The Last Carry On You’ll Ever Own

Kenny Totten

Kenny Totten

Posted on December 4, 2017

Every globetrotter and frequent traveler understands the value of quality luggage. Poorly made and performing luggage can make the already burdensome walk from Gate D2 to A1 in Atlanta seem downright treacherous.

About a year ago, I took a chance on a new luggage company called AWAY.  Their content caught my eye on social media and I dipped into their website to see what AWAY was all about.

3 days later, I purchased the “Bigger Carry-On,” (they don’t get points for a creative name). I was immediately impressed with the sleek design and hard outside shell. The bag was incredibly light but also structurally sound.

AWAY makes packing and organizing a breeze, the two compartments help keep all packed items quickly accessible. Rolling a full suitcase around is effortless, as you should expect to enjoy a very smooth roll whether on 2 wheels or 4.

By far my favorite feature, and the one that has saved the day multiple times, is the built-in electronics charger.

That’s right, this bag can charge up to two cell phones at the same time! All of my friends get a kick out of it. That feature has saved the day on multiple occasions.

I was a little bummed to learn that many airlines are banning “smart-bags” because of associated dangers lithium batteries carry. However, the built in battery is quickly removable should TSA give you any trouble.

At $245 for the larger carry-on makes an AWAY suitecase an easy investment for a frequent traveler.

Note: We receive no commission and have zero affiliation with AWAY. We just really like their bags!

Travel Tuesday, Score Great Deals on Cheap Airfare!

Kenny Totten

Kenny Totten

Posted on November 27, 2017

Black Friday.

Small Business Saturday.

Cyber Monday.

With every company vying for consumer attention, sale fatigue is setting in. And while we have nothing specifically to sell you, we did want to make you aware that right after Cyber Monday, frequent travelers can add Travel Tuesday to holiday purchase cycle.

(And yes, Travel Tuesday is unofficially becoming a “thing”).

According to the travel app Hopper (which predicts airfare prices), the best day of the year to purchase airfare is the Tuesday after Thanksgiving!

Should you be looking for low published rates, be sure to wake up early on Tuesday, November 28– as best time to score an awesome rate is usually between 6:30am- 9:30am EST.

Deals will likely include flights to Central and South America in the $300-$400 range, flights to the U.K. and Europe in the $600-800s, and even more cities as well as many in Asia for $600 to $750.

Domestically, the legacy airlines aren’t as inclined to offer low prices, as they operate on smaller margins. Travelers should expect domestic round trips for under $300 (except to Hawaii, but you knew that).

Should you be interested in traveling internationally in the summer and fall of 2018, be sure to sign up for our newest venture, CloudClub.

In the Spring of 2018, we will be launching a new travel company that takes users’ collective interested and creates pre-constructed trips for up to 40% published rates– internally, we explain it like Groupon, but for international travel! 

You can sign up to get free alerts prior to the platform’s launch by clicking here.

CloudClub will be offering some amazing fares to Europe:

Orlando to Rome: $839
Washington DC to Paris: $815
Dallas to Athens: $950

For more information on future discounted international flight options, be sure to check out CloudClub’s teaser site!

 

US Bound Travelers Face New Security Restrictions Tomorrow

Kenny Totten

Kenny Totten

Posted on October 26, 2017

Should you be traveling in the future, be sure to get to the airport 30-60 minutes earlier then usual. The United States and TSA are unveiling a new wave of security protocols on Thursday.

The new security measures apply to every flight coming into the U.S. from a foreign airport. They include closer inspections of personal electronic devices, beefed up security, and more thorough passenger interviews upon check-in.

Because laptops and tablets are hard to distinguish from an explosive in an x-ray machine, passengers will now have to take anything electronic bigger than a cellphone out of their bag and place it on a bin.

At least two airlines — Air France and Lufthansa — confirmed that they will begin interviewing passengers on select flights tomorrow, with additional routes and other carriers expected to follow suit shortly.

According to multiple airlines, the interviews will be conducted during check-in or at the gate.

The new procedures come as part of an initiative announced in June by then–Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly “raise the global baseline of aviation security.”

Rather than specifically mandating passenger interviews, the Department of Homeland Security and Transportation Security Administration instructed airlines to submit plans that would meet the enhanced passenger screening requirements initiated by Kelly.

Like the electronics screening requirement, the enhanced passenger screening requirements affect 280 airports in 105 countries running about 2,000 flights — with about 325,000 passengers — per day.

Though many airlines opted to do interviews, some may meet the requirements in other ways.

The Kelly initiative came amid a “web of threats to commercial aviation” as terrorists try to smuggle explosives onto jets inside laptops or other electronics, according to the DHS.

“We cannot play international whack-a-mole with each new threat,” Kelly said told reporters in June. “Instead, we must put in place new measures across the board to keep the traveling public safe and make it harder for terrorists to succeed.”

“Security adjustments rooted in legitimate concerns are a fact of life for travelers,” U.S. Travel Association Executive Vice President Jonathan Grella said in a statement today, adding that all changes in security posture should be “clearly communicated,” “continually reassessed” and “tailored to specific vulnerabilities.”

Want to Travel the World for Free? Apply to Your Dream Job.

Kenny Totten

Kenny Totten

Posted on September 13, 2017

Close your eyes and imagine the perfect job.

If you are anything like me, you’ve just pictured sitting on the ledge of your balcony on a summer’s day, overlooking the Mediterranean Sea. It’s the end of your workday, and you have to take one more picture and post to social media before officially “clocking out” and heading to dinner.