Unforgettable Travel Experiences

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 »

kyrgyzstanAdmittedly, Kyrgyzstan is not the first destination choice for most travelers.

Most have heard of it, but knowing its location in Central Asia is not as common.

Should you require a five star hotel or food similar to what you can find at your local fast food joint, Kyrgyzstan is not the vacation spot for you.  It extends its invitation to the adventurous.

Intrepid travelers know packing light guarantees ease of transport and the chance to explore this country with its fascinating culture fully. Continue Reading »

machu pichu

Those Incas knew how to hit the heights.

The Peruvian site of Machu Picchu, above the Río Urubamba, is one of South America’s most popular tourist attractions.

The site is renowned for being one of the major feats of engineering, so when tackling “The Lost City of the Incas” high in the Andes, the Eagle Creek Exploration 2 Switchback Max 25 is THE backpack to take along.

It too is a marvel in engineering with its ability to transform from a roller bag to a backpack, being small enough to be carry-on and also having an interior day pack cleverly hidden until needed. Continue Reading »

mount rushmore

Cruising down the interstate is fine for making time on a car or motorcycle trip.

However, seeing the sights is only possible if your itinerary allows for the occasional detour.

South Dakota offers a vast variety of interesting places along I-90.

Crossing the Mount Rushmore State from east to west provides a wide array of sights and souvenir opportunities.

With the American Tourister iLite DLX Boarding Bag, you have the perfect piece of luggage, with its large main compartment and numerous pockets, there’s easily room for gathering Black Hill’s gold to a t-shirt in Sturgis.

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Texas’ Hill County inspires poets, painters and anyone who appreciates the beauty of nature, nice people and interesting places.

Situated in the central part of the state, its activities are diverse as the uses offered by the American Tourister Fieldbrook 4 Piece Luggage Set. Lightweight with two uprights, one-wheeled duffle and a boarding bag you can fit in a pair of cowboy boots, water shoes and a hat or two.

Oh heck, just pack your whole closet — this is Texas and everything is bigger here.

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Daibutsu-den-Hall-Credit-Linda-J-BottjerSteeped in centuries of Japanese history, the city of Nara can make a profound impression on her visitors with a trip that lasts several days or just a few hours.

Nara is easily reached from both Osaka and Kyoto via rail, so include an overnight trip in your itinerary.

As Japanese trains are often crowded you will want to travel light – but not forgo style.

Leather luggage always makes a classic statement, and the Piel Checkpoint Friendly Brief/Overnighter is a perfect choice.  The bag is big enough to pack a couple of changes of clothes with two outside front zip-pockets that make finding guide books a snap. Continue Reading »

Hawaii - A Great Destination for the American Tourister and his or her LuggageThe first time I stepped out of an airplane onto the tarmac in Honolulu, Hawaii, I felt like it was raining soft petals. The air was heavy with the perfume of tropical flowers. It was March 1980 and I had 5 weeks of vacation ahead of me. I left freezing weather at Tahoe where my yard was buried under snow, and nearby ski areas were still in operation. Just the anticipation of spending time in a tropical paradise was pure euphoria.

Four of us traveled together. Our entourage included my fiance, George, and his two best friends, Sam and Skip. George and Skip were accomplished outdoor enthusiasts who camped out in all seasons. Sam and I were along for the ride. Continue Reading »

London is myriad of tradition and cutting-edge contemporary.

The latter changes constantly, which keeps the city fresh as the former draws many tourists to centuries-old sites.

Among the most popular are those connected with the British Monarchy.

Few in the world do pomp and ceremony as grand, or with such style, as the British.

Whether you are a dyed in the wool Brit royalista or just mildly curious, London offers plenty of places where kings and queens past, present and future have lived, loved and even lost some of their heads. So drop your spinner luggage at the hotel and hit the streets: there’s a lot to see! Continue Reading »

At the turn of this century, my Australian friend, Judy, owned an upscale women’s shop at Lake Tahoe called ‘Square, Spotted Blue.’ The name referred to a local butterfly indigenous to the High Sierra. Her store offered the highest fine quality, fashion-forward, boutique styles for her discerning clientele who desired unique clothing unavailable at national department stores. Theme sweaters with three-dimensional embellishments, artistically designed coats, jackets elaborately detailed with appliques, and labor-intensive crystal jewelry from European designers were coveted by the well-heeled residents and visiting tourists, who were only offered ski clothing and souvenir tee-shirts at other shops. Continue Reading »