• Travel Accessories Hero

    Holiday Gift Guide: 12 Must-Have Travel Accessories

    <br>A quick look through the calendar of Classic Journeys president and founder, Edward Piegza, reveals that he took 52 flights on 23 itineraries to nine countries plus seven cross country trips… in the last 12 months alone. As you might imagine, owning a travel company means traveling quite a bit, and after more than two decades he’s got it down to a science. With the holidays in full-swing, gift givers among us want to know what to get the travel lover on their list. So, we unpacked Edward’s suitcase and found his 12 must-have travel accessories that make life in the air a little less tourist class and a little more of a, dare we say, classic journey. <br><br><b><a href="https://www.travelpro.com/maxlite-5-22-expandable-carry-on-rollaboard" target="_blank">TravelPro Maxlite</a></b><b><a href="https://www.travelpro.com/maxlite-5-22-expandable-carry-on-rollaboard" target="_blank">Roallaboard</a></b><a href="https://www.travelpro.com/maxlite-5-22-expandable-carry-on-rollaboard" target="_blank"><b> Suitcase</b></a><br>The Maxlite® 5 22” Expandable Rollaboard® gives you domestic carry-on convenience in a roomy all-in-one suitcase. Edward says, “The key to success with this bag is the four independent wheels make it so you can roll it standing up anywhere rather than pulling it. That’s a major upgrade over traditional rollerboards.”    <br> <a href="https://www.travelpro.com/maxlite-5-22-expandable-carry-on-rollaboard" target="_blank"><img alt="User-added image" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y1T000002Ein9&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T0000015rwX" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img></a><br><i>Buy here: <a href="https://www.travelpro.com/maxlite-5-22-expandable-carry-on-rollaboard" target="_blank">Travelpro | 129.99</a></i><br><br><b><a href="https://www.apple.com/airpods/" target="_blank">Apple </a></b><b><a href="https://www.apple.com/airpods/" target="_blank">Airpods</a></b><br>“Wires drive me crazy—especially when you’re on the go! They catch on the arms of airplane seats, get stepped on, and wrap themselves into knots, says Edward.” Not only are these wireless headphones compact, but their charging case also holds multiple additional charges for more than 24 hours of listening time.<br><a href="https://www.apple.com/airpods/" target="_blank"><img alt="User-added image" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y1T000002Ein9&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T0000015rwc" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img></a> <br><i>Buy here: <a href="https://www.apple.com/airpods/" target="_blank">Apple | $159</a></i><br><br><b><a href="https://www.patagonia.com/product/stormfront-roll-top-waterproof-pack-45-liters/49226.html" target="_blank">Patagonia Stormfront Roll Top Pack</a></b><br>“I can take this bag everywhere… from longtail boats in the Mekong Delta to South Kensington in London. This pack has just enough space to haul your gear in any environment.” <br><a href="https://www.patagonia.com/product/stormfront-roll-top-waterproof-pack-45-liters/49226.html" target="_blank"><img alt="User-added image" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y1T000002Ein9&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T0000015rwh" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img></a><br><i>Buy here: <a href="https://www.patagonia.com/product/stormfront-roll-top-waterproof-pack-45-liters/49226.html" target="_blank">Patagonia | $149</a></i><br><br><a href="https://flight001.com/contoured-eye-mask/" target="_blank"><b>Flight 001 Contoured Eye Mask</b></a><br>“I don’t like the confining feeling of a mask on my face. This one is slightly raised, so it doesn’t actually touch your eyes, making it more comfortable. It also features wide elastic straps with a Velcro closure for an adjustable fit.”<br><a href="https://flight001.com/contoured-eye-mask/" target="_blank"><img alt="User-added image" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y1T000002Ein9&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T0000015rwm" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img></a><br><i>Buy here: <a href="https://flight001.com/contoured-eye-mask/" target="_blank">Flight 001 | $18</a></i><br> <br><a href="https://www.apple.com/iphone-xs/" target="_blank"><b>iPhone X (specifically for Camera)</b></a><br>“Your best camera is the one you have with on you—which in my case is my iPhone X. The portrait mode has transformed my enjoyment in picture taking and the quality of my shots.”<br><a href="https://www.apple.com/iphone-xs/" target="_blank"><img alt="User-added image" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y1T000002Ein9&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T0000015rxQ" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img></a><br><i>Buy here: <a href="https://www.apple.com/iphone-xs/" target="_blank">Apple | $999</a></i><br><br><a href="https://www.patagonia.com/search/?q=nano%2Bpuff%2Bjacket&amp;lang=en_US&amp;start=0&amp;sz=24#tile-5" target="_blank"><b>Patagonia Nano Puff Jacket</b></a><br>“I enjoy this jacket for many reasons. It folds up super small into my bag—which is a great space saver. Also, it&#39;s very comfortable in a wide range of temperatures.”