A Travelpro Owner Tells Us About a Narrow Escape

September 9, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

We recently received this note from David Ducharme, an adventure traveler and Travelpro user. While we’ve always touted the durability and ruggedness of the Travelpro backpacks, we never envisioned this.

David Ducharme photoDavid sent us this letter telling us about a motorcycle accident he was involved in this past March.

On March 14th, I was traveling by motorcycle in Nepal, from Kathmandu to Jiri.

While riding through the Himalayas on very narrow, sandy, gravel covered roads carved onto the sides of mountains, I experienced quite a close call. Riding my Royal Enfield 500 Bullet, a taxi was attempting to pass me to my right.

Unknown to me or the taxi driver, around the blind corner was a large Tata construction truck approaching at high speed. As I drove around the corner, the truck appeared.

To my immediate right side, the taxi had two choices, drive off the cliff or swerve left and hit me. He chose to hit me. As one would expect, my Bullet and I went down hard.

My bike sustained some damage, bent engine guard, foot pegs torn off, shifter stripped… (happy to send you the picture), my left side hit the ground pretty hard. Two broken ribs and a likely concussion, I was very lucky.

One of the things that saved me was my Kuhl jacket and my Travelpro backpack. I was bruised, battered, and broken under that jacket, but the jacket didn’t rip, and I didn’t tear any of my skin off.

I am convinced that my Kuhl jacket and my Travelpro back pack saved my skin, literally. So, thank you for producing quality, durable luggage, I will remain a loyal Travelpro customer.

Sincerely, David Ducharme

6 Tips for Making Solo Travel Amazing

March 17, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

We’ve all heard that we should be careful when traveling alone, and we sometimes worry that this keeps people from traveling at all.

The whole “you need to be comfortable with yourself” philosophy aside for the moment, we think it’s possible, and even enjoyable, to travel by yourself.

We recently read an article in Women’s Health about traveling alone. Although the article is aimed at women, men could benefit from some of the tips as well, such as dressing more conservatively than you would at home, especially if you’re going to visit a country where the culture is very different from your own.

Also, avoid dressing like you’re going to Home Depot on a Saturday morning. Try to fit in more with the local fashion, if only to avoid being identified as a tourist. Keep your gadgets, if you have them with you, hidden away in public places in order to avoid scrutiny and increased security.

If you want to meet people while traveling, go on a group trip as an individual. This way, you can meet people without having to make too much effort as it’s a lot easier to make new friends within such a group. Going somewhere as a volunteer is another great way to meet new people because in most cases, you will work together with others as a team to accomplish something meaningful.

We also liked the advice “be unapologetically selfish.” When you travel alone, you get to see only the things you want to see, so you can skip the collection telegraph pole photographs just because someone else wanted to see them. And you don’t have to visit the museum everyone else says you “have to” see.

One of our employees is a woman who has traveled extensively for business. She said these tips apply for business travelers too, because she tries to make some time to see the sights. She strongly recommends having a game plan in mind for what you want to see. This is especially important if you’re traveling on business, because your free time will be fairly limited.

She says she has a hard time taking the “Be unapologetically selfish” advice in the article to heart, but was intrigued by the idea. She thinks that both women and men should make an effort to have some down time just for themselves while traveling.

What special things do you do for yourself, or special precautions do you take, when you’re traveling alone? Do they work more for personal travel or business travel? Leave a comment below or post something on our Facebook page.

New T-Pro Bold 2.0 Collection by Travelpro Represents Next Generation of Action Luggage

January 21, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Perfect for Travelers with a Sense of Adventure

The T-Pro Bold 2.0 Collection by Travelpro is ready to go anywhere in the world at a moment’s notice, over rough terrain or down city streets. Amazingly durable, lightweight and versatile, this 9-piece collection is perfect for individuals and families with a sense of adventure. Loaded with extras, creature comforts and flexible packing options, Bold 2.0 embodies Travelpro’s next generation of action luggage.

