Better Than Wrinkle Cream? Travel’s Anti-Aging Effect

July 24, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Here’s a sobering statistic: In a study of 2,300 American workers who get paid vacation, only 25 percent said they take advantage of every day they’re allowed. Sixty-one percent said they continued to work even while on vacation.

There are plenty of other blog posts — books, even — that could be written on American work culture and why we don’t take advantage of the benefits of our jobs. This blog post is a plea to consider traveling more.

Travel Keeps You Healthy

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(Photo credit: Deb Stgo)

Why? A recent article in the Dubai Chronicle documented the results of a survey several existing studies on leisure travel’s health effects and found that it actually boosts cognitive and cardiovascular health, particularly in middle-aged people or older.

One study, for example, followed women from 45 to 64 years old for 20 years; women in the study who took vacation twice a year were at much lower risk of having a heart attack or dying of a heart-related disease than those who traveled every six years.

If you’ve encountered significant delays and other frustrations during your travels, you may feel the exact opposite. But I think that to reap the anti-aging effects of travel, you have to flip the old adage around: It’s the destination, not the journey.

My Own Experience

I can personally attest to this, actually. My wife and I are fortunate enough to be able to travel to the Caribbean a fair amount, and it’s absolutely essential for helping us relax.

A big part of the relaxation for me is shaking up my routine and immersing myself in a totally different environment and culture, away from my everyday lifestyle. Vacation is an opportunity to shake yourself out of your deepest ruts.

I am, unfortunately, often part of that 61 percent of workers who continue to work while on vacation, but it’s for self-preservation. I go through my emails once a day and flag the important ones for my attention when I return. It only takes a few minutes and makes coming back to work the following week a lot less stressful.

I’d love to hear whether you connect with the findings of this survey. Do your vacations alleviate your stress levels? How do you cope with the stress of returning to a full inbox? Share your thoughts in the comments or on our Facebook page.

Travelpro Introduces Innovative Crew 10 Luggage Collection (PRESS RELEASE)

July 16, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Most Advanced Technologies for Today’s Frequent Travelers

Travelpro the inventor of Rollaboard luggage and a market leader in innovative, high-quality luggage design is pleased to introduce the Crew 10 collection. The next generation of Travelpro’s popular flagship line, Crew 10, offers a leap forward in lightweight durability, effortless mobility, and style for the frequent business and leisure traveller.

Crew 10 Black 20" Rollaboard

Crew 10 Black 20″ Rollaboard

“Travelpro’s primary commitment is to provide our customers with the most innovative and durable luggage available worldwide,” said Scott Applebee, Vice President of Marketing for the Travelpro family of brands. “The Crew 10 collection marks our continued design evolution, by incorporating the most advanced technology available today into Spinner and Rollaboard luggage.”

Packed with innovations, Crew 10 is equipped with a 360 degree Dual Wheel Spinner system, featuring patent-pending MagnaTrac wheel technology. With these revolutionary self-aligning magnetic wheels, Spinner models always roll straight in all directions, making it easier than ever to maneuver through crowded airports and airplane aisles. The effortless roll of MagnaTrac wheels reduce shoulder and arm strain by eliminating the drifting and pulling that is typically associated with pushing Spinner luggage.

In addition, its patented PowerScope Extension Handle minimizes wobble and has multiple stops at 38″ and 42.5″, ensuring a comfortable roll for users of varying heights. The next generation, patented Contour Handle Grip provides more comfort and greater control of Spinner luggage.

Crew 10 Merlot 20 inch Rollaboard

Crew 10 Merlot 20 inch Rollaboard

An array of other practical features enhances the durability and functionality of the collection. These include: tapered expansion of up to 2″ for maximizing packing flexibility, new shear-resistant zipper heads that stay intact after many miles of travel, a suiter for wrinkle-free packing and intelligent hold-down straps that can slide side-to-side to hold down your clothes more effectively.

Accented by rich leather side and top carry handles, Crew 10 is available in both stylish merlot and elegant black. The line is backed by a lifetime warranty on materials and workmanship. Select from 8 carry-on models, including two designed for international travel, this 12-piece collection elevates Travelpro’s heritage of design excellence to a new global standard.

About Travelpro

For over 25 years, Travelpro International has prided itself on design innovation and durability in crafting the highest quality luggage for travelers worldwide. Since transforming the ease of modern day travel with The Original Rollaboard wheeled luggage, Travelpro has been the brand of choice for flight crews and frequent travelers worldwide. Travelpro is dedicated to building a lifelong relationship with its customers by consistently understanding and exceeding their needs. Travelpro was honored to receive the New Product Innovation Award from the Travel Goods Association (TGA) in March 2013 for the revolutionary Platinum Magna luggage collection.

