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What Is the Best Size Luggage for International Travel?

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In most cases, finding the perfect luggage to take on your trip abroad is the same as finding the best luggage to bring on your local escapades. You’ll want a bag that looks nice, is well constructed, functions smoothly, and is just the right size.

As great as these descriptions are, the real question your bag has to be able to answer is this: Will it be fit for the kind of trip you’re taking?

Take note that a couple of months trekking through a dense South American jungle will entail a very different luggage requirement than a week-long jaunt in one of the European capitals.

While luggage size usually matters when traveling across national borders, it isn’t the be-all-and-end-all consideration of your trips abroad. What you’ll want to focus on is your purpose, so you can get a bag that can be maneuvered easily through any situation and has enough space for souvenirs.

Let’s go over some options.

The Best Luggage for International Travel

The manner in which we travel domestically or internationally differs in quite a few ways. Depending on your purpose, you could either be traveling alone or with family. Sometimes, you’ll be preparing for short trips; other times, you’d go on long ones. Then, there are instances when you have to fly to multiple destinations.

What type of luggage is appropriate for each of these occasions? Let’s check them out.

1. The Bag for Your First International Travel

If it’s your first time flying to another country, you’ll want to pack lightly in a carry-on that has great maneuverability. Go for a bag that’s compact, has a carry-on-friendly size, and has conveniently-placed zippers, pockets, and compartments.

The Helium Aero by Delsey certainly fits this description to a T. While its hard sides may sometimes remove from the bag’s long-term durability, it will keep souvenirs safe just as well as the lock-in zippers. It comes in a checked version that can fit everything you think you might need on your first trip abroad and an expandable carry-on version meant for light packers.

2. Luggage for International Family Travel

Wouldn’t it be awesome if the entire family had matching bags? A long-time favorite brand of frequent flyers is Samsonite. It boasts an extensive luggage line that offers quality builds in a range of designs, colors, and sizes. This is so you will always find something that suits your personal style.

3. Luggage for Short Trips

Those who plan to go off on a short jaunt to some dream destination and still want to look stylish are going to need a specific bag to do the trick. In this case, you’ll want to go for some of the smaller carry-ons from Arlo Skye.

This brand has products with excellent durability and double lock closures that keep your belongings secure. Some models even come with a built-in battery pack for charging laptops and other gadgets.

4. Bags for Multiple Destinations

If nothing short of globetrotting is going to satisfy you, then a backpack is your best bet for a comfortable travel experience. You can use it to navigate the maze of buses, trains, and planes more efficiently.

Many frequent travelers swear by Osprey, particularly the Farpoint or Fairview model, which is great for female backpackers. These bags open in the front area, instead of the top, for optimal accessibility. They also come with their own detachable daypack and a lifetime warranty.

You can choose between the 40-, 55-, and 70-liter models, depending on how light or heavy you pack. Take note that opting for the 70-liter version usually means you can’t use it as a carry-on.

5. Bags for Adventure Expeditions

If, at any point during your journey, you expect your bag to be strapped to the base of a raft or on top of a jeep, then you’ll want to go for a carry-on duffle. The Patagonia Black Home is an excellent luggage candidate for this type of journey because of its 30- to 120-liter version range.

With this bag, you don’t have to worry about organizational features getting in the way of your gear space. It also has a solid enough exterior construction so that you can drag it through the roughest conditions without breaking it.

If you’re off to one of your adventures and don’t feel like hauling this bag on your shoulders, you can get the wheeled-duffle version this luggage also comes in.

Conclusion

At the end of the day, size alone isn’t enough to determine what bag should go with you on your trip abroad. There’s usually a range of specifications that come into play, depending on the purpose of your trip and how you like to travel.

To be sure you take the right travel bag on your international journey, go over the best possible options. Do your research by consulting travel experts and reading luggage reviews by the Handy Travel Mates and other reliable websites.

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Would you dare baptism in the Devil’s Bathtub?

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Close my eyes and count to three as I anticipate to dive into the deep, ice cold pool of water – The Devil’s Bathtub, located in Southwest Virginia. Jumping in is not recommended for the faint of heart. I stare into the aquamarine abyss and question the life choices that led me to this.

