By plane, train or car: 9 essential suitcases for any trip

Pick your luggage based on where and how you're traveling

Luggage. The main annoyance of any trip. Many suitcases are big and cumbersome. Most aren't easy to keep with you for too long. And a lot of them are just an eyesore. But how else are you going to keep up with your stuff? It doesn't always have to be this way. You just need to make sure you have the right bag for the job. No matter how you're traveling, there is a perfect suitcase out there for you.

By Plane

1. Perfect carry-on: Incase EO Travel Backpack

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The Incase EO Travel Backpack ($180) is the ultimate bag for organization. It includes a compartment that will fit up to a 17-inch laptop as well as a tablet. It's checkpoint friendly too, meaning you won't have to take the tech out of the bag to get through security. It also expands 35 percent for a little extra room when you need it.

2. For the frequent flier: TravelPro Crew 11


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TravelPro is a brand known for quality and durability but the Crew 11 ($196) is only 7 pounds. This makes it one of the lightest carry-on suitcases on the market. It also has plenty of smart features, including an RFID-blocking interior pocket to prevent identity theft and an exterior USB port.

3. Big but portable: Delsey Helium Aero

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The Delsey Helium Aero 25-inch ($120+) is affordably priced for a hard shell checked bag. It is made completely out of 100 percent lightweight polycarbonate. It has four spinner wheels to roll the bag easily in any direction and a two-inch expandable compartment. It also has a three-dial combination lock, approved by the TSA, to keep your stuff secure.

By Train or Bus

4. Perfect for train travel: Rockland Stage Coach

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The Rockland Stage Coach 20-Inch rolling trunk ($60+) lets you travel in style and portability. This bag sports a vintage look with modern spinner wheels to easily transport your luggage. Its surface is coated in polyvinyl chloride to prevent dents and scratches and features mesh zipper pockets inside.

5. Best for the bus: Pacsafe Venture

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The Pacsafe Venture Safe 25L ($109+) features anti-theft technology and gives you tons of compartments to organize your things. The bag is built with an exomesh slashguard, RFID protection, and turn and lock security hooks and zippers. This will keep your bag secure while traveling in tight quarters.

6. For the backpacker: Osprey Porter 30L

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The Osprey Porter 30L ($120) has plenty of space to store your stuff. Unlike a lot of travel backpacks, this one is streamlined so there won't be extra straps hanging off of it. The shoulder and hip straps can also be stowed away if you ever need to check the bag. The backpack also has a lockable rear panel for your tech.

By Car

7. Big and spacious: Skyway Luggage Mirage

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The Skyway Luggage Mirage Superlight 28-inch is designed for air travel, but will work just as well in a car. Maybe even better because you can pack it to the brim if your trunk can handle it. The suitcase has an expandable section, a side-carry handle when you can't use wheels, and a full-length mesh pocket on the inside.

8. Light but roomy: Print Duffle Bag

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This print duffle bag ($30) lets you travel in style and comfort. If you're only going for a quick trip or tend to pack light, a duffle bag can give you plenty of space at an affordable price. Some come with more specific compartments or a longer strap to easily throw the bag over your shoulder.

9. For family trips: Merax Newest Luggage Set

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The Merax Newest Luggage Set ($89+) has five pieces, including three upright rolling suitcases and two smaller shoulder travel bags. This set is perfect for packing up the entire family. The bags are lightweight and easy to carry or roll. Some reviews say these bags aren't the sturdiest, but they should hold up to car travel with no problem.

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Finally, we are done with 2020! Between all the highs and lows, it felt like 5 years packed into one, so I'm excited to start fresh in 2021. I'm taking my New Year's resolutions to the next level: cook more, read more, and get back to things I truly love like arts & crafts and morning runs (okay, most likely walks).

Honestly, I could go on forever about the new year, new me thing but actually getting started is my biggest hurdle. I realized that my motivation comes from my mood which directly relates to my environment … and for the past year, my house has been my habitat. So, it's not looking too great after all the wear and tear. The dirt and the mess have accumulated right under my nose.

It's not that I'm bad at it, I just feel so overwhelmed. When my house is clean, I feel much more in control and motivated, and right now it's far from it. When I was venting about my cleaning woes the other day, my friend recommended Handy.

