Away is holding its first ever sale—with bags up to 50% off

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Get your future travel bag now. This sale ends on September 15. Known for its minimalist, durable rollaboard suitcases and accessories, Away has never discounted its bags before. But 2020 has ushered in a lot of firsts (especially for brands in the travel space), and now you can pick up some of the company’s luggage at a heavy discount in preparation for the moment when jetsetting becomes less of a grit-your-teeth experience. Read Full Story

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Away’s new holiday luggage collection is designed for our stay-at-home era

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Travel has changed during the pandemic. Away’s latest collection works for when you’re staying close to home—and will come in handy after the pandemic, too. The winter holidays are nearly here, but this year, they’re probably going to look a bit different than year’s past. With the pandemic still raging, some of us will not be traveling at all, while others might decide to take road trips closer to home. Away, the luggage startup, is closely observing these trends. The company’s design team has created a collection of new products perfectly designed for our travel needs today but also versatile enough to be used in the future, if and when travel returns to normal. Read Full Story

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Travel has plummeted. Can your favorite luggage brands survive?

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Luggage brands have responded to plunging sales by releasing products for short-term travel. Will it be enough to keep them afloat? In January, while most Americans were blissfully unaware that there was a pandemic working its way to their shores, Josh Udashkin was already planning for the crisis to come. As general manager of the luxury luggage brand Rimowa, he saw how travel had halted in China, causing consumers there to lose interest in suitcases. He suspected this would soon be the case everywhere, so he got to work, quickly bringing to market products that customers could use in quarantine. Read Full Story

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Is it safe to stay in a hotel, cabin, or rental home yet?

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People are itching to get away as cities and states open up. What do you need to know? After nearly three months of quarantine, millions of Americans are ready to travel—an overnight trip, a weekend getaway, a summer sojourn. With states reopening, that’s now possible, with a caveat. Before the coronavirus, few people likely thought twice about staying in a hotel room, rental home, or cabin in the woods. But now, we have to factor in the potential for coronavirus exposure. Even if you’re okay with the travel risks taking you to your destination—plane, train, or automobile—what about the risks of the destination spot itself? Read Full Story

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How to keep company values on track while people work remotely in quarantine

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The CEO of Kazoo argues that a company’s core values have the power to elevate your organization or tear it down. And now they’re more important than ever. The direct-to-consumer luggage brand Away recently faced harsh criticism after an investigation by The Verge revealed the company’s toxic work culture. The startup, founded by two women, enticed employees with its apparent culture of inclusion and mission for everyone to live a more travel-minded lifestyle. But workers quickly discovered a controlling culture marked by extreme surveillance, overwork, and public bullying—all in the name of Away’s core values. Read Full Story

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5 ways to make the most of a stay-at-home summer vacation

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Try making a more emphasized division between work and leisure during a staycation. For instance, adopt a looser schedule and set an away message for your inbox, in advance. During 2020, the lines between work and home for many people have become completely muddled. And to pile it on, recent travel restrictions have further hampered the traditional distinction between work time and vacation time, creating a lack of clarity. Read Full Story

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Why you should still take days off this holiday season

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It might be tempting to save up your vacation days when you’re stuck at home anyway, but here’s why you still need to take time off this winter season. The holidays are coming, and as the year draws to a close, you may look back and realize that you didn’t take much of your vacation time. During the pandemic, most people were unable to travel, and so they may have felt that it wasn’t worth taking time away from work. The thinking is that if you can’t play hard, you should just keep working hard. Read Full Story

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