has a few things she always brings with her, including a favorite item of clothing. “When I go to Europe, I always bring my favorite Vince leather jacket, no matter what season,” she says. “It can go from day to night and always looks stylish.”

Her second must-have item is a pair of footwear, but not for styling reasons. “No matter what season, I bring flip-flops to wear in hotel rooms and bathrooms. You never know!”

Finally, she never travels without her pillow. “I know it takes up a lot of space but I always bring my pillow from home,” Cappe says. “I never get as good a night’s sleep without it.”

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Amy Killoran, creative manager with I Love Travel, a Toronto-based student travel company, notes slippers are a must for her when she travels.

“You can change into them on the plane, or at a grimy hotel, or a resort with cold tile flooring, and hang out on your hotel patio in them,” she says. “It’s something that brings a little bit of the comfort of home along with you on your trip, and feels so good to have on hand if you find yourself in a less than desirable room for the night. I bring a pair of slippers on every trip.”

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Katharine M. Nohr, a laywer based in Kaneohe, Hawaii, and the author of the new book, “Land Sharks: #HonoluluLaw, #Triathletes and a #TVStar,” says her plane necessities are a lumbar pillow, neck pillow, travel blanket and eye shades when she takes a long flight. And not just any pillow will do.

“I’ve tried many and have discovered the best in each category,” she says. “I’m always telling people about the best neck and back pillows.” She says recently broke a neck pillow before a trip to Italy, and was in Honolulu International Airport looking for the right pillow.

“I went all over the airport and into every shop, including the store where I originally found this fabulous item,” she says. “It was discontinued. After checking about 10 stores, I found it in one of the kiosks — their last one. And, it was on sale for half the original price! I’m now ready for my travel season with all my on board luxuries.”

When traveling with these precious items, you’ll want to know where they are at all times. The LugLoc luggage locator can help you keep track of your luggage and your possessions. For more information, go to lugloc.com.

 

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