Tpro Bold 2 Group Photo

Tpro Bold 2 line of bags

“Travelpro has always prided itself on design innovation and durability in crafting the finest luggage for the experienced traveler,” said Scott Applebee, vice president of marketing for the Travelpro family of brands. “The T-Pro Bold 2.0 Collection is a sporty addition to our long tradition of quality luggage.”

Made of rugged, high-density polyester fabric with a water-repellent coating for greater stain and abrasion resistance, this line features a comprehensive offering, including Rollaboard and Spinner models, a backpack, a soft duffel bag and two drop bottom rolling duffel bags. Multiple carry handles make the luggage easy to transport in and out of a car or airplane overhead bin.

Tpro Bold 2 Duffel - Open

Tpro Bold 2 Duffel

The drop bottom rolling duffel models include a zippered divider panel for two separate packing spaces or, if opened, one large main compartment. The backpack, 22″ Rollaboard and 21″ Spinner models provide a padded tablet pocket for protection and easy access during travel. An “intelligent” interior offers packing flexibility with a mesh pocket and wet pocket, ideal for toiletries or wet clothing, built into the lid.

Available in distinctive blue and purple fabric colors with black accents, the T-Pro Bold 2.0 Collection offers dual spinner wheel models that allow an effortless roll in any direction, an aircraft-grade aluminum telescoping handle system strong enough to support a tote or case, and protective wheel housings, skid guards and molded rubber corner guards for crash protection. Compression straps provide extra security, while a hidden back pocket allows quick access to keys, electronic cables, phones and more.

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 follow us on Facebook and Twitter at @Travelprointl.

Is Common Sense In Travel Dead?

April 15, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

When you’re traveling or on vacation, you want to feel relaxed and at home. When you feel relaxed and at home, you let your guard down, and things can get stolen. When things get stolen, your vacation becomes a nightmare, and you’ve lost hundreds if not thousands of dollars.

Don’t let your guard down when you’re on vacation.

Say you are going down the hallway to get ice in the hotel and just leave your door ajar because you’ll be right back or you leave your Kindle or iPad on your chair to go to the restroom. But when you get back, you discover your tablet is gone and your room has been burglarized. You’ve been the victim of a robbery, all because you assumed you and your belongings were safe, just like at home. This is why it’s important to travel smart and keep your guard up. You’re not at home, which means you have to be on your guard.

A recent article in USA Today said that travelers and experts believe that common sense in traveling might be dead. We don’t necessarily think that common sense is out the door — unlike your iPad and wallet — but these stories of carelessness are becoming more prevalent as more and more people travel. We are traveling more than we ever did in the past and as you know, planes are packed with people.

Technology is making it easier to travel. Your smartphones and tablets willl let you go anywhere and do everything for you so you don’t really have to think. And when you don’t know the smarts of traveling, you are more likely to be the victim of scams. Keep in mind that you are in a different place and need to keep smart and use common sense to avoid getting out of touch with reality. There are an increasing number of stories of horrible accidents that travelers get themselves into because they were not thinking. One of the culprits is an over-reliance on technology, and the other is letting your guard down.

Remember that when you’re traveling, you’re not in the cyberworld, but in the real world. Keep your eyes open, listen carefully, and be aware of where you are. And don’t let your trip or vacation turn bad because of a simple mistake you made. Stay smart and bring your brain when traveling.

Clothing Tips for Smart Adventure Travelers

March 6, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Are you staring back-and-forth from your closet to your suitcase wondering what to pack for your next adventure travel? Our favorite travel writer and photographer (and contributor to the Travelpro blog), Mark Eveleigh, has some tips to think about when planning your outfits.

1. Pants and Shorts

Jeans are not recommended for adventure travel, because once they get wet, it’s game over. Instead of heavy denim that never dries, cargo pants are the way to go. They are light, dry quickly, and have pockets for storage.

If you’re traveling someplace warmer, tough bush-shorts are an excellent option. They have large pockets and are durable. You may even find cargo pants that unzip at the knee are ideal for places with temperature changes.

