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Tim Leffel

Tim Leffel is founder of the Practical Travel Gear blog, as well as the Cheapest Destinations blog and the narrative webzine Perceptive Travel. He is the author of The World's Cheapest Destinations (now in its 4th edition), Make Your Travel Dollars Worth a Fortune, and A Better Life for Half the Price.
Keen UNEEK Corded Sandal Shoes | Practical Travel Gear 2

Keen UNEEK Corded Sandal Shoes

Lighted Getaway Toiletry Bag From Grand Trunk | Practical Travel Gear 1

Lighted Getaway Toiletry Bag From Grand Trunk

Hi-tec Altitude Lite 1 Waterproof Hiking Boots | Practical Travel Gear 1

Hi-tec Altitude Lite 1 Waterproof Hiking Boots

Craghoppers Simba Travel Pants With NosiLife | Practical Travel Gear 1

Craghoppers Simba Travel Pants With NosiLife

Stretchy, Insect-Repellent NosiLife Berko Shirt From Craghoppers | Practical Travel Gear 1

Stretchy, Insect-Repellent NosiLife Berko Shirt From Craghoppers

Lowa San Francisco Shoes With Gore-tex Surround | Practical Travel Gear 1

Best All Round Shoes: Lowa San Francisco Gore Tex Shoes

Cushe Mellow Getaway Shoes for Chilled-out Travel | Practical Travel Gear 1

Cushe Mellow Getaway Shoes for Chilled-out Travel

Organized Travel With Pro Packing Cubes | Practical Travel Gear 1

Organized Travel With Pro Packing Cubes

Ecco O2 Shoes With Gore-Tex Surround | Practical Travel Gear 1

Ecco O2 Shoes With Gore-Tex Surround

NYNE TT Bluetooth Speaker is No Wimp | Practical Travel Gear 1

NYNE TT Bluetooth Speaker is No Wimp

Keen UNEEK Corded Sandal Shoes | Practical Travel Gear 2

Keen UNEEK Corded Sandal Shoes

By Tim Leffel / October 1, 2015 / Comments Off on Keen UNEEK Corded Sandal Shoes

In the footwear world, there are hundreds of “me too” styles for every one that’s truly innovative. A little tweak here, a little change there, but not much that’s really unique. Then something comes along that’s so different they have to call it…UNEEK. Are these shoes? Are they sandals? Are they just a few pieces…

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Lighted Getaway Toiletry Bag From Grand Trunk | Practical Travel Gear 1

Lighted Getaway Toiletry Bag From Grand Trunk

By Tim Leffel / August 6, 2015 / Comments Off on Lighted Getaway Toiletry Bag From Grand Trunk

Take the frequent traveler favorite, the hanging toiletry kit, then make one little change that has a huge impact. That’s the story with this new Getaway toiletry bag with a built-in light and mirror from Grand Trunk. We can argue all day about what’s essential and what’s not when you’re packing light, but almost everyone…

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Hi-tec Altitude Lite 1 Waterproof Hiking Boots | Practical Travel Gear 1

Hi-tec Altitude Lite 1 Waterproof Hiking Boots

By Tim Leffel / July 8, 2015 / Comments Off on Hi-tec Altitude Lite 1 Waterproof Hiking Boots

In the title I call these “boots,” but that word certainly doesn’t conjure up an accurate image of the lightweight Altitude Lite Waterproof footwear from Hi-Tec. These may be the lightest over-the-ankle shoes/boots I’ve ever strapped on for a hike: they weigh in at just a shade more than a pound each, which is in…

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Craghoppers Simba Travel Pants With NosiLife | Practical Travel Gear 1

Craghoppers Simba Travel Pants With NosiLife

By Tim Leffel / July 1, 2015 / Comments Off on Craghoppers Simba Travel Pants With NosiLife

Looking for some good men’s travel pants that aren’t all baggy and shapeless? These fitted Simba Nosilife Trousers from Craghoppers give you all the right features, but with a low-profile look that doesn’t broadcast the fact you’re living out of a suitcase or backpack. We’ve reviewed other Craghoppers trousers in the past and really liked…

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Stretchy, Insect-Repellent NosiLife Berko Shirt From Craghoppers | Practical Travel Gear 1

Stretchy, Insect-Repellent NosiLife Berko Shirt From Craghoppers

By Tim Leffel / June 18, 2015 / Comments Off on Stretchy, Insect-Repellent NosiLife Berko Shirt From Craghoppers

Want a travel shirt that moves when you do but looks fitted when you hit the pub at the end of the day? One that will keep the mosquitoes at bay when you’re setting up a tent or chilling out in the courtyard of that tropical guesthouse? This Craghoppers Berko shirt treated with NosiLife is…

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Lowa San Francisco Shoes With Gore-tex Surround | Practical Travel Gear 1

Best All Round Shoes: Lowa San Francisco Gore Tex Shoes

By Tim Leffel / May 20, 2015 / Comments Off on Best All Round Shoes: Lowa San Francisco Gore Tex Shoes

If you want some great all-around travel shoes that will let your hot feet truly breathe, put on some San Francisco ones from Lowa. In an earlier review I raved about the new Gore-tex Surround technology just now going into shoes that have rolled out this year and I’ve been trying out another pair with…

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Cushe Mellow Getaway Shoes for Chilled-out Travel | Practical Travel Gear 1

Cushe Mellow Getaway Shoes for Chilled-out Travel

By Tim Leffel / April 15, 2015 / Comments Off on Cushe Mellow Getaway Shoes for Chilled-out Travel

Put “Mellow,” “Getaway,” and “Cushe” (pronounced CUSH-ee) together in the name of a shoe and that’s gotta be something worth packing, right? Indeed it is, and I’ve been putting this pair of Getaway shoes in my bag for each getaway. Often in my travels I need to have hiking shoes and/or something good for pounding…

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Organized Travel With Pro Packing Cubes | Practical Travel Gear 1

Organized Travel With Pro Packing Cubes

By Tim Leffel / March 25, 2015 / Comments Off on Organized Travel With Pro Packing Cubes

Want some heavy-duty, long-lasting packing cubes that are also lightweight? For frequent travelers, these Pro Packing Cubes are built to last you a hundred trips or more. I swing both ways when it comes to packing cubes, but the people who love using them really love them. If you shop at The Container Store or…

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Ecco O2 Shoes With Gore-Tex Surround | Practical Travel Gear 1

Ecco O2 Shoes With Gore-Tex Surround

By Tim Leffel / March 19, 2015 /

One of the first entries using an innovative new technology, these Ecco O2 shoes let the heat out from all angles. There are all kinds of ways for your sweaty feet to breathe, from mesh to wide weaves to waterproof membranes that let heat out but keep rain at bay. There’s always been one problem…

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NYNE TT Bluetooth Speaker is No Wimp | Practical Travel Gear 1

NYNE TT Bluetooth Speaker is No Wimp

By Tim Leffel / March 4, 2015 / Comments Off on NYNE TT Bluetooth Speaker is No Wimp

Tired of little Bluetooth speakers that easily get drowned out by conversation? This TT one from NYNE might not go on a plane with you if you’re just packing a carry-on, but for checked bags, a road trip, or car camping, it’s a wireless party machine. This is not some “mini and tinny” travel speaker…

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