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37 Quotes That Will Make You Want to Travel

Posted by Becky Tannar on Fri, Jan 17, 2014 @ 07:29 AM

37 quotes that will make you want to travel


Be a Traveler, not a Tourist

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Carry-on Combo Wins Customer Satisfaction

Posted by Becky Tannar on Tue, Jan 14, 2014 @ 01:53 PM

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I was considering reviewing the luggage I was traveling with for my next blog.  But then I realized that one of my pieces was an older model and wouldn’t be an item that we currently sell.  And then something happened in the Minneapolis Airport that changed my mind.  So here it goes.

I try to carry on whenever possible.   I do this for a variety of reasons but my biggest reason is that I am trying to get myself  to realize that I don’t need nearly as much as I think I do when I travel.  And if I am at a place that I can use hairdryers, and laundry facilities this works out well for me. 

My standard carry on combo is the Briggs & Riley 20” wide body carry on suitcase with a Briggs & Riley shopping tote.  The suitcase goes overhead while my tote bag slides under the seat in front of me.   The shopping tote easily slides over the uprod of the suitcase so when running from gate to gate I am not worrying about anything falling off my shoulders. 

This past weekend I was traveling through The Minneapolis Airport.  After I rushed to my gate to catch my connecting flight back to Boston I felt a tap on my shoulder.  A woman who looked quite familiar to me said “Oh my Goodness! You really do use it!”  At first I was a little thrown and wasn’t sure how to respond, until she showed me her Briggs & Riley rolling carry on with the same tote bag as mine.  She then exclaimed “You sold this to me!  I LOVE it!  This is the best combination ever!”  So after a little chit chat and having to board the plane we I got to thinking that it would be great to talk about this.  Yes, the luggage is fantastic, and I love using it.  What I really felt great about was that a recommendation that was made to customer was not only purchased, but well used and greatly appreciated.  The goal here is get people into the luggage that is best for them.   It's good to know that actaully happens!     

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Less is more according to 2013 Travel Survey

Posted by John Ebb on Wed, Jul 24, 2013 @ 10:44 AM


Less is more according to 2013 Travel Survey

Reducing baggage fees and is still the most important factors according to’s 2013 travel survey. released the results of its annual travel survey and the outcome clearly shows that travelers continue to search for ways to lower baggage charges.

According to the survey, 72% of the responders stated that baggage fees were an important factor when they selected an airline. Travelers are packing lighter as well. When planning for a weeklong vacation, 52% mentioned that they would only pack one bag ranging from 15-25lbs.

Luggage consumers are undoubtedly looking towards convenience and portability over style. The survey showed that 68% of consumers choose Lightweight luggage wheeled luggage over a particular recognizable brand or luggage that comes with additional conveniences such as easy to identify colors, hard case or luggage with warranties.

Two wheeled luggage is still the preferred carry on however 40% of responders preferred four wheeled spinner luggage. This was a significant increase over the 2012 survey.

One of the most intriguing items the survey uncovered was the use of TSA approved locks where 53% of responders utilize this. Surprisingly, 41% use no locks at all.

John Ebb, CEO of adds, “We have been outfitting travelers since 1951 and the change in travel is exciting every year. In the coming year we shall see more exciting and imaginative ways to travel. These are still on the drawing board, but we have spoken to the designers and are giving us glimpses of new materials and innovative ideas to address customer needs.”


About the Survey

The 2013 travel survey was a polling conducted in May 2013 on a variety of topics. Many of the respondents were frequent travelers and loyal customers of


Brett’s Luggage and Gifts, headquartered in Sudbury, MA, has offered high quality luggage and travel accessories via the Web since 1996. Their annual survey has run since 2010.

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Recycled Travel

Posted by Sam Clark on Wed, Jul 03, 2013 @ 08:00 AM

Can bags be made from recycled materials? Or, perhaps more importantly, can you combine saving the planet with visiting it?

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Picture: Kazmok

Although it’s known to broaden the mind, it’s a concern for some of us that travel is driven by resources that are not everlasting. A company in Holland is making recycled travel bags to help reuse some of those resources, and from an unlikely material. The company, Kazmok, creates great looking and tough travel bags and accessories from - believe it or not - recycled conveyor belts.

