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

Eddie Bauer Voyager II Travel Blazer | Practical Travel Gear 1

Best Comfort Travel Blazer – Eddie Bauer Voyager II

By Tim Leffel / January 8, 2015 / Comments Off on Best Comfort Travel Blazer – Eddie Bauer Voyager II

Okay, okay, Eddie Bauer. I’ll pack a blazer now and look like a responsible male member of society. You see, I have about as much enthusiasm for packing a sport coat on a trip as I have for 8-hour layovers and sitting in the middle seat on the plane. On the occasions where I’ve needed…

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An Updated Winner: Osprey Waypoint Backpack | Practical Travel Gear 3

A Waypoint Backpack for Ten Bucks?

By Tim Leffel / December 2, 2014 / Comments Off on A Waypoint Backpack for Ten Bucks?

Sorry kids, but this contest is over. Thanks everyone for helping Passports with Purpose raise more than $25,000 for Sustainable Harvest International! Yes, we recently reviewed the Osprey Waypoint 80 travel backpack so you’re not seeing double. But Osprey Packs has teamed up with us this year to contribute a prize to Passports with Purpose.…

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Serious Anti-theft Suitcase: Toursafe EXP21 from Pacsafe | Practical Travel Gear 1

Serious Anti-theft Suitcase: Toursafe EXP21 from Pacsafe

By Tim Leffel / November 27, 2014 / Comments Off on Serious Anti-theft Suitcase: Toursafe EXP21 from Pacsafe

Have you ever had something disappear out of a suitcase? Have you been the victim of baggage theft, like from the months-long campaign that ended in multiple arrests at LAX Airport earlier this year? Or New Orleans? No system can completely protect you, especially if the ones doing the stealing work for the TSA, but…

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Ecco Ulterra Lo High-end Light Hikers | Practical Travel Gear 1

Ecco Ulterra Lo High-end Light Hikers

By Tim Leffel / November 26, 2014 / Comments Off on Ecco Ulterra Lo High-end Light Hikers

We’ve praised Ecco shoes many times on this gear site for their good craftsmanship and European looks. This Ulterra Lo model I’ve been wearing a lot the past few months is another winner. These shoes are comfortable and well-made, and unlike many “light hiking” or “fast hiking” shoes I’ve tried out, they’ve got some real…

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Coast HP1 Flashlight: a Tiny $10 Powerhouse | Practical Travel Gear

Coast HP1 Flashlight: a Tiny $10 Powerhouse

By Tim Leffel / October 22, 2014 /

If you haven’t bought a flashlight in a decade or two, you might want to go for an upgrade. This little HP1 model from Coast Portland embodies all that has changed since your dad lugged around a big light with D-sized batteries in it. It’s small and uses a single AA battery, but cranks out…

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Lowa Ferrox GTX Lo Waterproof Hiking Shoes | Practical Travel Gear 1

Lowa Ferrox GTX Lo Waterproof Hiking Shoes

By Tim Leffel / June 25, 2014 / Comments Off on Lowa Ferrox GTX Lo Waterproof Hiking Shoes

For those of us who like to mix a little adventure into their travels but aren’t hard-core hikers, shoes like these Lowa Ferrox GTX ones are a great bet. Lightweight, supportive, and with a Gore-tex membrane, they can be used on muddy trails but still work for schlepping around on cobblestones and sidewalks. Hiking boots…

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Casual Patagonia Baggies Shorts | Practical Travel Gear 1

Casual Patagonia Baggies Shorts

By Tim Leffel / June 19, 2014 / Comments Off on Casual Patagonia Baggies Shorts

There’s a secret packing weapon a lot of savvy carry-on-bag traveling men employ that can be met by today’s featured product, the Baggies Shorts from Patagonia. One key packing light element is bringing items that can do more than one thing. That means, for example, a bathing suit that can also function as a pair…

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Versatile Ecco Terra Cruise Shoes for Men | Practical Travel Gear 1

Versatile Ecco Terra Cruise Shoes for Men

By Tim Leffel / March 5, 2014 / Comments Off on Versatile Ecco Terra Cruise Shoes for Men

We’re liable to like any pair of travel shoes that has “wildly versatile” in its marketing description. Coming from Ecco, we’re liable to believe it too. After a string of thumbs’ up from me on past models I’ve tried, I had a pretty secure feeling these Terra Cruise Speed shoes would be winners. After all,…

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10 Travel Gear Gifts for $20 or Less

By Tim Leffel / November 12, 2013 / Comments Off on 10 Travel Gear Gifts for $20 or Less

Thanks for signing up for the Travel Gear Insider Deals newsletter! Here’s your free report. I hope you find it useful for your shopping or wish list compiling. 10 Great Travel Gear Gifts for 20 dollars or less      

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3 Great Ventilated Shoes for Summer | Practical Travel Gear 1

3 Great Ventilated Shoes for Summer

By Tim Leffel / July 4, 2013 /

If you’ll be in the water these first two travel shoe styles are great for keeping some traction while getting wet. On land, all three will keep your feet ventilated in between. We’re digging three new styles from Timberland, Ecco, and Wolverine. Each year some type of shoe seems to be the new hot thing.…

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