Handy allows you to book local professional cleaners and sign up for monthly, bi-weekly, or weekly plans. Plus, you can schedule appointments at a time that works for you with availability 7 days a week from 7am-11pm. So to get me in the right headspace to tackle my goals, I'm going to be signing up for Handy. I'm looking forward to letting the experts take over.

Although having people in your home may sound a bit strange right now, Handy has rolled out the Handy Safety Standard to help promote the health and safety of the customers and professionals who use their platform. Some of these measures include requiring Pros to wear face coverings during bookings and mandatory daily in-app check-ups to verify they are in good health before claiming a booking. They even have a section on their site dedicated to keeping customers and professionals updated on the latest CDC health and safety guidance.

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Once my house is in order, the fresh feeling will have a domino effect on so many other areas of my life:

✔ Read More

Lying on my cozy couch without inhaling all the dust I'd chosen to ignore, despite my clear uptick in sneezing the last few months. My reading list is chock-full of thrillers and fantasy. And with my new clean slate, I've even added some books about organization.

✔ Get Cooking

Nothing makes cooking more enjoyable than a sparkling kitchen. I'm inspired by a clean space and all the new recipes I'll be whipping up in 2021 already have me drooling.

✔ More Exercise (aka walking!)

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I cannot wait to book my cleaning through Handy so I can get my 2021 resolutions rolling. My New Year is all about my wellness and my environment plays such a big part in it. I'm signing up for bi-weekly appointments. But their plans are super flexible and if I need, I can always change to a weekly or monthly cleaning plan — sometimes they even have bookings available as soon as the next day!

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Getaway's outposts are a maximum 2-hour drive from these major cities.

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Why Getaway?

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Each cabin features 1 (or 2) queen-sized bed as well as a full indoor bathroom, both heat and a/c, and reliable electricity. The kitchen is stocked with food staples and cookware and there is a fire pit and outdoor seating. All cabins are family-friendly and dogs are permitted.

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Booking & Price

Book through the Getaway site. Cabins fit 1 - 4 guests and cost as low as $129 a night.

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Given the nature of the pandemic, it can be tough to find the best ways to spend the usual festivities that New Year's Eve brings.

Luckily, if you're comfortable enough to step outside for the occasion, there are great places still open and worth visiting. Although you should always keep COVID-19 safety precautions in mind, here are three of the most stunning places to spend Near Year's Eve in the U.S.

New York City (New York)

No guide to stunning places to spend New Year's Eve in the U.S. would be complete without the presence of New York City, New York. The Times Square ball drop is a must-see annual event, though this year it will be a bit different due to the pandemic. Thankfully, the city will still be throwing an event for all to enjoy that will keep social distancing in mind and focus on bringing people together virtually.

While there might be live events for some to enjoy, none have been officially announced just yet. Even if you're enjoying the festivities virtually, there are few better places to spend this special occasion than at the tip of the NYC skyline.

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Lake Travis (Texas)

Lake Travis is a brilliant body of water in Texas that provides a versatile collection of ways to enjoy its beauty. If you'd prefer to keep your party secluded due to the pandemic, you can enjoy the evening on a boat in the waters of this lake, which is home to the famous "Devil's Cove" party destination.

If you're comfortable spending the evening in a venue that practices COVID-19 safety precautions, consider relaxing on one of the three decks on display at The Oasis. Even if you don't stick around to ring in the New Year, viewing the sunset from The Oasis is an incredible experience in itself.

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Cape Cod (Massachusetts)

If you're looking for a quainter way to ring in the new year, consider visiting Cape Cod, Massachusetts. Aside from the cool weather and stunning scenery, when spending New Year's Eve in Cape Cod you can visit places such as the Belfry Inn & Bistro. This lovely location has a focus on good dining, stylish and comfortable living, and COVID-19 safety, all of which they put on display via their website.

If you'd prefer not to spend too much time in a restaurant or bar, you can indulge in the incredible appearance of areas like Martha's Vineyard or Nantucket. Simply wandering around the area and taking in the scenery before enjoying an intimate evening inside makes for an unforgettable adventure.

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Due to the ever-changing nature of certain venues during the pandemic, be sure to regularly check-up on any venues you wish to visit. That way, you can remain in the loop on their availability, activities, and safety precautions upon arrival.