Here’s to Christopher Columbus…and a day off for many folks on Monday!
Ol’ Chris was one of the first world travelers. In all, he made four voyages to the new world in his search for a new route to India and China. Thanks to his discovery of the West Indies, today we enjoy Caribbean cruises and the unique gift of lazing on the beaches of Aruba, Jamaica and Kokomo.
We’re thankful that world travel today is so much easier than it was in the 15th century. Worries about tarmac delays and excess baggage fees seem trivial compared to the difficulties new-world explorers encountered. For your next trip, or for unique gift ideas for a traveler in your life, we have some suggestions to make your journey even easier.
Looking to avoid baggage fees? The world’s lightest four-wheeled spinning carry-on tips the scales at a mere four pounds, 66% less than most 20-inch bags. A Hammacher Schlemmer exclusive, it’s effortless to hoist into an overhead bin and won’t contribute to weight limits imposed on carry-ons by many international airlines. Rugged construction and aluminum and fiberglass reinforcements ensure long-lasting durability.
Here’s another easy-to-handle carry-on available only from Hammacher Schlemmer that brings a higher level of organization to your packing. The supple leather bag features accessible pockets, a large lined inner compartment, and tiered sleeves that keep tickets and credit cards at the ready. Padding protects your tablet and other electronics.
One obstacle Columbus never faced was the need for a different plug adapter for every country on his travels. This palm-sized device provides an adapter for 150 countries worldwide. Five different foldout plugs are compatible with most outlets across the globe. It also has two USB ports for charging smartphones and tablets.
For cross-country drivers—or those making a day trip to the city and all its crazy traffic—this two-directional in-car video camera captures the road ahead, behind, or even to the sides. The camera suctions to your dash or windshield and makes a cyclic 90-minute audio and video recording of each trip, automatically recording over old footage that wasn’t expressly saved. Video can help relive a memorable trip, or provide an “eye-witness view” following a traffic accident…a problem Columbus never had to face.
Interestingly enough, Columbus never set foot on mainland North America. Nevertheless, we celebrate the spirit of adventure he and other explorers carried, and the unique gifts of travel dreams so many of us have today.