Travel Trends for 2012 and Beyond: Adventure and Mission Travel

April 10, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Business travel will always be business travel; families will never stop going to Disneyland and Disney World; exotic beach locales will continue to be popular among those looking to get away.

But we’re seeing a surge of popularity among a different kind of travel, and we owe that surge to the burgeoning Generation Yers who’s graduating from college, entering the workforce and starting to spend their discretionary income on travel.

bamboo and ferns in peruvian rainforest

Bamboo and ferns in Peruvian rainforest (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

These are people who have gone through their education expecting to find jobs after graduation that will help them make the world a better place. They want all aspects of their lives to be more meaningful than those of generations before them, and that includes the trips they take in their spare time. They don’t just want fun trips. They want their vacations to mean something to them, and even to the world, or their corner of it.

Adventure Travel

If our 20-somethings have taken a job where they’re commuting by car or train to work every day, working in a corporate setting, dealing with the bureaucracy that their parents before them did, grinding it out…when they get to vacation, they’re really looking for an experience.

So they may pack up and head for somewhere exotic, but not in the way traditional travelers do. They’re looking for active experiences — from hiking and biking to riding in helicopters and ziplining — that will help them see the world in a new ways that literally take their breath away. It could be a trip down the Amazon, taking a motorcycle trip through Australia, or hiking in South Africa.

Mission Travel

This generation is one that’s very affected by the state of the world around them. Living in America, it can be difficult to feel like it’s possible to make a difference in the day-to-day lives of those suffering in places beyond our borders.

On vacation, the last thing these travelers want is to feel like they’re on a guilt trip, escaping to the lap of luxury while people and natural life around the world suffer. So other travelers (Generation Y and beyond) may choose to pursue mission trips, using their time away from work to help those who are less fortunate, to build something that will help others. They may be building houses in Mexico, caring for orphans in Haiti, or helping NGOs in Africa provide healthcare. But they’re off doing something to help people live better lives.

Chances are, these travelers are packing lighter, but they expect to come home with so much more under their belts than a few souvenirs.

Travelpro® Introduces New Walkabout® Lite 4 Collection -Lightweight, Durable Luggage that Goes the Distance- [PRESS RELEASE]

June 1, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

(May 17, 2011) Boca Raton, FL – Travelpro® the inventor of Rollaboard® luggage and leader in innovative, high-quality luggage design is pleased to introduce the next generation of the highly successful WalkAbout® collection, Walkabout® Lite 4. This new collection offers the ideal combination of lightweight durability, functionality and affordability for the frequent business and leisure traveler.

Walkabout Lite 4 22" Expandable Rollaboard Suiter

Walkabout Lite 4 22" Expandable Rollaboard Suiter

“We’ve developed the Walkabout Lite 4 collection to provide an exceptional value to frequent travellers, allowing them to choose between 4-wheel spinner models or 2-wheel Rollaboards. Now, consumers can get exactly what they want all in one line, making it easier to match aesthetics and functionality when they shop for additional items,” said Scott Applebee, Vice President of Marketing for Travelpro.

The Walkabout Lite 4 collection includes a wide array of innovative features that ease the hassles of travel. The lightweight 22” Rollaboard®, less than 8.5 pounds, can be expanded on demand to gain up to 35% more packing capacity. It is perfect for business or leisure trips when you want to avoid check-in and have everything you need. Its versatile 3-in-1 Suitfolder and Packing Board System is the perfect organizer and keeps clothing wrinkle-free when packed. In addition to its features that simplify the packing process, the Walkabout Lite 4 was built for the long haul. Its durable, nylon fabric is stain and abrasion resistant and the sealed ball-bearing inline skate wheels ensure easy rolling and long lasting service. The smooth-action and strong telescoping handle system has two extension stops at 38” and 43” to meet the ergonomic needs of travelers of various heights. Walkabout® Lite 4’s large front pocket offers ample storage room for jackets, newspapers, paperwork, and other last minute items.

The Walkabout® Lite 4 collection is available in stylish black and dark blue fabric colors. The entire line includes the following options: Deluxe Tote, Rolling Computer Tote, 20” Expandable Business Plus Rollaboard, 20” Expandable Wide Body Spinner with Suiter, 22” Expandable Rollaboard Suiter, 24” Expandable Rollaboard Suiter, 25” Expandable Spinner Upright with Suiter 26” Expandable Rollaboard Suiter, 28″ Expandable Rollaboard Suiter, 29” Expandable Spinner Upright with Suiter and Carry-On Rolling Garment Bag. A Limited Lifetime Warranty extended by Travelpro guarantees that the luggage is free from defects in materials and workmanship. Walkabout® Lite 4 collection is available in Blue and Black.

About Travelpro

For over two decades, Travelpro International has prided itself on design innovation and durability in crafting the highest quality luggage for travellers 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. The company offers a variety of innovative, high-quality luggage collections and computer briefs; each aimed at a specific user lifestyle and rigorously tested. Travelpro was the winner of the 2009 and 2010 Leading Edge Award from Executive Travel Magazine for “The Best Carry-on Case.”

Please visit Travelpro for a complete list of the latest products and retail locations. You can also find us on Facebook at and Twitter at .

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Travelpro Announces Its New WalkAbout® Lite 4 Line of Rollaboard® and Spinner Luggage

June 1, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

We’re very proud to announce the launch of the new WalkAbout® Lite 4 collection of Spinners, Rollaboards, Totes and rolling carry-on luggage. Our design and development teams have worked very hard to come up with the latest improvements in design and materials, in order to provide lightweight durable luggage at an affordable price.

