Le Travel Store | San Diego, California

I rarely buy books, and I’m not much into shoes. I have no problem avoiding the mall, and I’m more likely to run out of cereal than have an overstock supply of it in my cupboard.

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.

6 Responses to “Le Travel Store | San Diego, California”

  1. joshywashington

    Sounds like the kind of place I could roll around in like a pig in muck! Sounds like the kind of place that prompts hand holding and skipping. Sounds like the kind of place that plans the trip for you and suddenly you’re on a flight to Kenya and you have no idea how it happened.

    sounds cool

    • JoAnna

      Yes, lots of hand holding and skipping. This place was very, very cool.

  2. Cory

    There may have been hand holding and skipping…

  3. Gray

    A store just for us? Squee! Sounds awesome. The closest I have in Vermont is an Eastern Mountain Sports, which is, as I’m sure you can guess, mostly for people pursuing outdoor adventures, with only a little bit for general travelers.

  4. Abbie

    Awesome! I wish I had known about it sooner – I was just in the gaslamp district this past summer!

    • JoAnna

      Check it out when you go back ~ this place is fantastic!


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