Travelpro® Maxlite® 2 Luggage Wins Coveted Editors’ Choice Award from “Outdoor Gear Lab” [Press Release]
Boca Raton, Fla. – December 2, 2013 – Travelpro, the original inventor of Rollaboard® luggage and a market leader in innovative, high-quality luggage design, was honored to receive the 2013 Editors’ Choice Award for the Travelpro® Maxlite® 2 22” Expandable Rollaboard, from OutdoorGearLab.com. The Outdoor Gear Lab Review Editors chose the winner after extensive field testing on flights across the country. Eleven popular pieces of carry-on luggage were subjected to head-to-head tests to determine which stood out in terms of performance across these following metrics: features, durability, weight, storage capacity, ease of transport and style. To read Outdoor Gear Lab’s review of Travelpro’s Maxlite 2, click here: Outdoorgearlab.com.
“We are very honored to receive the Editor’s Choice award from Outdoor Gear Lab for our Maxlite 2 22” Rollaboard. Receiving this award from an objective 3rd party, supports our strong emphasis on product testing and quality throughout the product’s life cycle,” said Scott Applebee, Vice President of Marketing for the Travelpro family of brands.
The Travelpro Maxlite 2 22” Expandable Rollaboard provides an economical and lightweight two-wheel design, ideal for carry-on use by frequent business and leisure travelers. Maxlite 2 expands up to 1 1⁄2 inches, maximizing space and packing flexibility, without sacrificing effortless mobility. A full length zippered lid pocket provides easy storage for shirts, blouses and accessories. Moreover, a large front pocket provides a great way to store tablets and laptops as well as any other last minute items.
For additional information on the Travelpro Maxlite 2 22” Expandable Rollaboard or any other of Travelpro’s expansive line of luggage, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or dial 305-573-0882
For 25 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. Travelpro was honored to receive the New Product Innovation Award from the Travel Goods Association (TGA) in March 2013 for the revolutionary Platinum® MagnaTM luggage collection.
For anyone who enjoys sci-fi and futuristic views of what our lives will be like decades from now, this article is for you. According to BBC Travel, Airbus recently released its predictions for what air travel will be like in 2050 — which isn’t that far away anymore.
Within the airline industry, Airbus expects a variety of mechanical and operational improvements to be made, primarily in the name of reducing operating costs. Reducing the weight of airplanes, and subsequently reducing fuel costs, will be of utmost importance moving forward. In fact, many of the past innovations in air travel have had to do with building lighter aircraft, so many people are wondering what type of innovations are next.Taking into account lighter airplane construction materials and with improved engine technology, Airbus’ report suggests that future aircraft will glide down to land, will allow airlines to have shorter runways and passengers to have smoother flying experiences.
In aircraft cabin innovations, Airbus suggests that cabins in future airplanes may have a transparent roof, or skylights. This would allow travelers to take in a more encompassing view while they fly. Virtual reality cabins have also been mentioned when it comes to futuristic aircraft design – airplanes of the future could include a virtual reality cabin that simulates a night club, cocktail lounge, or golf course.
If these changes sound a little too “Star Trek” for you, some more feasible changes that may be taking place are seats that are made of recyclable materials and give passengers more head and leg room. In fact, we recently wrote a blog post about futuristic airline seating changes where we talk in more detail about what future passengers can expect.
These improved and more functional seat options provide personalized ventilation systems, added privacy, and technological integration. Other more likely changes that we think we’ll see by 2050 include auto-bag checking and smartphone boarding passes becoming the norm instead of the exception. And as airports strive to compete with other forms of transportation and with other airports, many airports already have plans in the works to offer customers high-end shopping and dining experiences to travelers.
Something to keep in mind is that there may be less airline travel altogether because of other modes of transportation growing in popularity (such as high-speed light rail). Air travel could potentially become primarily used for distances longer than 10-12 hours or overseas, which will practically require airlines to offer higher-quality seating, in-flight wireless internet, and other technological integration as a standard offering in order to compete.
2050 isn’t really that far off, so it will be interesting to see what type of innovations will happen over the course of the next several decades in travel industry.
If you’re a tech-savvy traveler, you likely have a wish list of technological advances you’d like to see in airplanes. Faster and/or free wifi, mobile device charging stations, free live television viewing, and more are all potential tech upgrades that many airlines are considering for their passengers.