2. Shirts

Mark Eveleigh sporting his TPro Rolling Duffel in Chiapas

If there’s anyone who knows adventure travel, it’s this guy.

Any shirt is good as long as it’s durable and lightweight. You’ll want to stay with neutral colors, especially on safari, so you blend in with the brush. Shirts should be versatile enough to be worn outside during adventure excursions and to be worn when having drinks in the evening.

3. Bags

Eveleigh carries a kitbag, also called a duffle bag, where he stores most of his supplies. One of our colleagues also stated that a backpack could be just as useful, although Eveleigh has said he favors kitbags over backpacks. We wouldn’t recommend a vest with pockets because once they’re full, it’s heavy. And heavy isn’t good in heat.

4. Footwear

Cross country running shoes are ideal during adventure travel. Lightweight and compact, these shoes are perfect for an average trip. Also packing a pair of sandals or trekking shoes is a good idea for something to wear to dinner.

There are a lot more adventure travel packing tips at the Kitbaggers website. As long as you’re packing smart and taking only the things you need, you’ll have a good time.

Bring This, Not That: Backpacks Versus Duffel Bags

February 25, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

We were recently reminded of why we like being a luggage company after reading Mark Eveleigh’s post on his blog, Kitbaggers.com, extolling the virtue of kitbags (duffel bags) over backpacks.

The decision whether to carry that weight on my back for the next few months or to simply haul it on a kitbag with wheels is a no-brainer.
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Before you head for the airport next time, at least spare a thought for which sort of bag is suited to your trip. On a relatively long adventure travel jaunt, there will be relatively few incidences when a backpack is preferable. There will be countless times, however, when you’ll whisper up a prayer of thanks for the foresight that turned you into a kitbagger. From the airport to the bus, to the hostel, to the bus, to the beach, to another hostel, to another bus, to a national park a tough, well-made kitbag on heavy-duty wheels is the easiest way to transport your kit across all but the roughest of dirt tracks.

Tpro Bold Duffel, open side

Tpro Bold kitbag, er duffel bag, can open from the side or top. It lets you sort items into compartments, and gives you easy access. Plus it rolls, so you don’t have to carry it.

Kitbag is a British word for a duffel bag, and there are several styles of kitbag — er, duffel bags — that have wheels on them. They’re easy to pick up and carry when necessary, and even easier to pull along behind you, just like a regular piece of Rollaboard® luggage. Travelpro offers a wide variety of rolling duffel bag styles in the T-Pro Bold, Platinum Magna and National Geographic luggage collections.

If you’ve ever hauled a 60-pound backpack for miles through Europe, South America, or Africa, you know how hot and sweaty you can get by toting around three month’s worth of belongings on your back. But pulling your bag behind you lets you not only carry more, but you can transport said bag more easily.

Bottom Line

Backpacks are great. They’re a lot of fun, they’re great for hiking and camping, and they have a secret gypsy vagabond appeal for many of us. We even make backpacks for people to haul their laptops, tablets and paperwork. It may not be trekking the rainforest of Chiapas or the streets of Paris, but you can still feel like you’re there, even when you’re just walking to your car after work.

But when it comes down to it, if you need something rugged, tough, and built to last, a rolling duffel bag kitbag is your best bet. They’re soft, so you can overstuff them. They have plenty of compartments, so you can keep items separated by function. And they open at the top so you can easily dig out an extra shirt or your book for the plane.

Mark wrote several posts for us in 2010 after hauling some of our T-Pro Bold rolling duffel bags (kitbags) through Chiapas, Mexico and down the Amazon River. We figured if anyone knows about proper adventure travel gear, it’s bound to be Mark.

So when he said kitbags, not backpacks, we wanted to pass on his thoughts to adventure traveler within us all.

What Drives the 2014′s ‘Top Travel Destinations’ Lists?

