Need to Pack Light for a Long Trip? These Compression Bags Convert Into Backpacks

Packing for a long trip can be quite the puzzle. Even once you figure out what you'll need to bring clothing-wise, the bags you carry through the airport might not be the best option for carrying the necessities around the city once you arrive at your destination, and vice versa. But there's no need to stuff an extra backpack, tote, or fanny pack into your already-loaded carry-on. A new storage solution designed by Revelar Workshop adds room to your suitcase while also converting into a bag you can carry around during shorter trips.

Cubepacks are multi-use travel bags that feature hidden straps that turn them into convertible day packs. You can stuff them with socks, shirts, and other clothing items while packing, zipping the cubes tight to shrink them to a fraction of their original size. Then, once you arrive at your destination, you can unpack your clothes and use the bags as convenient carry-alls.

The three available Cubepack sizes turn into into a backpack, a shoulder pack, and a hip bag (also known as a fanny pack). The large bag has a capacity of about 4.7 gallons, the medium pack about 2.6 gallons, and the small about 1.3 gallons. Each has zip compression, reinforced seams, and mesh for breathability, as well as backpack straps, top carrying handles, and magnetic closures for when you're using them around town.

Cubepacks might useful for all getaways, but could be a major space saver on long journeys, especially if you plan on doing any outdoor activities. They're perfect for any trip where you might end up on a short hike (including week-long backpacking trips when you might not want to lug your full pack around on every outing) or at the beach for the day, as well as for long vacations where you might take a quick overnight trip to another city.

Buy a Cubepack (or several) on Kickstarter starting at $29 for the small size, $39 for the medium size, $49 for the large size, or $89 for all three. They're due to ship in September 2019.

And if you're looking for even more ways to squish as many items into your suitcase as possible, we also recommend Pacum, a travel-sized compression vacuum that promises to double your suitcase space.

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Disney's Most Magical Destinations Have Been Reimagined as Vintage Travel Posters

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Many of the iconic settings of animated Disney movies were modeled after real places around the world. Ussé Castle in France’s Loire Valley, for example, is widely rumored to have been the inspiration behind the original Sleeping Beauty story. (Although the castle in the movie more closely resembles Germany's Neuschwanstein Castle.) Likewise, the fictional island in Moana was made to look like Samoa, and the Sultan’s palace in Aladdin shares some similarities with India's Taj Mahal.

If you’ve ever dreamed of exploring Agrabah or Neverland, then you’ll probably enjoy getting lost in these Disney-inspired travel posters from the designers at UpgradedPoints.com, an online resource that helps individuals maximize their credit card travel rewards. Only one of the posters features a real destination ("Beautiful France"), but these illustrations let you get one step closer to scaling Pride Rock or plumbing the depths of Atlantica.

All of the images are rendered in a vintage style with enticing slogans attached—much like the exotic travel posters that were prevalent in the 1930s.

“A few of our designers wanted to capture that longing to experience the true locations of these fantastic films, and the inner child in all of us couldn’t resist seeing how they interpreted the locations of their favorite films,” UpgradedPoints.com writes. “The results are breathtaking and make us wish we could fall into our favorite Disney movies.”

Keep scrolling to see the posters, and for more travel inspiration, read up on eight real-life locations that inspired Disney places (plus one that didn't).

A Disney-inspired poster of France
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An Atlantica travel poster
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A Lion King travel poster
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A Neverland travel poster
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Australian Accounting Firm Offers Employees 12 Weeks of ‘Life Leave’ to Strike the Perfect Work-Life Balance

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What would you do if you could take a three-month vacation each year? Would you book a flight to Hawaii, catch up on your favorite Netflix shows, or simply spend some quality time with your partner, kids, or dogs? The employees at one Australian accounting firm undoubtedly have a few ideas about how to spend the six to 12 weeks of “life leave” they will soon be granted.

As Travel + Leisure reports, Ernst & Young Oceania decided to introduce more flexible work hours in an attempt to attract and retain top talent. “We’re innovating so we don’t lose these people while they pursue passions outside of work,” company official Kate Hillman told The Independent. Hillman went on to cite volunteer experiences, training programs, and even a trekking trip to Nepal as different ways that employees might take advantage of the new policy, which goes into effect April 1.

Employees can either use their leave all at once or split it into two smaller vacations. The only catch is that the leave is self-funded—so it’s essentially an unpaid vacation. Still, if someone has the burning desire to backpack through Europe for a couple of months, or work on a project, it’s a safer option than quitting their job only to return unemployed and broke.

In addition to this policy, employees can choose to reduce their hours to a part-time schedule for up to three months each year. Parents may also choose to take advantage of a term-time arrangement, which lets them work regular hours when school is in session, then take time off during school holidays.

According to the firm’s research, flexibility at work boosts employee engagement by 11 percent. There are plenty of other reasons to take a vacation, too—not the least of which is evidence that time off may help you lead a longer, healthier, and happier life. Plus, you’ll come back refreshed and motivated, so your boss will be happy, too.

[h/t Travel + Leisure]

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