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Thanksgiving wishes and gift ideas for travelers

No matter where you are today, I hope you have the opportunity to gather with family and friends and enjoy the warmth and fellowship of good company, a special meal, and a moment of gratitude for the abundance that fills our lives.

And for those of you who plan to take advantage of the doorbuster deals on Black Friday or shop the Web on Cyber Monday, I’ve rounded up some of our best gifts ideas for travelers to help you with your shopping.

Scroll through the links below to read about our favorite travel accessories and gadgets that I think would make wonderful gifts this holiday.

  • Kiva makes Oprah’s Ultimate Favorite Things 2010. I love Kiva and just found out that Oprah does too. Oprah included a Kiva gift card on her Ultimate Favorite Things 2010. Kiva is the world’s first person-to-person micro-lending website, empowering individuals to lend directly to unique entrepreneurs around the globe.

  • Three new travel gadgets to get you going to your destination. Getting through airport security is still a necessary hassle. That’s not to say it can’t be less of a hassle. I looked at how the the scanner bag, portable scales, and Space Bags TO GO help speed you through airport check-in and security.

  • SCOTTEVEST Travel Clothing takes the weight off your shoulders. SCOTTEVEST Travel Clothing is stylish clothing that actually saves you from having to carry around purses and bags, since every garment has tons of pockets where you can securely stow gear and gadgets. We talk to Scott Jordan, CEO and founder, about what he thinks will be the hottest selling SCOTTEVEST items this holiday.

I hope you find these links helpful and that they make shopping for your traveler this holiday a little easier. And if you have any great gift suggestions let us know about them in a comment on this post. Have a lovely Thanksgiving!

How you can win a SCOTTEVEST Travel Vest

When I kicked off my search for the perfect travel gear, my hope was to give away some of the products I’ve featured. Well today I’m going to tell you how to win one of the first products I wrote about: a SCOTTEVEST Travel Vest.

A few weeks ago I posted a podcast with Scott Jordan, the founder and CEO of SCOTTEVEST Travel Clothing. His clothing line is one of the most ingenious products I’ve reviewed.

It’s stylish clothing that actually saves you from having to carry around purses and bags. Every garment SCOTTEVEST sells has tons of pockets where you can securely stow gear and gadgets.

Here’s what you have to do to enter to win a SCOTTEVEST Travel Vest: Answer these two questions in a comment on this post.

  • Which Friendly Planet Travel tour would be best suited for wearing the SCOTTEVEST Travel Vest on? 
  • How would using a SCOTTEVEST Travel Vest on that tour change your trip?

It’s that simple. Click on “Post a Comment” at the bottom of this post. A comment box will appear. Answer your two questions, include your name and e-mail address where we can contact you if you win, and hit “Publish Your Comment” when you’re finished.

Please be as detailed (and creative) as you can with your answers. The winner will be judged on how well the Travel Vest is put to use on a Friendly Planet tour. You can flip back to our podcast with Scott to find out more information on how SCOTTEVEST can help free your hands when you’re traveling.

VERY IMPORTANT: Make sure you leave your name and an e-mail address where we can contact you if you win. You won’t be eligible to win without this information. One winner will be selected from the pool of applicants based on the best use of the Travel Vest on a Friendly Planet Travel tour. Deadline for comment submissions is Wednesday, Nov. 10, 2010 at 11:59 p.m. EST Friday, Nov. 19 at 11:59 p.m. EST. I’ll announce the winner shortly after on the blog.

Note: This contest is open to anyone except employees of Friendly Planet Travel, SCOTTEVEST Travel Clothing, and any Friendly Planet Travel vendors.

Why Delta rejected SCOTTEVEST ad

Scott Jordan, CEO and founder of SCOTTEVEST Travel Clothing, has gotten a lot of attention this past week. In case you missed it, Delta Air Lines rejected an in-flight SCOTTEVEST ad that showed passengers a way to “avoid extra baggage fees,” as the ad reads. Here’s Scott’s official statement on Delta’s decision for more background.

After we spoke to Scott in a podcast two weeks ago, I fell in love with SCOTTEVEST clothing, which go a long way in solving a very common problem for travelers — carrying less bags!

When I discovered that the trademark vest could eliminate a carry-on bag, I was thrilled because I normally lug a large tote bag with my purse onto the plane so I can have with me all the things I need.

But I’m not surprised that Delta rejected the SCOTTEVEST ad. Dear friends, in my humble opinion, the airlines want you to over pack because the fees they charge obviously boost profits. I find it amazing that consumers who rely on air travel on a regular basis haven’t launched a major protest on precisely this subject.