<br><a href="https://www.patagonia.com/search/?q=nano%2Bpuff%2Bjacket&amp;lang=en_US&amp;start=0&amp;sz=24#tile-5" target="_blank"><img alt="User-added image" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y1T000002Ein9&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T0000015rwr" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img></a> <br><i>Buy here: <a href="https://www.patagonia.com/search/?q=nano%2Bpuff%2Bjacket&amp;lang=en_US&amp;start=0&amp;sz=24#tile-5" target="_blank">Patagonia | $199</a></i><br>[Side note from Edward: “I also recommended all you gentlemen out there to pack a blazer… It makes organizing a breeze and you get extra style points! I like<a href="https://www.thomaspink.com/" target="_blank"> Thomas Pink of London</a>.”]<br><br><a href="https://www.johnstonmurphy.com/toliver-lace-to-toe/12200.html" target="_blank"><b>Johnston &amp; Murphy Toliver Lace-To-Toe sneaker</b></a><br>“When you want something more dressy than a regular sneaker but less fussy than a dress shoe. These sneakers are great while traveling—easy to slip on and off, plus stylish and extremely comfortable. “<br><a href="https://www.johnstonmurphy.com/toliver-lace-to-toe/12200.html" target="_blank"><img alt="User-added image" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y1T000002Ein9&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T0000015rww" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img></a><br><i>Buy here: <a href="https://www.johnstonmurphy.com/toliver-lace-to-toe/12200.html" target="_blank">Johnston &amp; Murphy | $150</a></i><br> <br><a href="https://store.nike.com/us/en_us/pw/nike-free-shoes/9zmZoi3?redirect=true&amp;vst=free&amp;ipp=72" target="_blank"><b>Nike Free Running Shoes</b></a><br>“For days filled with walking and exploring, you can’t go wrong with a pair of Nike Frees.”<br><a href="https://store.nike.com/us/en_us/pw/nike-free-shoes/9zmZoi3?redirect=true&amp;vst=free&amp;ipp=72" target="_blank"><img alt="User-added image" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y1T000002Ein9&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T0000015rx1" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img></a><br><i>Buy here:<a href="https://store.nike.com/us/en_us/pw/nike-free-shoes/9zmZoi3?redirect=true&amp;vst=free&amp;ipp=72" target="_blank"> Nike | ~$100</a></i><br><br><a href="https://shop.lululemon.com/p/men-ls-tops/5-Year-Basic-LS" target="_blank"><b>Lululemon Basic Long Sleeve</b></a><br>“This shirt is lightweight, soft, and durable—perfect for those temperature changes while on board an aircraft.” <br><a href="https://shop.lululemon.com/p/men-ls-tops/5-Year-Basic-LS" target="_blank"><img alt="User-added image" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y1T000002Ein9&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T0000015rx6" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img></a><br><i>Buy here: <a href="https://shop.lululemon.com/p/men-ls-tops/5-Year-Basic-LS" target="_blank">Lululemon | $68</a></i><br><br><a href="https://www.anker.com/store/astro-e1/A1211012" target="_blank"><b>Anker Astro E1 Portable Charger</b></a><br>“This portable charger is the size of a candy bar, making it ultra-compact. It also has optimized charging for any device.”<br><a href="https://www.anker.com/store/astro-e1/A1211012" target="_blank"><img alt="User-added image" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y1T000002Ein9&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T0000015rxB" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img></a><br><i>Buy here: <a href="https://www.anker.com/store/astro-e1/A1211012" target="_blank">Anker | $15.99</a></i><br><br><a href="http://www.purebodynaturals.com/bath-and-body/salt-scrubs/blueberry-facial-scrub" target="_blank"><b>Blueberry Oxygen Facial Scrub</b></a><br>“When you travel your skin feels dry and tired. This blueberry scrub smells great and has a gentle graininess that feels like a mini spa treatment.” <br><a href="http://www.purebodynaturals.com/bath-and-body/salt-scrubs/blueberry-facial-scrub" target="_blank"><img alt="User-added image" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y1T000002Ein9&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T0000015rxG" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img></a><br><i>Buy here: <a href="https://www.purebodynaturals.com/bath-and-body/salt-scrubs/blueberry-facial-scrub" target="_blank">Pure Body Naturals | $19</a></i><br><br><a href="http://baijibottle.com/" target="_blank"><b>Baiji Collapsible Silicone Water Bottle</b></a><br>“You have to stay hydrated while traveling, right? Well, the baiji water bottle is easy to store and easy to clean, making it the perfect H2O container while on the go.”<br><a href="http://baijibottle.com/" target="_blank"><img alt="User-added image" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y1T000002Ein9&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T0000015rxL" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img></a><br><i>Buy here:<a href="https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00UGQBTP8?tag=googadwo0ca-20" target="_blank"> Amazon | $14.97</a></i><br> 

