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Is It a Hotel Safe or Tank Top? Only You Will Know

March 11, 2010 at 4:05 PM | by | ()

Not all of our friends have the best luck with passports, which they carry in their pockets because they don't want to leave them in cheap hotel rooms. Ditto for laptops, extra currency, and so on. Travelers always have to make a decision between what's safer: carrying something around in a strange city or abandoning it behind a locked door. Enter the Travelon Garment Hideaway, a piece of travel gear that we're trying to hate but kind of finding interesting.

The idea here is that there's a middle ground between leaving something out in the open or putting it in your pocket. Things can actually be hidden. So from the outside the Travelon Garment Hideaway looks like a woman's tank top. On the inside, though, there are 5 distinct plastic pockets in which you can stash all manner of personal belongings. You put your valuables in the pockets and then either hang the bag up or fold it in the bottom of a drawer, making it look like just another item of clothing. This adds an extra layer of obfuscation for when you're wandering about town that's slightly more clever than the old "put your passport in a pillowcase" trick—which, lets be honest, was never particularly clever.

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Follow Amex for the Chance to Win A Trip to Antigua's Jumby Bay

February 22, 2010 at 12:33 PM | by | ()

Here's the good news: Amex is giving you a chance to win roundtrip airfare for 2 to Antigua and 4-nights of all-inclusive accommodation at Jumby Bay. The resort is located on a 300-acre private island in the Caribbean, the perfect setting for a "tweetheart" getaway.

To enter, all you have to do is follow @americanexpress on Twitter and tweet once: “Hey @americanexpress, I want to take my tweetheart (insert your sweetheart’s first name here) on the ultimate romantic getaway. Pick me! http://bit.ly/bFgMGU #amexTravel”. You only have until tonight at 11:59pm ET to enter. The winner will be chosen at random on February 23 and American Express will tweet the winner's name on February 24.

Here's the bad news: If you win, you may have to sleep with one eye open. Jumby Bay's rooms have no keys, that's right, the doors don't lock. Now, one would assume that with rates starting at $1,395 in the high season you'd be safe from crime, right? Wrong. Antigua has had some problems with crime recently, including the murder of a couple of honeymooners. But, Jumby Bay’s General Manager assures patrons they are safe, saying the resort is crime free and is protected by a retired U.S. Secret Service agent.

Even if there aren't locks on the doors, we think a free trip is worth the risk, so get tweeting!

Related Stories:
· American Express [Official Site]
· Have You Ever Stayed at a Hotel Without a Room Key? [Hotel Chatter]
· Travel Twitter Coverage [Jaunted]

[Photo: Jumby Bay Blog]