Please visit the Travelpro website for a full list of the latest products and retail locations. You can also like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Crew 10 Black Rollaboard - OPEN

Crew 10 Black Rollaboard

40% Of US Travelers Now Get Expedited Screening

July 10, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Do you remember the good old days of flying 15 years ago? You walked through the scanner, your bags were X-rayed, and you were done. Nowadays, we remove our laptops from our bags, put all liquids and gels into a seal-able plastic baggie, take off our belts, shoes, and jewelry, stand in the full body scanner booth, and then grab all our stuff, repack and get dressed.

What if you could go through airport security without having to do any of that?

No removal of clothing or jewelry, no taking anything out of our bags, no standing in line to be scanned by the giant booth.

TSA Pre-Check at National Airport DCA

TSA Pre-Check at National Airport DCA (Photo credit: Wayan Vota)

This is the new reality for many airline passengers. In the U.S., it is estimated that forty percent of all passengers now go through expedited airport security screening lanes due to the expansions of the PreCheck program. The PreCheck program allows low-risk passengers to pass through security checkpoints while leaving on their shoes, outerwear, jewelry and belts. They’re also allowed to keep laptops and other liquids in their carry-on bags.

According to John Pistole, administrator of the TSA, the goal of the program is to get people through security screening in five minutes or less. This program was originally an invite-only platform for very elite frequent flyers. But last year it was rolled out to the general public, which means anyone can apply to participate.

No one knows how the TSA identifies people as low-risk passengers (you don’t want to give the bad guys a clue into how to beat the system), but Pistole did announce that by the end of 2014, they want to have as many as 50% of all public passengers pass through security screening using the expedited screening method.

(Of course, we have to wonder if the PreCheck line will end up getting too clogged, and taking off your shoes and belt will be the faster option. We’re pretty confident that’s not going to happen, since the PreCheck security process takes seconds, not minutes.)

Airliners, Travelers Need Luggage Etiquette

July 8, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

As airlines keep raising and creating fees, people are always going to look for ways to avoid paying them. Luggage fees are no different. No one wants to spend an extra $50 just to to check one suitcase, so everyone is bringing on carry-on’s, which are creating further problems and serious breaches in good manners.

As passengers, we need to have some etiquette about our luggage, like not whacking people in the noggin with it, or not cramming both your bags in the overhead bin. This prevents other people from getting their bag into the bin, which means they’ll have to gate check them, which means they’ll have to get them at baggage claim. It also means the boarding process is slowed down, which means we all reach our destination much more slowly.

English: Luggage compartments of an Airbus 340...

English: Luggage compartments of an Airbus 340-600 aircraft (economy class). (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Pack lightly. If your rollaboard is completely full for a 4 day trip, you may have too much stuff. Imagine having to pay for your luggage by the pound. Now what could you get rid of? What is it you don’t actually need? Once you figure that out, you may be down to a reasonable amount.

Of course, you could always ship your belongings, possibly for much less than you’re going to pay in baggage fees. You can even ship your suitcase itself in a box. Ask your local Fedex or UPS store for help.

Finally, arrive early, and maybe consider buying a seat upgrade. For the cost of a checked bag, you may be able to upgrade for the same amount, and ride in much more comfort than your original seat. Not only that, you can get on board early and find a place for your luggage. So weigh your options: fly for less — in less comfort — and check/gate check your bag, or fly in more comfort and have your bag on board with you.

Passengers aren’t the only ones who should have to display some patience and manners. We hope the airlines can encourage this etiquette as well. Make sure people are only putting one bag in the overhead bin. Adopt a seating system where the people who sit near the back can get on first (and then make sure they’re not putting their bag up front). And would it be too much to ask that the overhead bins actually be large enough to hold everyone’s bags?

How to Get Your Luggage Safely To Its Final Destination

July 1, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Of all the potential headaches involved with air travel these days — random flight cancellations, endless tarmac delays, crowded flights, a rude (or super extra friendly!) seatmate, among many others — the biggest one of all may not happen until you reach your destination: lost or damaged luggage.

Even if you’ve been delayed by hours and hours, all that stress can melt away with a hot shower and change of clothes back at the hotel. But if you suddenly find yourself without all the comforts of home you have packed, that stress only intensifies — not to mention the stress of losing valuable belongings.

