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Live Luggage Hybrid AG Bag has optional motorized wheels

Live Luggage Hybrid AG Bag
ABOVE: If your packed suitcase weighs more than you do, power-assisted wheels may be a necessity.

A few weeks ago, we wrote about Size Zero suitcases from Antler, a British luggage manufacturer, which are designed--in our words, which reflect a fondness for Imperial measuring units--to "shave pounds from packing." We subsequently received a Size Zero carry-on for field testing, and we can say unequivocally that it's the lightest wheeled suitcase that we've ever lifted.

Live Luggage Hybrid AG powered suitcases More recently, we received a press release from another British baggage firm, Live Luggage, that seems to be pursuing an altogether different strategy: making big "three-in-one" suitcases that accept add-on bags, with an optional "flat motor technology built into the wheels to assist when going up gradients, curbs, [or] steps." 

The optional motor and its rechargeable battery add 3 Kg of weight to Live Luggage's Hybrid AG Bag, making the suitcase less than ideal for airline travel unless your elite frequent-flyer status exempts you from excess-baggage fees. (If you travel mostly by car or train, the extra 6.6 pounds are less likely to be a dealbreaker, although you may regret the added weight when you lift the bag into your car or taxi.)

We'll admit that we're skeptical about the utility of a powered suitcase that's heavier than than a conventional bag and needs recharging to stay on the move. Still, if you're a technophile or the kind of person who zips around on a motorized skateboard, visit the Hybrid Series page on Live Luggage's Web site for more information.

Photos: Live Luggage


Easyjet adds two routes to Ljubljana

Ljubljana, Slovenia
ABOVE: The Triple Bridge over the Ljubljana River and the Franciscan Church of the Annunciation in Slovenia's capital city.

EasyJet, one of Europe's leading budget airlines, has announced two new routes to Ljubljana, Slovenia: one from Paris, and the other from Milan. One-way ticket prices will start at €19,99, including airport taxes and fees, and service will begin this fall. The Slovenian Tourist Board expects that easyJet traffic to Slovenia will grow by 70 percent next year, in part because of the new flights from Milan and Paris.

Ljubljana is gearing up for increased tourism with two new guided tours: one by boat to the Ljubljana Botanical Garden (which celebrates its 200th birthday this year), and the other a "Happy Johnny" open-top double-decker sightseeing bus. 

Another service for visitors is the Urbana-Ljubljana Tourist Card, which is valid for 24, 48, or 72 hours and includes:

  • Local transportation by bus, funicular, tourist train, river boat, and bicycle;
  • Admission to a long list of museums;
  • Admission to Ljubljana's Castle, Zoo, Arboretum, and Botanical Garden;
  • Guided city tours, digital guide rental, and free Internet access from Ljubljana Tourism Services.

For more information on Slovenia's capital city, see Visitljubljana.si. To learn more about travel in Slovenia, go to Slovenia.info.

Photo: Helena Lovincic.