Travelpro and Atlantic Luggage Announce their “2013 Holiday Gift Guide”

November 6, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

The perfect holiday gift ideas for relatives and friends who love to travel

As the holiday season quickly approaches, Travelpro and Atlantic Luggage are pleased to announce the “2013 Holiday Gift Guide.” Make this holiday a memorable one with a gift for the business, leisure or adventure traveler, from the innovative Travelpro and Atlantic lines of luggage.

“Whether your family member, friend or work colleague is a frequent business traveler or they are planning for an upcoming vacation, the ‘2013 Holiday Gift Guide’ for travelers offers a wide variety of luggage and briefcases that make great gifts for the holidays,” said Scott Applebee, Vice President of Marketing for the Travelpro and Atlantic Luggage brands.

Platinum Mangna 21 inch Expandable Spinner

Platinum Mangna 21 inch Expandable Spinner

This holiday season, Travelpro is proud to present the award-winning Platinum Magna 21″ Expandable Spinner with Suiter. The Platinum Magna line won the “New Product Innovation Award” at the “2013 Travel Goods Association Show”, thanks to Travelpro’s cutting-edge use of consumer research, from blogs, reviews, forums, Twitter and Facebook to hone-in on very specific consumer needs and wants. As a result, Platinum Magna features five new patent-pending technologies, including the unique Duraframe framing system, which lessens luggage weight significantly while providing strong protection from the impacts of travel. Moreover, Platinum Magna luggage always rolls straight with the MagnaTrac 8-wheel Spinner system that includes self-aligning magnetic wheels that eliminate the “drifting” that is common when wheeling other spinner luggage. The ease of travel makes it the ideal gift for travellers accustomed to crowded airports and busy schedules. This elegant piece of luggage is available at retail for $319.99.

Also available this holiday is the Platinum Magna Rolling Tote with Computer Sleeve. The Platinum Magna Rolling Tote is specifically designed for the modern day traveller with a built in business organizer and padded computer sleeve that fits most laptops and tablets. Both Platinum Magna items are backed by Travelpro’s “Worry-Free” lifetime warranty and are available in stylish sienna and black fabric colors. The Platinum Magna Rolling Tote is available at retail for $249.99.

Crew 9 Backpack is great for a college student or new professional.For the frequent business traveler on-the-go, the Travelpro Crew 9 Business Backpack is a smart holiday gift choice. This checkpoint-friendly backpack has four deep pockets for storing laptop computers, tablets, smart phones, cables, folders and other business essentials. Adjustable straps accommodate users of different heights. An elastic quick loop on the back of the bag allows you to attach it over the handle of your Rollaboard luggage when moving through airports. Travelpro backs the Crew 9 collection with a lifetime warranty that covers defects in materials and workmanship for the lifetime of the product. The Crew 9 Business Backpack retails for $149.99. The backpack is available in black and titanium gray.

Atlantic Luggage is also pleased to announce the Atlantic Lumina 24″ Expandable Hardside Spinner. Complete with a dual-wheeled spinner system and expandable packing compartment, the Lumina 24″ Expandable Hardside Spinner combines superior strength with 360 degrees of mobility. A unique polyurethane finish on the sculpted hardside shell creates a rich, satin texture. Lumina is perfect for this holiday’s chic traveller of all ages. Available in fashionable black, ruby and blue, the 24″ Hardside Spinner model sells at a retail price of $139.99.

This holiday, Atlantic Luggage is also announcing the introduction of the new Atlantic Debut 20″ International Carry-On Upright. Featuring the best of today’s fashion and lightweight design, Debut is available in eye catching pink and turquoise fabric colors. The International carry-on upright is perfect for female teenagers and travelling college students. The Debut 20″ Upright is available for $99.99 at retail.

Another holiday gift sure to please is the Atlantic Luggage Compass Unite 29″ 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. This makes it very convenient and efficient for families with children looking to travel this holiday and beyond. Additionally, customers can receive a $15 mail-in rebate when purchasing two Atlantic Compass Unite Spinner models and a $30 mail-in rebate when purchasing three Atlantic Compass Unite Spinner models. The collection is available in beautiful cobalt blue and black at an affordable price of $159.99

About Travelpro

For 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.

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 the Atlantic Luggage website for a full list of the latest products and retail locations.