Deciding if I have the courage to jump into the Devil’s Bathtub. Photo by Maddie Luchsinger.

The Devil’s Bathtub is a place that no person can stay for very long – it is wicked in the way its cold can take the breath away of the people who dare to jump in. It is the type of cold that sucks the breath right out of your lungs and frightens every skin cell of your body. It is a bathtub-sized pool that is, perhaps, 25 feet deep, full of the fresh spring water falling off the mountains. You’ve hiked 2.5 miles up a mountains, crossing a river 17 times. Your muscles are sore. So jump into the Devil’s Bathtub and find out what happens when you dunk them in ice.

After I was baptized by the Devil in southwest Virginia, I felt cold for days. It was a deeply guttural coldness, like I was thawing slowly from the inside out.

Swimming in the Devil's BathtubPhoto by Maddie Luchsinger

In all the time I’ve spent exploring the world, there are only one of a handful of times I can remember being this cold – in the middle of the night, camping in the desert in North Central Mexico. I was there on a church trip, to build houses in the slums of Tijuana. This was something the church of my youth did a lot in the 1990s/2000s – took groups to do manual labor rural parts of Mexico. That year, in the desert of Baja California, El Nino brought on exceptional rains that flooded our campsite and soaked my belongings. The temperatures at night would reach just above freezing, and the lumber that kept our campfires roaring was wet and ineffective. I have this memory of huddling around the dwindling embers of a dying campfire, desperate to get warm, under a deep sea of stars. I remember feeling like I would never feel warm again.

The second time I’ve felt that cold was whitewater rafting the Upper Youghegheny River in Upper Pennsylvania in the early spring. My group spent the entire weekend camping in a pouring rainstorm, on 50 degree days, and then rafted a flood-stage river of class IV-V rapids. I fell out twice, and swam down a class IV+ rapid called the Meat Cleaver. I remember feeling cold for days after, and vowing to never go whitewater rafting again.

When I jumped into the Devil’s Bathtub, these were the memories that came flooding in. This was a uniquely painful kind of cold. And the thing that was so devilish about it – it was an enjoyable pain.

Maybe I’ve cursed myself, jumping into the Devil’s Bathtub. but in 2020, who can tell the difference?

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Devil's Bathtub Trailhead Duffield VAPhoto by Maddie Luchsinger


How to find the Devil’s Bathtub


At the end of Highway 619 just outside of Duffield, Virginia. Duffield is located less than 2 hours from Knoxville, about an hour North of Kingston, Tennessee.

This is a popular hike with an established parking lot at the trailhead. Hikers can choose to go left when the trailhead splits for a 4 mile roundtrip journey to the Devil’s Bathtub, or take a right for a 7-mile loop through the mountains. The trail is clearly marked with a yellow square tag.

Plan for the trail to take an hour per mile, and wear shoes that can get wet. You have to hike across a river 17 times, and you are almost certain to get wet. There are a few areas of treacherous terrain and sharp drops, so keep an eye on young children and dogs at all times.

The hike can be found near Duffield, Virginia, about an hour north of Kingston, TN. I recommend camping at Natural Tunnel State Park, less than an hour away. NTSP has a well maintained and safe campground, good for car campers or RV tows.

Natural Tunnel is a rock formation that has naturally formed in the mountains, created a naturally carved train tunnel. The park offers a fun chairlift to the bottom, a fun activity for families or tired hikers.

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Published Date: Wed, 23 Sep 2020 16:15:00 +0000

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Rediscover the San Juan Islands: Adventure-seekers will love this Northwest destination.

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The journey starts with either a ferry or a floatplane—there are no bridges to the San Juans Islands. Leave stress behind as you board in Anacortes and set sail on the marine segment of the San Juan Islands Scenic Byway. You can relax, you’re on island time now.

The San Juan archipelago in Washington State is nestled between three great cities for visitors – Seattle, Vancouver B.C., and Victoria B.C., surrounded by the Salish Sea. Of the 172 named islands in the San Juans, three of them – Lopez, Orcas, and San Juan – have accommodations, attractions, and amenities for visitors.

