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Fanny packs. Visor hats. Camera straps. There are so many travel accessories that we roll our eyes at, but there’s no denying the practicality of them. So we’re here to stop the hate, with this ode to money belts, neck pillows, and other vacation gear that don’t get quite as much love as they should:
In these times of ever increasing checked baggage fees — and even carry-on bag fees (ahem, Spirit Airlines) — a cost-conscious traveler sure feels the benefits of packing light. A love for double-duty items aside, that translates into downsizing toiletries, clothing, and more. Here, five compact travel-friendly products that will save you both space and money on your next trip:
Traveling isn’t always a stress-free, smooth-sailing, relaxing-on-the-beach-while-sipping-mojitos experience. Unexpected emergencies – be it a broken ankle, an lost passport, or a bout of food poisoning – can turn a dream vacation into a nightmare. So how do you prepare for a potential travel emergency?
Mother’s Day is just around the corner (May 11th) and for those of you still hunting through the grocery store, picking through limp carnation carcasses, or perfecting your macaroni necklace, we’re here to offer a little help. The travel-themed Mother’s Day gifts listed below are perfect for the woman that’s always on the go — and if these end up inspiring her to hop the next Caribbean-bound flight, who knows, maybe you’ll even get to be the lucky travel companion! Read more
These days, there’s less of a need to haul around a dedicated camera on your travels. Using your phone as your primary travel camera isn’t as far-fetched as it once was, especially if you’re not heading to a place where a zoom lens is crucial, like on a safari. Here are some apps that will help you capture a beautiful smartphone shot. Read more
We’re big fans of unplugging while on vacation, but sometimes our devices just need a little juice. Especially when you’re arriving in an unfamiliar place, it’s good to have a communication and organizing tool at your disposal. While airports and airlines have made great strides in providing charging options in terminals – and they’re continuing to invest to this end – here’s how to power up when you can’t find your own outlet.
Are you the type who starts planning for a trip months ahead of your departure, or do you prefer to wait until the last minute, speed-read a guidebook on the plane, and just leave the rest up to fate? Whatever your tactics (or lack thereof), the digital age has heralded a new breed of travel tools, designed to help intrepid travelers educate themselves about a destination so they can plan their trip effectively. Here are a few online resources that will surely enhance your next jaunt to a couple of key destinations… Read more
Borneo, the world’s third largest island, has seen significant portions of its rainforest cut down by logging companies over the years. Still, it remains one of the premier jungles in Southeast Asia, offering adventure travelers the sort of inspiring jaunts that are more typical in South America or Africa. Borneo is home to the endangered Bornean orangutan, the world’s largest flower, and is shared between three countries: Malaysia, Indonesia, and Brunei.
We hunkered down on the Malaysia side for two weeks, using Kuching as a home base for exploration. While the upfront cost to get there hurts (approximately $1,400 round-trip from New York City), visitors will be pleased with how cheaply they can feed and entertain themselves once on the ground. Here’s a breakdown of where you’ll spend – and where you won’t – next time you plan a trip to this southeast Asian island. Read more
When you fly, you have enough to worry about without stressing over the size of your liquid containers (3.4 ounces, max), or the plastic bag you put them in (1 quart). So we put together a list of some travel-friendly containers that hold everything from hair products and makeup, to perfumes and vitamins, and will get you through security quickly. They might even add a little style to your travel ensemble. Here’s the list… Read more
Don’t let snow, sleet, or Polar Vortex-level temperatures ruin a cold-weather vacation. With these affordable items for men, women, and kids, you’ll be prepared for whatever weather-related surprises January (and February, March, and April) have in store. Best of all, you won’t even have to spend a lot to keep warm. Here are ten of our favorites… Read more
Filling up your itinerary is a great way to make the most out of any trip, but to fully enjoy your waking moments, it’s worth knowing how (and when) to properly rest. Here, a few ways to overcome common challenges on the road, like jet lag and disruptive noise, plus tips for better napping in transit and recommendations for useful gear we like taking on our own exploits. Read more
Because you have enough to worry about when traveling (see: delays, security lines, and those pesky airline fees), these tech favorites make life a little bit easier. Whether you want your electronics to be 100 percent charged, need to write an entire email free of typos, or look your best when you land, we rounded up 9 must-have gadgets. In no particular order: Read more
Just because you don’t spring for the hotel spa doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy some pampering while you travel – especially with this fab giveaway we’re hosting on Twitter this week.
Giovanni is an eco-friendly hair and skincare brand that’s been lauded by the likes of Allure, Good Housekeeping, and more. Perfect for the well-groomed traveler, their travel kits include carry-on-sized sets of their bestselling products, all of which are free of parabens, phthalates, and sulfates (read: harmful chemicals found in many skincare products).
Three lucky ShermansTravel readers will win one of these treats:
Italy wasn’t created for one-stop shopping – in fact, it’s not even that well suited to single-destination trips. Rome? Venice? Florence? How to choose? Well, you might not have to. The Italy deal in this week’s Top 25 newsletter offers a six-night train ride including a two-night stop in at each of those iconic cities. Since you won’t be spending the entire trip watching the scenery go by (at least, we hope not), here’s a look at the best shops to visit to take home a one-of-a-kind, easy-to-pack souvenir. Read more
Of course, the best gift you could get for your travel-obsessed friend would be a ticket to some far-off destination. But, no matter how deep the bond of friendship, most of our budgets don’t quite stretch that far. Here are a few more (affordable) ideas.
Maps of all stripes make travelers happy. National Geographic is offering a giant personalized world map. You personalize up to 70 characters of text for the map title, and then your jetsetting friend or loved one can place different colored pins to signify places they’ve been, their dream destinations, and genealogical roots. It’s a little pricey at $169, so, for something cheaper, how about this scratch map ($20) where you scratch off the places you’ve been.
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