Baggage Claim Carousel Photo i005 by Grant Wickes

Baggage Claim Carousel Photo i005 by Grant Wickes (Photo credit: Grant Wickes)

ABC’s 20/20 recently published a story — “8 Tips To Get Your Luggage Safely To Its Destination” — and we’re always happy to see major news outlets working to make travel safer, simpler and less stressful for everyday travelers.

20/20′s advice is fairly good, but there are often other factors to consider.

Tips That Make Sense

Packing in a sturdy bag is a great tip. So is purchasing traveler’s insurance: In addition to that $3,400 cap on airlines’ liability, even the sturdiest luggage is limited by its manufacturer’s warranty, which almost never covers loss or damage caused by carriers. (One exception: the Travelpro Platinum luggage series that covers airline baggage handler damage.)

The best tip we read, of course: Carry your luggage on whenever possible. If you’re on a commuter jet, it’s likely your carry-on luggage will need to be gate checked, but it’s in your hands for as long as it can be, including all the way up to the gate.

20/20 Tips To Skip

But the recommendation to bypass the curbside baggage check line? Yes, the outdoor bag check adds complexity and a chance for loss or damage, but sometimes you have no choice! If the check-in desk line is incredibly long and you’re risking missing your flight, for instance, the convenience can pay off in getting your luggage on the flight, period.

What’s your top tip? What do you think, experienced travelers? What tips can you offer to others for ensuring their luggage makes it to their destinations safely and in one piece?

Travelpro’s Testing Methods

June 17, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Have you ever seen a lifetime warranty for a product and wondered just how the company can offer lifetime insurance against defects in materials and workmanship? At Travelpro, when we offer a lifetime warranty on our bags, it means we’ve thoroughly and rigorously tested each product line to our demanding testing standards.

Before we introduce a new collection, the luggage goes through a myriad of demanding laboratory tests to ensure the performance, aesthetics and durability of the wheels, handles, fabrics and zippers. The testing process is designed to replicate the hazards and perils that luggage faces over time in the real world. For example, we test the retractable handle for 15,000 up and down cycles.

We test our bags because they have to go through this.

We test our bags because they have to go through this.

If a bag fails even a single test, it’s sent back to the factory along with a detailed report on what failed. After improvements are made at the factory and the new sample is received, the bag is tested again. This process continues until all tests are passed. Only after all the tests are passed, the new luggage collection is ready for the first production run.

Initial production is inspected thoroughly by Travelpro’s inspection team at the factory and shipped to our distribution centers. At the distribution centers additional quality verification testing is conducted to ensure that the product produced meets our standards.

The process doesn’t stop with the first shipment to our distribution centers. Throughout the life of a product line, we’ll randomly pull bags from new shipments for testing to make sure they still carry the same level of quality. If not, we send them back to the factory for retooling and replacements.

It’s through our rigorous testing that we are able to provide high quality products. The tougher a bag is, the longer it will last. The longer it lasts, the less expensive owning that bag becomes to our customers (compared to buying a new, less expensive bag every couple of years). And thanks to our constant testing, our products continue to meet the needs of the frequent traveler.

Newest Innovations In Travelpro Luggage

June 10, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

We don’t often talk about our luggage on our blog, but we’ve come up with some innovations that we think will improve travelers’ experience. The changes to our products were far from cosmetic, and designed to solve a common issue with modern luggage: stability.

When using four- or eight-wheel spinner luggage, the luggage has a tendency to swerve to the left or right. This puts a strain on the traveler’s wrist and shoulder as he or she compensates to keep the luggage moving in a straight line. This isn’t unlike a car whose wheels are out of alignment. In order to keep the vehicle in a straight path, the driver must constantly correct the direction.

Travelpro 21 inch Blue Marquis Spinner

Travelpro 21 inch Blue Marquis Spinner

We came up with a solution to the drifting issue by designing our patent-pending MagnaTrac Spinner wheels which incorporate magnetic wheel technology. Made specifically for spinner luggage, we created a system where the wheels will always line up and go straight, but can still be turned easily. The result is less strain on your body, which can mean a more enjoyable (or less tiring) trip.

We also introduced two other patented features, the Contour Grip and the PowerScope handle. Contour Grip is a handle specifically designed for use with Spinner wheels. The handle is made from two cushioned halves that fit directly into the palm of your hand, cushioning it while you push your bag through the airport. This improved handle gives you more comfort and control of your luggage, regardless of whether you push or pull.

