3 tried and tested travel accessories from my latest trip


If you haven’t already seen it, my last special feature reported on our stay at Stone Lodge, the gatehouse to the beautiful Combermere Estate in Shropshire. During our week there, we enjoyed some fantastic weather for the time of year and there were a few new items we were able to trial, and you will find these detailed below:

The Lauren from MotoChic

My wife loves this bag. Although designed with female motorcyclists in mind, its use is far from confined to those who like to motor around on two wheels. The Lauren from MotoChic is an incredibly versatile bag inspired by fashion icon and actress, Lauren Hutton, herself a motorcyclist. The beauty of it is that it can transform from a highly functional, aerodynamic and durable backpack to an everyday tote bag in seconds! Everything has been thought of here – there are specialised pockets, reflective inserts and even a built-in rain cover, meaning you can use this whatever the weather. It is available in black, white and red.

The Lauren from Motochic

Keepgo mobile hotspot

I don’t want to be adding and removing SIM cards from my phone whenever I travel, nor do I want to pay exhorbitant data roaming charges, so having this mobile hotspot from Keepgo works as a great solution for me. Not only can myself and my wife connect our phones, but I can also connect my laptop and our children their iPads, regardless of whether we have WiFi to hand. Staying connected is essential with my job and to be able to use this lightweight, compact device in 64 countries worldwide is truly useful.

Mobile hotspot from Keepgo

Rungo app

When I heard that a running app had been developed for travellers, I thought ‘what a great idea!’ As a runner myself, it can sometimes be daunting to know what route to take if you’re visting somewhere unfamiliar. Featured as one of the ‘Top 10 free apps to download before you go travelling’ in The Daily Telegraph in Australia, RunGo provides you with local guided runs without the need to use a map, wherever you may be. Available on both iPhone and Android, most routes so far are in the UK, US and Australia, but you’ll find them all over the world and you can even add your own, using the in-app route creator.

Run Go app

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