As a flight attendant, I have traveled extensively around the world. And now that summer is officially here, which translates into high season, I thought I would mention the one travel item I never leave home without.
It’s the simple and iconic LL Bean Boat & Tote Bag. I have been buying these tote bags for YEARS. It started when I was a teenager. As a daughter of a retired airline pilot, I was always hopping on and off airplanes, followed by a flight attendant career. I always had the indispensable canvas Made in the USA tote in my hand (see photos below).
Through the years I’ve probably bought about 20 boat & tote bags either by mail order or in LL Bean’s flagship store in Freeport, Maine.
They’re available in various sizes and colors (with or without a zipper opening). They get better with age because they get softer each time they’re thrown in the wash. They’re durable and I don’t have to worry about them taking a beating because they’re relatively inexpensive. I like the tote because it holds small purchases such as souvenirs and it holds travel brochures, guides & maps that I collect along the way as well as my camera and on-the-go lunch. They also make great beach bags. When I’m home I continue to use it on a daily basis.
Strolling around Amsterdam (and no I didn’t ride the bike). I love Amsterdam’s architecture and Dutch masters. I can never get enough of this city. I have lost count as to how many times I have visited this friendly English-speaking city.
Ready to get on a Bumboat River Cruise in Singapore. This is a must-do in Singapore.
In Barcelona at La Boqueria Food Market. This is a must-see spot located on La Rambla. It’s my favorite place in Barcelona.
Strolling along Cours Mirabeau in Aix-en-Provence (one of my favorite places). I could live here.
Hanging out with a couple of iguanas in Cabo San Lucas. To be honest, I would not go back to Cabo; it wasn’t my cup of tea. But I do like iguanas! John didn’t want to touch them; he’ll barely touch a frog, let alone an iguana.
In Brugge, Belgium. A delightful destination in the dead of winter when it’s crowd/tourist-free.
In Paris at Père Lachaise with a rust-color boat and tote bag. Stroll among the monuments and graves and discover Chopin, Colette, Jim Morrison, Oscar Wilde, Edith Piaf, Marcel Proust, among others.
Hanging out at San Francisco International Airport between flights! And that’s John’s LL Bean Back Pack on the seat next to me which he always takes with him on our travels.