• 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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  • Jet Lag Hero

    A Guide to Managing Jet Lag

    <p>A few months ago, I explored the <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/amalfi-tours/" target="_blank">Amalfi Coast</a> with Classic Journeys. Upon my return, my kids were excited to hear all about it, but my teenaged son noticed right away that I seemed a bit… off. “Jet lag,” I told him. He asked me what it felt like, so I said “You know when it’s late, and you’re sitting on the couch watching a movie, and you start to nod off but you catch yourself? Imagine feeling like you do in that split second, but it’s constant.”<br><br>“Ugh,” he said.<br><br>&quot;Ugh&quot; is right. Jet lag is the price we modern travelers pay for being able to cross entire oceans in a matter of hours, instead of days. Unfortunately, jet lag is unavoidable, but there are a few ways that you can lessen its effects.<br><br><img alt="User-added image" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y1T000002EjBG&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T0000015t1J" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img><br><br><b>HOW TO ALLEVIATE JET LAG: </b><br><br><i><b>1. Start with your flight plans.</b></i><br>It’s usually possible to book a flight that arrives at your destination during the daytime. It’s much easier to sleep on a plane at night; during a nighttime Atlantic crossing, you’ll have at least five hours to get some shut-eye.<br><br><i><b>2. If you can, pick your plane. </b></i><br>New model aircraft like the Airbus A350 and A380 and Boeing’s 787 Dreamliner can make it much easier to sleep—along with a bit more legroom, they feature state-of-the-art air conditioning, circulation and pressurization systems that can actually reduce the negative effects of air travel on the body. That’s right, just being on a plane can make jet lag worse. Most aircraft are pressurized to simulate being at 8,000 feet above sea level. If you live at altitudes significantly lower than that, you may be more likely to get headaches and become dehydrated—which in turn—will intensify your jet lag. The planes mentioned above all tout improved humidification and filtration systems that can alleviate those symptoms.<br><br><i><b>3. Stay Hydrated.</b></i><br>It is very important to stay hydrated! Drink lots of water before and during your flight. Avoid alcohol and coffee, both of which can cause you to become dehydrated quicker. <br><br><i><b>4. Don&#39;t nap upon arrival. </b></i><br>Once you’ve arrived at your destination, whether it’s <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/portugal/" target="_blank">Lisbon</a>, <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/prague/" target="_blank">Prague</a>, or <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/iceland-tours/" target="_blank">Reykjavik</a>, you might be tempted to catch a quick nap before setting out on your adventure. Don’t! Your body needs to readjust to the current time zone and get itself on a new sleep schedule. You might be tempted to down a few espressos, but that’s a quick fix. Instead, get outside—fresh air and especially sunlight will help your body readjust to the new time zone.<br><br><i><b>5. Move around! </b></i><br>A quick bit of exercise will get your heart rate up and cause an increase in naturally stimulating endorphins. Walk around and explore your new surroundings! The psychological boost of moving through the streets of a fantastic new city will help you to get out of your foggy state of mind.<br><br><i><b>6. Sleep when the locals sleep.</b></i><br>Hold off on going to sleep until the locals do; you’ll find that you’ll feel much better the next morning, and will be ready to resume your <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/dates/" target="_blank">Classic Journeys adventure</a>!<br><br>In addition, it might be helpful to know what causes jet lag. We all have an internal clock of sorts, called the circadian rhythm, that provides biological signals to what we’re supposed to be doing at any given hour—including sleeping. When we zip over several time zones, our bodies aren’t able to keep up, at least at first. It’s right there in the name: the lag between what time it is in the country we’re currently in, and what time our bodies “think” it is. Although jet lag affects everyone differently, I hope these few tactics help take the edge off.<br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><i><b>A little about the author: </b></i><br>Jason Avant is a freelance writer based in Carlsbad, California. An avid surfer, hiker, and backpacker, his outdoor passions fuel his love of adventure travel. He’s traveled extensively across the U.S., including three years spent in Alaska; he’s also journeyed through Mexico, Costa Rica, France, and Italy.</p>

