This week we will look at the ‘Adventure Traveller’
The Adventure Traveller
We define Adventure travellers as anyone who is doing more than simply travelling to and staying in a hotel, but who is not backpacking or hiking with their pack. This covers a broad spectrum, and will general include ‘backpackers’ (those who aren’t walking with their packs for long distances), those on extended trips which involve moving about and anyone surfing, fishing, boating or just staying off the beaten track a little. These travellers will be wheeling their case most of the time – and need the convenience of wheels to enable them to move about easily. Yet they also need the flexibility of external pockets, the ability to carry the bag when needed and the ability to load it into a car, bus, train or boat easily. They may also need the option to store the bag and use a daypack or smaller bag for a night or two – essentially, they demand durability, functionality and most importantly the flexibility that a traditional suitcase may not offer.
Whilst you may not consider yourself an adventure traveller, it’s worth considering you’re in between trips away – your major holiday might be a hotel stay, but if you do car trips or camping in between times, then it’s worth considering a bag to suit these activities also. The key factors we tell them to consider are:
This is a useful function beyond simply walking or trekking with your bag, being apple to carry your luggage on your back serves you very well when travelling by train, moving about busy cities that may involve stairs and uneven surfaces and getting your bag up and down from your top floor air bnb apartment.
Most Popular Options
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The Osprey Sojourn Range – The Osprey Sojourn is the perfect cross over bag for adventure travellers. It’s a premium quality backpack on wheels, and it’s loaded with practical features for all different sorts of trips. Available in 3 sizes, the Sojourn packs like a suitcase making it easy to access your gear, and the included backpack harness is an anti-gravity harness with waist strap, allowing the user to carry the pack for short distances up to day trips or a 2-day hike depending on pack weight. The backpack harness is removable should you want to use the case for later trips where you don’t require the pack feature. The Sojourn features a high road chassis (high clearance from the ground) and oversized durable wheels ensuring the case is durable enough to be dragged off road. The compression straps allow you to compress the bag, reducing the size and keeping your items inside secure when the bag is not full.
The Osprey Sojourn is a more expensive bag in its category, it is however backed by a lifetime warranty and comes highly backed by the staff at The Luggage Professionals.
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Victorinox VX Touring Range – For those adventure travellers where hotels feature more than hostels, but whom would still benefit from a more versatile case, the Victorinox VX Touring range fits the bill. This is a range of expanding duffel bags with the convenience of high quality wheels and trolley. This range is super lightweight and has a large cavity that packs like a suitcase as well as two wet/dry pockets. There is a laptop sleeve in the front pocket, attach a bag capability and external hardware to protect the case when off road and ensure stability when full and standing upright. The range is available in 5 sizes ensuring the right fit for any trip.