The traveling public’s habits are returning with a swift bounce back. Travel has skyrocketed in the past few weeks as weary, homebound dwellers schedule travel within the States or abroad as destinations eagerly await tourist dollars. As more Americans and citizens of other countries become vaccinated, the desire to explore the world is growing feverishly.
The State of Travel
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) current guidance (as of May 19, 2021) for domestic travelers who are fully vaccinated with an FDA authorized vaccine or a vaccine authorized for emergency use by the World Health Organization can travel safely within the United States and U.S. territories. Recommendations for travel are updated as more people are vaccinated, rates of COVID-19 change and as additional scientific evidence becomes available
If you are not fully vaccinated and must travel, the CDC (on the same site page) has a number of recommendations asked to be followed pre-travel, during travel, and post travel that entail testing, wearing a mask correctly on all public transportation, social distancing, sanitation practices and self-quarantine.
State, local and territorial governments may have restrictions and recommendations with regards to testing requirements, stay-at-home orders and quarantine requirements upon arrival. The CDC has a travel planner page specifically set up to check the guidelines of particular health departments of the locale you plan on visiting.
With regards to international travel, the CDC recommends not traveling until you are fully vaccinated. Although fully vaccinated travelers are less likely to get and spread COVID-19, conditions vary from country to country due to the spread of new or concerning variants of COVID-19. The CDC continues to update risk assessments of countries that fall into risk category levels:
Level 4: COVID-19 Very High
Level 3: COVID-19 High
Level 2: COVID-19 Medium
Level 1: COVID -19 Low
There is also a listing of countries that haven’t provided updated data to determine Travel Health Notice (THN) levels to assess health threats. These countries are categorized into the Level Unknown: COVID 19 Unknown.
This level means to avoid traveling to these destinations. Unfortunately, the risks are still quite high in many parts of the world,p so remain diligent with staying updated as conditions and situations are fluid depending on the international destination.
As of May 21, 2021, the CDC announced, no matter your chosen journey, in times public transportation will be used, masks (correctly worn over the nose and mouth) are required on planes, buses, trains and other forms of public transportation traveling into, within, or out of the United States and in U.S. transportation hubs such as airports and stations.
Keep in mind that state and local recommendations or requirements vary so be advised to refer again to the health departments travel planner link.
As the traveling public gets used to health practices and social conduct that may become a permanent part of our lifestyles, I believe many of us are encouraged by evidence of growing energy and traffic at airports.
As we schedule flights, reserve accommodations, and prepare the family for the upcoming journey, let’s evaluate that stored handsome luggage ready to take on its role as an elegant workhorse and travel companion.
Or perhaps you’re in the market for an upgrade? Let’s list some of the best luggage wear for 2021.
What’s New in Non-Leather Luggage?
Of course our interest is leather goods however let’s first cover some of the best in non-leather travel bags and luggage.
Can’t not mention Tumi when speaking of the best in travel bags and luggage.
The giant in the luggage space, Samsonite continues to be the market leader in durably designed travel cases
Montblanc.com writing instruments aren’t the only accessory this company is known for. Their timeless luggage collection has an array of heart trolley cases and leather duffel bags.
Rimowa – 120 year old company known for designing luggage from first wood then aluminum to their very sleek and current high-tech polycarbonate.
These carriers are not just for stuffing your week’s worth of attire in one carry-on case to save on baggage fees – just not your style. These are for the jet-setterd who walk, talk and live luxury. Best believe, at their final destination, the wardrobe is as neat as when it was packed. Trunks are perfectly designed with layers of drawers and compartments to contain precious possessions.
Giving an appreciative and respectful nod to our peers who have long histories and heritage building dynasties when it comes to luxury travel bags, these brands are our favorites:
Mark Cross.com boston-based Mark Cross delivers a beautiful array of travel luggage.
Germany based company Henk has gorgeous leather hand luggage for the business and international travelers
British based luggage and accessories company Globe-Trotter
Hermes men’s weekenders and carry-ons
Smythson.com – london-based company which makes exceptional leather bags. However, the current collection doesn’t offer a lot of large travel bags.
Streamline luggage – ready for the well traveled person. Streamline offers stunning collections of leather luggage sets
Pic of retro
Bespoke Leather Brands
Louis Vuitton Rolling Luggage or LVs traveling hardsided trunks and boxes
Last but not least, we love being challenged by our Bespoke peers. We appreciate the standard of excellence that all of our luggage friends bring to the table.
Luxury leather handcrafted travel bags divine yet are a practical that brings attention no matter the destination. All of our bespoke leather goods are functional, yet luxurious handcrafted works of art.
Hand-stitched with love and tender care. Words that best describe our travel bag are sophisticated, stylish, elegance, and we’ll represent the good life.
A great investment and with proper care, our luxury leather travel bags will last and last and be great go-to accessories that will stand the test of time.
When consulting with clients, who have been purchasers of travel bag accessories from named brands. The biggest complaint is the continual ritual of buying a bag that predictably falls apart from wear after a relatively short time. Unlike our bespoke leather bags which address that the concern in creating an attractive functional bag created to display our clients’ personality and tastes.
For our current and future clients, it will always be our privilege to either create or introduce the bespoke process of exceptional design with functionality whether for work or play, home or travel. If you’re ready to take the journey, connect with either our CEO, April Bayles, or Master Artisan, T. Michael by phone or email on our contact page. -AJ
Acknowledgement to the following sites who provided updated content and information:
Smarter travel.com – choosing the right travel luggage
Jemafg – Gulfstream
Juergen_G – Retro photo of woman carrying luggage
Joakim Honkasalo – private air travel
JamesDemers – hotel luggage cart with mix match suitcases
Cytis – passport tucked in luggage pocket
Robert Gomez – hard shelled luggage
Zahir Namane – duffel bag owner
Madhi Bafande -leather suitcase
Eliyah Raygaerts – old leather trunks and cases
White Field photo – brown leather duffle