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  • Norway Hero

    7 Must-Do Experiences in Norway

    <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/norway-tours/" target="_blank">Norway </a>is jam-packed with scenery that will leave you awestruck. We&#39;re talking majestic mountains, awesome fjords, thundering waterfalls, green meadows, and whisper-quiet lakes. With all this tremendous nature, the activities are endless. You&#39;ll enjoy picturesque train rides, glacier trekking, kayaking amid icebergs, exploring remote villages, and so much more. Through it all, you’ll learn about Vikings, Arctic explorers, farmers, and fishermen. Needless to say, it&#39;s easy to get overwhelmed by all the wonders <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/norway-tours/" target="_blank">Norway </a>has to offer. So, to help you out, we&#39;ve rounded up our top 7 experiences for a fascinating and fun <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/norway-tours/" target="_blank">Nordic journey</a>.<br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/norway-tours/" target="_blank"><img alt="User-added image" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y1T000002EjEP&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T0000015tCq" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img></a><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/norway-tours/" target="_blank"><b>#1 OSLO</b></a><br>Start in Oslo and take a guided walk through the city center. Visit City Hall and the <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/norway-tours/" target="_blank">Viking Ship Museum</a> with 9th-century vessels that were recovered from ancient burial grounds. <br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/norway-tours/" target="_blank"><img alt="User-added image" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y1T000002EjEP&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T0000015tCv" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img></a><br><b><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/norway-tours/" target="_blank">#2 </a><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/norway-tours/" target="_blank">FLÅM </a><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/norway-tours/" target="_blank">RAILWAY</a></b><br>The famous<a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/norway-tours/" target="_blank"> Flåm Railway</a> has a reputation for being one of the most spectacular train rides in the world. Cinematic views include snow-capped mountains, beautiful waterfalls and peaceful green meadows on your way to the valley below.<br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/norway-tours/" target="_blank"><img alt="User-added image" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y1T000002EjEP&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T0000015tD0" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img></a><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/norway-tours/" target="_blank"><b>#3 JOSTEDALEN VALLEY</b></a><br>Explore the deepest reaches of the <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/norway-tours/" target="_blank">Jostedalen Valley</a>, with its spectacular landscape created by glaciers from the last Ice Age. Kayak on the glacier-fed lake, then strap on your crampons and safety gear for an unforgettable stroll across the glacier itself. <br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/norway-tours/" target="_blank"><img alt="User-added image" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y1T000002EjEP&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T0000015tD5" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img></a><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/norway-tours/" target="_blank"><b>#4 JOSTEDALBREEN GLACIER IN TUNGESTØLEN</b> <b> </b></a><br>When in <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/norway-tours/" target="_blank">Norway</a>, you expect valleys and glaciers wherever you go, but the Jostedalsbreen glacier in the quaint town of Tungestølen is on another level. It is one of the largest glaciers in continental Europe—and wow, it is breathtaking. (Insider tip: While in Tungestølen, try Rømmegrøt: a Norwegian pudding. You&#39;ll thank us later.) <br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/norway-tours/" target="_blank"><img alt="User-added image" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y1T000002EjEP&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T0000015tDA" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img></a><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/norway/" target="_blank"><b>#5 SOLVORN </b></a><br>In Norway’s rugged terrain, the fjords were the primary transportation routes for centuries, and even today it’s easy to experience the remoteness of the villages on their farthest shores. <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/norway-tours/" target="_blank">Solvorn </a>is a great example. Deep inland, yet connected to the sea by the fjords, this charming wooden village has been a trade and governmental center since the Middle Ages. <br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/norway-tours/" target="_blank"><img alt="User-added image" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y1T000002EjEP&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T0000015tDF" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img></a><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/norway/" target="_blank"><b>#6 MT. FLØYEN</b></a><br>Board the scenic funicular that departs from the heart of the Bergen for Mt. Fløyen. Here, atop the mountain, admiring the sunset, you have a view that provides a panoramic view over the entire city and out to the sea.<br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/norway-tours/" target="_blank"><img alt="User-added image" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y1T000002EjEP&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T0000015tDK" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img></a><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/norway-tours/" target="_blank"><b>#7 BERGEN</b></a><br>Explore the history and architecture of <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/norway-tours/" target="_blank">Bergen</a>. Head to the bustling harborside fish market and stroll among the weather-beaten fishmongers and fishermen. On the eastern side of the harbor, enter the Hanseatic Quarter of Bryggen, designated a UNESCO historical and cultural district. <br><br><br><br>If you&#39;d like to do all these activities, plus a little more, without the hassle of logistics—join a Classic Journey Norway <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/norway/" target="_blank">Culture + Walking</a> or <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/norway-family-adventure/" target="_blank">Family adventure</a>. You&#39;ll have the trip of a lifetime!

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