The WalkAbout Lite 4 collection is extremely durable with a lightweight, strong honeycomb framing system and EVA foam. In fact, the 22-inch Expandable Rollaboard® Suiter weighs less than 8.5 pounds. The extension handle is made with airline grade aluminum tubes for added strength and stability. It has two stops at 38” and 43” to ensure a comfortable roll for users of different heights.

Walkabout Lite 4 22" Expandable Rollaboard Suiter

Walkabout Lite 4 22" Expandable Rollaboard Suiter

The 20-inch Business Plus Rollaboard® includes a padded laptop sleeve and business organizer. It’s ideal for the business traveler who only wants to carry-on one bag, eliminating the need to bring a separate briefcase.

Our 360 degree, dual-wheel Spinners roll effortlessly any way you want them to move. Their over-sized rear wheels switch easily from rolling upright beside you to being pulled behind, making it easy to navigate through busy airports.

Our new WalkAbout Lite 4 collection includes:

  • Deluxe Tote
  • Rolling Tote
  • 20” Expandable Business Plus Rollaboard®
  • 20” Expandable Wide-Body Spinner Suiter
  • 22” Expandable Rollaboard® Suiter
  • 24” Expandable Rollaboard® Suiter
  • 26” Expandable Rollaboard® Suiter
  • 28” Expandable Rollaboard® Suiter
  • 25” Expandable Spinner Upright
  • 29” Expandable Spinner Upright
  • Carry-On Rolling Garment Bag

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How Travelpro Tests Its Luggage

April 26, 2011 by · 4 Comments 

We at Travelpro recognize that the purchase of rolling luggage from our Platinum® 7 collection is not something you take lightly. It can be a considerable investment that you want to make sure is sound. That’s why our Platinum 7 “Worry Free” Warranty reads:

The Travelpro® Worry Free Warranty guarantees your Platinum 7 luggage is free from defects in materials and workmanship, and also covers repairs of damage caused by the mishandling of a common carrier for the life of the bag.

Imagine that, a lifetime guarantee that you won’t have to pay for damage caused by airline baggage handlers.

A manufacturer would have to be extremely confident in both the materials used in and testing performed on its Rollaboards in order to offer such a warranty. Whether it’s the Platinum 7 collection or any of our other lines, Travelpro is confident about the durability of its luggage.

We test all materials and components to the highest industry standards. Our ergonomic, telescoping handle system is tested over 15,000 open/close cycles to ensure durability and stability. Travelpro’s removable, sealed, ball-bearing, in-line wheels are tested for 30 miles to ensure rolling smoothness year after year.

All Platinum 7 bags are constructed with 2000 Denier Ballistic nylon fabric that features a stain and abrasion resistant DuraGuard™ coating that is thoroughly tested for water repellency, color fading and seam strength. The Platinum 7 polypropylene honeycomb framing system provides exceptional durability while reducing the overall weight of the bag.

All luggage in the Platinum 7 collection feature self-repairing nylon coil zipper systems that ensure flawless operation and provide consistent closures. The main zipper undergoes a wear resistance test that includes 7,500 open/close cycles. The luggage also includes rubber skid guards, molded wheel housings and corner guards to protect against damage.

In short, Travelpro’s design team focuses on product durability all through the development and testing process. We recognize that any manufacturer can offer a bag that doesn’t weigh much. The challenge is to provide a lightweight bag that stands up to the rigors that a bag goes through in its lifecycle.

Have we succeeded? Could we offer a lifetime warranty on our products if they weren’t extremely durable?

Travelpro Sponsors Ice Dreams 2011 Figure Skating Tour

April 15, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Travelpro is proud to announce its co-sponsorship of the Ice Dreams 2011 Tour which will perform at the Edge Ice Arena in Bensenville, Illinois on April 30, 2011 at 7:00 PM as part of a 13 city US tour.

Ice Dreams is a skating spectacular that provides a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for 100 local children to skate alongside national and Olympic level athletes.

Those athletes include Johnny Weir, a two-time Olympian and three-time National Champion, and Brandon Mroz, a US silver medalist. Also performing are Ashley Wagner, a national bronze medalist, Agnes Zawadski, a Junior World silver medalist, and Olympic Ice Dancers Melissa Gregory and Denis Petukhov.

Ice Dreams is searching for 100 future figure skating stars — ranging from tots to seniors — to participate in an uplifting group number with the show’s headliners. Interested skaters can upload audition videos at Selected skaters will learn choreographed numbers from the nation’s finest coaches and receive tailored costumes to perform in.

Travelpro has provided WalkAbout® Lite 3 Rollaboards to all skaters on the tour, enabling them to effortlessly transport their belongings to each destination. Freed from the hassles of lugging conventional luggage from city to city, these athletes can focus on performing at their very best.

For the upcoming show in Bensenville, the American Red Cross: Japan Disaster Relief fund will be its charity beneficiary. The Ice Dreams 2011 tour is also scheduled to perform in Detroit, Pittsburgh, Buffalo, Orlando, Boston, Atlanta, Nashville, Philadelphia, Cleveland, Indianapolis, Boca Raton and Greensboro, NC.

For over two decades, Travelpro® has prided itself on design innovation and durability in crafting the highest quality luggage for the experienced traveler. 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.