Recently, the FCC took a step forward in improving wifi access for travelers. An air-to-ground wireless network is being proposed by Qualcomm, according to Bloomberg.com, and the FCC recently voted in favor of moving forward with the planning phase of this wireless network.So what does this mean for the average traveler? Nothing, yet. However, according to the article, the global market for in-flight technology and entertainment is estimated to grow to $3 billion in 2017. That’s a billion dollars in growth throughout the next four years, which likely means that not only will wifi be more readily available for passengers, it will be faster, and might even be free.
In a statement from Qualcomm, the broadband system they’re developing is designed to offer flyers an “in-flight broadband experience equivalent to what is available in their homes, offices, parks, cars, buses, and trains,” Qualcomm said.
Today’s travelers, especially the younger generation of road warriors, expect to be connected to the Internet at all times. Some people view flying time as a welcome respite from Internet connectivity, but that group of people is shrinking. Instead, travelers may want to put away their office email system during a flight, but instead they want to catch up on their Netflix queue. The proposed Internet system from Qualcomm could make this scenario a reality.
As of last year, just over 30 percent of airplanes were equipped for in-flight wifi, so there’s significant growth that needs to take place here. Some media pundits are worrying over the level of commitment to expect from each airline regarding the installation of in-flight internet services.
However, most airline industry experts agree that in time, wifi will have to be a standard offering on passenger aircraft if the airline wants to compete in the larger marketplace. Passengers who are traveling abroad or cross-country are expected to demand services like wifi and free live television viewing in the near future.
The next several years will bring a variety of technological advances into the airline industry. It will be interesting to see how Qualcomm’s proposed internet system will be developed and funded – and how quickly travelers begin using the new technological services being offered.
- Android to power inflight entertainment for Boeing Dreamliner (reviews.cnet.com)
- FCC proposal would make in-flight Wi-Fi faster and cheaper (digitaltrends.com)
- Airlines can use in-flight Wi-Fi to sell to a captive audience (seattletimes.com)
Say farewell to the “Staycation” – for many travelers, budget-friendly tours of one’s own city have become a thing of the past. Not only has travel increased overall, but consumers are actually investing in luxury travel again, thanks to income levels returning to pre-recession levels.
Just how much is luxury travel increasing? According to an article in The (London) Guardian), the sales of luxury experiences grew 50% faster than the demand for physical goods. This change can be partially attributed to demographics – namely, the fact that the consumers who drove the luxury boom in the 1990s are now beginning to retire. Instead of acquiring material goods, affluent Baby Boomers are more interested in investing in life experiences.Demographics aside, many travel experts have noticed an overall increase in consumer confidence, meaning that travelers feel comfortable investing in high ticket, once-in-a-lifetime trips. In a recent Travel Weekly article, Dan Mahar, CEO of Tauck, a luxury travel operator in Connecticut, said “In the post-meltdown era, there’s been a resetting of priorities.”
In other words, consumers, particularly the affluent, are focusing more than ever before on making memories and spending time with friends and family.
According to the Travel Weekly article, this year’s luxury travel hotspots are all over the map, including exotic eastern locales such as Myanmar, India, Sri Lanka, Nepal and Bhutan. Once overlooked Eastern European hidden gems such as Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia are also becoming quite popular, as are exotic once-in-a-lifetime experiential trips such as safari trips to Botswana.
Another surprising trend is a large increase in consumers booking trips on luxury cruise lines. When it comes to visiting exotic locales via the high seas, travelers are willing to overlook the cruise industry’s recent woes. In fact, many travelers are booking cruises that run upwards of one month. Such cruises visit multiple exotic destinations on all seven continents, making them an appealing option for those that want to get a bit of variety during their trip.
- Affluent Travelers on Deck to Spend More Vacationing in 2013, According to a New Survey of High-End Travelers by Unity Marketing (prweb.com)
- Luxe Travel Trail Blazes with the Rise of the Virtual Agency (prweb.com)
- A Patagonia Spectacular With Tauck (timespentatsea.blogspot.com)
- Luxury Cruise Vacations on The Crystal Symphony Cruise (expertscolumn.com)
Which is cheaper on a long-distance flight, buying the wifi and watching your own movies, or buying the inflight movie service? What are some other alternatives? Loading a movie onto your tablet, laptop, or smartphone and watching that. What else?
