In a call-out to Scrubba wash bag fans for 2015 travel resolutions, the majority of feedback reflected a common desire for more spontaneity and less stress in 2015.
There was a strong commitment to reduce material items while traveling, travel in more 'spur of the moment' fashion, leave less of a global footprint, avoid waste and rubbish and a movement towards carrying less, having environmentally conscious journeys and getting 'back to nature'.
Other popular travel resolutions for 2015 included visiting old places such as home towns, home states and home countries, implying the desire for sentimental nostalgia in the new year.
Responses also showed an overwhelming desire to enjoy the outdoors more, with fans stating that they would like to camp, hike and trek more. Being an Australian-based company, we were flattered by the number of responses stating intentions to visit Down Under, with Tasmania, Kakadu National Park, Fraser Island and Ayers Rock amongst intended destinations. If you do plan on visiting central or northern Australia, as noted by one entrant, make sure you have a way of washing red dust out of your clothing at the end of each day! A Scrubba wash bag would certainly help.
Congratulations to our December 'Travel Resolutions' competition winner, Jimmy Allen!
"I'm a full time RV person usually I travel 6 months and then spend 6 months at home. My resolution this year is to spend the entire year on the road. Last year's resolution was to buy enough socks that I wouldn't have to keep driving into town to wash them...... " - Jimmy Allen
Thanks again to all those who entered our December 'Travel Resolutions' competition. We hope that you've enjoyed participating and will continue to follow us on Facebook and enter our future competitions and giveaways.
The trend towards increased baggage fees continues with U.S. airliner JetBlue canning free check-ins.
American airliner JetBlue has announced major changes to their previously lenient and flexible baggage rules in response to calls from shareholders to boost revenue.
The once consumer-oriented airline seems to have adopted a more commercial-based philosophy with increased baggage fees and reduced leg room due to extra seats being installed, enabling more passengers on-board per flight, which will inevitably result in tighter restrictions in carry-on luggage.
Prior to new changes, the airline had gained increasing popularity for its customer service, offering free snacks, drinks, in-flight entertainment and generous baggage allowances, however new fee structures means no more freebees when it comes to checked luggage. As of 2015, JetBlue customers will have the option of choosing from one of 3 types of fares: budget, mid-range or premium. The budget fare will exclude any checked bags, allowing for carry-on luggage only while the mid-range fare covers a carry-on and 1 check-in and the premium fare buys 2 check-ins and some extra loyalty points. Just how much these fares will cost has not yet been released.
JetBlue has assured that passengers will still enjoy complimentary drinks, snacks and entertainment included in all fares.
JetBlue is one of the last of the American airlines to jump on board the trend towards increased baggage fees and other airlines are sure to follow. Virgin America and Frontier airlines reduced free perks and increased baggage pricing earlier this year.
Many major airlines in Asia, Australia, Europe and the Middle East already have strict baggage allowance policies, including carry-on weight restrictions.
Want to avoid extra baggage? Pack a Scrubba wash bag. It’ll save you time and money. You won't have to pay for excess luggage and you'll get to walk straight through the arrival gates and out the door while other passengers hang around waiting for their extra baggage.
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No matter where you are traveling to or what activities you'll be getting up to, there are a few items that you will not want to leave home without, though you don't want to pack too much because that can leave you lugging around unnecessary baggage and paying extra airline fees.
We've put together a list of packing essentials to help you minimize your luggage while ensuring that you'll have everything you'll need for your trip.
While clean underwear is always essential, cutting back on the amount of clothing that you pack is the best way to reduce your overall luggage. The Scrubba wash bag is designed to help you do just that by enabling you to wash your clothes anytime, anywhere with minimal effort. We've put together the following list of clothing necessities for a 10-day trip to a warm climate destination to show you how:
So if you're looking to travel light and reduce potential baggage fees, then packing a Scrubba wash bag is the way to go.
Other essentials checklist:
☐ passport / visa
☐ flight and tour tickets
☐ accommodation confirmation
☐ license or other ID
☐ soap / cleanser
☐ shampoo / conditioner
☐ toothbrush / toothpaste
☐ hand sanitizer
☐ tissues / body wipes
☐ sunscreen / insect repellent
☐ pen and paper
☐ flip flops / walking shoes
☐ sunglasses / sun hat
Following our USD15,000 donation to charity: water in June to plumb a school water system in Bangladesh, we are gearing up to fund a USD10,000 well project in Ethiopia.
We plan to donate up to USD10,000 to charity: water by the end of December 2014 to fund the Ethiopian well project and you can help us hit this target without even opening up your wallet.
Here is what we will donate for your actions:
USD1.00 - If you like us on Facebook*
USD20.00 - If you send us a photo of you using the Scrubba wash bag on your travels or at home**
USD75.00 - If you send us a video reviewing the Scrubba wash bag or showing all the steps**
Photos can be posted to our Facebook page or sent to firstname.lastname@example.org. Videos can be uploaded to YouTube or Vimeo and the link sent to email@example.com.
The situation in Ethiopia
In the last few decades, Ethiopia has faced fierce famine, drought, political instability and war. Peace has returned but the nation remains developmentally weak and more than 50 million Ethiopians don't have access to safe water. Most rural families survive on less than five liters of water per day and walk up to four hours to collect it from open sources.
This charity: water project will involve the construction of new drilled wells in the Tigray region. These deep wells typically supply more water than hand-dug wells, but the projects are more expensive as they require heavy equipment, fuel and larger teams of skilled technicians. The well project we are looking to fund will provide an on-going supply of safe water to around 250 people in the region.
*Facebook likes are calculated by the number of new Scrubba Facebook page likes. This promotion started with 25,900 likes.
**By sending us a photo or video link you are providing us with the right to reproduce the photo or video on our website, the website of our collaborators or on marketing materials.
Back in June, Calibre8 Pty Ltd (aka the Scrubba wash bag) donated USD15,000 to charity: water to fund the plumbing of a school water system in Bangladesh that will provide clean water and vital hygiene and sanitation training to the students and 750 people in the neighboring area.
USD15,000 becomes USD30,000
While the project isn't due for completion until late 2015, we just received an update from charity: water informing us that an anonymous donor has matched our donation, which means that USD30,000 will now go to water projects in that area, providing on-going water and sanitation for around 1,500 people in need.
Managing director of Calibre8 Pty Ltd, Ash Newland said of the project: "Our donation of USD15,000 to the Bangladesh water project was our first of many substantial charitable projects that we have planned and it was only made possible by our loyal supporters and social media fans, which is why we consider the project to be theirs. Not only does the Scrubba wash bag help our supporters pack lighter and travel cleaner, but they know that their support helps those in need".
"For an anonymous donor to come forward and match our donation is amazing. It means that the contribution by the Scrubba wash bag (through Calibre8) will have twice the impact and assist even more people in need" Newland said.
The next project
We are pleased to announce that we are gearing up for another water project this year and details will be announced shortly. You can stay up to date about the latest news by following us on Facebook or signing up to our newsletter.