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One Perfect Present: A Tiny Toiletry Ideal for Dopp Kits

December 19, 2013 at 4:22 PM | by | Comments (0)

There's so much crap travel gear out there that, all this week, we're wading through the muck to feature travel items truly worth giving as gifts. Every day, we'll feature one item we personally love and recommend and think you need in your travel life.

This present idea is divided into two, one for a guy and one for a gal.

For him: So LUSH Cosmetics, a company that makes much more than cosmetics, has these super cool things called "shampoo bars." Instead of relying on the iffy quality of hotel shampoo or messing with packing your own 3oz container of hair wash, throw one of these small, solid bars into your luggage.

There's 10 different bars, each with a distinctive scent and purpose. For example, our favorite—the campfire-scent "Soak and Float"—works to soothe irritated scalps and banish dandruff. Other bars address thinning hair, oily scalps and tangled tresses. Keep them in a tin for easy grab n' go.

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One Perfect Present: An All-Purpose Travel Hat Handmade in the USA

December 18, 2013 at 4:14 PM | by | Comments (0)

There's so much crap travel gear out there that, all this week, we're wading through the muck to feature travel items truly worth giving as gifts. Every day, we'll feature one item we personally love and recommend and think you need in your travel life.

Don't run to the nearest Target the night before a trip to buy whatever woven synthetic topper "will do for now." A small investment in a custom hat, which is actually also an investment in the survival of a classic New York City business, is the answer.

Thanks to the impulsiveness of milliner Satya Twena and her brilliant Kickstarter campaign, the Makins Hats factory in Midtown Manhattan is coming back from closure, in time to save the collections, the American-made equipment, hat shapes dating back to the 1930s, and even the jobs of the skilled staff.

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One Perfect Present: A Ridiculously Lightweight, Hard-Shell Suitcase

December 18, 2013 at 8:39 AM | by | Comments (0)

There's so much crap travel gear out there that, all this week, we're wading through the muck to feature travel items truly worth giving as gifts. Every day, we'll feature one item we personally love and recommend and think you need in your travel life.

Luggage may be a popular graduation gift, but any walk through the airport makes it abundantly clear that some travelers haven't upgraded since. Every year brings new technology and materials for staying under weight limits while enduring everything a baggage handler can throw, and lately we've been very impressed with one such new-fangled line of luggage in particular: Samsonite CURV.

Not everyone can afford ribbed cases of Rimowa (prices for which hover around $1,000 a case), but take it down a few hundred dollars and there's Samsonite CURV's "Firelite" and "Cosmolite" cases in the same class of durability and style.

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One Perfect Present: A Frequent Flyer-Approved, Handmade Leather Case

December 16, 2013 at 4:28 PM | by | Comments (0)

There's so much crap travel gear out there that, all this week, we're wading through the muck to feature travel items truly worth giving as gifts. Every day, we'll feature one item we personally love and recommend and think you need in your travel life.

In a small leather shop in Colorado, "in a town full of wildlife nestled against Rocky Mountain National Park," there's a small company named SkyTop Trading. It's the type of manufacturer whose merits spread by word of mouth, and they'd like to keep it that way; each item is handmade by craftsmen of quality saddle leather with the promise that "it will outlast you."

We first spotted a SkyTop briefcase on our friend, Sid, who commutes half-way across the United States to then travel half-way around the world on business. He's a frequent flyer for his day job as well as in his free time, piloting his 1962 Beechcraft Bonanza. Every mile of the way, that gorgeous SkyTop is in-hand or on his back.

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Five Gift Card Options for Your Favorite Frequent Flyer

November 26, 2013 at 10:53 AM | by | Comments (0)

We’re just days away from the official start of the holiday shopping season, and of course we’ll still have travel on the mind. Although we certainly wouldn’t mind a 60” television for a low, low price we’d much rather score some travel swag. So we suggest letting your fingers do the shopping for the travel tidbits that your friends and family will love the most and grab a few gift cards. Here’s our picks for some of the best options:

· Flight 001
Travel adapters, witty luggage tags, and packing bits and bags are all an option, and we certainly wouldn’t be sad if we received any—or all—of these items. Give the gift of a gift card, and your pals will enjoy the online offerings of the Flight 001 store for hours and hours. Battery boosters, bento boxes, and even a real nice Spork can all be yours for the choosing. Gift cards are available online beginning at just $5, and if you want an in-store card those start at $25. If online isn’t an option you check out Flight 001 in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, and San Francisco—among a few other spots.

· eBags
Your trip begins and ends with your suitcase, and often our trip lingers as our luggage remains in the kitchen for days after our adventure has come to an end. Any traveler worth her weight in in-flight peanuts needs a good bag, so why not help her find the next great carry-on over at eBags. They have options from Tumi, Travelpro, Samsonite, and more—plus their in-house brand. Phone cases, packing cubes, and other bits and pieces round out their offerings. Pick your own amount to load on a gift card, or choose from $25, $50, $100, or $500. Things are sent over electronically, and your shopping is done.

