The Joys of Traveling without a Suitcase

March 28, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

Some people wax rhapsodic about the joys of checking their suitcase and only traveling through the airport with a small personal bag or briefcase. While we’re not always big fans of letting someone else take our suitcase, we can see some of the benefits of checking your bag before your flight.

Atlantic 25 inch Compass Spinner

You’d need to check this Atlantic 25 inch Compass Spinner suitcase.

  1. You can take everything you want and have options for clothes and souvenirs. If you’re taking an extra long trip, and you don’t want to wear the same pants five times, the big suitcase makes sense. It also leaves you plenty of room to pack souvenirs on the way home.
  2. Once you check your bag, you’re FREE! No more wrestling your bag in the bathroom, or worrying somebody will shout “Abandoned bag! Abandoned bag!” when you step away to throw something in the trash can.
  3. Security is a breeze. Other than your personal bag, you don’t have to have anything examined. No 3-1-1 bags, no leaving personal toiletry items at home, no packing tiny toiletries.
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Pros and Cons of Carry-ons vs Large Suitcases

March 23, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

One of the things you may not consider when planning a trip is which piece of luggage to use. Either you’re going to wait and see how much you have to take, and plan accordingly. Or you’re thinking about buying your first piece of luggage, and aren’t sure which one to get.

Today, we’re going to present the pros and cons of the carry-on and the pros and cons of the larger suitcase.

Platinum Magna 2 Collection

There’s a size in here for everyone — carry-on, large bag — but which is right for you?


Pros: Carry-Ons

The biggest pro for the carry-on centers around savings: saving money, saving time. If you’ve priced luggage, you’ll know that carry-ons are cheaper than check-in size suitcases. They also save you money because you don’t have to pay the checked bag fee suitcase users incur when they check their bag.
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How to Survive Losing Your Bag

March 18, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

It’s a traveler’s worst nightmare: the lost bag. If it hasn’t happened to you, consider yourself lucky. In many cases, the bag is not really “lost”, it is misplaced. In other words, you are at your destination, but your bag is somewhere else. The problem is you don’t know where your luggage is. While airlines are doing much better at baggage handling, the system isn’t perfect. So, what can you do?

United Lost Luggage RoomFirst, be proactive. I don’t know about you, but I never gave those baggage claim stickers much thought until I experienced my first lost bag. Without that tracking number, you have no proof that your bag was checked, or that it belongs to you.

That leaves the airline with your name, which reminds me: make sure there’s identification on your bag at all times. At a bare minimum, use the complimentary tags the airlines offers at check-in, or better yet, a business card in the ID slot that’s built into the luggage. With Travelpro luggage, the ID information will be hidden under a flap on the outside of the bag, so it is not visible for all to see.
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AirPortr Comes to Heathrow: “Luggage Freedom” While Traveling

March 14, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

The next time you land in London, how would you like to ditch your bags at the airport to get in a little extra sight-seeing and have them waiting for you at your hotel? Or, leave your bags behind at the hotel and have them meet you at the airport? Or maybe you have some early or last-minute meetings, and you don’t feel like wrestling your bags for the next six hours.

Baggage Claim Carousel at Heathrow. Wouldn't it be nice to skip the wait?

Baggage Claim Carousel at Heathrow. Wouldn’t it be nice to skip the wait?

Heathrow Airport and Portr have combined forces to allow passengers same-day, baggage-free travel to or from the airport to any London address. They call it AirPortr, and although it’s currently the only service they offer, the company may expand beyond airport delivery services.

Chris Walsh, director and head of customer experience at Portr, explains. “Our vision is to fundamentally change how people travel, putting them back in control of their own agenda rather than burdensome baggage dictating their itinerary. AirPortr is all about increasing the efficiency of your time; you know that your bags are being securely delivered, which leaves you to make the most of your first or last day in London. We like to call it ‘Luggage Freedom.'”

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What are the Friendliest Countries in the World?

March 11, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

When traveling, it really isn’t enough just to fly the “friendly skies.” Friendly interactions with the native people of the places you’re visiting are what make the experiences you have the most memorable. After all, monuments can’t speak.

Yellow Irish pubPeople are the guardians of their country’s heritage, culture, and history, and they, better than any guidebook, can tell you where you can find the best places to eat and play and learn.

Ben Groundwater, well-known Australian travel writer and blogger, has compiled his own list of favorites. Groundwater looked up an old acquaintance in Scotland and was given a bed in his home, never left a pub alone in Ireland, was invited to play badminton in Laos, received genuine wishes for a great day and helpful directions from Americans, witnessed Fijians’ intense love for children and older people, found Indians notorious for their curiosity and their desire to truly know him, experienced abundant smiles in Thailand, discovered Kiwis of New Zealand completely lacking in cynicism, and felt emotionally and physically embraced in genuine love by Brazilians.

