Travel Light, Shop a Lot?

If you are a traveler like me, you start with a “pack light” attitude, carrying only the minimal 1 check in + 1 carry. Even though I can take more luggage (due to my frequent flyer perks), I prefer to have only what I can haul myself, which is also challenging when I go abroad on 2-3 week long trips. Moreover, I when I am walking around markets in Turkey, Indonesia or India, I am tempted to shop for the amazing local crafts at dirt cheap prices. I don’t particularly like souvenirs, but I love to collect an occasional painting, a wall decoration piece, ceramics for the kitchen, and unique gifts to pass around the holidays.

As a result, I have often found myself leaving with 1 suitcase and coming back with 2. Most recently, I walked into a souvenir shop in Cannes, France and bought a cheap rolling bag for $40 because I had accumulated more things during my 2-weeks drive through the French and Italian Riviera. This cycle has happened over and over again, to the point I have so many one-time use bags that I don’t know what to do with them!

Finally, there is a solution. Biaggi is a portable suitcase that folds into a small box shape and fits inside your suitcase, or even backpack. When you need an extra piece of luggage, just unzip and expand. It is light, functional and durable enough to make it through airline luggage handling.
I tested out a medium-size bag on my recent visit to Washington D.C. for the Travel and Adventure Show. In my Biaggi ZipSak, I jammed in about 50 pounds of brochures, flyers and Go Eat Give materials for the show. When I arrived at the Convention Center, it was easy to roll the Biaggi straight to my booth, unpack all the materials, and zip it back to a portable size. There was no unnecessary suitcase lying around in the corner of the booth.
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On the way back, I had gotten rid of all the materials so my Biaggi was empty. I stored it inside my suitcase and saved money on an extra check-in.

I thought about how all Go Eat Give travelers carry with them a bag full of donations to the destinations and can use this product. Biaggi makes practical sense for people going on a cruise, renting a cabin or small rooms, sharing spaces, and camping as well. The Biaggi ZipSak is the perfect second piece of luggage you can pack in your suitcase for those extra souvenirs. It comes in 3 sizes – Carry-on Spinner $59, Foldable Spinner $79 and Large Duffel  $99. Color options include blue, red, purple and many others.

Stephen Hersh, the founder of Biaggi appeared on Shark Tank Season 6 pitching Biaggi’s lines of foldable luggage and ZipSak duffles. In December 2014, he made a deal with investor Lori Greiner for half a million dollars. He shares his experience of being in the Shark Tank on his blog.

Shark Tank Get 30% your entire purchase of Biaggi online. Use discount code “GoEatGive30” at checkout. Offer valid until April 17, 2015.  

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Sucheta Rawal

Sucheta is an award winning food and travel writer, who has traveled to 80+ countries across 6 continents. She is also the founder and editor of 'Go Eat Give' and author of 'Beato Goes To' series of children's books on travel.