There is a weird symmetry to picking up such a bag at the airport luggage claim from a conveyor belt. But more than this, the bags are very green. It’s one of the most responsible things you can do, reusing already made materials to make new products. This technique has recently been dubbed “upcycling”, making new and better products from recycled materials.

Recycling spreads the cost of making the bag and saves the valuable resources that go into producing the original material. Upcycling does this but also adds value and charm to really mundane objects and turns them into something beautiful.

Pure Luggage Genius

It’s a fantastically clever idea, being both green and practical. The original conveyor belts are made of a very tough reinforced rubber for flexibility and strength. To make such a material from scratch is very costly in natural resources, including electricity and the fuel you literally have to burn to get that.

Stylish conveyor belt bags and cases

Photo: Kazmok

Once the belts have worked their useful life disposing of them is costly, and the belts are not biodegradable. So what do you do? Kazmok’s innovative solution solves both problems at once, hand making what could be costly and environmentally inconvenient trash into something beautiful and useful. The scars and blemishes the belts earned during their working life aren't flaws. Instead, they mean that each bag is unique, an original.

The belts which are made into these great bags are sourced from many places; the flower industry, the postal service and distribution and trucking companies. Also, in another twist, some are even sourced from the recycling industry itself. Supposedly there is some symbolism in the ideas about our throwaway society, but the fact is the bags are good looking and sturdy additions to any traveler’s luggage rack.

Upcycled Travel Goods

We’ve all heard about recycling, and that’s what you think of when talking about a greener lifestyle, but what about upcycling? How can it provide you with greener alternatives to practical products?

Upcycled products can be not only practical but also beautiful. On the practical side you have the Alchemy Goods messenger bag made from recycled bike tires. This originated when the inventor Eli Reich had his messenger bag stolen and he needed a replacement. His solution was unusual - he made a new bag by opening up old tire inner tubes and sewing them together into a new bag.

Alchemy Goods from Chris McElroy on Vimeo.

It wasn’t his intention to start a company, but he discovered that people loved both the bags and the idea that something good looking and hard wearing could also be a recycled product. Now the company has branched out into other travel necessities like passport holders, wash bags and a range of device cases.

Upcycled Life

Fashion range in an upcycled fastion store

Photo: Heather

If you find yourself in Berlin you can buy even more upcycled travel goods. German upcycled  fashion store Aluc was the brainchild of Berlin residents Carina Bischof, Arienna Nicoletti, Luise Barsch and Jonathan Leupert. The idea was to make true fashion from recycled materials, and to involve respected designers in the process.

The clothes and accessories they make are stylish, surprising and as with all upcycled items, bear unique physical scars and quirks from their previous life. All upcycled products are hand made, by necessity, and so are always custom built and individual.

When you are next in Berlin and you want to browse the store, it can be found at 17 Anklamer Strasse.

 Upcycled bags and accessories

Photo: HeatherS 

Being Green in Comfort

There is a school of thought that says in order to be green and socially responsible you have to suffer. Recycling is perceived as a money saving exercise, a chore and not really a process that can be enjoyed. But it’s possible to live very well, surrounded by beautiful things and still be using the Earths resources wisely.

With the help of clever designers and inventors we can all use attractive but practical, super hardwearing travel goods and clothing that really do give something back.

Further Reading

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Bretts Luggage & Gifts 60th Anniversary Celebration October 15 and 16

Posted by Laura Pinter on Thu, Oct 13, 2011 @ 08:44 AM

Bretts Luggage and Gifts, the parent company behind, will celebrate 60 years in business this weekend, on October 15 and 16. The Boston-based retail store began operation at Shopper's World mall in 1951, and is now located on Boston Post Road in Sudbury, Mass. In 1995, Bretts launched, selling luggage and travel accessories worldwide.

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There will special promotions, giveaways and more for in-store customers. Festivities include a balloon pop promotion that gives shoppers surprise discounts once they’re ready to check out. Also, some of Bretts' lucky customers will have the chance to win special travel prizes from top travel brands such as Briggs & Riley, Victorinox, Hartmann, Brighton, Zero Halliburton, Delsey, Timbuk2, Case Logic, Johnston & Murphy and more!

The staff at Bretts welcomes customers and guests to join in the celebration at 435 Boston Post Road on October 15 and 16, and check out Bretts Facebook page. Promotions and giveaways are only valid in-store, so if you’re in the Boston area, come join the party!