Travelpro Announces its 2013 Valentine’s Travel Gift Guide [PRESS RELEASE]

January 16, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

For Those Who Love to Travel in Style

Travelpro, the original inventor of Rollaboard luggage and a leader in innovative, high-quality luggage design, announces its “2013 Valentine’s Travel Gift Guide” with its stylish and unique lines of spinner luggage, totes, backpacks and travel accessories from its brands, Travelpro, Atlantic and Austin House.

“The 2013 Valentine’s Travel Gift Guide offers shoppers a variety of luggage, totes and travel accessories to choose from that will fit their budget and make a wonderful gift for that special someone in their lives,” said Scott Applebee, Vice President of Marketing for the Travelpro family of brands.

Present your loved one with the new Atlantic Compass Unite 2-piece set that includes the 21″ Expandable Spinner and the 25″ Expandable Spinner. Ideal for family travel, the collection offers the new revolutionary Link2Go System, an innovative way to connect luggage back to back with Velcro straps to easily roll two pieces with just one hand, perfect for traveling with children. The collection is also packed with a wide array of features that makes travel easier. Tested for high-mileage travel, Compass Unite offers several family friendly features, such as an accessory clip, wet pocket, laundry/shoe bag and multiple carry handles.

The collection is available in fashionable black and blue fabric colors. Suggested retail price is $119.99 for the 21″ Expandable Spinner and $139.99 for the 25″ Expandable Spinner.

For the special women in your life, the Atlantic Odyssey Lite Ladies Tote is an ideal Valentine’s Day gift. The tote includes a padded laptop/tablet sleeve and organizer that conveniently stores pens, phones and keys for easy access. The suggested retail price is $69.99. The collection is available in burgundy and black fabric colors.

Travelpro Crew 9 Business BackpackAnother great gift idea for your Valentine is the Travelpro Crew 9 Business Backpack. This checkpoint-friendly bag has four deep pockets for storing a laptop computer, a tablet, a smart phone, cables, folders and other business essentials. Adjustable straps accommodate users of different heights. An elastic quick loop on the back of the backpack allows you to attach the bag over the handle of your Rollaboard luggage when wheeling through airports. The Crew 9 Business Backpack retails for $149.99.

Additionally, Travelpro offers the Crew 9 Rolling Tote with a padded laptop/tablet sleeve and business organizer. In addition, there is ample storage for clothes for an overnight trip. The Rolling Tote is made with micro-ballistic nylon fabric with DuraGuard fabric protection to ensure long-lasting durability. The Crew 9 Rolling Tote retails for $179.99. The collection is available in elegant black and titanium gray.

Surprise your Valentine with the recently released National Geographic Balboa 20″ Hardside Spinner Leopard Series, a perfect gift for a romantic weekend or adventurous getaway. This 8-wheel spinner collection is emblazoned with a Leopard wildlife image from the legendary National Geographic photographic library. The suggested retail price is $149.99. In addition to giving your Valentine a unique gift, your purchase will also help support vital National Geographic exploration, conservation, research and education programs.

Austin House, a leading brand of travel accessories, features a variety of practical, attractive and cost effective items that are ideal for travelers looking to make their journeys more comfortable. Choose from the soft and comfy Austin House Travel Comfort Set, which includes an eye mask, inflatable pillow and fleece blanket. The pillow cover also doubles as a convenient storage bag. This piece retails for $19.99. For the kids this Valentine’s Day, we have adorable cushy Animal Pillows that retail for $13.00 and matching Luggage Tags that retail for $4.00. Choose from the Green Alligator, Red Ladybug, Purple Monkey or Pink Pig.

About Austin House Austin House started in 1974 to make travel as safe, comfortable and hassle-free as possible. Today, the strength of Austin House is its vast selection of travel essentials and clever ideas, including safety locks, travel clocks, luggage straps, luggage tags, passport and document holders, personal security, comfort and care items, leather goods, adapters and converters and electronics accessories. A one-stop shop for travel accessories, Austin House is the essential resource for the serious traveler.

Visit the Austin House website for a full list of the latest products and retail locations.

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 the Atlantic Luggage website for a full list of the latest products and retail locations.

About Travelpro

For twenty five 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. 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 the Travelpro website for a full list of the latest products and retail locations.

