What is it: The O.M.G. (Overnight and Medium Gym Bag) from Lo & Sons
Price and Where to Buy: $275, available online at loandsons.com
When it comes to finding the right travel gear, the suitcase is the easy part. For women, it can be surprisingly difficult to find a single purse that can function as a carry-on (one that protects electronics, can zip close so items won’t fall out, and be big enough to hold those carry-on necessities) and a day bag that's stylish enough to help you blend with sophisticated locals. The Lo & Sons O.M.G. Bag rises to the challenge, and with only a few minor drawbacks, succeeds rather nicely. ... read more»
Southwest's new logo and aircraft livery, unveiled today, are a bit more than a simple refresh, and a bit less than a ground-up redesign.
The logo is the biggest change, jettisoning the winged heart and company logotype in favor of a simple heart shape trisected diagonally by the airline's new trifecta of corporate colors. Another version pairs the new heart with "Southwest." ... read more»
Enter the ShermansTravel "Culinary Trip to L.A." sweepstakes by September 26, 2014, for a chance to win the grand prize: a three-night trip to Los Angeles for two, including air, hotel, and a $300 gift card redeemable at restaurants participating in dineL.A.'s Restaurant Week. (Trip must be completed during dineL.A., which runs between January 19 and February 1, 2015.)
To enter, provide the requested information on the sweepstakes landing page and press "Submit." Done! Time required to participate: less than 15 seconds. ... read more»
In this age of bag fees and cramped planes, the goal whenever you pack is to include the fewest number of items possible and find a way to fit it all into a single carry-on bag. This task is especially challenging when you're packing for multiple climates. Your best bet, then, is to bring clothes and gear that pull double duty, so the items you pack come in handy for more than one scenario. ... read more»
Following is our regular summary of the latest travel news and best frequent traveler promotions reviewed during the past week.
If it was a good deal—or a notably bad deal—from an airline, hotel, or car rental loyalty program, you can read all about it here, and plan your travel accordingly.
The current heated debate about seat reclining miscasts the villains as either the recliners or those seated behind them. The real culprit is the airlines themselves. ... read more»
In the course of just over one week, three U.S. flights were diverted due to altercations between those who would recline their seats and those who took exception to having their scant personal space further diminished. Let's call them the recliners and the reclinees.
The fights sparked shrill debates in the major media, in the blogosphere, around the company water cooler, everywhere.
The recliners and their supporters rest their case on their right, bought and paid for with their tickets, to take advantage of whatever few comfort-enhancing features their coach seats come with.
The reclinees and their sympathizers counter that the pushed-back seatbacks constitute an unreasonable degradation of what precious little comfort can be had in coach class.
Then there's the side argument regarding Knee Defender, the clever device that, clipped to a seat tray, locks a seatback in the full upright position. Should the devices be banned, as they are by some airlines, or sold at the boarding gate?
So many raised voices, so much finger-pointing, so much anger.
And most of it is misdirected. ... read more»
Those leaked photos of naked celebrities that went viral over the Labor Day weekend?
Spirit, which has an unrivaled history of bad-taste marketing, apparently just couldn't resist the temptation to tie its Bare Fare program to the criminal loss of privacy suffered by Jennifer Lawrence, Kate Upton, and others.
Yesterday, Spirit mass emailed a marketing missive making none-too-subtle reference to the recent photo hack. The copy reads, in part:
"Our bare fare was hacked. We feel naked; you were never supposed to see this Bare Fare! It was meant for a special someone (who isn't you). Now it's all over the Internet for you to take advantage of as you see fit... We thought the cloud was our friend, y'know, because we spend so much time flying with 'em. But now our private prices are on display!" ... read more»
This story originally appeared on Yahoo! Travel.
Women now make up nearly half of all business travelers in the United States and abroad, and most of them are solo travelers. So it's no surprise that in recent years, more hotels have been clamoring to offer services catering to women's needs and preferences.
While some road warriors applaud the extra touches—from smaller slippers and padded hangers to entire floors set aside for female guests (complete with female staff)—there are others who take offense to the notion of women receiving different treatment (especially when it comes to the mildly patronizing touches of floral decor or the latest issue of Cosmopolitan). Some might also argue that prohibiting men from certain rooms or services is flat-out discriminatory or that it might open the door for other forms of separate treatment—after all, men-only floors would generate a lot of controversy. ... read more»