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

Pick-pocket Proof Shorts Feel Great and Keep Fingers at Bay | Practical Travel Gear 1

Pick-pocket Proof Shorts Feel Great and Keep Fingers at Bay

By Tim Leffel / May 29, 2013 /

When we reviewed the first model of P^Cubed Pants, the design was a revelation and if the company had just stopped at those Pick-pocket Proof adventure pants, they would have had a nice little niche product that would slowly grow in sales each year as backpackers spread the word. The parent company, Clothing Arts, didn’t…

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ExOfficio Kukura Trek'r Stretchy Travel Pants | Practical Travel Gear

ExOfficio Kukura Trek’r Stretchy Travel Pants

By Tim Leffel / May 1, 2013 / Comments Off on ExOfficio Kukura Trek’r Stretchy Travel Pants

Whenever and wherever I’m going in my travels, at least one pair of travel pants is going in the bag, often two or more of them. These Kukura Trek’r ones from ExOfficio are now on top of the stack, a grab and go pair of pants that works in multiple situations and climates. While I…

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Maui Jim Keanu Sunglasses | Practical Travel Gear

Maui Jim Keanu Sunglasses

By Tim Leffel / March 20, 2013 / Comments Off on Maui Jim Keanu Sunglasses

Who’s ready for Spring? Today is officially the first day of that season the northerners are so happy to see, so put on some shades and head outdoors. Sunshine, warm weather…and Maui? Sounds like a good combination, so these Maui Jim sunglasses make you smile before you even put them on. The nice case they…

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Squishy Oofos Shoes for Recovery or Just Comfy Walking | Practical Travel Gear 1

Squishy Oofos Shoes for Recovery or Just Comfy Walking

By Tim Leffel / February 20, 2013 /

I may have found the most comfortable shoes ever. On top of that, they’re super-light and durable. As Jill and I walked around the floor of the Outdoor Retailer Winter Market last month, a trade show where 1 out of 10 exhibitors seems to be selling footwear, it was easy to get jaded and feel…

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Great Looking, Value-priced Armitron Watches

By Tim Leffel / February 14, 2013 / Comments Off on Great Looking, Value-priced Armitron Watches

Want to travel with a stylish, attractive watch that looks far more expensive than it really is? Armitron watches perform at a high level without costing you your arm and a leg. Part of the reason I started Practical Travel Gear many years ago was to supply an antidote to the gear reviews you typically…

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Timberland Radler Trail Camp Shoes – Awesome [ness] Included

By Tim Leffel / December 20, 2012 /

Rarely have we seen shoes so squarely aimed at light-packing travelers as these Radler Trail Camping shoes from Timberland. They actually zip up smaller to go into a corner of your bag when it’s time to hit the road or trail. We’ve been happy to see this whole minimalist shoe trend take off, not because…

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Gregory Savant

Gregory Savant Hybrid Backpack

By Tim Leffel / May 24, 2012 /

Sometimes one simple change can make a huge difference in how useful a piece of travel gear can be. The one simple change Gregory made with this Savant 48-liter backpack takes it from being an also-ran to being something going on a 3-week trip to Asia with me this summer. You see, the lightest backpacks…

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Two Polo Shirts Worth Packing for Your Travels | Practical Travel Gear 1

Two Polo Shirts Worth Packing for Your Travels

By Tim Leffel / May 10, 2012 /

A polo shirt is a versatile piece of clothing to be packing when you travel. It’s nicer than a t-shirt, hits the “collared shirts only” requirement, can be used for a game of golf or tennis, yet doesn’t take up much extra room in your bag. Most polo shirts are made to be wrinkle-resistant as…

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Helium II Packable Jacket From Outdoor Research | Practical Travel Gear 1

Helium II Packable Jacket From Outdoor Research

By Tim Leffel / April 19, 2012 /

Taking the concept of a packable, water-resistant, breathable jacket one step further, this super-light Helium II one from Outdoor Research packs a punch in a pouch. Sure, when I’m out on the town in my home city or driving somewhere with loads of room in the car, I love to wear the best-looking jacket in…

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Innergie PocketCell Travel Gadget Charger | Practical Travel Gear 1

Innergie PocketCell Travel Gadget Charger

By Tim Leffel / February 9, 2012 /

Need to recharge your gadgets on the go without carrying a lot of extra bulk? This Innergie Pocket Cell charger is a handy little device that’s not much bigger than a Bic lighter. Smart phones and gaming gadgets are great fun when you’re traveling except for one thing: lousy battery life. On an Android phone…

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