Travelpro Announces its Win a 4-Piece Set of Crew 9 Luggage Sweepstakes [PRESS RELEASE]

October 24, 2012 by · 1 Comment 

Sweepstakes runs November 1 through November 30, 2012

Travelpro, the inventor of Rollaboard luggage and a leader in innovative, high quality luggage design, announces its “Win a 4-Piece Set of Crew 9 Luggage Sweepstakes.”

Crew 9 20 inch Expandable Rollaboard

Crew 9 20 inch Expandable Rollaboard

As the choice of flight crews and frequent travelers around the world, the latest Crew collection is a leap forward in innovation, lightweight durability, style and effortless mobility. This versatile 14-piece collection combines lightweight durable luggage, checkpoint friendly business cases and spinners all in one matching collection. It was designed specifically for the frequent business and leisure traveler with performance features that work smartly together to make every aspect of the trip easier. The collection features the patent-pending PowerScope Extension Handle that minimizes wobble and maximizes durability and the patent-pending Contour Grip on Spinners that ensures comfort and easy maneuverability.

“We are pleased to offer this Crew 9 sweepstakes nationally,” said Scott Applebee, Vice President of Marketing for Travelpro brand luggage. “This collection sets a new standard of excellence for the luggage industry. Its innovative performance and utility features ease the frustrations of traveling, from packing and unpacking to check-in and airport security.”

The sweepstakes begins November 1 and ends November 30. You must be 18 years or older at time of entry and a legal resident of the U.S. to be eligible. For additional sweepstake details and to enter the drawing, visit travelpro.com/Crew9sweeps.

The Crew 9 Collection is available in fashionable black and titanium gray fabric colors. The entire line includes the following options:

  • Deluxe Tote
  • Checkpoint Friendly Computer Briefcase
  • Business Backpack
  • Rolling Business Tote
  • 20” Expandable Business Plus Rollaboard
  • 22” Expandable Rollaboard Suiter
  • 24” Expandable Rollaboard Suiter
  • 26” Expandable Rollaboard Suiter
  • 28” Expandable Rollaboard Suiter
  • Rolling Garment Bag (Carryon)
  • 50” Rolling Garment Bag

Crew 9 Business Brief

Crew 9 Business Brief

Additionally, the collection offers a

  • 21” Expandable Spinner with Suiter
  • 25” Expandable Spinner with Suiter
  • 29” Expandable Spinner with Suiter

About Travelpro

For twenty five 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.

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 Carryon Case.” Travelpro is celebrating the 25th Anniversary of the invention of the Rollaboard throughout 2012.

Please visit the Travelpro website for a full list of the latest products and retail locations.

Design Award for the Travelpro Crew 9

June 5, 2012 by · 1 Comment 

In March 2012, the Travelpro staff headed to Las Vegas for the Travel Goods Show, hosted by the Travel Goods Association. (The Travel Goods Association, by the way, is exactly what it sounds like: a national organization whose members include manufacturers, distributors, retailers, promoters, sales representatives and suppliers of luggage and other travel products and accessories.)

CEO Rob Rankin (r) receives the design award for the Crew 9 21 inch expandable spinner

CEO Rob Rankin (r) receives the design award for the Crew 9

The conference is a massive trade show and networking event — and a great excuse to enjoy the Strip for a few days — but the highlight for us was this year’s Product Innovation Awards, which celebrates the best new developments in luggage manufacturing for the year.

Travelpro took home an award for our Crew 9 21-inch Expandable Spinner, which the judges chose for its two patent-pending handle features: our PowerScope extension handle, which we engineered to be sturdier and less wobbly when it’s fully extended; and its complement, the Contour Grip, which we designed to be more natural and easier to maneuver when pushing our four-wheeled suitcase. It’s padded to comfortably rest the hand and has slanted guides to help with direction.

We were excited to be among the winners of this innovation-in-design competition…it’s a sign our designers’ hard work back at headquarters is really paying off. The real test, though: hearing from actual travelers about whether our Crew 9 series luggage made their travels easier and more comfortable.

We’d call that a bigger win than anything we could get in Vegas, slots machines included.