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Wrap a Subway Around Your Wrist with Map-Print Cuffs

October 30, 2013 at 1:26 PM | by | Comments (0)

We've all been there—traveling in a foreign city enjoying the sights, but having to pull out the paper map or Google Maps to re-orient. Not only is the action embarrassing and a tell-tale sign that you're a tourist, but it increases the risk that you'll become the victim of petty crime.

Fear not, for the folks at Design Hype have created metal cuffs embossed with public transport maps of a handful of cities. Now, when jumping from Uptown to Downtown Manhattan, you merely need glance at your wrist to determine if the A, C or E train is the one to hop on for your desired destination.

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Ryanair's Flight Attendants Again Strip Down for Their 2014 Crew Calendar

October 23, 2013 at 2:00 PM | by | Comments (0)

So much for naked farmers, it's that time of the year when flight attendants strip off their suit jackets and snap photos for annual calendars.

Today, Ryanair announced the availability of their crew calendar for 2014, all proceeds from which go to charity. For 2014, that charity is the Teenage Cancer Trust. The Ryanair calendar tradition goes back to 2008, and thus far the airline has managed to raise over 700,000 Euros in the six years.

The filming of the "making of" video and on-location shots took place in Ryanair's 55th base: Chania, Crete. Check it out:

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Travel Gift Idea: Engrave a Beloved Latitude and Longitude onto Jewelry

October 7, 2013 at 3:03 PM | by | Comments (0)

As much as we hate to say it, now is the time to begin buying holiday gifts…specifically those which require some extra time for customization. Now comes the difficult part: what exactly to get for someone who "has it all," or "has been everywhere?"

We've had our own eye on simple, metal jewelry stamped with the latitude and longitude of a special place. Google Maps can easily provide that information, and handmade-focused sites like Etsy are chock full of expensive and inexpensive options, from leather cuffs with tiny pewter plaques, to engraved necklace pendants and this unisex ring.

For example, a friend went this route to commemorate the very location she made a life-changing decision and literally changed course. She now wears a bracelet to remember to keep moving forward, even if it's actually away from that specific spot.

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New T-Shirts Let Travelers Declare Airport Allegiance

September 18, 2013 at 3:04 PM | by | Comments (0)

Covering walls with runway diagrams wasn't enough. Now it's time to profess your airport allegiance on a t-shirt.

A small company aptly named "Pilot & Captain" has designed a range of basic tees with the theme of airport codes. There are 20 in all, ranging from DFW (Dallas/Ft Worth) to CDG (Paris), and there's even some wall prints and totebags. Each shirt is $32 and available in men's or women's sizes and fits.

They may be awesome, but the general graphic tee etiquette rules apply here; you don't wear a band's shirt to their concert, so no sporting these at the airport. It's just weird.

[Image; Pilot & Capt]

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Picture This: Airport Runways as Wall Art

July 29, 2013 at 9:46 AM | by | Comments (0)

It doesn't matter if you're a frequent flyer or an avid armchair traveler so long as you're a lover of good design when it comes to what we've got for you. Picture this: your walls, decorated with schematics of airports, but in more of a minimalist-Apple sort of way and less back-of-the-inflight-magazine.

The Chicago-based NOMO Designs fulfills this fantasy, with the runway layout (and pertinent facts) of some 30 international airports printed in white ink on 18" x 24" steel gray sheets. The two newest? Dallas-Fort Worth and Hong Kong. There's even a few available on T-shirts if your airport allegiance runs truly deep.

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Can't Make It to Paris? Have the Sweetest Snacks of France Shipped to Your Door

Where: France
June 18, 2013 at 9:44 AM | by | Comments (0)

Finally travelers who miss the flavors of Paris need not wait until their next European trip to fulfill a craving for French snacks. A new company, named Try the World, seeks to deliver those yummies right to your door, or to the mailbox of any Francophile you love enough to gift such a thing.

Try the World has only recently launched, offering "The Classic Paris Box," but has plans to expand to other destination-inspired boxes and even a subscription service a la Birchbox, but for foreign snacks! The concept is simple (and genius) enough:

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Still Need a Christmas Gift? Try an Airline Club Membership.

December 6, 2012 at 10:39 AM | by | Comments (0)

Gift giving crunch time is right around the corner, but we’ve got an idea for your favorite frequent flyer this holiday season. You can give up endlessly searching on Amazon for one of this and one of that, as an airline lounge pass is the way to go. Here’s just a few of the options from the country’s bigger carriers, and what they’re rolling out for the holidays.

Delta Sky Club

If Delta’s your favorite carrier—or is just the one you have to use—then a Sky Club membership is probably a great idea. In total there are around 245 different lounges between the Sky Club options and partner lounges, so there’s a great deal of free drinks and snacks from which to choose. Annual memberships start at $450, but there are discounts available if you are—or the one that needs a gift is—a Delta frequent flyer. There’s even a payment plan that breaks things down in case it’s a little too much to swallow all at once.

There’s also a 30-Day option for $90, or you can just score a single day for $50. Just in time for the holidays there’s also a little bit of a seasonal sale going on, as Delta is also offering up four one-day passes for just $99—quite the savings. The only catch is that these are only available at the Sky Club at the airport, and you have to mention the promotion.

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