A recent trend in air travel has been for airlines to more broadly allow in-flight technology use. In some cases, airlines even encourage customers to use their technology device of choice during flight. This approach to in-flight entertainment is following two airline industry trends: personalization and price competition. Given the recent trends in price transparency for air travel, airlines are beginning to compete on the ancillary add-ons they offer. Multiple in-flight movies, on-demand television shows, and live news broadcasts are just a few of the entertainment options to which travelers now have growing access.
Airlines are also now attempting to further personalize the technology options for their customers. This means offering individual televisions for each passenger with on-demand TV viewing, and also allowing customers to use their personal mobile devices such as phones and tablets to view live web content via the plane’s in-flight wifi access.
While some travelers view wifi as something that should be available on every flight, many businesses do not reimburse their employees for wifi access in-flight. Thus, adoption of in-flight wifi is currently seen as a differentiator instead of a standard offering. The question is not necessarily “if” in-flight entertainment via mobile devices and wifi will be standard on every airline, but “when.” While in-flight wifi isn’t yet the norm, it’s a growing trend that is gaining popularity and will undoubtedly be seen as an industry standard in the near future.
So, what’s the cost of all these entertainment offers to consumers? Frontier Airlnes offers DirectTV for as low as $3.99 and several airlines including Frontier and Alaska Airlines offer wifi at varying rates depending on the length of the flight, usually between $1.95 – $39.95.
On the other hand, depending on your entertainment subscriptions at home you could pre-load a movie or television show to your personal mobile device for viewing while you fly – and all it’ll cost you is your battery life.
If you’re like many business travelers in recent years, you may have found yourself visiting the same city for a conference every year without spending any time outside of the conference circuit. However, the blurring of lines between business and leisure travel is becoming more common, as business travelers are finding ways to optimize their travel time and experiences.
With the arrival of online travel companies more than a decade ago, and mobile technology enabling even wider access to great travel deals, it is becoming more common for business travelers to take an extra day on one end or the other of a business trip to see some tourist attractions, try a few local restaurants, or visit a museum.
If you can take advantage of a day or more of leisure time while on a business trip, why not try it? For example, you could invite your spouse or significant other to join you on your trip, since you may be more likely to try a new restaurant or activity if you’re with a companion. Combining a business trip with a vacation (even a short vacation) makes sense in a lot of ways.
From a travel standpoint, it may be better for you to kill two birds with one stone. Why book multiple flights and hotels when you can cut costs and simplify your travel experience by adding on some leisure time before or after a business trip? This makes sense from a financial standpoint too — it’s less expensive to take a vacation since your company will cover at least some of the cost of the trip, even if it’s just getting you out there and back home.
And while it’s true that modern day business travelers are adding leisure time on to business trips, the reverse is also true – people are more and more frequently fitting work time into vacations. Often, travelers are deciding to schedule an afternoon of networking meetings into a vacation. That way, depending on a company’s travel and expense policy, some part of the trip can be expensed (or if self-employed, deducted on their taxes), and employees can feel like they aren’t abandoning their jobs.
Although there is a movement in favor of “unplugging” during vacations, the benefits to combining leisure and business travel can’t be ignored. After all, if you’re spending time traveling for any reason, you may as well get the most value possible out of your — and your company’s — time and money.
Now that half of Americans use smartphones as their primary mobile device and the number of smartphone users worldwide tops 1 billion, it’s safe to say that most of us are using smartphones or some type of mobile device on a regular basis. In travel especially, it’s common for smartphone users to rely on their devices for entertainment, flight information, and especially navigation.
In the Fall of 2012, Apple came out with its own navigation program dubbed Apple Maps, kicking Google Maps off their iOS platform with their new upgrade. But they may have put the cart before the horse, because Apple Maps failed miserably in the eyes of most iPhone users — and cartographers, journalists, travel professionals, tourists, and people who were lost — due to its inaccurate directions and shoddy 3D renderings. Three months later Google Maps came out with a free iPhone app, but by this time many tech consumers had learned this lesson the hard way: If you’re taking a trip to a city largely unknown to you, it’s a good idea to study maps before you travel.
