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I've been a discount maven since my mother taught me that things you buy on sale are always better than things you buy at full price. But I've grown more selective about the kind of bargains I hunt. Obviously, travel clothes and gear are favorites. This time of year, after the summer season has peaked, some bargains can be found in mail-order catalogs, on the Internet and at warehouse sales, clearances and close-outs all over California. This is a sampling of those sales.
March 22, 2009 | Jen Leo offers personal recommendations for family-friendly hotels and travel gear from parents you can trust. What's hot: The quality. The moms who contribute regularly have written for Smithsonian, New York Times, Washington Post, Parenting, Utne Reader, Christian Science Monitor and others. The hotel reviews (most are on U.S.
I was in London last month, where it rained off and on. There's nothing new in that, but there is in the fact that I'd packed an umbrella. And not just any umbrella. Designed for traveling, mine proved so useful that it got me thinking about all the things that make life easier on the road: clever, well-constructed things without too many bells and whistles, created by people who know what it's like to get a splinter in Goa or be caught by a downpour in Trafalgar Square.
January 22, 2006 | Robin Rauzi, Times Staff Writer
Whoever said there's nothing new under the sun wasn't hawking travel gear. Pocketknives, toothbrush covers, even long johns get retooled each year to tempt the gear hound with a full wallet. Among the items rolled out in recent months or coming soon: Victorinox Voyager Lite It's just a matter of time before Victorinox builds an MP3 player into one of its trademark Swiss Army pocketknives. But until that happens, we'll settle for the new Voyager Lite.
February 6, 1994 | JUDI DASH
Like building a better mousetrap, the search for better products for carrying travel gear is an endless quest. Whether it's jewelry, maps or just loose stuff, it's always nice to find a new approach to hauling hard-to-organize belongings. Herewith, items to hold a variety of travel basics, including a neat new option for storing and viewing photographs. Prices exclude shipping and handling. Found: the perfect case for the woman who travels with a stash of jewelry.
September 4, 1990 | DAN LOGAN, Dan Logan is a free-lance writer based in Cambria.
Jet-setting isn't easy. Travelers feel anxious about flying, frustrated over packing, worried about protecting valuables and stiff from sitting too long in uncomfortable airline seats. To prevent this, all they really need is sound advice. Easing Flying Fears If you have a fear of flying, you're not alone. A Gallup poll found that 48% of airline passengers are at least occasionally afraid while in the air, even though flying is roughly 35 times safer than driving in a car.
March 29, 1998 | JUDI DASH
In 10 years of road-testing travel gear and gadgets, I've found some so useful that I have bought them for myself. Following are favorite items that I seldom leave home without. Some products may be available in area stores. Unless noted, price does not include shipping. 1 When packing space is tight, I often consider leaving behind my hair blow-dryer. Now I always carry it, thanks to a tiny dual-voltage portable model from Franzus.
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