February 13, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Have you ever found yourself feeling a little, well, under-traveled when flipping through a list of exotic travel locales? Every winter, everyone from independent travel blogs to global travel publications and mainstream media debuts their lists of “the year’s hottest” travel trends and destinations. While such lists are fun to read, have you ever wondered how (and why) travel experts determine that certain travel destinations are this year’s hot new locale? To make some sense of these lists, Skift did a bit of digging and pulled together a list of all destinations that had been mentioned by ten of the most popular travel publications: CNN Travel, AFAR, Conde Nast Traveler, Fodor’s, Frommer’s, Huffington Post, Lonely Planet, National Geographic Traveler, Travel + Leisure and Travel Zoo.

Sochi

Sochi (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

First and foremost – what they discovered is that there was rarely any overlap between publications — in fact, the full list featured a whopping 178 destinations! Despite the length of this list, Skift determined that this list could be broken up into three distinct categories:

  • Roughly half of the destinations were places that are linked to a specific event or news-related topic.
  • A little over a quarter of the list featured secondary destinations that are overdue for a bit of recognition.
  • The remainder was focused on new hotels or tours to visit.

Some of the upcoming events that are driving interest in certain destinations include the 100th anniversary of World War I and the World Cup. Interestingly, Skift points out that despite the fact the Winter Olympics are being held in Sochi, Russia, this city on the coast of the Black Sea is all but missing from the lists, likely due to the controversy surrounding the local politics, as well as security concerns. Incidentally, 2016 Olympic host (and current host of the World Cup) Brazil was the most popular country on 2014’s lists. Now the real question is: do the creators of these lists get to visit each and every destination they cover? Hardly. Recently, journalist Kristin Luna shared a behind-the-scenes look into her job as a travel writer, pointing out that when writing pieces like the ones mentioned in this post, she typically gets her information from publicists, friends and online research. Nonetheless, we can’t help but love such top travel destination lists. After all, they make for excellent daydreaming material. We’d love to hear from you. What do you think this year’s hottest destinations will be? Where would you like to go? Share with us in the comments section.

Travelpro Introduces the National Geographic Kontiki Luggage Collection

August 8, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Inspired by Safari Travellers and Explorers

(BOCA RATON, FLA)—Travelpro International, the leading manufacturer of lightweight durable luggage, is proud to partner with National Geographic, one of the world’s largest scientific and educational nonprofit organizations, to introduce the Kontiki adventure luggage collection. National Geographic has selected the Montreal-based Holiday Group Inc. and its wholly owned subsidiary Travelpro International Inc. in the United States as its luggage and travel accessories licensee for the National Geographic and National Geographic Explorer brands in North America.4 Piece Group of Kontiki Luggage from Travelpro

Inspired by safari travellers and explorers, the Kontiki luggage collection combines the ruggedly stylish retro look of yesteryear with today’s modern travel features. Kontiki luggage is made with recycled khaki-colored fabric that looks exactly like canvas, yet is much lighter and more durable. Rich faux-leather accents and antique brass hardware finish emphasize the authentic safari style. This versatile 8-piece offering combines lightweight long-lasting upright luggage, soft and rolling duffels, a messenger bag and a daypack, all in one matching collection.

“Ideal for camping, skiing and off-road trips, the Kontiki Duffels are a must-have for adventurous travellers. With recycled khaki fabric, this collection is explorer-ready and eco-friendly,” said Scott Applebee, Vice President of Marketing for Travelpro. “Additionally, National Geographic’s net proceeds support vital exploration, conservation, research and education programs.” The Kontiki luggage collection has unique features for every adventure traveller’s needs.

The ballbearing in-line skate wheels on the upright and rolling duffel models are tested for over 25 miles and the handle system is tested over 12,500 cycles for optimal performance. The collection comes standard with a unique interior lining featuring a map of the world, capturing the importance and spirit of National Geographic.

Multiple exterior pockets allow easy access to a laptop or tablet, boarding pass, cellphone electronics and more. Other features include 2 1/2″ expansion capability for additional packing room, a removable drawstring laundry bag to keep dirty and clean clothes separate and a built-in interior wet pocket to store toiletries or wet items. The duffels have a convenient drop bottom compartment that is ideal for storing shoes and bulky gear.

