This Thanksgiving my parents made plans to visit my sister in Seattle, and my husband and I thought it’d be fun to join them last minute. I was making arrangements with my sister when we got to thinking – wouldn’t it be fun if we surprised them instead? So we conjured up a plan, flew up the next day, and celebrated as one on Thanksgiving Day. This trip was significant in so many ways – I got to spend quality time with my family and bask in the traditions we once took for granted, I had the chance to explore the beautiful Pacific Northwest with Colin and discover parts unknown, and I was able to do something special for my parents that truly uplifted their spirits. I will never forget the joy we felt all weekend!
Work Bag to Travel Bag
As a freelance producer, my work days are spent hopping around meetings and locations with my office gear in tow. It’s really crucial that I stay organized and the Hanover helps with that because of all the spacious compartments and pockets to carry my laptop, hard drive, camera and lenses.
The Hanover also doubles as my personal travel backpack. The organizational insert is removable so I can pack my weekend clothing and toiletries with ease.
Bonus: Because I can completely remove the insert, I don’t need to unpack and repack my work equipment when I come back from vacation. This definitely helps me save time and mental energy!
Seamless Airport Travel
Even though I travel often, I still find the airport to be a bit stressful! But my Hanover has been the best carry-on to keep me sane and organized – the handle sleeve glides over my suitcase and the hidden side pocket is perfect for keeping things like my wallet and passport in safe proximity.
Versatile, Lightweight Weekend Bag
Once we landed, it was non-stop family time and mini-excursions! I unpacked everything from my Hanover and Colin and I used it as our joint day bag.
We overlapped with my parents for just a few days so we took them on a quick tour around town: a visit to the Arboretum at Volunteer Park, a drive through Chinatown, a stop at Bruce Lee’s grave, and a hunt for the best breakfast sandwich in town (Mom’s been really into them lately).
Following that, Colin and I continued our tour de PNW, all with my trusty Hanover backpack in tow. We stuffed all our layers and umbrellas into our bag and set off via ferry to Bainbridge Island. Among our stops was Bloedel Reserve, a tranquil residence-turned-nature preserve that once belonged to a timber tycoon who had a sensitive heart for the environment. Then we stopped by the Olympic Sculpture Park back in Seattle and weaved through the monolithic Richard Serra installation before jetting to the airport to head back home.
Jen traveled from San Francisco to Seattle with The Hanover.