The Powerscope Handle is made to resist the pressure points that form when pushing luggage and reduce the wobble in the handle. This gives you more control over the bag, and helps prevent breakage.

All three TravelPro designs won awards at the Travel Goods Association Product Innovation Awards in 2012 and 2013, including 1st place for the MagnaTrac™ Spinner innovation. These designs will be applied to multiple Travelpro product lines so the improvements can fit within most travelers’ budgets.

Travelpro and Atlantic Luggage Announce the “2014 Father’s Day Gift Guide” [PRESS RELEASE]

June 3, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Make this a Special Father’s Day with Travelpro and Atlantic Luggage

Travelpro, the original inventor of Rollaboard luggage and Atlantic Luggage, part of the Travelpro family of brands, are proud to announce their “2014 Father’s Day Gift Guide.” Make this an unforgettable Father’s Day with a luxurious gift from their expansive lines of innovative spinner and carry-on luggage, designed to suit the needs of the business and leisure traveler.

Travelpro 21 inch Blue Marquis Spinner

Travelpro 21 inch Blue Marquis Spinner

Surprise the special man in your life with the new Travelpro Marquis 21″ Expandable Spinner. With its revolutionary self-aligning MagnaTrac system, magnets instantly align the 4 spinner wheels to roll straight in any direction the user desires. Moreover, the lightweight Marquis 21″ Expandable Spinner includes tapered expansion capability of up to 2″, maximizing packing flexibility while keeping the center of gravity low, making it the rolling carry-on item of choice this Father’s Day. Available in both stylish sapphire blue and elegant black, the Marquis 21″ Expandable Spinner retails for an affordable $179.99.

“The ’2014 Father’s Day Gift Guide’ provides shoppers with a variety of high quality luggage choices that are wonderful gifts for fathers who travel for business or leisure,” said Scott Applebee, Vice President of Marketing for the Travelpro family of brands.

The Travelpro Platinum Magna 22″ Duffel Bag is also an excellent gift for Father’s Day. Lightweight and built to go the distance, this spacious carry-on duffel features a comfortable adjustable shoulder strap, multiple pockets to store bulky items like belts, cables and socks and a large open area for high capacity packing. Additionally, the Platinum Magna 22″ Duffel Bag is part of Travelpro’s 2013 TGA Innovation Award winning Platinum Magna Collection. The award is an acknowledgment of the cutting edge consumer research that served as a foundation for the design of the line. Ideal for a two – three day business trips or a weekend vacation getaway, the Duffel Bag is available in fashionable sienna and black fabric colors with leather accents, for a retail price of $169.99.

Atlantic 25 inch Compass Spinner

Atlantic 25 inch Compass Spinner

Make family travel effortless and stress-free this Father’s Day with the Atlantic Compass Unite 25″ Expandable Spinner. Featuring the revolutionary Link2Go system, two pieces of luggage can connect back to back with Velcro straps so you can easily roll two pieces with one hand and hold your child’s hand in the other. The Link2Go feature is ideal for Dad when he is travelling with the family where multiple pieces of luggage are the norm. The 25″ Expandable Spinner is available in elegant Cobalt Blue and Black fabric colors, for a retail price of $139.99.

Travelling can be hassle free this Father’s Day with the Travelpro Maxlite 3 Garment Bag. This versatile, lightweight garment bag is the ideal carry-on to keep Dad’s suits, pants and dress shirts wrinkle free. Water resistant coating protects contents from foul weather, while interior pockets keep essentials handy and ready for use. The adjustable shoulder strap adapts to users’ different heights. The Maxlite 3 Garment bag is available in elegant black for a low retail price of $99.99.

Additionally, the Travelpro Crew 9 Business Brief is an ideal fit this Father’s Day for Dads who travel on business and want highly organized convenience and style. The Crew 9 Business Brief features multiple pockets, a padded laptop sleeve and a convenient business organizer for everyday use at the office or for business travel. In addition, the Crew Business Brief includes an adjustable, non-slip shoulder strap for maximum comfort when traveling. The Crew Business Brief is available for a retail price of $129.99.

About Atlantic Brand Luggage

Since 1919, the Atlantic brand has been synonymous with affordable, value-added and lightweight luggage. As a market leader in the lightweight luggage segment, including neatly designed uprights and spinners to trendy and smart garment bags and totes, all Atlantic branded luggage is of superior quality and durability. Whether for business or pleasure, travel is easier with Atlantic luggage, now part of the Travelpro family of brands. Please visit Atlantic Luggage at www.atlanticluggage.com for a list of the latest products available for purchase and the nearest retail locations.

