Photo Credit: eBags Connected Tag Contest Winner Valeriy Poltorak
When we first had the vision for the eBags Connected Luggage Tag—an app-enabled digital ID tag that helps safely reunite travelers with lost luggage—we were almost as excited by the design of the tag itself as we were about its high-tech functionality. Not only would our tags help people carefully control the contact information they share with the world (including Uber drivers and random lurkers at the baggage carousel), they would also enable #wanderlovers to express their unique travel style and destination aspirations.
We started off with a mix of inspirational travel images and graphic designs. The original destination photographs—which included Machu Picchu, Santorini, and the Taj Majal, among others—were so popular with our customers, we decided to turn to the real #travelinspo experts, Instagram travel photographers, to source fresh, new imagery. THEN we turned to the real travel experts (that’s YOU, our customers) to select the final nine crowd-sourced designs. So who made the cut? Can I get a drumroll please…
@carakuulei is a full-time traveling content creator and lifestyle model as well as the Co-Founder of Kill It On Instagram, an online coaching program designed to help businesses increase their business fourfold via Instagram. Her passion for content creation has transformed businesses all around the world.
Cara’s Designs: Palm Tree Rainbow + Palm Tree Beach
@pavidderry is a Toronto-based photographer who’s been taking photos ever since he can remember—starting with a series of disposable cameras before transitioning to film, then iPhone and finally DSLR. His winning designs were taken in San Francisco and Big Sur, California, as well as his hometown of Toronto.
David’s Designs: City-02, City-03 + Water Tunnel
@mrvalography is a photographer based in the Pacific Northwest. He is focused on inspiring others with his artistic perspective and meaningful captions while cultivating a creative community on social media. Valeriy is driven by adventure, and passionate about exploring the world around him.
Valeriy’s Designs: Tree Bridge, Mountain, Bridge + Arrows Blue
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So what’s so great about the eBags Connected Luggage Tag? With traditional luggage tags, your deets are publicly displayed, for anyone to see. What’s more, the information on a traditional tag is static, so these tags can’t account for the unexpected schedule and location changes that are part of the modern journey. But with our app-enabled tag, your info is stored in the cloud—so it can be updated anytime, from anywhere.
The eBags app is free, and the tag is incredibly easy to use. After downloading the app, simply follow the prompts to name your bag, then enter their contact information and indicate which personal details you’d like to display. Then link your BAG to your TAG in one of three ways: by scanning the QR code, tapping the chip on your NFC-enabled phone, or entering the Tag ID listed on your eBags Connected Luggage Tag.
If your bag does try to see the sights without you, simply use the app to mark it as lost, then take a moment to confirm or update their contact information. When somebody finds your bag, all they have to do is scan the QR code or visit the URL on the tag to get in touch using the eBags app! No more sharing your home address with everyone at the baggage carousel…and no more 100% avoidable missed connections.
While pursuing her graduate degree in Creative Writing at CU Boulder, Staci took a part-time job crafting trip itineraries for an extreme travel company—and so embarked upon an adventure that continues to this day. In the ensuing two decades, her passion for journey and destination alike took her everywhere from the Far East (backpacking in Cambodia) to the Wild West (wrangling horses in Colorado). Work and family permitting, Staci is devoted to her ongoing quest to find the perfect taco and the perfect point break. Fair warning: if she finds them in the same place, she’s probably not coming back.