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  • Cornwall countryside

    A Perfect Pairing

    <h3><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/" target="_blank">MATCH TRAVEL WITH A PERSONAL PASSION FOR THE ULTIMATE BUCKET-LIST DESTINATION.</a></h3> <p>I once traveled with a husband and wife who were obsessed with — I kid you not— how many kinds of olives they could find and photograph in Provençal markets. I’ve strolled in Cornwall with a lovely woman who knew the King Arthur legends forward and backward. And you should try, sometime, walking in the Vietnamese countryside with a gentleman who’s fulfilling a long held urge to find peace on an old battleground. Many of the most passionate travelers aren’t only about leaving home. They head out in order to live out dreams fueled by interests as far ranging as genealogy or the happy compulsion to visit as many UNESCO World Heritage Sites as possible. Herewith, a few favorite examples of how to pair travel and a special interest to unforgettable effect. </p> <h3><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/bordeaux/" target="_blank">BORDEAUX FOR THE OENOPHILE</a></h3> <br><img alt="Vineyard" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y50000001z7l1&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM500000002qcS" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img><br>  <p>You can visit legendary wine regions forever, but to many palates, <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/bordeaux/" target="_blank">Bordeaux is the most timeless.</a> Romans planted the first grapes in the 2nd century. The village of St. Emilion (one of those World Heritage Sites!) sits amid endless patches of gnarled vines. However expert your personal tasting technique is, you appreciate the concept of terroir here like nowhere else. In a cave with a millennium or two of stories to tell, you taste the soil and the air and tradition all at once. It’s truly a pinnacle experience…not to mention a remarkable chance to add<br>some iconic labels to your scrapbook.</p> <h3><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/cuba/" target="_blank">CUBA FOR THE MODERN HISTORIAN</a></h3> <p>How often do you get to be an eyewitness to history? That would be every day in Cuba. There’s plenty of distant past, of course. Havana and colonial Trinidad are 500 years old and, ahem, World Heritage Sites. The Missile Crisis generation gets a rush from visiting the Bay of Pigs and being stared down by portraits of Fidel. A feverish mix of hustle in Havana, horse-drawn agriculture, optimistic entrepreneurs and loose-hipped dancers moving to pre-Revolution tunes defines the island these days. Americans call it “normalization,” and the <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/cuba/" target="_blank">Cubans you meet let you look “under the hood”</a> to grasp how it feels to want and wait and work to make history happen.<br><br><img alt="Havana" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y50000001z7l1&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM500000002qc3" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img><br><br> </p> <h3><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/tuscany-tours/" target="_blank"><b>TUSCANY FOR THE LOCAVORE</b></a></h3> <p>Farm-to-table is not a very modern concept in Tuscany, a fact you grasp as you sit at a table right on the estate where your lunch was grown. The meal stretches a tad longer than the usual salad you grab at home. Though, not to worry, you can recover back at your villa. <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/tuscany-tours/" target="_blank">For food lovers, this is a culinary paradise</a> where shepherds make cheese for you … the pasta is shaped by hand … and the oil is pressed from olives that grow just outside your window. Did we mention lunch in San Gimignano, which is of course a World Heritage Site?<br><br><img alt="Group dining together" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y50000001z7l1&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM500000002qc8" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img><br> </p>