About Travelpro

For over 25 years, Travelpro International has prided itself on design innovation and durability in crafting the highest quality luggage for travelers worldwide. Since transforming the ease of modern day travel with The Original Rollaboard wheeled luggage, Travelpro has been the brand of choice for flight crews and frequent travelers worldwide. Travelpro is dedicated to building a lifelong relationship with its customers by consistently understanding and exceeding their needs. Travelpro was honored to receive the New Product Innovation Award from the Travel Goods Association (TGA) in March 2013 for the revolutionary Platinum Magna luggage collection.

Please visit the Travelpro website for a full list of the latest products and retail locations. You can also like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

When is Shipping Your Luggage an Option?

May 29, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

As travelers, it’s been our struggle to deal with our luggage. It’s been going on for centuries, even millennial, when early man began cramming carry-on satchels made of Mammoth hide into the overhead bins on their Pterodactyl planes.

Or was that The Flintstones?

Regardless, people are still dealing with how to get all their stuff from point A to point B easily, cheaply and quickly. But like the old saying goes, there’s easy, cheap, and quick, and you can only choose two.

Travelpro provides Rollaboard and Spinner carry-on luggage so people have the convenience of skipping the bag check and retrieval in the airports, which makes their travel a lot easier. Other people are finding that they still have to gate check their bags, just because they’re one of the last ones on the plane. Sometimes, carry-on luggage is not an option for longer trips that require more stuff.

Yahoo travel blogger Sonia Gil recently posted a video about the joys of traveling completely bag-free. (Well, almost completely. You need to carry your laptop, tablet, book, extra sweater, tickets, spare underwear, granola bars, and well, you just need a personal bag.)

Sonia looked at the joys and costs of traveling bag-free — no bag-check lines, no lost luggage, no worries about whether you have to gate check your Rollaboard. To do it, you need to ship your luggage, and it may cost you a few bucks.

There are a few companies that specialize in shipping luggage, like Sports Express and Luggage Free. There are also the main package carriers, like UPS, Fedex, and DHL. Shipping your luggage comes with a lot of caveats however, like needing to pack and ship several days in advance, or the fact that it’s not always the cheapest option.

For example, Sonia looks at the costs of sending a 75 pound oversize bag on a luggage shipper versus American Airlines, and finds that the shipper wins, $299 to $400 ($200 for oversize + $200 for overweight). Of course, you have to ship your luggage five days in advance to get the $299 rate, but it certainly is worth it if it means not having to wrestle your 75 pound behemoth off the baggage carousel and in and out of the cab and hotel.

So, if you need to pack a lot of stuff to take on your next trip, or have golf clubs or skis you want to send, consider shipping your luggage instead of taking it on your flight. The benefit is that you don’t have to mess with it at the airport or move it to and from your final destination. Your bag is already there waiting for you, probably with its own stories.

Buses are Fastest-Growing and Cheapest Way to Travel

May 27, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Everyone has their favorite method of travel, whether it’s planes, trains, or automobiles. But can you guess which method is growing to be the preferred way by many people in the U.S.?

If you said buses, you are correct.

English: Coach USA Megabus.com Van Hool TD925 ...

Coach USA Megabus.com Van Hool TD925 Astromega double-deck bus DD415 waits outside Madison Square Garden and Penn Station. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Coach bus services, such as the Megabus and Boltbus, are quickly becoming the most popular method of travel. To understand why, you only need to look at the fares.

Compared to airline services, fares for travel buses are a fraction of the cost. Megabus advertises prices that are very low. For example, to travel from Miami to Orlando, the one-way fare is as low as $3.00. Since these vehicles offer luxuries such as free wifi and larger seats, there are plenty of incentives for travelers to choose a bus for shorter travel trips. Of course there’s a trade off. A bus takes a longer time to get where it’s going. The estimated time of this bus trip is 5 hours, around an hour and a half more than by car. .

With airplanes, you can travel across the country in a matter of hours. The same cannot be said for a bus. Driving is always slower than air travel and depending on the destination, traveling by bus may require lots of stops and layovers, adding to the travel time and taking away precious vacation time. But, you can save hundreds of dollars, which will make your vacation a lot more affordable.

As travel prices are increasing, it’s no wonder people are choosing a travel bus for travel. It’s much easier on the wallet. But if your time is much more important, and you can afford the higher cost, air travel is still the quickest way to get from point A to point B.

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