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Is London’s Gatwick serving Happy Hormones?

March 9, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

We all know that sluggish tiredness we feel when we’re traveling. Our agitation seems inexplicable when all we’ve really done is walk a bit and sit a while. The problem is chemical, specifically low levels of dopamine and serotonin in our brains.

Gatwick Airport north terminalIn order to help demystify the grumpiness of its travelers, says an August 2015 CNN story, London’s Gatwick Airport hired nutritionist Jo Travers to help restaurants there create meals designed to help travelers boost their levels of dopamine and serotonin so that they feel happier.

Travers explained to CNN that there are “certain foods that will keep the ‘happy’ chemicals in your brain flowing. Low levels [of dopamine and serotonin] can cause fatigue.”
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Value. Style. Two New Luggage Collections from Travelpro are Embodiment of Both

March 3, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

These Hardside and Softside Spinners Embrace Both Value and Style

Put a lightweight spin on travel with the Hardside and Softside WalkAbout® Spinners 3 luggage collections from Travelpro®, the choice of flight crews and frequent travelers for over 25 years. Travelpro is pleased to introduce these two new luggage lines which combine the sleek look and superb quality of more expensive luggage at a tremendous value for customers.

Walkabout Spinner luggageSuper lightweight and durable, these items — part of Travelpro’s extensive collection of Spinner luggage — come with tapered expansion which expands 2″ to maximize space and packing flexibility, stylish accents and effortless maneuverability. Featuring a unique profile and available in distinctive royal blue, purple and black, they are guaranteed to stand out in any crowded airport. Plus, every piece is tested to conform to Travelpro’s most demanding testing standards and backed by our reassuring Lifetime Warranty.

“Travelpro is known for its amazing synergy of function and fashion for the savvy traveler,” said Scott Applebee, vice president of marketing for the Travelpro family of brands. “Our company is always striving to provide customers access to the very best in selection and quality, which is why we are excited to offer them an exceptional shopping experience with the Hardside and Softside WalkAbout Spinners 3 collections.”
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Is Outdated Air Traffic Control Software Posing a Risk?

February 26, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

Ever sat through a system upgrade on your computer? Nothing can happen until the upgrade is complete, and bugs that weren’t there before sometimes emerge. While this can be annoying personally, it can have more far-reaching consequences when it happens while you’re trying to run a business. Or an airport.

Air Traffic Control Tower

Air Traffic Control Tower

We saw just how vulnerable our air traffic control software is when a glitch caused a delay that rippled throughout the country on Saturday, August 15, 2015.

The En Route Automation Modernization (ERAM) computer software system provides air traffic control (ATC) centers real-time electronic aeronautical information and is designed to allow seamless use by thousands of users simultaneously.
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Travelpro® and Atlantic® Luggage to Light-Up Las Vegas with Brilliant Collections at 2016 Travel Goods Association Show

February 23, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

Past Winner of TGA’s New Product Innovation Award Poised to Impress

Travelpro, the original inventor of Rollaboard® luggage and a pioneer in innovative luggage design, will premier unique collections from the Travelpro® and Atlantic® brands at the 2016 Travel Goods Association (TGA) Show at the Las Vegas Convention Center. Industry leaders looking for the “best of the best attend” the show, which runs from March 8-10 in Las Vegas. Travelpro is introducing a record number of new luggage lines at the event: Crew™ 11 (hardside and softside); Crew™ Executive Choice™ 2 (business cases); Maxlite® 4 (hardside and softside); and Marquis™ 2 (softside), while Unite™ 2 and the new Atlantic® Designer Series will be launched under the Atlantic brand.

Atlantic Unite2 Collection

The Atlantic Unite2 Collection

“Always pushing the boundaries of creativity and design, Atlantic Luggage is guaranteed to garner a lot of attention at this year’s show. Two renowned artists/designers – Kris Ruff and Amanda Caronia – have partnered with our in-house design team to create some of the most unique and fashionable luggage collections on the market today under the new Atlantic Designer Series brand,” said Scott Applebee, Vice President of Marketing for the Travelpro and Atlantic brands.

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Don’t Blame the Airlines for Their Policies, Blame the IRS

February 17, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

After the busy holiday travel season, you may have felt like many of your fellow travelers, that you were bleeding money. But before you blame the airline for gouging you, you may be surprised to learn that Congress and the FAA are the real Scrooges in this Dickensian scenario.

Airline seatsWhen the IRS ruled in 2009 that ticket fares were subject to corporate taxation, but add-on fees weren’t, airlines found their loophole for profitability. As we consumers know, the government can regulate all it wants, but businesses will still find a way to pass the costs created by those policies on to us to achieve the ROI that their shareholders demand.

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