Baggage c laim
with a zip
Babes on a plane
FOX PORTRAIT STUDIOS
WHEN COSTCO MEMBERS Tim and Megan Cassidy
decided to take a Celebrity cruise to the Caribbean
through Costco Travel, it inspired a dream come true.
The couple worked in real estate and talked of starting
a home-based business, but had yet to find an idea that
resonated. When they disembarked from the ship they
beheld a sea of black luggage waiting to be claimed, and
a concept was born.
“We saw all these people scrambling to find their
own bags among many look-alikes,” says Tim. For many,
it’s a frustrating and time-consuming experience.
Megan used her design skills to create iron-on emblems
for people to apply to luggage to have it stand out in a
crowd, and the result was Zippy Tags™ (www.zippytags.
com). Custom designs can be ordered for an additional cost
(“Our nephew asked us to do a label with a skull,” says
Tim), and the Cassidys are in the process of talking to businesses about making tags with corporate logos.
The appliqués can be used on luggage, beach bags or
pet carriers, and on most fabrics, although it’s not recommended for hard-shell luggage.—Steve Fisher
“THERE’S NO END end to the variety of situations
that can spell disaster when traveling with your
beloved offspring,” writes Costco member Sarah
Franklin. She should know. By the time he was a
year old, Franklin’s son, Jonah (with his mom and
dad), had already clocked 36 hours of international
flights and four trips across the Atlantic.
The Seattle-based British-born writer decided to share
her and others’ hair-raising yet hilarious accounts of traveling with
children in a collection of stories, How to Fit a Car Seat on a Camel
(Seal Press, 2008). Tales such as “King Henry and the Field of Frogs”
and “Mosquitoes Be Damned” will help others put their own family
travel horror stories into perspective.
“[My] experiences made me hungry to hear how others had
fared,” says Franklin. Was she alone? “The women in this collection
answered with a resounding ‘no!’ ”—T. Foster Jones
IN AUGUST 2007, travelers on a Costco Travel Kirkland
Signature™ Princess Cruises Alaska Cruise Tour shared an
impromptu “show us your card” moment under a section
of the Alaska pipeline in Fairbanks. Shown here are just a
few of the 227 card-carrying Costco members who signed
up for the 14-day trip.
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can send it to “The Member Connection,” The Costco
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Adam@Home by Brian Basset