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Nov 16 2016

8 Stocking stuffers for the traveling gentleman

It's getting close to the holidays and Christmas shopping will be upon us soon. In an effort to ease the pain of shopping for the men on your Christmas list (men can be notoriously difficult to shop for), I've compiled a list of eight great stocking stuffers that any stylish traveling man will love. Manly men on the go need gifts they can take with them when they jet to their next destination.  Grid-It – $14 The Grid-It System is an elastic organization system for electronics and personal items made of a...

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Aug 03 2016

On the road with Maui Jim Sunglasses

As a frequent traveler I always find myself in sunny destinations carrying around at least two different pairs of sunglasses. One pair ends up not offering enough sun protection and the other is usually too dark. This might be because I always tend to pick sunglasses based solely on the styling and fit. I have never given much thought about the lens quality… until now. After trying out some new Maui Jim shades with color enhancing lens technology, my world has literally become a lot more beautiful. Maui Jim sunglasses use...

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How To Stay Organized While You Travel

When you’re living out of a suitcase, things can get pretty messy. If you’re living out of a small suitcase, every item should be packed strategically. Staying organized while you travel is a way to lessen the stress that comes with being on the go and will help you look and feel your best. Since you are carrying your mess with you, let’s focus on that suitcase as the most important place to start with organization.     Keep your suitcase organized with these 5 tips   Pack your “just in case” items first so...

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Mar 02 2016

What Not To Wear In Southeast Asia

Many people come to the region and all they think of when wondering "What should I wear in Southeast Asia" is “It's hot.” Well, it is hot, and often humid, but it is also conservative. We know the heat can be intense, and we are sweating, too, but it’s no excuse to be disrespectful. In big cities and places where tourism is a major part of the economy, locals are accustomed to seeing people walking around in booty shorts and barely there tank tops (I’m referring to men and women...

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Sep 17 2015

How To Minimize Your Makeup Bag For Travel: Stowaway

Here’s a health tip for travel you may not have thought of yet: throw out your old makeup. You might not think it’s necessary or insist you don’t really hold on to all those products for that long, but take an honest look at your cosmetic bag.   When did you buy your favorite lipstick?   Even if you use it often, chances are slim you will finish the full tube before it expires after about a year.   New makeup brand Stowaway is breaking the mold by churning out quality cosmetics in travel sizes only! So...

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Sep 12 2015

Easy Travel Favorites By prAna

What’s the most important thing you look for when you’re planning outfits for travel? Comfort? Style? How do you find a good mix of both, especially when you’re traveling to a hot climate like Southeast Asia? Find a great brand and stick to it! prAna makes quality products with fair trade material that lasts, so you can count on your clothes to make it through your travels.   If you’re heading somewhere warm for the holidays this year (lucky you!) now is a great time to score some major deals on summer...

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Apr 15 2015

Metal Studio Handmade Necklace Giveaway

Finding local artists is one of the best parts of hunting for souvenirs abroad. We stumbled into the jewelry shop Metal Studio while exploring the Nimman neighborhood of Chiang Mai and kept going back for more. You can read our interview with Boom, the designer and shop owner, here. Her one of a kind designs are inspired by nature and feature unique stones and asymmetric metal details. [gallery type="rectangular" ids="4467,4470"] Metal Studio was one of our favorite souvenir finds in Chiang Mai and in honor of our departure from our home for...

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Apr 01 2015

Philip Parker Navy Sydney Watch Review

Philip Parker Watches is a Swedish watch company specializing in high quality slim watches under the influence of clean Scandinavian design. All their watches feature premium Swiss movement and come in a variety of case tones and strap colors. The Philip Parker Navy Sydney I tested has a red white and blue nato strap with a silver plated stainless steel case. [gallery type="rectangular" ids="4248,4249,4250"] Design The Watch arrived in a sleek black padded box. The first thing I noticed when I tried it on was how thin the watch case was. The case...

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Mar 26 2015

Stylish And Lightweight Travel Pants: Susan Skinny Pant

We may not always pack light, but recently we have been trying our best to master carry-on only packing. That means lots of pieces that can be worn in multiple situations. When I found the Anatomie Susan Skinny Pant, I thought they were a great stylish option for lightweight travel pants. I always like to have a pair of quick dry pants for hiking and other adventures, but they don't usually look nice enough to wear in most other situations. Well, I've put these pants to the test, I mean...

