Friday, April 23, 2010

Online Sources for Travel Belts and Accessories

Where do you go when you want to research and find money belts and, in general, good travel accessories? The web is deep with travel sites, but few on them specialize in travel accessories and gear. Do not worry though - we have you covered:-)

Online travel gear retailers

The most commonly referenced online travel gear retailers are Travelsmith, Magellan, Rick Steves, Walkabout, Design-Go (UK),  LewisNClark, Corporate Travel Safety, SkyMall, Tilleys, and Packing Light. It is also possible to find good accessories in luggage stores such as eBags, Tom Bihn, Red Oxx, LuggageToGo, LuggageOnline, LuggagePros, LuggageBaseStopoverStore  and many others.

Online outdoor gear retailers carrying travel gear

Many outdoors gear retailers also have good travel gear, such as REI, CampMor, Cabela's, LLBeans, Sierra Trading Post, BackCountry, BackCountryGear, BaseGearAltRec, Gander Mountain, Sonoma Outfitters, Moosejaw, Cotswold, GearXEastern Mountain Sport, Rock Creek, ProLiteGear, US Outdoor Store, Bass Pro Shops, and the used equipment marketplace GearTrade.

Online resources for travel gear advice

Some good reference travel sites and blogs that include gear advice are One Bag, Rick Steve's Europe1bag1world,   TravelBlog, Travel InsiderFodor's, TrailSpace, Travel Deals Review, Road Warrior Tips, Travel And Leisure, Tripadvisor, Travelite, Virtual Tourist, Business Travel Connections, Cruise Critic, Road and Travel Magazine, Backpacker Magazine, Travel Gear Central,   Backpacking LightOutsideOnline, and Tim Leffel's Practical Travel Gear (older blogger posts  here). An intriguing site specifically focused on money belts is Moneybelt.

User generated content sites - user communities and nets

The best user content sites that can be used to gather travel gear information are Flyer Talk,, 1bag1world forum, Lonely Planet Forums, BackpackGearTestBackpacking Light, TravelBlog, Virtual Tourist, TripadvisorTravellers' Point forums, Independent Traveler ForumsCruise Critic Forums, Cruise Line Fans Forums, Cruise Addicts,  and Rick Steves' Graffiti Wall.

Validating a purchase decision with user feedback

While it is tempting to simply take the advice of web experts and pundits, we find that user feedback is frequently quite different from that of "experts", who often evaluate a product based on a couple of days of exposure, and no idea of long term usability and reliability issues. Before making an important purchase decision, we find that it is critical to validate choices by specifically researching end user feedback on items of interest.

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