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  • Glacier in Alaska

    Immersive Travel

    <p>Travel has always been one of my greatest pleasures, and together with my love of photography and writing, it is part of a perfect trifecta. There are so many wonders awaiting discovery, as well as personal and spiritual connections waiting to be made.</p> <p>How one travels, however, can make the difference between experiencing a life-changing journey and just-an-OK-visit. I learned early that I am not the type who enjoys large-group travel, whether by land or sea. I like the <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/" target="_blank">closeness of a small group</a>; you get to bond with your fellow travelers as well as your guide(s), increasing the fun of the experience. There are no long lines, no squishing to get close to the guide to hear what he/she is saying, no scramble to see a particular viewpoint.<br><br><br><img alt="Group in Alaska" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y50000001z7l4&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM500000002qcw" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img><br> </p> <p>But which small group fits best? There are some well-respected tour companies that offer small-group travel, and I have joined a few on some memorable experiences. However, even with special access to sites, fine accommodations and food, I have come away feeling I am missing something.</p> <p>That something is the “intrinsic wholeness” that brings me back to Classic Journeys. As their headlines say: <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/" target="_blank">“You’re a traveler. Not a tourist.”</a> What does this mean?</p> <p><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/" target="_blank">When I travel with Classic Journeys,</a> I just don’t go to a destination; I take an adventure that is fully immersive. All of my senses are activated – I see, feel, taste, smell and hear. Wherever possible, the mode of travel is hiking/walking rather than viewing the world through the windows of a vehicle.<br><br><img alt="Machu Picchu" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y50000001z7l4&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM500000002qd1" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img><br> </p> <p>There are physical and emotional challenges that take me beyond my comfort zone, but these are personally set. There are always options so that each traveler can decide their immersion level, and <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/" target="_blank">Classic Journeys manages to satisfy all</a>, which I think is no easy feat! </p> <p>I have also had some unique experiences that have touched my soul and changed me forever. One of my favorites occurred during my Peruvian adventure, when I got an opportunity to interact with some beautiful Quechua children in a remote mountain village.<br><br>Our guide, Edgard, provided the translation, and I learned later that he jokingly told them to behave because I had been a tough teacher in the States (I had told him earlier about being an early childhood educator teacher before switching to advertising). I frankly had tears after this moving experience.<br><br><img alt="Quechua children" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y50000001z7l4&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM500000002qd6" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img><br> </p> <p>It’s also important for me to have a balance between explorations and time to <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/" target="_blank">relax, reflect and recharge, which Classic Journeys</a> seamlessly provides. There is a no-rush feel to the itineraries, which act more as guidelines than written-in-stone rules to follow. This last point is important because many fabulous things that happen on a journey ARE NOT PLANNED. Like this:</p> <p>Pictured here is our delightful guide, Giampiero, whose joie de vivre so overtook him that he chose this lovely lady sitting with a companion – not part of our group – for a dance.<br><br><img alt="Dancing with a stranger" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y50000001z7l4&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM500000002qdB" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img><br> </p> <p>It turns out that the woman and her companion each represented one-half of two married couples, and had been fast friends over the years. The somber origin of their friendship was that the husband of this woman and the wife of her companion both had passed away. Through common sorrow and healing they turned to each other and are now blissfully together; not married, but having a wonderful time. Viva amore!Dancing with a stranger, Northern Lakes, Italy</p> <p>So many moments like this are possible on a Classic Journeys trip. While other companies offer a bit here and there, Classic Journeys provides a means NOT to feel like a tourist doing an “if this is Thursday it must be Belgium” tour. Instead, we explore and are a part of the places we visit. These destinations, people and experiences become a part of us forever.</p> <p><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/" target="_blank">I AM SO LOOKING FORWARD TO</a></p> <h3><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/" target="_blank">MY NEXT CLASSIC JOURNEYS ADVENTURE!</a></h3>

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