4 Kontiki Duffels from TravelproThe Kontiki Collection is made with khaki fabric from recycled materials. The entire line includes the following options: 22″ Soft Duffel, Daypack, Messenger Bag, 22″ Expandable Rollaboard Luggage, 26″ Expandable Rollaboard Luggage, 26″ Expandable Drop Bottom Rolling Duffel, 32″ Expandable Drop Bottom Rolling Duffel and 30″ Cargo Duffel.

National Geographic

The National Geographic Society is one of the world’s largest nonprofit scientific and educational organizations. Founded in 1888 to “increase and diffuse geographic knowledge,” the Society’s mission is to inspire people to care about the planet. It reaches more than 400 million people worldwide each month through its official journal, National Geographic, and other magazines; National Geographic Channel; television documentaries; music; radio; films; books; DVDs; maps; exhibitions; live events; trips; interactive media; and merchandise. National Geographic has funded more than 10,000 scientific research, conservation and exploration projects and supports an education program promoting geographic literacy. For more information, visit the National Geographic website.

About Travelpro

For twenty five years, 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.” Travelpro is celebrating the 25th Anniversary of the invention of the Rollaboard throughout 2012. Please visit >Travelpro for a full list of the latest products and retail locations.

Technical Fact Sheet

National Geographic Kontiki Collection Dimensions

  • 22″ Soft Duffel — 22″ x 13″ x 10″
  • Daypack — 18″ x 13″ x 7″
  • Messenger Bag — 13″ x 17″ x 6″
  • 22″ Expandable Rollaboard Luggage — 22″ x 14″ x 9″
  • 26″ Expandable Rollaboard Luggage — 26″ x 18.5″x 11″
  • 26″ Expandable Drop Bottom Rolling Duffel — 26″ x 14″x 14″
  • 32″ Expandable Drop Bottom Rolling Duffel — 32″ x 15″x 15″
  • 30″ Cargo Duffel — 30″ x 16″x 12″

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Top Five Features Of An Adventure Traveler’s Bag

August 19, 2010 by · 1 Comment 

All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy. What Jack needs is an adventure and Travelpro luggage for the trip. So, what five features should Jack look for in his adventure travel bag?

  • Lightweight Construction: Jack needs lightweight luggage that he can carry on the plane, avoiding expensive “check-in” fees and lengthy bag retrieval delays. Travelpro’s rollaboards weigh as little as 8 lbs and will ensure that Jack can pack all the gear and clothing he will need for his adventure.
  • Quality & Durability: One of the keys to successful adventuring is luggage survival. Luckily for Jack, Travelpro luggage is manufactured with strong honeycomb frames, and durable, easy-to-clean, nylon fabric reinforced with a water resistant coating. Double reinforced handles and straps along with sealed bearing wheels enhance durability. Plus, features like corner protection, kick plates and back skid guards, all add years of service to each bag’s life.
  • Intelligent Design: Jack will need a lot of provisions for his adventure, and must be able to access them quickly. He’ll require large front pockets for maps and guidebooks, an intelligent pocket for electronic gear, an easily accessible ticket pocket and a convenient water bottle pocket. Plus, he’ll appreciate packing innovations like built-in suiters (to keep his Indiana Jones wardrobe wrinkle-free) which reduce the number of bags he’ll need, again saving him time and effort.
  • Efficient Ergonomics: Jack can’t afford to waste energy wrestling bags into overhead storage bins. Fortunately, Travelpro rollaboards feature multiple carry handles for easy lifting, plus extension handles which enhance maneuverability and adjust to Jack’s height.
  • Range of Choice: When planning his adventure, Jack’s sure to consider a wide range of travel bag options. Travelpro offers multiple carry-ons, totes, duffels, garment bags and backpacks. Numerous expandable models are available in case Jack needs to bring back more then he took.  And, most feature a quick-loop strap for combining bags to simplify transport through airports.

And when his adventure finally ends, Jack can return to the workplace armed with his Travelpro ExecutiveFirst Deluxe Computer Brief.

A dull boy? Not anymore.