Travelpro Introduces Crew 9: The Frequent Travelers’ Luggage of Choice [PRESS RELEASE]

May 3, 2012 by · 3 Comments 

Travelpro, the inventor of Rollaboard luggage and a leader in innovative, high quality luggage design introduces the Crew 9 Collection, its super collection of premium luggage now including both Rollaboard and Spinner models.

Long the choice of flight crews and frequent travelers around the world, the latest Crew collection is a leap forward in innovation, lightweight durability, style and effortless mobility. This versatile 14-piece collection combines lightweight durable luggage, checkpoint friendly business cases and spinners all in one matching collection. It was designed specifically for the frequent business and leisure traveler with performance features that work smartly together to make every aspect of the trip easier. The collection features the patent-pending PowerScope Extension Handle that minimizes wobble and maximizes durability and the patent-pending Contour Grip on Spinners that ensures comfort and easy maneuverability.Man sitting at a computer with his Crew 9 Rollaboard next to him.

“The Crew 9 collection sets a new standard of excellence for the luggage industry. Its innovative performance and utility features ease the frustrations of traveling, from packing and unpacking to check-in and airport security,” said Scott Applebee Vice President of Marketing for Travelpro. “With 8 carry-on models and 3 spinner models, Crew 9 truly makes travel easier. ”

The Crew 9 collection has unique features for every traveller’s need, including totes, carry-on and checkthrough luggage, a carry-on garment bag, and a check-point friendly computer briefcase and backpack. The removable, sealed ball-bearing wheels on Rollaboard models are tested for over 30 miles and the handle system is tested over 15,000 cycles for optimal performance. Each product is made with microballistic nylon fabric with DuraGuard fabric protection and ergonomic zipper pulls to ensure long-lasting durability and ease of use.

In addition to the myriad of features that provide strength and durability, the Crew 9 Collection was designed for convenience and efficiency. Each Rollaboard model contains easily accessible, large front pockets for last-minute items and a number of internal pockets for organization and the storage of valuables. Its new extension handle system accommodates users of different heights, stopping at 38″ and 43″, and is strong enough to support a tote or case. The Polypropylene Honeycomb Frame provides durable and lightweight construction, and its removable suiter system and extra-wide tie-down straps minimize wrinkling during travel. The four-point stability system prevents tipping when luggage is expanded.

Other features include a hidden ID holder which holds a standard size business card, 2 1/2″ expansion capability for additional packing room, and a detachable Add-A-Bag strap for hands-free carrying of extra bags, which allows totes, cases and backpacks to be carried on the front of the bag for easy on the go traveling.

The Crew 9 Collection is available in fashionable black and titanium gray fabric colors. The entire line includes the following options: Deluxe Tote, Checkpoint Friendly Computer Briefcase, Business Backpack, Rolling Business Tote , 20″ Expandable Business Plus Rollaboard, 22″ Expandable Rollaboard Suiter, 24″ Expandable Rollaboard Suiter, 26″ Expandable Rollaboard Suiter, 28″ Expandable Rollaboard Suiter, Rolling Garment Bag (Carry-on), 50″ Rolling Garment Bag. Additionally, the collection offers a 21″ Expandable Spinner with Suiter, 25″ Expandable Spinner with Suiter and 29″ Expandable Spinner with Suiter.

The Crew 9 collection will also include Hardside Spinner models that will be introduced in August. This Hardside collection will feature all the innovative offerings of Crew 9, combining 2 1/2″ expansion capability and exceptional durability with effortless mobility. The Travelpro Crew 9 collection is built to last and comes with a limited lifetime warranty against defects in materials and workmanship.

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, highquality 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 the Travelpro website for a full list of the latest products and retail locations.

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?

Refreshed Garment Bag Makes a Comeback

February 3, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Spend any time in an airport or hotel, and you’ll see streams of little rolling bags being dragged through concourses and lobbies. But as any veteran business or leisure traveler knows, a normal suitcase can present some drawbacks. The trickiest? Packing beautifully pressed suits or business outfits without wrinkling them.

Inevitably, by the time you arrive at your destination, your once neatly pressed clothing require ironing in a hotel room or a trip to the dry cleaners—if you have time.

Crew 8 Rolling Garment Bag

Crew 8 Rolling Garment Bag

So whatever happened to the garment bag? For a generation or so, this wider luggage style was a popular choice for business travelers who wanted to avoid the risk of wrinkling. It also provided more room to pack more stuff, from business paraphernalia to recreational gear.