Delta should be ashamed to reject an ad for a product that reduces the amount of bags on flight. Less luggage would help reduce cost and save fuel. But there in lies the rub. Fuel is a key way airlines drive up ticket prices. Just check out the fuel surcharge you pay on every single ticket.

I can tell you that in some cases, $300 to $500 and even more, is added by carriers for fuel. They claim they need these surcharges to pay for the higher fuel prices of today. But at the same time, they reject advertising an article of clothing that would actually save fuel costs. Hard to understand, don’t you agree?

The list of fees like this is growing all the time. Have you had to pay for an aisle seat yet? Have you had to pay for a seat that is in the front rather than toward the back of the plane? There is no limit to these fees, because the airlines have enormous leverage and operate with near impunity.

Thus, we are absolutely unprotected, as consumers, from this very big, unfriendly industry. Airlines notwithstanding, consumers do have a limit to their patience. When that limit is reached, I will be glad to carry a poster and stand at the front of the anti-fee parade!

In the meantime, I can assure you that SCOTTEVEST and any other consumer product that can help a traveler save money and travel more comfortably will be at the top of my recommendation list.

For your back pocket: The SCOTTEVEST Travel Clothing podcast transcript

Scott Jordan, CEO and founder of SCOTTEVEST Travel Clothing, covered a lot of ground in his podcast with Melissa, our Friendly Planet blogger. If you didn’t have time to listen to the whole interview, here’s the transcript.

SCOTTEVEST Travel Clothing takes the weight off your shoulders

Scott Jordan, CEO and founder of SCOTTEVEST 

I’m kicking off my search for the perfect travel gear today with an ingenious article of clothing — SCOTTEVEST. It lets women and men travel hands free. The SCOTTEVEST really caught my eye and my attention because I always carry a purse or a large tote bag when I travel.

The bag contains all my things for the flight, including my travel documents, netbook, iPhone, books, a change of underwear, cosmetics, and anything else I can’t live without for the duration of the trip abroad.

It all fits inside the tote, but that tote becomes pretty heavy once it’s loaded. And what a mess when I have to go through security! And with all that stuff inside the tote, imagine me trying to quickly put my hands on my iPhone when it rings. No way. It’s buried with all the other stuff. The phone usually stops ringing before I can get to it.

And men are in a similar boat. They use a backpack or other bag to hold their wallet, documents, smart phone, camera, etc. This extra bulk can weigh down your travel experience — literally.

SCOTTEVEST Travel Clothing is stylish clothing that actually saves you from having to carry around purses and bags, since every garment has tons of pockets where you can securely stow gear and gadgets. I know this might seem impossible, but when you see them for yourself, you’ll understand why these garments are so ingenious and helpful.

The SCOTTEVEST trademark vest has 22 pockets alone. It actually has special places for everything I carry in my tote bag, plus a pockets for a water bottle and a small camera. And guess what? The items don’t bulge out making you look (and feel) like a pack horse, and the vest is made from breathable, lightweight material making it quite comfortable to wear.

I have never promoted items on this blog, but honestly, it seems to me that SCOTTEVEST clothing has managed to solve a very common problem for travelers. I think Friendly Planet travelers would find them ideal for our tours.

For example, the vest is suited for travel in safari vehicles, which typically have little storage space even for a purse or hand luggage. Or, consider our island hopping tours, where frequently getting on and off boats makes having hands free to steady yourself virtually a must!

I loved the whole idea behind the clothes and was delighted when Scott Jordan, the founder and CEO of SCOTTEVEST agreed to be interviewed by Melissa, a Friendly Planet blogger, for a podcast.

During their interview, Melissa found out how Scott’s clothing aids travelers in getting through airport security faster, eliminates the need for a carry-on bag, what destinations it’s ideal for, and more. He also gave us a sneak peek at what they’ll be introducing for the holiday season. (Hint: It involves an article of clothing usually only seen by the wearer.)

SCOTTEVEST is also sponsoring the No Baggage Challenge with Rolf Potts. Rolf’s a travel writer who embarked on a six-week worldwide trip without using any luggage, just his SCOTTEVEST clothing. Scott’s been talking to Rolf frequently and Melissa got an update on how his challenge is going so far.

Scott also just talked travel. You’ll find out why he loves Israel and Morocco, and he makes his case as to why everyone should experience Burning Man once in their lifetime. What Scott didn’t know when he spoke to us is that our very own webmaster, Cameron Clark, has been to a number of Burning Man events. He can echo Scott’s endorsement of the adventure.

So turn up your speakers or pop in your ear buds, and listen to Melissa’s interview with Scott. If you don’t have time to listen to the whole conversation, I’ll be posting the transcript in a few days. But in the meantime, leave a comment on this post if you own a piece of clothing from SCOTTEVEST and tell me what you think about it.