With the failure of Apple Maps came an outpouring of digital navigation apps, both older companies like MapQuest and also newer startups have been trying to capture the market share freed up by the failure of Apple Maps. So it’s easy to predict that sooner or later, you will be able to find at least one navigation application that serves you well.
But one thing that is difficult to predict is your cell phone service. You may have all the latest map applications downloaded, but if your phone can’t connect to its network, your applications will likely be useless or severely inhibited.
That’s why it’s best to spend some time scanning the layout of your travel destination before you ever leave. You can get a feel for the city before you even set foot there. It may also be useful for you to bring a paper map or travel guide with you on your trip. In the event of a lagging data network, flip through your guidebook for advice on what to do. As for what to do with your smartphone if you don’t use it for navigation. . .?
We suggest using it as a camera.
These days, it seems like everyone’s a food critic, doesn’t it? Between blogs on Tumblr, photo sharing on Instagram, and the myriad of other ways people share information, more and more people are talking about, taking pictures of, and finding even more enjoyment from their food.
But it’s not only about being a food critic. Food is becoming more of an experience. As we focus more on the quality of food that we consume, people are becoming more analytical about their restaurant choices both at home and especially when they travel.
Whole Journeys, a food travel company owned by Whole Foods Market, exists purely to connect Whole Foods customers with the food sold in their stores. Whole Journeys travelers get real, genuine experiences with the local cultures who produce Whole Foods products. The company was founded on the fact that people want to make meaningful connections to other cultures through food.
Travelers are now considering food as a major part of the decision on where to travel. For example, a couple deciding where to vacation in Europe might select Italy over Germany in part because the food selection aligns more closely with what they enjoy. Even if you’ve never been to Italy, movies like 2010’s Eat, Pray, Love drive the point home that food can be a major reason to visit a particular destination, and it can even serve as a method of self-exploration. If nothing else, a few great culinary experiences are added benefits that can enhance your trip and nicely complement your other travel experiences like sightseeing and visiting museums.
Celebrity chefs and other television personalities are also adding to the growing popularity of food tourism. Anthony Bourdain’s television shows No Reservations and The Layover focus on the best places to eat in a given city, and Guy Fieri’s Diners, Drive Ins, and Dives also highlights fun, unique restaurants with excellent food.
The idea behind shows, books, and websites like these is to give the viewer advice on how to eat like a local, and how to truly enjoy the experience.
Imagine you’re on a family road trip, and you need to make an unplanned overnight stop. What’s your strategy on finding a place to stay?
One option is to drive to the nearest hotel you see and accept their nightly rate, as high as it may be. Another option is to call multiple hotels, trying to find the best rate. Unfortunately, these options leave you at the mercy of potentially high day-of hotel booking rates, not to mention the time you’re spending looking for an affordable overnight stay when you could be doing something more valuable with your time, like eating dinner with your family, relaxing by the hotel pool, or getting that flat tire fixed.
Enter HotelTonight, an app for iPhone and Android users. The app is free to download and claims to offer discounts of up to 70% off. We first heard about the app when ABC News checked it out and compared it to Expedia and each hotel’s website.
First, the pros: six out of seven times, HotelTonight beat the prices listed on Expedia.com. Seven out of eight times, HotelTonight beat the individual hotel’s rates. Although HotelTonight’s rates were never 70% off the hotel’s rates, some of the prices were nearly 50% off, and many were above 30% off. For a last minute deal, that’s not bad.
The downside to using the app, according to ABC, is that you can’t check hotel rates until noon, and HotelTonight also offers only a limited amount of hotel selections. HotelTonight offered nine hotels, whereas Expedia.com offered nearly 500 options. So, if you’re looking for a deal on a specific hotel, that may be difficult to find on HotelTonight.
The bottom line is, if you’re looking for a last minute deal on a hotel, and if you don’t have your heart set on staying in a specific hotel, HotelTonight could be a great way to find a last minute deal on a place to spend the night, especially if plans suddenly change, and you need a room quickly.
So if you’re the type of person who enjoys a little spontaneity in your travels, why not try HotelTonight? It could be a great money and time saving solution for you.