Inexplicably, the garment bag fell out of favor as uprights proliferated airports—that is, until recently. Frequent travelers are rediscovering the advantages of the garment bag, and why it may be the perfect travel companion for weeklong business trips or long weekend getaways.

Like today’s ubiquitous rolling uprights, most new garment bags come with inline skate wheels and roll behind you. The higher quality bags have sturdy telescoping handles, with ergonomic comfort grips, that extend to multiple stops of 38 inches and 43 inches to accommodate taller travelers. This refreshed garment bag has never been easier to move around.

Non-rolling models tend to be lighter than a rolling bag, since they don’t require wheels, handles and frames. But you have to sling those wheel-less bags over your shoulder, an unwanted load on sore backs.

The expandable rolling garment bag is the most popular style today. This convenient, practical model features one or two hanging wally racks and a couple inside shoe toiletry pockets. It expands as much as 2 1/2 inches, providing roughly one-quarter to one-third more packing space.

Garment bags come in all sizes too. Today’s 20-inch to 24-inch carry-on models give you extra packing space, yet fit easily into overhead compartments. At the other end of the scale, 50-inch rolling garment bags are not only enormous pieces of luggage, but they also come equipped with all the bells and whistles.

In these super deluxe bags, features matter. Many have a convenient trolley device fitted to accommodate closet hangers. Extra-wide straps are designed to secure clothing and minimize wrinkling during travel. The high-end bags feature three outside zippered pockets. Extra large interior pockets are ideal to store shoes, electronics and other bulky items. In one top brand, we found a secret hidden pocket that tucks underneath the lining, plus a stowaway pocket, located between the struts, to save space.

In all sizes, the best of the breed are built tough to last the rigors of the road. Made of durable water-resistant nylon fabrics, they shrug off the rough and tumble of modern travel, and prevent staining, moisture intrusion and tearing.

All these wonderful modern features aside, the main benefit of the garment bag is the same as it has always been: to keep clothes flat, wrinkle-free and tidy during transport. Once again, it is emerging as an essential bag for the frequent traveler.

Durable, lightweight garment bags and luggage have been the hallmark of Travelpro®, the preferred choice of pilots and flight crews worldwide. In the U.S., Travelpro also provides deluxe garment bags to many of the NBA basketball teams. Visit the Travelpro website to see our different luggage collections.

Travel Safely And Avoid Thieves

December 20, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

Travel can be as dangerous as it is exhilarating. Thieves consider tourists very tempting targets since preoccupied visitors aren’t always focused on the cash and valuables they’re carrying. Therefore, you need to take steps to protect yourself when traveling, especially overseas. Paranoia isn’t necessary, but vigilance is.

One of the best ways to reduce your vulnerability is to minimize the amount of luggage you carry. That means checking one large Travelpro Rollaboard and carrying on a smaller bag that can be strapped to the rollaboard.

Be sure to store an extra copy of your passport in your Travelpro Rollaboard (the secret pocket in the Crew 8 is the perfect place), separate from the original. You should also register your credit cards or have a trusted friend or family member maintain a list of both your cards and company contact information. This will allow you to react quickly should your purse or wallet be stolen.

Rick Steves, the noted travel writer, strongly recommends protecting your cash and documents by wearing a money belt while traveling abroad. Austin House™ — a division of Travelpro and leading brand of great travel accessories — offers two such products:

  • Waist Safe: A washable, lightweight, adjustable belt that holds cash, passports, credit cards, traveler’s checks and other valuables.
  • Leg Safe: A washable, lightweight, adjustable leg sleeve.