The archipelago is blessed with a temperate marine climate and life in the “rain shadow” of the Olympic Mountains means an average of 247 days with sunshine annually and about half the rainfall of the Seattle area. San Juan County has more than 400 miles of shoreline punctuated by rocks, bluffs and beaches.

The arts, historic preservation and environmental stewardship flourish in the Islands. San Juan County is considered an “Arts Hot Spot” by the Washington State Arts Commission for the number of artists and galleries in the islands. It is also the first county in the USA to be designated a voluntary “Leave No Trace” area. Friday Harbor on San Juan Island, the archipelago’s only incorporated town, was named a Destination of Distinction by the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

No matter your style of vacation, you’re bound to find it in the San Juan Islands. For nature enthusiasts, there’s world-class wildlife watching including orcas, humpback whales, bald eagles, Steller sea lions, and red foxes. And there’s a variety of ways to see it: along a network of waterfront hiking trails, from shoreline parks, from tour boats and private vessels.

For adventure seekers, beautiful landscapes and a calm inland sea make the San Juans a prime sea kayaking spot. Paddle your own kayak or set out with one of the many knowledgeable kayaking outfitters on San Juan, Orcas, or Lopez Island for three-hour to three-day tours.

For foodies, find quality local products, and experience the sense of community shared by island chefs, growers, winemakers, distillers, brewers, and other agricultural artisans. Some local farms even offer stays for guests who want to get up close and personal to the islands’ bounty.

If art’s your thing, you’ll find a gem in the San Juan Islands Museum of Art, with three to four first class exhibitions a year. The San Juan Islands Sculpture Park at 20-acres is one of the largest outdoor sculpture parks in the Pacific Northwest.

Humpback calf ‘Slate’ breaching by Jeff Friedman

Find variety, beauty, serenity … day after amazing day.

As we navigate the effects of the coronavirus pandemic, we are following the guidelines set by the Washington State Department of Health and Governor Inslee’s office. San Juan County is currently in a modified Phase 2 of Inslee’s “Safe Start” plan. Accommodations are open at 100%, and restaurants vary between curbside pickup, delivery, and limited indoor and outdoor seating. Face coverings are required to enter all businesses and public spaces.


Editor’s Note: we are working with local tourism boards to highlight destinations that are ready for tourists. Given the ever-evolving situation on COVID-19, please make sure you check the tourism website for the most up-to-date planning information.

From Nature to Nurture the San Juan Islands provide inspiration for the senses (www.visitsanjuans.com).

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Published Date: Tue, 22 Sep 2020 15:18:00 +0000

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This interactive map shows where you can (or can’t) travel in the US

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In an effort to make traveling easier, United Airlines has developed an interactive map tool that allows customers to filter and view destinations’ COVID-19-related travel restrictions in the US. The Destination Travel Guide provides a color-coded map to highlight if a destination is closed, partially open or fully open for travel, and notes if tests or self-quarantining are required for travel.

The guide currently highlights travel restrictions and leisure offerings in the US by state, and will expand to include all international destinations the airline serves in the coming weeks. Users can click on each state to view local regulations and travel guidances, and there is also the option to filter the map by state to view specific information on each destination. This information includes the medical certificate needed, such as a negative COVID-19 test, physical distancing measures and whether wearing a mask in public is required. It also outlines the visitor accommodation, restaurants, bars and cafés, museum and heritage sites and non-essential shops that are open.

The interactive map tool that allows customers to filter and view destinations © United Airlines

“We know it’s a challenge to keep up with the ever-changing list of travel restrictions, policies and regulations so we are offering a simple, easy tool that helps customers decide where to travel next,” said Linda Jojo, executive vice president for technology and chief digital officer. “By providing the most up-to-date information on the destinations we serve, customers can compare and shop for travel with greater confidence and help them find the destinations that best fit their preferences.

Check out the new interactive map tool on United.com here or on the United mobile app.

Lockdowns are easing globally as the planet adjusts to a new normal. Find out how COVID-19 is changing travel.

Title: This interactive map shows where you can (or can’t) travel in the US
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Published Date: Thu, 10 Sep 2020 15:36:58 +0000

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