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    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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    5 Foods You Must Eat While in Japan

    <p>Undoubtedly, one of the most popular reasons people visit <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/japan-tours/" target="_blank">Japan</a> is for its layered, long-standing and completely delicious food culture. In the United States, we get access to some of it, primarily through sushi, but the truth is that there’s a culinary world that can only be experienced by visiting the country itself. Here are five foods you have to try while in Japan.<br> </p> <p><b>1. Sushi/Sashimi</b></p> <p>Chances are most of you have eaten sushi in the past, but you’ve never truly eaten sushi until you’ve done so in Japan. The craft is truly an art form--something that must be studied, apprenticed and practiced many times over before any sushi chef can take the reins themselves. Everything--from the fish’s texture to the thickness of the cut--is performed with exacting precision. You’ve likely eaten sushi many times at home, so it only makes sense to head to the source to see how the masters perform their craft.<br><br><img alt="Japanese sushi and sashimi" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y50000001Y4Oc&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM50000000oYIY" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img></p> <p><b>2. Ramen</b></p> <p>Depending on where you call home, it wouldn’t be surprising if you’ve dug into a savory bowl of ramen or two. The traditional serving is comprised of noodles, pork broth, thinly sliced pork, and usually accompanied by scallions, a soft-boiled egg and other accoutrements. Japanese ramen chefs also like to turn up the bells and whistles, with different kinds of ramen to satisfy different needs. Do you have a soft spot for chicken katsu? There&#39;s a ramen for that. Prefer chicken broth to pork? They’ve got you covered. Enjoy a good curry? There’s a ramen for that, too. There are other different broth bases, too--soy, salt and many other kinds of permutations. No matter the day or weather, ramen is sure to please.<br><br><img alt="Traditional Japanese ramen" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y50000001Y4Oc&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM50000000oYId" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img></p> <p><b>3. Yakitori</b></p> <p>A favorite of revelers and beer drinkers, yakitori is as much of a social event as it is a grilling bonanza. Chicken is often the star of yakitori joints, called Izakayas, which serve a variety of other small plates, too, akin to tapas. There other grilled delights that can be served as yakitori such as duck, eggs, okra, beef and anything else that can possibly be skewered.<br><br><img alt="Japanese yakitori chicken" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y50000001Y4Oc&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM50000000oYIi" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img></p> <p><b>4. Okonomiyaki</b></p> <p>With its base including eggs and tempura flakes, okonomiyaki are savory, flour-based pancakes that are prepared on a griddle and served with a variety of ingredients. Think pork, cabbage, cheese, and even caviar, along with vegetables griddled and topped with mayonnaise, sweet sauce and dried tuna flakes, called bonito.<br><br><img alt="Traditional Japanese pancake - okonomiyaki" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y50000001Y4Oc&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM50000000oYIn" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img></p> <p><b>5. Gyoza</b></p> <p>Another quintessential Japanese dish is gyoza. As popular in Japan as ramen, this traditional pan-fried dumpling is a staple of Japanese cuisine. Wrapped neatly in a tasty, and convenient, bite-sized package, the gyoza is fried first to achieve a crispy brown bottom and sides, before being steamed to achieve the perfect balance in opposing textures. With both vegetable and meat options, the gyoza is sure to please all parties involved.<br><br><img alt="Japanese gyoza dumpling" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y50000001Y4Oc&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM50000000oYIs" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img></p>

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    7 of The Best Shoes for Travel