Leave expensive, easy-to-steal items such as jewelry at home when traveling. If you must bring valuables, use either your room safe or the hotel’s main safe (your better bet) to secure them. Plus, you may want to consider these products also available from Austin House:

  • Compact Door Alarm: A protection device for the door (or window) of your hotel room which emits a high pitched sound when the clips placed between the door and door frame are separated.
  • Personal Safety Alarm: A small alarm you wear around your neck that emits a high pitch sound when string is pulled.
  • Finally, use common sense when you’re “out and about” abroad. The United States Department of State recommends the following measures:

  • Don’t dress in a way that would mark you as an affluent tourist.
  • Don’t use short cuts, narrow alleys or poorly lit streets, and avoid traveling at night.
  • Appear purposeful when you move about, and only ask for directions from someone in authority.
  • Keep a low profile, and avoid loud conversations or arguments.
  • Don’t discuss travel plans or other personal matters with strangers.
  • Be wary of scam artists, pick pockets and groups of vagrant children.
  • Only take taxis that are clearly identified with official markings
  • If confronted, don’t fight back. Give up your valuables.
  • If you stay alert and take the proper precautions, both you and your belongings should remain safe on the road. As Rick Steves says “Limit your vulnerability rather than your travels.”

    Mark Eveleigh: ‘1000 Miles Up the Amazon River’

    December 16, 2010 by · 2 Comments 

    Mark Eveleigh’s job takes him everywhere. The globe-trekking Englishman is a photojournalist, adventure traveler, and book author. He has been called one of Press Gazette’s 50 top travel journalists, and for good reason. The man travels the world, visiting places we’ve only seen on documentaries and in National Geographic.

    So who better to put our new rugged TPro® Bold collection from Travelpro through its paces than Mark Eveleigh? We gave him a couple TPro Bold bags and a Crew 8 backpack, and sent him down to Latin America. He has already been to Chiapas, Mexico, to Sao Paulo, Brazil, and today we find him cruising the Amazon River.

    Byline: 1000 miles up the Amazon River

    There is a barely noticeable change in the rhythm of my swaying hammock. Normally I might not even notice it but, after so many hours on the boat, I seem to have become attuned to the thrum of the throbbing diesel engine. By now I feel every creak of the old wooden hull through my hammock strings.

    Also I am packed so tightly among my fellow travellers that every change in momentum causes us to bump repeatedly against each other like so many little rowing boats moored in a changing tide. There are more than a hundred of us strung up in cargo boat’s middle deck and mine is only one of several drowsy head that peers up over the side to see what has caused this interruption to our cradle-like rocking.

    The equatorial sun is already glinting piercingly off the rippled face of the Amazon and, up ahead, I can see a dugout canoe making a beeline to intercept us. The skipper has clearly cut his engine speed to avoid a full-bore collision with this little boat. As we come closer I see that the dugout is being paddled by three little girls. The oldest may barely be eight years old.

    They are still heading straight into the path of the massive cargo boat. Just as collision and disaster seems inevitable however the girl in the bow leans out with a metal grappling hook and, in a flash of white-water, their little boat has spun ninety degrees and is effectively surfing on our bow wave. The girls work fast, like the experienced sailors they already are, to secure their craft to our hull.

    Life is tough for the people of remote Amazon settlements and the few reais that these girls can make selling coconut candy (or the few packages of half-eaten food that the passengers give them) could make all the difference to their family. Brazil is a relatively rich country by South American standards yet these girls must risk their lives several times a day running these hazardous little boarding party raids on passing cargo boats.

    Over the course of the last 2 months my trusty Travelpro luggage has meandered the best part of 10,000 miles from Mexico City south to Sao Paulo before turning north again to the equator and the Amazon. It has been subjected to the battering of baggage handlers from seven different countries and has travelled by rail, road and dirt-tracks, on motorbike taxis and pickup trucks. Even on horseback and in the ‘cargo sack’ of a hang-glider!

    By the time I reach Manaus, the so-called ‘Gateway to the Amazon,’ it has taken me exactly 100 hours by cargo boat to get upriver from the oceanic port of Belem. From here I must take a series of consecutively smaller boats as I head deeper into the world’s greatest rainforest. By the time I am a farther twenty-four hours up the river, near the Rio Negro tributary, I am in a dugout canoe, clawing my way along a shallow stream with a paddle. We cross a shrinking lagoon (the Amazon is the driest it has been for almost fifty years) where caiman bask and piranha hunt and pitch our hammocks in a jungle glade where we are lulled to sleep by the distant roar of a troop of howler monkeys. Apart from the agonising bite of a bullet ant in the early hours, and the last hammering downpour of the waning monsoon just before dawn, I have a wonderful night’s sleep.

