Happy Sunday to all of our travel friends, both near and far! Here are some articles we’ve read from other bloggers (and other sources) that we think you may like, as well, so we’re passing them along.
It’s happened to everyone at some point. You arrive in Austin on American Airlines, while your checked luggage arrives in Boise (that really did happen to us, several years ago. They got the bag to us about 12 hours later). Or you arrive at JFK on United and your 4-wheeled bag now has 3 wheels…or a rip…or a dent (that happened to me too, 20+ years ago). Or you arrive in San Francisco on SouthWest and your bag just…disappears. Forever (Well, eventually they’ll find it, but if they can’t figure out who it belongs to, like if your luggage tag broke off and there’s no airline sticker on the bag, it’ll eventually wind up at this place. You don’t want it to go there.).
As it turns out, there is a group paying attention to, not only how often peoples’ bags are lost, misdirected or damaged, but also which airlines do the most and least amounts of losing, misdirecting and damaging. Of course, trying to figure out the U.S. Dep’t of Transportations’ info is like searching for a needle in a haystack, but luckily another group has done the hard work for us.
Have you ever had an extended layover where you have the opportunity to go visit a city for a few hours? We did, when we purposely planned a several-hour stopover in Dublin so we could have lunch at one of our favorite restaurants in the world. We lucked out in that were were lockers available at Dublin Airport but sometimes there aren’t. Or maybe you’ve checked out of your Airbnb and there aren’t any places to store your stuff for a few hours before you’re ready to go on your way.
As they say, necessity is the mother of all invention, and an entrepreneur named Jannik Lawaetz has developed a system for you to safely leave your luggage for a few hours, paying by the hour.
It’s happened to a lot of people – they bring their carry on onto the plane and when they try to put it into the overheard compartment, it doesn’t fit. So they have to take the walk of shame back to the gate so they can gate check their bag. For others, you have a crabby gate attendant who insists your bag won’t fit in the overheard, even though you know darn well that it will (this one happened to me. Eventually, I won). Either way, if you have to gate check a bag that you weren’t planning on checking, you run the risk of their breaking your stuff in it that you packed with the idea that YOU were going to handle it, instead not them (that one happened to me, too. It ended with my vacuuming shards out of my suitcase).
But travel search engine KAYAK may have invented the solution for this problem, utilizing augmented reality (AR), with an app that measures your bag before you board, which can then be compared to the exact size requirements of your plane. Take a look at how it works:
If you’re in the market for a carry on suitcase, you have just about a bajillion options to choose from. But if you do a search for the most “perfect” bag, your choices are narrowed quite a bit.
Away is a newer brand of luggage and they say their bags are “perfect.” What’s so perfect about them? Well, this is what they tout: