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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.
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.
We've all been theretraveling 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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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:
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.
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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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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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:
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.
Okay so, there's these things called "Hickies" and, despite the unfortunate name, they're pretty useful...especially when it comes to long travel days. You see, they're lace replacements for sneakers, or really any lace-up shoe. Made of stretchy plastic, they feed through the eyelets and buckle closed, essentially turning a tie-up shoe into a slip-on.
Now, we pride ourselves on being the fastest, slickest through the X-ray and metal detector machines at airport security. That scene from Up In The Air where George Clooney describes his process to expedite his way to the gate? Yeah, we're like that but with one notable exception: high-tops.
No slip-on leather loafers here; we typically don our trusty dusty, Whitney Museum-edition Keds high-tops for the long-haul, which can mean extra, tangly time un- and re-tying 'em up at TSA and onboard the plane when we want to wiggle our toes. Hickies seemed like the answer, so we gave them a go recently on a roundtrip JFK-SFO flight in economy.
It's not too early to start a holiday wish list, right?
We've been flying a lot lately (duh) and though it's a mix of business and economy class seats, we find that space on an airplane is still never enough to get some work done in peace, with privacy. Another big duh.
And then we saw a commercial for a new product from 3M that solves at least some of this problem; their Privacy Patrol Screen Protectors shield laptop, smartphone and tablet screens from all sides except for straight-on. In their words, "anyone viewing your screen from a side angle will see a dark, blank screen while you still see a clear image."
This means no one but the direct user can read over your shoulder or sneak a peek at your email. We're thinking they'd be handy for when we're editing images (or tweeting about annoying people on our flight) and all the cabin lights are off and basically anyone within three rows of us can easily spy.
It wasn’t too long ago that we discovered someone was making perfumes to look like baggage claim tags, and now it looks like we’re finally ready to choose one.
If you recall, the new line of scents are all inspired from locations around the world, and each bottle sports a design that mimics the look of a checked baggage tag. They’re planning different bottles and aromas for plenty of distinct destinations, so if your favorite spot is New York, Tokyo, London, or Paris they will have you covered.
We don’t know when you need to buy a gift for that special someone in your life, but if she loves travel we’ve got a suggestion for you—perfume. Sure it’s something that’s not really easily transported through the security line at the airport, but once you check this out you’ll overlook the irony.
The Scent of Departure is a new line of perfumes—and perfume bottles—scheduled to arrive at some point this month. The bottles are designed with airline checked baggage tags in mind, so you’re able to pick up something that corresponds with your favorite airport, departure, or arrival. Hong Kong, Bali, Paris, Los Angeles, and many more are all options. Each should have its own scent and style to remind you of why you love this place or that place.
It’s not available just yet, but it does look like things are scheduled to land as soon as this month. We’ve heard that pricing should run around $45 or so per bottle, so it’s definitely pretty affordable. It’s certainly something we’d buy and we think it’s pretty darn clever. Our only complaint—at least until we get to take a sniff—is that we weren’t creative enough to think of it first!
[Photo: Official Site]
[Photo: Official Site]