Oct 04

Website: Johnny Jet

jj-logo-newJohnny Jet is a blogger I kinda met, as in I stood next to him at the TBEX Conference a few years ago and didn’t have a conversation with him.  But his story is interesting, he used to be afraid to fly, in his effort to get over it he has become a top blogger in the travel world. You may have also heard him on This Week In Tech with Leo Laporte.

Johnny’s site has resources on anything travel related.  Looking for a gadget, he’s got suggestions.  Need to know how to get upgraded to first class – yup, he’s got tips on that.  Need to book travel, yes, there is info on that too.  Like I said, info for anything and everything you could need.

I like his weekly newsletter, I like that it’s weekly.  Frequent enough that it stays in your mind, but not so frequent that you say, “damn another email from Johnny.”  It’s got a synopsis of what’s been going on in the past week, as well as advertising travel giveaways (usually nice trips). Johnny’s site is full of information and should be on the short list of any travelers list of planning websites.

Mar 15

Do You Need More Pockets?

Several years ago I heard about a new travel product, the Scottevest, a jacket or vest with lots of pockets, ideal for travelers.  At the time the products seemed a bit pricey, but I eventually broke down and bought a jacket with detachable sleeves.

While the idea was great, the jacket didn’t quite work for me.  First, I was going to a warmish climate so a jacket wasn’t ideal.  Second, I’m not really one to wear a jacket on a plane.  Finally, I tried to stuff as much as possible into my pockets making it feel bulky.  I blame the idea of the scottevest no luggage challenge.

Bottom line, it didn’t quite work for me.  It wasn’t the fault of the jacket, just a poor choice for me.  But in my own defense, their offerings for woman back then were a little slim.

As time went on I kept looking at the woman’s line and noticed that it had improved greatly.  This winter I decided to bite the bullet and buy one of the woman’s fleeces, I chose the Chloe Hoodie.  I LOVE it!

Chloe Bling Hoodie

*It’s soft, fuzzy, and womanly.  It’s definitely designed for woman.
*I love the personal area network, I couldn’t believe how easy it was to put my headphones through the hoodie.  Usually, it’s a pain in the butt.  And it has loops that keep the headphones in place.
*Pen pockets, how many times have you been on a plane and needed a pen?  Now I don’t have to search through my bag, yea!
*Lots of pockets, but not overwhelming.  I can store my iPhone, money, blistex, sunglasses, and even a kindle.  I could probably get more then that in there too, but then I would feel loaded down.  But really, that’s enough to keep me busy.
*Thumb holes.  I haven’t used these yet, but since I’m always cold, I can see them in my future.
*Everyone compliments me on it too!

Chloe Bling Hoodie Pocket Map

Scottevest jackets, fleece, vests, and pants aren’t cheap, but they’re a good quality equal to their price. If the price scares you off, look around, Scottevest often offers 20% discounts on their merchandise.  Will I buy more?  I’ve been eyeing the pants for my next long trip; but, I would prefer to wait until they offer petite sizes.  They have said on their website they are looking into it.