I was in San Diego a few weeks ago and had the chance to spend some time browsing this great travel store on 4th
Avenue in the historic Gaslamp Quarter. Le Travel Store has been selling an
impressive inventory of travel gear, publications, clothing and accessories since 1976. According to the site,
founders Joan and Bill Keller created the first business to be called a
“Travel Store”. They wanted the store to serve folks just like themselves — independent, international travelers – and
almost 30 years later they continue to do just that.
They carry a huge selection of travel books and specialize in luggage (they can also be found at
www.luggage.com), with a wide variety of Eagle Creek, Victorinox
and Briggs & Riley bags on display. The two sales associates I chatted with were extremely helpful and
knowledgeable. I spotted at least two hostels within walking distance of the store, so I am sure the staff is
well-trained at assisting travelers from all over the world.
Independently owned travel shops like this are hard to come by. Le Travel Store should most certainly be on your
itinerary if you are visiting San Diego, or you may choose to shop online or via a toll free number. You can also sign
up for occasional alerts regarding specials. Two final website perks worth mentioning: the Keller’s provide a detailed
travel outfitting guide and share their own
personal travel stories from the road.