This Carry-On Suitcase Is Designed to Be a Collapsable Closet

Solgaard Design
Solgaard Design

Hate unpacking on vacation? We do, too. Luckily, a new suitcase design makes living out of your suitcase a far neater experience, no hangers required.

The Carry-On Closet 2.0 features built-in soft shelving that collapses to fit into a regular-sized suitcase shell. Currently available on Kickstarter, the unique design ensures that your careful pre-trip organization remains in place throughout your trip.

The suitcase by Solgaard Design has a flexible hanging shelf unit, not unlike what you might use to organize shoes or sweaters in within your closet at home. It's also designed to be opened while still upright, allowing you to expand the shelves upward and hang them from the top of the suitcase handle, forming an instant closet on wheels.

The Carry-On Closet open to show the expanded shelving unit
Solgaard Design

The shelving unit is removable, just in case you want to take a trip that involves stuffing something bulky in your suitcase. The shell also features a TSA-approved lock and a USB port and pocket designed for a portable power bank. The standard 36-liter suitcase weighs 7.6 pounds and can fit five to seven outfits, while the bigger 46-liter option weighs 7.9 pounds and can fit six to nine outfits.

These are the newer and better versions of a similar design Solgaard released in 2018, made to better fit airline size restrictions and with upgraded features. The Carry-On Closet 2.0 measures 21 inches by 13.5 inches by 9 inches, which meets all the size restrictions for carry-on luggage for the major airlines. The 46-liter Plus suitcase measures 22.5 inches by 14.6 inches by 9.6 inches, which is also acceptable for some carriers. (Many domestic airlines, including American, Delta, United, JetBlue, and Lufthansa, technically require a depth of 9 inches or less for carry-on bags, so keep that in mind when ordering. Solgaard Design writes on the Kickstarter that "we've tested on 20+ flights with the Carry-On Plus size and never been denied," so do with that what you will.)

Get one on Kickstarter in black or navy blue, and never roll your clothes again. The regular Carry-On Closet is available for $150, while the Carry-On Closet Plus sells for $165. The suitcases will ship in May 2019.

Australian Island Wants Visitors to Stop Taking Wombat Selfies

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Spending a day observing Australian wildlife from afar isn't enough for some tourists. On Maria Island, just off the east coast of Tasmania, many visitors can't resist snapping pictures with the local wombats—and the problem has gotten so out of hand that island officials are asking people to pledge to leave the cute marsupials out of their selfies.

As CNN Travel reports, the Maria Island Pledge has been posted on signs welcoming visitors to the national park. It implores them to vow to the island to "respect and protect the furred and feathered residents." It even makes specific mention of the wombat selfie trend, with one passage reading:

"Wombats, when you trundle past me I pledge I will not chase you with my selfie stick, or get too close to your babies. I will not surround you, or try and pick you up. I will make sure I don’t leave rubbish or food from my morning tea. I pledge to let you stay wild."

The pledge isn't a binding contract guests have to sign. Rather, park officials hope that seeing these signs when they arrive will be enough to remind visitors that their presence has an impact on the resident wildlife and to be respectful of their surroundings.

The adorable, cube-pooping wombats at Maria Island are wild animals that aren't accustomed to posing for pictures, and should therefore be left alone—though in other parts of Australia, conservationists encourage tourists to take wildlife selfies. Rottnest Island off the country's west coast is home to 10,000 quokkas (another photogenic marsupial), and the quokka selfies taken there help raise awareness of their vulnerable status.

[h/t CNN Travel]

The Picturesque Italian Town of Sambuca, Sicily Is Selling Homes for $1

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If you want to impress your friends, take them to the swanky new bar in town and order a round of flaming sambuca shots, which are made from Italian anise-flavored liqueur. If you want to impress them even more, tell them you just bought a home in Sambuca, an old Italian town on the Mediterranean island of Sicily.

A little extreme? Maybe. But with homes selling there for as little as €1 (roughly $1.14), you can't beat the price. As The Guardian reports, dozens of homes in Sambuca are currently on the market "for less than the price of a takeaway coffee" as local officials attempt to lure newcomers to the hilltop town. Over the years, many of Sambuca's residents have moved to bigger cities, leaving their former homes deserted.

Sambuca was founded by the ancient Greeks but was later conquered by Arab groups, which explains the blend of Moorish and Baroque influences that can be seen in the town's architecture. City hall owns the homes that are currently up for sale, and locals officials have been singing the town's praises in hopes of wooing buyers.

"Sambuca is known as the City of Splendor," Giuseppe Cacioppo, Sambuca's deputy mayor and tourist councilor, tells CNN. "This fertile patch of land is dubbed the Earthly Paradise. We're located inside a natural reserve, packed with history. Gorgeous beaches, woods, and mountains surround us. It's silent and peaceful, an idyllic retreat for a detox stay."

(Lowercase sambuca, by the way, originated in the Italian port Civitavecchia, not far from Rome. However, Sambuca is home to many wineries.)

Officials say buyers will be able to move in quickly, but as always, there's a catch. Some of the homes are "badly in need of a makeover," Cacioppo says, and buyers will have three years to devote at least $17,000 to home repairs. They will also need to fork over nearly $5700 for a security deposit, which will be returned once the work is complete.

If this still sounds like a good deal to you, email case1euro@comune.sambucadisicilia.ag.it for additional details.

[h/t The Guardian]

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