Travel Destinations

Winter’s coming, and though the holidays are stressful, the slushy months following them can be downright depressing. Relatives go home, work resumes, and Christmas trees, carefully selected only weeks prior, meet their fate on the curb. A mid-winter tropical getaway may just seem like the stuff of fantasy, but it’s not as difficult as you might think if you head to ultra-accessible Puerto Rico. Though it’s not a full state yet (though that could change soon, based on a Congressional decision), no passport is required, and English is an official language.

Like you, the Kipling Fundamental 25th Anniversary Large Backpack was not made to sit at home, counting the days until summer. With enough room for a guidebook, a water bottle, souvenirs, your wallet, and sunscreen, it’s the perfect companion for a rum-buzzed stroll around Old San Juan. But it shines off the beaten path, too, with plenty of space for a set of dry clothes should you happen upon a secluded waterfall on a hike through the El Yunque Rainforest. The backpack’s crinkle nylon is lightweight and durable, and comes in cheerful, bright colors to match Puerto Rico’s beloved architecture.   Continue Reading »

All aboard, for the most luxurious train trips in Europe.

Sophisticated travel calls for superbly styled luggage. Briggs & Riley Baseline 24″ Expandable Upright Spinner with its ability to increase in space over 15 percent, making it simple to pack a week’s worth of dress to impress outfits.

The four-day Polish Express, with the Danube Express, begins in Budapest as passengers first gather at a reception in the Royal waiting room of the city’s Nyugati station. Leaving Hungary’s capital the train follows the immortal river towards Bratislava, 124 miles northeast.

Windows filled with views of old castles and vineyards set in the excitement for arrival into the capital of Slovakia by early afternoon. Tour Old Town and its ancient castle located high above the city.

As the train speeds into the Moravian night a delight of locally produced ingredients create an unforgettable dinner accompanied by fine Hungarian wines. Continue Reading »

Summer is here – time for thousands of tourists to hit Washington, DC. in the muggy heat. How bad is the humidity? In the days before air conditioning, ambassadors, assigned to the nation’s capital, received hardship pay.

With the lightweight Eagle Creek Cloudstream 28″ Upright, getting into DC is no sweat. Slightly more than nine pounds, it is a breeze to wheel around National or Dulles Airports or Union Station.

As a former licensed DC tour guide, here are some must-do tips:

1. Keep hydrated.

Standing in lengthy lines is a common sight at many DC monuments, memorials, and museums as are the great number of tourists who drop in a dead faint due to dehydration.

2. The walk from the Lincoln Memorial to the Capitol Building is much farther than it looks on the map.

Gasping for breath while holding their sides, family members or passing members of Congress, many a tourist looked at the tour guide map and thought ‘that’s not too far’. It is close to three miles and the final mile or so is uphill. No, it is not like climbing the Alps, but in high humidity and weighted down by souvenirs, brochures and water bottles it can take a toll on some. Continue Reading »

Some think Scotland is the only country to have a whisky trail. Throw in the “e” and take off for a spirited journey along American Whiskey Trail also known as the AWT.

The Eagle Creek Crossroads Roll-Away 30″ rolls from airplane to car and along city streets to country roads where the AWT is found from in this week’s article from New York to Virginia. Next week’s article will journey along the rest of the AWT into Kentucky and Tennessee.

Whisky has always been part of the American landscape. It began in colonial times when colonists gathered corn from Native Americans. They mixed it with rye or barley and water and following fermentation drank it as they gathered at inns to hatch a revolution or while Thomas Jefferson penned the Declaration of Independence by the light of a tavern’s candles. The Whiskey Rebellion was one of the first tests of federal power in the new republic. By the early 20th century, the prohibition of whiskey and other alcoholic beverages forever stamped an era of speakeasies and gangsters into the history books. Continue Reading »

Home to tundra flora, fauna, and polar bears Churchill, Manitoba, on the shore of Hudson Bay, is a destination outdoor enthusiasts journey to for almost every season.

Pack everything from parkas to binoculars in your Samsonite xSpace 3 piece set required for making a unique Canadian travel connection. Due to Churchill’s remote location – no roads exist – the best way to get there is with Via Rail from Winnipeg. Continue Reading »

Casablanca, for many classic movie devotees the name immediately conjures up memories of the famous 1942 love story that starred Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman.

“Casa” as it is called by modern residents and visitors still weaves the magic to many who choose to come to this Moroccan city in North Africa. Although Rabat serves as the Kingdom of Morocco’s capital city, Casa remains its leading metropolis due, in part, to its location on the Atlantic Ocean and as one of the world’s largest artificial ports. Continue Reading »

Ancient Mayans on Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula were among the first sun worshipers. Centuries later thousands sun and surf devotees also head to the area. They flock to the state of Quintana Roo, also known as the Riviera Maya, and in particular the city of Cancun.

Are you among them?

Then grab your suntan lotion, shades, a swimsuit or two and flip flops and toss them into Delsey Helium Colours Carry On 4 Wheel Trolley.  It comes in a variety of colors including lime like the one you will have clinging to the side of an ice cold beer (or cervaza) waiting for you upon your arrival.

Cancun is the most popular hub. Its tourism history began as a 1970s’ government project when few people lived on a then coconut plantation. During the past four decades, the industry has exploded to include grand hotels, quaint B&Bs, and other types of accommodation. Continue Reading »

Time has come to fill the Samsonite Maneuver 21″ Carry on Spinner with bathing suits, shorts, tops, and sun block and say “Aloha!”

Packed with wondrous pursuits for everyone the Hawaiian island of Oahu is today’s destination. Known as “the gathering place”  the island, 26 miles long and just 44 miles in diameter, it is a diversity of tropical oasis, big city living and a surfer’s paradise.

Honolulu serves as the state’s capital and ranks up with New York, Chicago, and Los Angeles with having the most hi-rises. Among the stunning views seen from those towering windows are the Ala Moana district with its business and shopping streets, the beaches of Waikiki and the striking Diamond Head. Continue Reading »

As the nation’s oldest capital city New Mexico’s Santa Fe also tops the lists as one of the most historic from three predominate eras – Native American, Hispanic and western expansion. In addition, the small city close to the Sangre de Cristo Mountains is also a constant source of inspiration for artists, writers, and believers in all things metaphysical.

Packing the right clothes and gear for a multi-dimensional destination requires luggage with plenty of pockets. The Travelpro T-Pro BOLD 22″ Exp. Rollaboard ,with its multiple interior pockets, keeps swim suits separated from biking shorts and dress shirts from colorful Ts. Continue Reading »

Happiness comes from travel, and for many the consumption of ice cream equally boosts one’s mood upwards.

Combine the two for a joyous journey, where the Kipling Tegan Small Wheeled Duffel (or Kipling Tegan Large for increased capacity) is the bag to bring. Its U-Zip main compartment, interior zippered mesh pocket, and top zippered stash pocket provide perfect places to store maps, guidebooks and perhaps a favorite topping or two. The roomy interior, accessible via U-Zip, allows for lots of casual clothes to hit some of America’s best ice cream factory tours.

Ben and Jerry’s Ice Cream in Waterbury, Vermont is one of the Granite State’s most popular attractions. Tucked into the bucolic beauty of the Green Mountains the tour starts with seeing real dairy cows out in the surrounding fields. Continue Reading »