    <p>While your favorite pair of trainers might be fine for an evening stroll around the neighborhood, they may not be the best choice for walking the slopes of the majestic Arenal Volcano in Costa Rica, or hiking along the famous Inca Trail to Machu Picchu in Peru. Fret not, we’ve enlisted our friends, and footwear experts, over at <a href="https://www.roadrunnersports.com/" target="_blank">Road Runner Sports</a> to help us round up the best shoes to go along with seven of our favorite, and most popular, tours.<br> </p> <p><b>1. The Brook’s Cascadia 12 –</b> Perfect for meandering through slot canyons in <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/bryce-tours/" target="_blank">Bryce, Grand Canyon &amp; Zion</a>. (<a href="https://www.roadrunnersports.com/rrs/products/12296/mens-brooks-cascadia-12/?cc=362&amp;utm_source=classicjourneys&amp;utm_medium=blog" target="_blank">For Men</a> | <a href="https://www.roadrunnersports.com/rrs/products/12297/womens-brooks-cascadia-12/?cc=496&amp;utm_source=classicjourneys&amp;utm_medium=blog" target="_blank">For Women</a>)<br><br><a href="http://www.roadrunnersports.com/rrs/products/12297/womens-brooks-cascadia-12/?cc=496&amp;utm_source=classicjourneysdium=blog" target="_blank"><img alt="Brooks Cascadia 12 shoe" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y50000001Y4jW&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM50000000oZJr" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img></a></p> <p><b>2. The Adidas Ultra Boost – </b>You will stay comfortable and stylish while exploring the bustling streets of Tokyo in <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/japan-tours/" target="_blank">Japan</a>. (<a href="https://www.roadrunnersports.com/rrs/products/12545/mens-adidas-ultra-boost/?cc=101&amp;utm_source=classicjourneys&amp;utm_medium=blog" target="_blank">For Men</a> | <a href="https://www.roadrunnersports.com/rrs/products/12554/womens-adidas-ultra-boost/?cc=451&amp;utm_source=classicjourneys&amp;utm_medium=blog" target="_blank">For Women</a>)<br><br><a href="http://www.roadrunnersports.com/rrs/products/12554/womens-adidas-ultra-boost/?cc=451&amp;utm_source=classicjourneys&amp;utm_medium=blog" target="_blank"><img alt="Adidas Ultra Boost" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y50000001Y4jW&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM50000000oZK1" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img></a></p> <p><b>3. The Salomon Speedcross 4</b> – When you’re ziplining through the <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/costa-rica-tours/" target="_blank">Costa Rican rainforest</a>, this shoe will keep you comfortable wet or dry. (<a href="https://www.roadrunnersports.com/rrs/products/09278/mens-salomon-speedcross-4/?cc=010&amp;utm_source=classicjourneys&amp;utm_medium=blog" target="_blank">For Men</a> | <a href="https://www.roadrunnersports.com/rrs/products/09280/womens-salomon-speedcross-4/?cc=411&amp;utm_source=classicjourneys&amp;utm_medium=blog" target="_blank">For Women</a>)<br><br><a href="http://www.roadrunnersports.com/rrs/products/09280/womens-salomon-speedcross-4/?cc=411&amp;utm_source=classicjourneys&amp;utm_medium=blog" target="_blank"><img alt="Salomon Speedcross 4" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y50000001Y4jW&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM50000000oZK6" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img></a></p> <p><b>4. The New Balance Fresh Foam Gobi v.2 –</b> With superior support and shock absorption, truffle hunting in the forest of <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/istria/" target="_blank">Croatia</a> will be a dream. (<a href="https://www.roadrunnersports.com/rrs/products/16681/mens-new-balance-fresh-foam-gobi-v2/?cc=500&amp;utm_source=classicjourneys&amp;utm_medium=blog" target="_blank">For Men</a> | <a href="https://www.roadrunnersports.com/rrs/products/16682/womens-new-balance-fresh-foam-gobi-v2/?cc=776&amp;utm_source=classicjourneys&amp;utm_medium=blog" target="_blank">For Women</a>)<br><br><a href="http://www.roadrunnersports.com/rrs/products/16682/womens-new-balance-fresh-foam-gobi-v2/?cc=776&amp;utm_source=classicjourneys&amp;utm_medium=blog" target="_blank"><img alt="New Balance Fresh Foam Gobi v.2" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y50000001Y4jW&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM50000000oZKB" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img></a></p> <p>5. <b>The Nike Air Zoom Terra Kiger 4 –</b> Lightweight, with a sticky rubber outsole means exploring the ruins of Machu Picchu in <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/peru-tours/" target="_blank">Peru</a> has never been easier. (<a href="https://www.roadrunnersports.com/rrs/products/14999/mens-nike-air-zoom-terra-kiger-4/?cc=208&amp;utm_source=classicjourneys&amp;utm_medium=blog" target="_blank">For Men</a> | <a href="https://www.roadrunnersports.com/rrs/products/15000/womens-nike-air-zoom-terra-kiger-4/?cc=003&amp;utm_source=classicjourneys&amp;utm_medium=blog" target="_blank">For Women</a>)<br><br><a href="http://www.roadrunnersports.com/rrs/products/15000/womens-nike-air-zoom-terra-kiger-4/?cc=003&amp;utm_source=classicjourneys&amp;utm_medium=blog" target="_blank"><img alt="Nike Air Zoom Terra Kiger 4" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y50000001Y4jW&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM50000000oZKa" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img></a></p> <p>6. <b>The Timberland FlyRoam Go Collection –</b> Stylish, outdoorsy, and perfect for walking among vineyards in <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/portugal-tours/" target="_blank">Portugal</a> before wine tasting and a picnic of local specialties. (<a href="https://www.roadrunnersports.com/rrs/products/19443/mens-timberland-flyroam-go-chukka/?cc=301&amp;utm_source=classicjourneys&amp;utm_medium=blog" target="_blank">For Men</a> | <a href="https://www.roadrunnersports.com/rrs/products/19458/womens-timberland-flyroam-go-knit/?cc=680&amp;utm_source=classicjourneys&amp;utm_medium=blog" target="_blank">For Women</a>)<br><br><a href="http://www.roadrunnersports.com/rrs/products/19458/womens-timberland-flyroam-go-knit/?cc=680&amp;utm_source=classicjourneys&amp;utm_medium=blog" target="_blank"><img alt="Timberland FlyRoam Go" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y50000001Y4jW&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM50000000oZKp" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img></a></p> <p><b>7. The Merrell Moab 2 Ventilator –</b> Ventilated and rugged, these shoes will have no problem handling the terrain when you’re riding a camel through the Saharan Desert in <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/morocco-tours/" target="_blank">Morocco</a>. (<a href="https://www.roadrunnersports.com/rrs/products/13982/mens-merrell-moab-2-ventilator/?cc=200&amp;utm_source=classicjourneys&amp;utm_medium=blog" target="_blank">For Men</a> | <a href="https://www.roadrunnersports.com/rrs/products/13986/womens-merrell-moab-2-ventilator/?cc=020&amp;utm_source=classicjourneys&amp;utm_medium=blog" target="_blank">For Women</a>)<br><br><a href="http://www.roadrunnersports.com/rrs/products/13986/womens-merrell-moab-2-ventilator/?cc=020&amp;utm_source=classicjourneys&amp;utm_medium=blog" target="_blank"><img alt="Merrell Moab 2 Ventilator" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y50000001Y4jW&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM50000000oZLi" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img></a></p>

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