I have a luggage fetish. I inherited it from my mom, and she openly admits that the call of a new suitcase is hard to resist. Every single trip, from the very time I could walk I remember entering my a travel or luggage shop with my mother, didn’t matter if she had a brand new, spanking set of suitcases, she just had to see what else was out there. Over the years, I may even say decades, we have had almost every shape, size, color of wheeled, non-wheeled, softshell, hardshell travel-ready container at our disposal. Some lasted many, many years, some were merely used once or twice and then given away. Today, I fully embraced my own travel accessory addiction and took a “trip” down to Tripologie which was very conveniently located on the ground floor of the same building as my yoga studio in Bonifacio Global City (The Active Fun Building).
Walking inside this well-lit, cleanly designed shop had the same effect on me as a candy store would have on a diabetic. My senses went into overdrive. Wall to wall had every kind of travel accessory a travel bug would love to own. Different brands, from Thule, Carlton, Echolac, Wenger, HelloLulu…the list goes on bombarded me to the edges of my peripheral vision.
As much as I wanted to browse for hours, I knew I had to make it back in time upstairs for a yoga class, so I gave myself about 30-40 minutes as a deadline. Thankfully, I was greeted by Brand Manager, Arlene Gadil, and the other staff members (like the very patient and informative Paolo) who took the time to show me several sets of luggage based on my needs and wants.
Weight, of course is very important, I normally travel alone and didn’t want to cause additional strain to my body by having to cart around and lift heavy bags. The first option was the Carlton Aerlite
It came in three sizes, four wheeled, TSA Lock and are expandable up to two inches…which is great news for those last minute shopping needs. 🙂 There were two colors that got my attention, the khaki and the maroon. Green and red are my favorite colors, so I was first trying to decide between these two.
But, on the subject of expansion, Arlene and her team decided to expand my experience with luggage and brought out something else.
The even more lightweight, hard-shell, scratch-resistant, rainproof Sonar line from Carlton. I think the color alone took my breath away. This was definitely something I would be able to spot right away on a conveyor belt. Not to mention I’ve never had a hardshell set before, always choosing the more “practical” yet “classic” look and functionality of the softshell.
I was in decision-hell. I had brought two of my yoga co-teachers with me, and one said “get the red” (Aerlite) and the other one said “I’d get the green” (Sonar). One plus the Aerlite had was that it’s equipped with I-track.
Each Aerlite piece has a special code that you can input in a worldwide database. This acts as a tracker should any of your Aerlite pieces go MIA.
But, the hardshell, in their pistachio green glory just kept drawing my eye to them. I ended up spending about 20 minutes like this:
Seriously, this was the longest I ever took to decide on any shopping spree I’ve had. We opened up the two biggest ones and although the Aerlite definitely had more space…I decided to go with the set that took my breath away. 🙂
Thank you to the Tripologie team!!! I can’t wait to happily say “Have bags (ok Sonar suitcases) will travel 🙂
For more information or to check out the Tripologie branches call:
Tripologie BGC – (02) 4785065
Tripologie Alabang Town Ctr – (02) 5536608
Tripologie Eastwood Citywalk 2 – (02) 5845669