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Mar 20 2015

Look Good, Do Good: Krochet Kids

Look Good, Do Good is a monthly feature on Poplar Travels that highlights designers and retailers making the world a better place through their products. As travelers, we want to give back to the world we love exploring so much. Suggest an innovative sustainable or philanthropic partner to [email protected] or leave a comment on this post.   Krochet Kids intl. began as three friends crocheting as a hobby and has grown into a successful nonprofit employing women in Uganda and Peru. These women come from difficult circumstances, some were captives and...

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Feb 11 2015

Look Good, Do Good: Sop Moei Arts and Giveaway!

The cultures of tribal villages in Thailand have changed undeniably over the past decade. The focus of aid for these once isolated communities used to circle around clean water and healthcare. Now, with road access and schools servicing many of these communities, the needs have shifted to more economic concerns. In this latest column of Look Good, Do Good, we discussed the shift and how Sop Moei Arts is working to help create incomes while preserving traditional crafts with shop owner and founder Kent Gregory. [gallery type="rectangular" ids="3474,3485,3494"] Sop Moei, named for...

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Feb 06 2015

6 Stylish Carry-on Bags For Your Next Trip

An easy way to step up your travel style is to upgrade your accessories. The number one travel accessory is, of course, luggage. Lately we have been traveling carry-on only (which we highly recommend), and we’ve grown quite fond of our freedom from wheels. If you’re investing in quality luggage as you should be (not a lesson you want to learn the hard way; nor is “old luggage should be replaced before it breaks,” trust me), you’ll be stuck with it for a while. If you’re a frequent traveler you’ll be...

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Jan 16 2015

Look Good, Do Good: Symbology Makes Fair Trade Sexy

Look Good, Do Good is a new monthly feature on Poplar Travels that highlights designers and retailers making the world a better place through their products. As travelers, we want to give back to the world we love exploring so much. Suggest an innovative sustainable or philanthropic partner at [email protected]  Make the world a better place and look good while doing it! Everyone always wants to know where I got my pretty wrap dress with the bright pink lining and the pretty peacock print. The hand printed fabric and flattering design make...

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Jan 07 2015

Crosskix: Your New Favorite Travel Shoe

As the name might suggest, Crosskix are a bit of a cross between Crocs and traditional running shoes. How does that work? Really well, actually, and at just 7.5 ounces for a size 9, these featherweight shoes are ideal for active travelers. Deciding which shoes to bring on a trip is always a struggle for us. They take up so much room in a suitcase and are often heavy, but how do you decide which ones aren’t worth it? Especially if you are planning a mix of urban and wilderness adventures,...

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Dec 17 2014

Look Good, Do Good: Flex Watches, The Sports Watch That Gives Back

Look Good, Do Good is a new monthly feature on Poplar Travels that highlights designers and retailers making the world a better place through their products. As travelers, we want to give back to the world we love exploring so much. Suggest an innovative sustainable or philanthropic partner at [email protected]  Make the world a better place and look good while doing it! Flex Watches was created in 2011 in Southern California on the premise of “people helping people.” The founders first built a watch to benefit impoverished children of Rojo Gomez...

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The Ultimate Holiday Gift Guide For Travelers

For the travelers on your list this holiday season, we broke our guide into categories: stylish, frequent, tech, and adventurous. Whether you're looking for something for a friend who constantly travels for business or your cousin off on her first backpacking trip, this is the ultimate holiday gift guide for travelers. The Stylish Traveler Style doesn't stop when you leave for a trip. Stylish travelers are always on the lookout for travel accessories and clothing that don't look like travel items. Utility, organization and multiple-use products will be at the top of...

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Should A Fanny Pack Be Your Next Travel Purchase?

I’ve struggled with a slightly embarrassing closeted desire for a fanny pack for a while now. The trend, usually reserved for ravers and unfortunately dressed tourists, just seems like too good of an idea not to take advantage of. Who wants to carry around their iPhone while sight-seeing? So, should a fanny pack be your next travel purchase? “Pockets,” you say. Oh yeah, the funny thing about womens’ clothes is they are often made without those useful little features. I rejoice whenever I find a dress equiped with pockets and even...

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