Which Travel Luxuries Are Worth Paying For?
Every traveler has their own priorities and their own idea of which “travel splurges” are worth their money. For some, that might be spa visits or hotel upgrades. For me, the most important travel luxury is travel itself. But those items that keep me comfortable, ensure that my vacation goes smoothly, and preserve my trip memories for years to come rank very high on my list.
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A Good Laptop Bag
For me, my laptop has to go with me. I take a ton of pictures on my trips so having a place to dump them is important to me. These two bags are TSA regulated and have plenty of room for your laptop and many other things to count as one of your carry-on items. They are also very durable, as my laptop is heavy (gaming edition).
Am I willing to shell out an extra $2,000 to fly in business class? Umm no. But if I have a choice between a connecting flight or a nonstop, I’ll pay an extra hundred or two to get where I’m going more quickly. Airport connections add stress and uncertainty to a trip, and my time is worth that extra fee.
High-Quality Hiking Boots
It doesn’t matter how stunning a landscape you’re hiking through; if your feet hurt, you’re not going to enjoy it. High-quality hiking boots are pricey, but they’re also built to last. Look for options with good arch support and a waterproof coating; I prefer a higher-cut boot that supports my ankles as well.
About five years ago, a U.S. immigration official made a comment on all the stamps as he was checking my passport. When I smiled and said “yeah we love to travel”, he raised his eyebrows.”Why don’t you have Global Entry?” To be honest I had never even heard of this before then.
About a year later I enrolled in the program, and now every time I step into an expedited security lane or bypass a snaking immigration line after a long international flight, I consider it the best $100 I ever spent. (Membership lasts five years.) Even better, some travelers may be able to get Global Entry for free.
Just one hike in the rain will make you wish you had splurged on that “waterproof” gear. There is a big difference between waterproof and water resistant. Make sure (if you are going to spend the extra) you read the labels. It is also a good idea to be checking the weight of the rain gear. Just because it is raining, doesn’t mean it is cold.
A Beautiful Travel Journal
Again nerd alert. I do love to write (obviously) but I am not going to stop my vacation to blog. I keep a travel journal so I can look back for blog posts and also reminisce. Reliving those memories can be just as great as the original trip (well maybe not quite but you get my point).
A Versatile Coat
Unless you only go to the beach or tropics, you will need a coat. As I have said in other posts, you need to be selective with what you pack. Having a jacket that can do double duty is the way to go here. While these coats aren’t cheap, the price is easier to stomach when you remind yourself that you’re basically getting three jackets in one. Not to mention, this is just about the only coat you will need for all your travels. Unless you are going to Iceland (or skiing in Colorado).
Which travel luxuries are most important to you?