In short, I’m not a shopper.
But then I walked into Le Travel Store, and it was the equivalent of walking into heaven for me. (In fact, I tweeted that finding the store was my version of porn, which got me all sorts of followers I’d rather not have.) The truth is, though, that when I need travel gear, I generally have to buy clothes in one place, books in another and gear somewhere else. Le Travel Store, however, really is a one-stop shop for the urban traveler.
The owners of the store, Bill and Joan Keller, have been perfecting Le Travel Store’s model over the last 34 years. Their extensive travel experience has made them aware of the needs and desires of other travelers. With that in mind, the store stocks quality products at good prices. Eagle Creek, Timbuk2, The North Face, Patagonia, Columbia and Rick Steves brands are all represented.
Le Travel Store is unpretentious and caters to travelers with a variety of styles. Packs include backpacks, day packs and suitcases, and easy-to-pack wine bottle containers are stored within eyesight of PacSafe anti-theft backpack mesh coverings. The store also has an array of guidebooks and maps for countries and cities around the world. I think the addition of a travel magazine section would be brilliant (hopefully introducing Bill to AFAR will kick start the section), but overall, any information a traveler needs can be found in Le Travel Store.
As I walked throughout the store, I drooled over the backpacks and innovative packing gear. I maintained control, though, and only bought a packable daypack and long-sleeve Columbia shirt (the recent discovery of too much cotton in my closet spurred this purchase). There were so many more things that I wanted to purchase though. Just about everything in the store had a useful and legitimate purpose for easier travel.
If you’re in the Gaslamp Quarter of San Diego, I recommend you stop by the store.
Located at 745 Fourth Avenue, San Diego, California 92101. Open Monday through Saturday from 10:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m. and Sunday from noon-6:00 p.m.