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1 Comments Click here to read/write comments's Luggage Report Strategy Featured in MarketingSherpa

Posted by Natalie Farinacci on Thu, Jul 08, 2010 @ 02:50 PM

MarketingSherpa,Marketing Sherpa Logo a research firm covering marketing case studies, tips, survey statistics and interviews on its website and enewsletter, has featured's John Ebb and the marketing strategy and tactics behind the 2010 Consumer Luggage Report.

Published July 8, 2010, the How To article, Combining Email, Search, Social and PR for a Content Marketing Campaign: 6 Tactics to Generate Surge in Visitor Traffic, reveals the strategic marketing approach took to engaging its audience through email, search, PR, social media and content marketing.

You can read the full article here.

1 Comments Click here to read/write comments's Becky Tannar Guest Blogs for Heli-Ski Blog

Posted by Natalie Farinacci on Tue, May 25, 2010 @ 02:30 PM

Heli-Ski helicopter image Check out the guest blog post by Becky Tannar, a contributor and blogger for, and Bretts Luggage & Gifts' store manager, on The Heli-Ski Blog: Luggage Advice for your Heliskiing Trip.

Becky offers heli-skiers and adventure travelers expert advice when preparing to travel to the mountains with luggage and equipment. The four tips are based on Becky's experience working in luggage retail and the importance of having your luggage arrive safely and on time for your next trip.

The Heli-Ski Blog is the official blog of Canadian Mountain Holidays Heli-Skiing/ Summer Adventures.

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LL&A Magazine Features 2010 Consumer Luggage Report

Posted by Natalie Farinacci on Fri, Apr 09, 2010 @ 01:00 PM
LL&A Magazine Cover for Spring 2010The Spring 2010 issue of Luggage Leathergoods and Accessories (LL&A) Magazine, a Canadian publication that covers travel, business and fashion accessories, has featured a story on’s 2010 Consumer Luggage Report and John Ebb, CEO of, in “2010 Consumer Luggage Report”.

The article summarizes the report's key findings and John Ebb’s perspective on the changes in consumer buying behavior.  John Ebb also provided his insight on the upcoming trends in luggage, including lighter luggage, the new luggage-locking systems and motorized luggage.

You can read the full article here.

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HC2 Eagle Creek Collection = Less Stress and Worry for You

Posted by Becky Tannar on Mon, Feb 22, 2010 @ 04:28 PM

HC2 by Eagle Creek

Backed by its No-Matter-What-Warranty, the new HC2 line by Eagle Creek is a light delight for travelers!

H2C Eagle Creek luggageRecently debuted, this collection is rapidly becoming a top seller in both our online and brick & mortar locations. The design is simple and works beautifully with the Eagle Creek pack-it accessories. 

The new HC2 Eagle Creek collection is a sharp, sophisticated line that combines stylish design and modernized colors with function and durability. 

The collection features 2 styles: The Hovercraft style, designed like a traditional suitcase, and the Load Warrior style, which is a duffel-bag style. In addition to the traditional sizes, Eagle Creek has ingeniously added the hottest new sizes in luggage: A 20-inch widebody and a rolling carry-on garment bag! Not surprising from those clever folks over at Eagle Creek!  

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The HC2 collection features wheels that are rugged (yet smooth rolling) and perfect for traveling anywhere from remote locations off the beaten path to Neapolitan cobbled streets. 

What is even more enticing? The 22-inch carry-on weighs in at 7 lbs, 6 oz and the largest piece in this collection weighs in at a mere 9 lbs 6oz. With luggage this light you can bring home almost all the souvenirs you want!

0 Comments Click here to read/write comments’s John Ebb Is Featured on Taking Off Travel Blog

Posted by Lyndsey Walker on Thu, Feb 11, 2010 @ 10:30 AM
Luggage trendsJohn Ebb, CEO of, talks with blogger, Sharon Hurley Hall of the Taking Off Travel blog, to discuss the 2010 Consumer Luggage Report key findings, especially as they relate to business travel.

“Luggage Trends — Interview with John Ebb of”
By Sharon Hurley Hall
Taking Off
Feb. 11, 2010

The post discusses business travel behavior due to increased baggage fees, and security regulations and guidelines, as well as luggage trends in terms of styles, materials and innovation.

You can read the full post here.

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