    To many people the world’s great jungles are a place of danger and threat, where life is lived more intensely than in the world’s most frenetic city. To others it is a profoundly relaxing place; I rarely sleep more soundly than I do in the jungle (bullet ants aside!). My only disappointment is that we have not been revisited by the jaguar that, my guide tells me, is occasionally seen passing through this glade on his hunting forays.

    I sit on the pontoon of a local houseboat the next morning and watch fish jumping and the shadows of clouds playing over the lagoon. A five year old boy displays his already formidable canoeing skills out on the water and I think once again what a privilege it has been to spend this time getting to know the Amazon.

    Then the realisation that I am still only halfway up the world’s greatest river pops up once again…I take this as reassurance that I will certainly be back again one day!

    ©Mark Eveleigh, 2010

    Mark Eveleigh: Somewhere in Central Brazil

    December 9, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

    Mark Eveleigh is a photojournalist, adventure traveler, and book author from Spain, and one of Press Gazette’s 50 top travel journalists. We wanted Mark to put the new rugged TPro® Bold collection from Travelpro through the paces that only a professional adventure traveler like Mark could give it. So we gave him a couple TPro Bold bags and a Crew 8 backpack, and sent him down to Latin America. He has already been to Chiapas, Mexico, and today we find him in Brazil.

    Mark says he has one of the best jobs in the world. After reading today’s post from Central Brazil, we can’t decide if we agree or disagree. (We’re leaning toward agree, although we could do without the dengue fever.)

    “When the going gets weird the weird turn pro.” – Hunter S Thompson.

    I’m writing this at the tail end of an epic bus journey across Brazil. We left Sao Paulo in a fine springtime drizzle forty hours ago and my GPS, propped in the bus windows, tells me that in another eight hours we should be reaching the tropical humidity of Belem, half a degree south of the equator.

    Even in the air-con cocoon of the sleeper bus my internal temperature is oscillating wildly as my body fights off the last effects of a bout of dengue fever (souvenir of a recent assignment in the Nicaraguan jungle). There is nothing I can do here but to wait for it all to pass. I can only look on it philosophically as one of those minor trials that Joseph Conrad once described as ‘the playful paw-strokes of the wilderness.’

    I have been working as a freelance travel photojournalist for more than thirteen years now and although I have mostly been lucky with my health (apart from a couple of cases of malaria) and I have come to look on such inconveniences in the same light as erratic internet connections and warm beer. At times they are simply part of price that has to be paid to do what I still – even at the worst moments – consider to be one of the best jobs in the world.

    Since I tend to specialise in adventure travel and expeditions, I see good health as being just as crucial as using the most reliable electronics and the strongest, most durable luggage I can lay my hands on. I often have to move fast and – increasingly in this technological, rapid response era – I am rarely in a position to travel light. I train hard and try to be as fit as possible so that I am ready for any eventuality while on expedition. I expect the equipment and luggage I use to resist the same harsh situations. I was therefore delighted when Travelpro asked me to give their tough new T-Pro Bold line a serious ‘test-drive’ under rigorous conditions in a series of assignments and expeditions which, over the course of the next few months, would take me to Latin America, West Africa, Australia and South East Asia.

    Already this year I have worked on assignments in Vietnam, Thailand, India, Spain, Hungary, Oman, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama and, now, Brazil. I worked out of a houseboat in Kashmir, a beach shack in the Gulf of Thailand and a hammock on Panama’s Pacific coast. I travelled by tuk-tuk, motorbike taxi, train, 4×4, tri-shaw, canoe, speedboat, ferry, hang-glider, horse, elephant and a 1960’s Enfield Bullet motorcycle. I travelled by rail on the luxurious Maharajas Express through Rajasthan and in a ‘hard-sleep’ compartment on Vietnam’s rattling Reunification Express. I set up the first major surfing expedition to explore the coast of Oman and led an expedition into ‘unexplored’ (at least to outsiders) rainforest with the Lacandon Maya people of Chiapas, Mexico.

    Even at the worst moments I have never had cause to review my idea that this is the best job in the world. But it certainly has more ups and downs that most people would ever imagine. There is no such thing as routine but over the coming months in this blog I will be doing my best to give an honest idea of what day-to-day life is really like for a roving Travelpro travel-writer.

    ©Mark Eveleigh, 2010

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