2017 Travel Bag Wishlist.

10 April 2017

For anyone that knows me or reads my blog, you'd know I'm a massive fan of travelling. I'm really good at vacation planning to make sure I get the best out of any trip. My latest post on my top 10 reasons why you should visit Copenhagen, Denmark after my trip a couple of weeks ago proves exactly that. One thing I am not too good at is the practical side. My suitcase is always overflowing to the point where it can't shut, so I decided it was time to invest in some new luggage. For me, travel bags and suitcases add to the fun of going on holiday. There's nothing like strolling through an airport with a sturdy and stylish bag on your arm. So before I embark on my next trip, I wanted to share my top 3 bags on my to buy list

1) MAHI Leather.
MAHI Leather derives its name from the MAHI River in India. If you didn't know about MAHI leather, you're about to learn a lot and I guarantee you will fall in love like I did. On browsing the website I first fell in love with the statement Classic Duffle, perfect for a weekend trip. This sturdy soft Vintage Brown leather bag, also available in Vintage Mahogany is the perfect size for electronics, clothing and everything you need for a couple days break. If you love the timeless worn leather look complemented by Brass fittings and YKK zippers, then this bag is for you. Although I ended up with 5 bags in my basket, my second favourite was again another Classic piece but this time was the Backpack in black leather. This would be perfect for day at University as it fits both a A4 pad and a 13" laptop. Both practical and stylish. And a fun fact, because of the natural variation and suppleness of the leather used, every MAHI bag is unique.

One thing I absolutely ADORE about MAHI is the fact founders Camilla and Jamie have created legacy where MAHI Leather donates $1.50 from every purchase to UK charity funding clean water in India, FRANK Water. Not many brands do this and if they do its only on a seasonal basis, so its refreshing to come across a brand that not only cares about the consumers by cutting out the 'middle man' to get the best quality and the best price, but also contribute to society.

Price wise, the bags are situated at just less than £100. You can get your initials stitched onto the bag in a range of colours, so make for great gifts. As seen in GQ and Vogue, you can find them on the relevant social media Instagram, Pinterest, & Facebook.

2) Ted Baker.
I'm not one for patterns on suitcases. Although they do have their benefits as they're easier to find when it comes to the conveyor belt for collecting your luggage, I'm always worried that I'll outgrow the pattern. However, Ted's signature suitcases are one pattern I can't say no to. They're simple, smart and elegant. I've seen quite a few fellow bloggers with the sets and I absolutely love how they look. The Oriental Blossom collection is my favourite. With a hard yet lightweight case for extra protection, the Hully suitcase(which is the medium size) is the perfect size for a 7-10 day holiday. It is my goal to have all the sizes that come in this range. But if you don't fancy the pastel pinks, there are plenty of other designs. Also, I really like the fact that there is a 5 year warranty. 


3) Samsonite International.
I had one very bad experience at an airport where I was travelling to Spain and on arrival found a completely wrecked suitcase. What was my worst fear of a suitcase becoming broken on the first day of holiday through no fault of my own, became my reality. So from that experience, whenever I'm buying luggage I've leant towards stability. But in most cases, travel bags that are stable aren't the most stylish. And I've finally found one that embraces the last technological advancements yet is aesthetically pleasing. Samsonsite are renowned for good quality cases and the Cosmopolite, although a bit more pricey at £345, is a game changer. It features ‘revolutionary Curv® technology, a strong, light and scratch-resistant material. 

The great about it, or the excuse that I keep using to convince myself is that each of these beautiful travel bags warrant a different vacation type. The MAHI leather Classic Duffle Bag will be great for a city weekend break, the Ted Baker Oriental Blossom collection for a beach holiday and the Cosmopolite perfect for long distances.


NB: This post was a collaboration with MAHI leather. However all opinions are honest and my own.
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